20Sep2020

CCRA and Stenograph Offer Two Virtual Training Opportunities

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CCRA is excited to work with Stenograph to bring to you two virtual training opportunities! Stenograph has donated the instructor’s time, which has allowed CCRA to keep the registration fee low for this high-value training opportunity! October 24, 2020 | 9:00 – 11:30 AM 9:00 – 9:30 AM Using Tables The Using Tables portion of the training is optional,
20Sep2020

Backup Options for Court Reporters

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By Lynette Mueller backup: a copy of computer data (as a file or the contents of a hard drive); also : the act or an instance of making a backup  In today’s technologically savvy environment, there is no excuse not to have a great backup plan for transcripts and important data. 
20Sep2020

Zoom Tips, Tricks, and Advice

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By National Court Reporters Association With an increase in remote depositions now using the Zoom format, the members of the Technology Committee thought it would be a great time to review some Zoom basics and troubleshooting tips with you. Zoom app versus web browser: It is better to download the Zoom app to the laptop or desktop computer,
09Sep2020

The Reporter – September 2020

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Hello, Welcome to our September issue of the Reporter. In this issue we focus on cybersecurity, technology, and other legal topics. I hope our selection of articles continues to be useful. Best wishes, Sheila Atkinson-Baker
09Sep2020

Six Key Tools and Strategies for Today’s Legal Professional

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By Lindsey Dean One Legal had the pleasure of hosting Legal Up Summer Sessions over the course of August, with several fantastic speakers joining us to share their experiences. In our August 19th panel, Sacramento-based professional Mara Ponce shared the tools she uses every day to track time, manage documents, communicate with colleagues,
09Sep2020

The Discovery Update – September 2020

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Hello, This month’s issue of the Discovery Update includes insightful articles written by legal professionals to help you during this time. We will continue to provide information relevant to your work as it becomes available. If there are any court reporting, videography, or interpreting services you need scheduled, our team is ready to help.
09Sep2020

Employee Use of Personal Technology at Work — What’s Discoverable?

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By Kelly Twigger With the advent of smartphones and personal tablets, people can do anything from check social media posts, listen to podcasts, and even deposit checks straight from their phones. Though most people have these items on their person almost all of the time, it doesn’t always mean that they are using them when they aren’t supposed to.
09Sep2020

Business Resiliency Planning for Law Firms

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By Nicole Black It’s hard to believe that the pandemic has been with us for nearly six months  – and will likely be  around for months, or even years, to come. As a result of COVID-19 and its effects, some firms are busier than ever, while others are finding that business has slowed down.
19Aug2020

ABI Reporter – August 2020

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Hello, Here’s this month’s issue of the ABI Reporter curated with you in mind. We included articles about NCRA’s virtual convention, work-related tips, and more.  As we continue forward, remember to take some time for yourself. We appreciate your hard work and dedication to our profession. Best wishes for health, Sheila Atkinson-Baker  
19Aug2020

NCRA Connect Virtual 2020 Wrap-up

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By National Court Reporters Association Attendees at NCRA’s Connect Virtual 2020 event held August 7-9 enjoyed an array of insightful and informative sessions over the course of nearly three days. Sessions addressed topics from tips and tricks for making more money; organizing home offices; working smarter, not harder; and writing shorter and faster.
13Aug2020

The Reporter – August 2020

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Hello, Welcome to our August issue.  Our goal is to provide you with information which will benefit you at work, so let us know if there are other relevant topics you’d like to see in the Reporter. As your attorneys start to take more depositions, reach out to our team for help scheduling reporters,
12Aug2020

10 Behind-the-Scenes Facts about eFiling

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By Lindsey Dean #1: The Court determines what information you can choose from Ever wonder why your exact document title isn’t coming up in the drop-down menu? Or why you can’t add a party for that filing type? In California and across other eFiling states, each individual court determines how much information is available for each eFiling case type,
12Aug2020

The Discovery Update – August 2020

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Hello, In the Discovery Update this month, we continue to focus on remote depositions, cybersecurity, and technology to help in your firm.  Make sure to check back every month for helpful information on new issues. While we continue to navigate these times, let us know what we can do to help make your job easier.
12Aug2020

Dawn of Zoom Deposition: What Lessons Are We Learning

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By Matt Keenan and Jon Strongman When history books are written about the COVID-19 era, they will certainly contain a chapter about how the virus changed the way we communicate—and the way we litigate. Civil discovery and depositions have, by necessity, moved online, and according to one prominent court reporting service the number of remote depositions grew 400% since March 2020.
14Jul2020

ABI Reporter – July 2020

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Hello, Our July ABI Reporter highlights various technology and grammar tips. I hope you enjoy this issue. Every issue is put together with you in mind. During these last couple of months, many of you have faced changes and challenges but have managed to overcome them. Thank you for the work you do. 
14Jul2020

A Thank You for a Captioning Job Well Done

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By National Court Reporters Association and Sheri Smargon I realtimed a job a couple years ago for a writers’ national literary conference holding their annual convention in Tampa Bay, FL, where I live. I was contacted by the Disabilities Coordinator for the group after he did a search of the NCRA Sourcebook to find a local CART provider.
14Jul2020

Proofreaders Share Best Tips

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By National Court Reporters Association The JCR Weekly recently asked the members of the NCRA Proofreading Advisory Council and the NCRA Scopists and Proofreaders Facebook group for their best tips on proofreading. Here are some of their answers: I must print the work I’m going to proof. I must be in a quiet space,
06Jul2020

The Reporter – July 2020

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Hello, Our July issue of the Reporter is here! This month we have included articles to help with videoconferencing, cybersecurity, and grammar. If there are other topics you’d like for us to include in the future, let us know. If you are scheduling court reporters, interpreters, and videographers for your attorneys,
06Jul2020

Videoconferencing Tips for Making the Most of Virtual Meetings

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By Lindsey Dean From the “flush heard around the country” to lawyers appearing on virtual court hearings shirtless and in bed, the legal world has already encountered quite a few challenges and cringey moments as justice moves online. Maybe the stakes aren’t immediately as high as some of the above examples—or maybe your attorneys have already experienced some of the same.
06Jul2020

The Discovery Update – July 2020

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Hello, Our July issue of the Discovery Update is here!  This month we have included tips for utilizing videoconference technology in depositions, as well as technology to assist you to conduct your legal practice remotely.  I hope this provides ideas to help make work more efficient. Keep us in mind for scheduling of court reporters,
06Jul2020

Top Secure Communication Tools for Lawyers During COVID-19

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By Nicole Black Like most lawyers, you’ve probably been working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Between the quarantines and social distancing requirements, you didn’t have much of a choice. Obviously, you’re not alone, since remote working has become the new normal for most businesses during the pandemic. And even with some areas of the country slowly reopening,
06Jul2020

Deposition Distancing: Practical Considerations for Taking Remote Depositions

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By David Abernethy, Kaitlyn E. Stone, Joseph Tanner, and Adrienne Franco Busby The COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep many lawyers, clients, and witnesses at home. As we discussed in a previous post, many courts are encouraging or requiring remote depositions, typically by videoconference, to keep discovery moving. Lawyers taking these depositions will have to do all of the things they usually do and more to deal with the challenges of a deposition environment unfamiliar to many of us.
08Jun2020

ABI Reporter – June 2020

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Hello, Through our work and during life we witness violations of human rights. What exactly are they and how do we preserve them? I ask you to click here and to take this opportunity to familiarize yourself with the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and the story behind this document.
08Jun2020

Practice Makes Perfect

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By National Court Reporters Association Everyone knows that practice makes perfect, and during the stay-at-home orders caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many NCRA members are taking advantage of this opportunity to hone their skills as they wait to go back to work. Antonia Moy, an official court reporter from Ridgewood, New York,
08Jun2020

Making the Best of Quarantine Time

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By National Court Reporters Association With so many professionals waiting to go back to work, finding productive ways to fill downtime during the quarantine ranged from taking up a new hobby to tackling closet shelves and drawers that haven’t been opened in — well, in some cases, years. For two NCRA members,
30May2020

The Reporter – June 2020

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Hello, For this issue, we have included a collection of articles on technology techniques to help while you continue to work from home. Keep us in mind when scheduling reporters, videographers, interpreters, and rooms. Our team is here to help with your schedule and to assist with the technology challenges. Best wishes for health,
30May2020

How to Use Strong Verbs to Add Punch to Your Writing

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By Derek Haines The difference between the terms “strong verbs” and “weak verbs” can be a little confusing at first. There are three ways to define the strength of verbs. First, there is a linguistic basis. Then there is a simple contrast between active and static verbs. Lastly,  there is a literary definition.
30May2020

The Discovery Update – June 2020

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Hello, As we continue to make our way forward, make sure to check our newsletter for updates and information relevant to the legal arena. Our June issue covers tips about working from home, remote depositions, and cybersecurity during these times. While much has changed in the past couple of months, we will continue to provide you with services that you can rely upon.
30May2020

How to Conduct Videoconferences Ethically and Securely

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By Nicole Black Like most lawyers, you’ve probably been working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and more likely than not you’ve been conducting a lot of video meetings. After all, now that social distancing is commonplace, videoconferencing has become the new normal. Of course, for lawyers, many conversations with both their colleagues and clients are confidential,
30May2020

No Excuses: Remote Depositions Required in the Age of COVID-19

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By Tamara Fraizer and Steven Auvil Today’s litigators are advocates and strategists, excelling in the application of rules, the art of negotiation, and the power of oral argument, and they use these tools to achieve the best possible outcomes for their clients. In the age of COVID-19, with stay-at-home orders in effect across much of the nation,
11May2020

ABI Reporter – May 2020

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Hello, In this issue, we continue our focus on articles to help you confidently master working from home.  If there is a topic you would like us to include in future issues of the ABI Reporter, let us know. This newsletter is for you. Best wishes, Sheila Atkinson-Baker
11May2020

Use of the “Unintelligible” Parenthetical

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By CA Court Reporters Board When is it appropriate to use the parentheticals “speaking indistinctly” or “unintelligible” in a transcript? Here is what the CA Court Reporters Board has to say: Q: My question is if it would be okay to use “(speaking indistinctly)” blurbs instead of “(unintelligible)” blurbs in the transcript of a person who I struggled really,
11May2020

Five Tips for Looking Great in Remote Depositions

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By Lynette Mueller Over the past several weeks, I’ve been refining my Zoom setup for remote depositions. Last week I shared how to optimize internet connections. This week let’s talk about video optimization! Everyone wants to look their professional best when handling depositions for their clients. Even though we are the “silent person” in the legal proceedings,
04May2020

The Reporter – May 2020

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Hello, For this edition, we have gathered up articles which we hope will help with ideas about how to coordinate activities in your firm. While we continue to face new work challenges, there are options for keeping the work getting done and for keeping the cases moving along. Best, Sheila Atkinson-Baker
04May2020

Zoom Videoconferencing 101

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By Nicole Black It’s been a few weeks since we collectively began to “shelter in place.” Working from home has become the newfound reality for many lawyers.  Many of you are likely in the process of trying to determine how to work remotely both effectively and efficiently. As you put systems in place to facilitate practicing law virtually,
03May2020

The Discovery Update – May 2020

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Hello,
 
We have located some very good articles, written by your colleagues, chock-full of helpful tips for keeping your deposition-taking and data security on track in the current environment. 
 
While it is unknown how long we will be working remotely, one thing is clear:  You can keep your cases moving with this technology. 
03May2020

Protect Your Meetings from Zoom Bombers

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By Craig Ball Distanced by Coronavirus, lawyers and teachers are flocking to the teleconferencing platform Zoom to meet and share screens.  Zoom is also turning up as a way to emulate face-to-face social interactions ranging from AA meetings and book clubs to happy hours and rock concerts.  Last week, the Chipotle fast food chain sought to bring a little joy to COVID-stressed customers by hosting an online concert with singer/songwriter Lauv. 
03May2020

Eight Tips for Court Appearances via Videoconference

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By Nicole Black Over the past month, videoconferencing has become the new normal. After all, there hasn’t been much choice in light of the shelter-in-place mandates in effect in many states and the implementation of social distancing as a necessary safety measure. As a result, most courts have suspended in-person appearances and have begun to use videoconferencing tools to facilitate and streamline the swift administration of justice.