09Apr2020

Zoom Videoconferencing Tips and Tricks

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By Nicole Black
If you’re a lawyer practicing in a state that has instituted a “shelter in place” mandate, your comfortable daily routine has most likely been rudely disrupted. Those of you who are introverts are probably thrilled with this sudden turn of events, but if you’re an extrovert,
08Apr2020

ABI Reporter – April 2020

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Hello, Here are some reporter-focused articles relevant to our changing environment. I hope you can take some time to reflect and to disengage from the daily whirl. Step back and reorient to your life purposes and to what is important to you. You are in the driver’s seat. Thank you for all you are doing to help yourself and others to stay uplifted and to be safe.
07Apr2020

What States Allow Remote and/or Online Notarization

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By NCRA Please note that each state’s notarization laws are different and may only apply to specific proceedings. Please check with your State Notary, Secretary of State, or other regulatory agency for your state’s specific remote notarization or oath administration laws. Lastly, the information provided is not intended, nor should it be construed,
07Apr2020

Tools for Web Conferencing

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By Lynette Mueller In the legal environment that court reporters work in, many clients wish to attend depositions remotely for various reasons. With the high costs of airline travel and the expenses associated with it comes the need to find affordable solutions to take depositions critical to a litigator’s case. Of course,
07Apr2020

FAQs Reporting a Remote Depo

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WHAT HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE DO I NEED? A desk or laptop with a webcam or a tablet, such as an iPad A good internet connection Separate audio source, such as a landline or cell phone Internet service with minimum of 5Mbps upload/download speed. Test speed here: www.speedtest.net HOW IS BEST TO SET UP THE ROOM FOR THE CAMERA? 
03Apr2020

The Reporter – April 2020

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Hello, Our April issue of the Reporter is out.  It includes articles on tips for working remotely and for improving productivity.  I hope you find them interesting and helpful. Wishing the best for you and yours during these times.  Stay safe! Best, Sheila Atkinson-Baker
03Apr2020

Getting Started With Zoom and Using It Securely

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By Sharon Nelson and John Simek The coronavirus pandemic has forced a lot of lawyers to utilize video conferencing to “meet” with co-workers and clients. One of the more popular video conferencing platforms is Zoom. There are others, but we see Zoom being used the most, especially among solo and small firm lawyers.
01Apr2020

The Discovery Update – April 2020

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Hello, Our newest issue of the Discovery Update is out! Here is your opportunity to get updated on eDiscovery and legal technology in these unprecedented times. We hope that you and yours are doing well. Best wishes for health and happiness, Sheila Atkinson-Baker
01Apr2020

Law Practice Management and Business: COVID-19 Resources for Lawyers

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By Nicole Black It’s been a few weeks since our lives were suddenly interrupted and put on hold by COVID-19, resulting in mandated “social distancing” in many communities. Since that time, for most law firms, business as usual came to a screeching halt, and many were required to close their doors and begin working remotely,
30Mar2020

Teleconferencing Tips

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By Craig Ball “Is Bob on the call? Will someone PLEASE e-mail Bob? “Everyone, everyone, PLEASE mute your #$%^& line!” “THERE’S there’s, AN an, ECHO, Echo, echo, ech….” “How do we share our screen again? Wait I see it. No, that’s not it.” It’s 2020, one year AFTER the events of the film Blade Runner.
11Mar2020

ABI Reporter – March 2020

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Hello, When you look at it, it’s a pretty amazing service that reporters provide: You record the legal proceedings, writing as fast as people talk.  You weather the stress when people talk on top of each other, cut each other off, use technical jargon, or speak with heavy accents.  You then provide verbatim transcripts,
11Mar2020

Stenographers – We’re Everywhere!

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By  Margary Rogers
The board of the Maryland Court Reporters Association proved that stenographers are everywhere on February 15 during Court Reporting and Captioning Week. We promoted court reporting and stenography at the largest mall in the state of Maryland, Arundel Mills (owned by Simon Property Group), where around 5,000 shoppers visit on an average Saturday and 291,667 shoppers visit each week.
10Mar2020

News Show Highlights the Work of Court Reporters

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On February 20, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow expressed her thanks to court reporters, saying: “It is really hard to get detailed, perfect court transcripts turned around same day so that we in the news media can read from them on the same day that court proceedings happen.” During the segment,
05Mar2020

The Reporter – March 2020

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Hello, In our March issue we cover legal office best practices and personal growth in the workplace. We would love to hear what you would like to read about in the future. For your deposition needs, please keep Atkinson-Baker in mind for scheduling reporters, videographers, interpreters, rooms, and web conferencing services.
05Mar2020

Do these Habits Exist in your Firm?

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By Jan Hill Times change and priorities evolve. Still it’s likely that every law firm has a few bad habits that can hurt productivity today, even if they once worked fine. Here are some of the most common habits that can harm a law practice and erode client relationships: Not using a docketing system or yours is seriously outdated According to the American Bar Association (ABA),
03Mar2020

The Discovery Update – March 2020

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Hello, Welcome to our March Issue. While over the years we have focused our articles on discovery issues, more recently we have begun to include use of e-technology in the legal arena.   So make sure to check out our coming issues, and let us know what you would like to read about.
03Mar2020

Lawyer iPhone Story

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By Russell Knight and Jeff Richardson I love to hear how other attorneys are using an iPhone or iPad in their law practice, so I always appreciate it when one of you is willing to share what you are using with the rest of the readers of iPhone J.D. Today I am sharing a submission from Russell Knight,
03Mar2020

Eleven eDiscovery Predictions for 2020

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By Mary Rechtoris This January we welcomed a new decade. A new decade feels like the ultimate fresh start—new year, new me. Before you give up on your resolutions, it may be helpful to reflect on the past decade. In the discovery space, there have been no shortage of monumental moments that have shaped the last 10 years, 
18Feb2020

Online Privacy: How to Avoid Leaving Tracks Around the Internet

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By Hayk Saakian Privacy has become an increasing concern as media companies continue to grow in size and influence. Facebook, along with many other tech giants, has been thrust into the spotlight when it comes to data protection issues. In fact, the government has decided to get involved on several occasions.
10Feb2020

ABI Reporter – February 2020

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Hello, This month we give a nod to all reporting professionals, with articles about some in our great profession.  We also offer a few tips to make life easier.  Have a productive month! Best, Sheila Atkinson-Baker  
10Feb2020

Celebrate 2020 Court Reporting and Captioning Week

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By NCRA For the Love of Steno is this year’s Court Reporting & Captioning Week theme and one that can be touted year-round by court reporting schools and their students. The 2020 week-long celebration designed to help showcase the benefits of a career in court reporting or captioning runs February 8-15.
10Feb2020

From Accounting to Court Reporting

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By NCRA Student Savannah Ray started out as an accounting student, but she changed paths to court reporting thanks to encouragement from her mother. UTS | Can you talk a little about your background? Did you start the program straight out of high school, or did you have another career first?
04Feb2020

The Reporter – February 2020

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Welcome to our February issue of the Reporter.  We’ve focused on articles about success in the office, as well as technology. Let us know what you’d like to see included in the Reporter this year. Have a productive month, and remember to think of us when scheduling reporters, interpreters, and videographers for your depositions.
03Feb2020

The Discovery Update – February 2020

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Hello, Welcome to our February issue of the Discovery Update.  In this issue we focus on discovery tools and technology.  Let us know what you’d like to see included in the Discovery Update this year. Have a productive month, and remember that we will provide you with seamless scheduling of reporters,
03Feb2020

The Legal Research Tools Lawyers are Using in 2020 and Beyond

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By Nicole Black There’s a lot of great technology out there for lawyers. No doubt you already use some of it in your law firm. After all, investing in legal technology tools is one of the most cost-effective ways to streamline your law firm and increase efficiency. But you already know that.
03Feb2020

Judges and Experts Project Next Decade of Discovery

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By Casey Sullivan Think back to the dawn of the 2010s when you were young and your whole life was still ahead of you. Think about what life was like way back then. There was Angry Birds and the first iPads and Mark Zuckerberg on the cover of Time Magazine,
14Jan2020

ABI Reporter – January 2020

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Hello, I hope you had a fantastic holiday! As we move into 2020, it is clear that the reporter crunch continues.  This requires all of us to work together as a team and to be super productive. In this way, we prosper over alternative forms of making the record, and we meet our other challenges with efficiency.
13Jan2020

Best Tech of 2019

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By NCRA Your NCRA Technology Committee has gathered some of the “Best of” articles from the web for our members. So as you make your decision for those last-minute gadget or equipment purchases before the end of the year, this article can be your one-stop source! Need a new scanner? NCRA Technology Committee member Alan Peacock,
13Jan2020

Move to Enjoy a Healthier Career

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By Cindi Lynch Reporters and scopists spend a significant portion of their lives in a seated position. You sit when you write. You sit when you edit. When you’re not working, you most frequently want to sit and relax! The problem is too much sitting can be the source of a number of long-term problems:  weight gain,
09Jan2020

The Reporter – January 2020

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Hello, I hope you had a fantastic holiday.  Please enjoy our first issue of the year! We made sure to include articles on communication, online tips, and a summary of the top ten articles of 2019. Here’s to a very productive year! Best, Sheila Atkinson-Baker
09Jan2020

Eleven Ways to Improve Communication within Your Law Firm

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By Jan Hill The digital age has made it possible to communicate with virtually anyone in the world (or in the workplace) without ever leaving your desk. At law firms, this decrease in human engagement, combined with the emergence of cloud technology and the growing popularity of virtual staffing, has made it harder than ever to effectively communicate with colleagues.
08Jan2020

The Discovery Update – January 2020

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Hello, I hope you had a fantastic holiday and are ready to face the coming year’s challenges.  To assist with this, please enjoy these articles on eDiscovery, projected 2020 trends, and more. Let’s have a productive year! Best, Sheila Atkinson-Baker   
08Jan2020

Reducing Discovery Burdens: Technology Alone is Not Enough

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By Casey Sullivan Three decades ago, the discovery process was fairly straightforward. An attorney conducting document discovery could simply confer with the client, determine the documents at issue, collect them from filing cabinets, and begin reviewing. The relative dearth of paper documents meant that even inefficient approaches to document review, such as linear,
04Jan2020

Mobile Lawyer Trends in 2020

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By Nicole Black We’re nearly two decades into the 21st century, and during those 20 years technology has changed at rates never before seen. The legal industry has not been immune to that change, and survey after survey shows that lawyers are increasingly incorporating technology into their day-to-day practices. The rise of mobile and cloud computing One of the technologies that legal professionals have been the most likely to embrace is mobile computing.
13Nov2019

Reporters Share their Nightmares

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By the NCRA In honor of the Halloween scares, we asked court reporters on social media what bad dreams they have had. Here are some of their responses: I didn’t have my machine, so I was provided a cookie sheet with refried beans spread out, into which I pushed my fingers with steno strokes.
13Nov2019

Seven Ways to Stop Office Overload

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By Jennifer Anderson So many people in the legal profession know the feeling – the to-do list at work just keeps getting longer. Meanwhile, the demands away from work are also growing exponentially. The kids need to be shuttled around from event to event, your well-meaning volunteer position is now just a source of guilt,
03Nov2019

The Reporter – November 2019

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Hello, Thank you to everyone who supported and voted for us in the Best of National Law Journal survey. We appreciate your continuous support over the past years. As we enter the last two months of 2019, keep us in mind for any jobs you need scheduled. Also, our 2020 wall calendars are now available!
03Nov2019

The Discovery Update – November 2019

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Hello, Thank you to everyone who supported and voted for us in the Best of National Law Journal survey. We appreciate your continuous support over the past years. As we enter the last two months of 2019, keep us in mind for any jobs you need scheduled. Also, our 2020 wall calendars are now available!
03Nov2019

Five Tips for Working with Multiple Attorneys

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By Jennifer Anderson Imagine this scene: A paralegal sits at her desk, waiting for her computer to complete yet another automated update. Attorney #1 walks into her cubicle: Attorney #1: “I’ve got a trial in two weeks and I need you to put together jury instructions by Monday morning. Everything you need can be found in the Complaint,
03Nov2019

Data Security – Your Client’s and Yours

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By Hayk Saakian Lawyers like you have access to sensitive information. You are also privy to confidential data that was entrusted to you by your clients. After all, information is essential to a law practice. That’s why data leaks should never happen. With today’s technology and the Internet, I’m 100 percent sure that most of your data,