03Nov2019

One More Reason Lawyers Should Avoid Email

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By Nicole Black Most lawyers rely heavily on email, which isn’t surprising. After all, lawyers are used to email and have been using email to communicate with clients for decades now. This, despite the fact that it is inherently unsecure and is no different than sending a postcard written in pencil through the post office.
08Oct2019

ABI Reporter – October 2019

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Hello, This month’s ABI Reporter includes some interesting articles about the use of scopists, the future of captioning, and much more. As always, we appreciate all the feedback you provide us. It allows us to continue developing new and different ways to help you when taking jobs with us. Best wishes,
07Oct2019

Successful Reporter-Scopist Relationships

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By Cindi Lynch When scopists and reporters work as a team, each of them is happier, more productive, and more profitable. Also, with the advent of RealTeam™, reporters and scopists need each other more than ever. However, a lot of reporters say that they’re unhappy with the quality of the scopists they’ve tried,
07Oct2019

You Know You’re a Court Reporter If . . .

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By NCRA We recently asked this fill-in-the-blank question on the NCRA Facebook page. Here are some of the great answers: You know you’re a court reporter if . . . “When you edit and punctuate restaurant menus, church bulletins, billboards (while driving), your text messages to other court reporters, hate the AI functions on your text messaging when they get it wrong,
02Oct2019

The Reporter – October 2019

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Hello, This month’s articles are filled with helpful information on how to thrive and be successful at work. I hope you find them interesting! Don’t forget to keep us in mind for any deposition services you need covered. Best, Sheila Atkinson-Baker
02Oct2019

Benefiting from Paraprofessionals in Your Law Firm

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By One Legal In the past few years, there has been a lot of buzz in the legal community about paraprofessionals and the ways they can enhance a law practice. For the uninitiated, a legal paraprofessional is someone who is trained to perform certain legal tasks but who is not licensed to practice law. 
30Sep2019

The Discovery Update – October 2019

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Hello, Welcome back to another issue of the Discovery Update. We make it a priority to keep you informed on anything and everything eDiscovery related. If there’s something you’d like to see included in the newsletter, feel free to let us know. Enjoy the read. As we move into the fall season,
30Sep2019

Preserving Android Evidence

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By Craig Ball When computer forensics was in its infancy, examiners collected evidence from disks by copying their contents byte-for-byte to matching, sterilized disks, creating archival and working copies called “clones.”  Cloning drives was inefficient, expensive, and error prone compared to the imaging processes that replaced it.  Yet, disk cloning worked for years,
30Sep2019

Data Validation in eDiscovery

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By Michael Schidlow Business deals are made and scandals fueled over text, as opposed to a physical paper trail. Come litigation time, those electronic records need to be verifiably loaded into a system and reviewed for a number of purposes. Emails, messenger logs, and attachments linked to those communications become subject to review.
10Sep2019

ABI Reporter – September 2019

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Hello, Summer vacations and the summer lull has passed.  I hope you had a chance to enjoy it! We are now preparing for the standard fall uptick of reporting jobs and demand.  This issue presents articles to help you become more efficient and productive.  Let’s all work together to service the clientele who make our valuable profession possible.
10Sep2019

Production Boost Survey

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Here are the results of a survey the National Court Reporters Association conducted in May 2019 to help identify what helps reporters be more productive. Hopefully, this helps you find new ways to be more efficient. Question: Which of the following has given you the greatest productivity boost? 38.6% – Hiring a scopist/proofreader 29.9% –
09Sep2019

Incorporating Briefs for Parentheticals

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By NCRA Dear Techie: I am an aspiring realtimer and love to learn from more experienced and awesome realtime court reporters. My focus is on how to use briefs for parentheticals that explain to the attorneys what’s happening. I would love to have specific and easy-to-learn examples that I can incorporate into my dictionary.
09Sep2019

Life Tips from Erin Brockovich

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By NCRA Attendees at NCRA’s 2019 Convention and Expo in Denver, CO, heard firsthand the stories behind the movie Erin Brockovich from its namesake during the packed Premier Session. Brockovich, the renowned consumer advocate and environmental activist, shared bits of her life story, how she learned to persevere, and who her major influencers were.
04Sep2019

Being an In-Demand Legal Secretary

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By Michael Aed Every legal professional should be fully prepared for each legal proceeding they will undergo. As such, both lawyers and paralegals rely heavily on their legal secretaries. Legal secretaries do as other administrative assistants do, with the addition that the world of law has been a world full of red tape and semantics.
03Sep2019

Three Ways Legal Software can Improve Law Firm Oversight

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By Nicole Black Running a busy law firm can be challenging, to say the least. There are lots of moving pieces regardless of your firm’s size, and the more attorneys and staff you add to the mix, the more complicated things become. Staying on top of everyone’s daily schedules and workloads can become a task in and of itself.
12Aug2019

Stolen Machine, Undercover Work, and Victory!

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By NCRA Crystal Martin is a captioner in Covina, CA. Her steno machine was recently stolen from her car, which led her on an adventure. We asked her for the details. The excitement started when she was at LA Stenotype Service in West Covina, and the thief called about selling the machine.
12Aug2019

ABI Reporter – August 2019

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Happy summer! I hope you have had a chance to enjoy some days off from transcripts and jobs. Here are a few articles about technology and work tips that may be of use. Best wishes, Sheila Atkinson-Baker
12Aug2019

How to Tell if an Email is a Scam

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By Computer Hope E-mails come in many forms, and it sometimes can be difficult to tell the difference between a genuine message and a scam. Here are some of the many indicators that the e-mail you’ve received is fraudulent. Incomplete/misspelled words One of the indications of a scam e-mail is poor spelling,
04Aug2019

The Reporter – August 2019

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Hello, As work starts to pick up after summer vacations, I hope you find these articles helpful. We have included tips on legal tools and trends for you. As always, keep us in mind for your deposition needs. We coordinate court reporters, conference rooms, videographers, and interpreters nationwide. Contact us today for easy scheduling.
04Aug2019

Creating Your Five-Year Legal Career Plan

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By Jan Hill Are you thinking about where your legal career might take you? When it seems like the only thing that you can be certain of is uncertainty, gain an awareness of what might lie ahead by strategizing now. Ask yourself where you want to go and determine what steps you need to take in the meantime.
04Aug2019

The Discovery Update – August 2019

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Hello, Welcome to our August issue of the Discovery Update. With modern technology rapidly evolving, here are some articles to help keep you updated and versed in all things legal technology. As always, keep us in mind for your deposition needs. We coordinate court reporters, conference rooms, videographers, and interpreters nationwide.
04Aug2019

Who Says You Can’t Bates Number Native Productions?

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By Craig Ball A writer’s hubris is the conviction that when you’ve covered a topic, you’ve had your say.  But new readers rarely have time or desire to plumb earlier work and, were they to try, much of what I wrote on the underpinnings of e-discovery and forensics was long ago stolen away like Persephone to a paywall-protected underworld,
08Jul2019

The ABI Reporter – July 2019

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Hello, This month we’re featuring articles about interesting work experiences from reporters around the country, as well as some tips to make your jobs easier. Enjoy! Best wishes, Sheila Atkinson-Baker
08Jul2019

A Reporter’s Work is Never Done

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Photo by the Hon. Melba Marsh
By NCRA A recent story in TheJCR.com highlighted NCRA member Taleesa Smith, RPR, an official court reporter from Hamilton County, Ohio. She found herself reporting a sentencing proceeding from outside of an ambulance. That led us to ask through NCRA’s social media accounts for other stories about unusual places court reporters and captioners have worked.
08Jul2019

Captioning Shakespeare for the First Time in Idaho

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By NCRA Katharine and Petruchio’s story was available in a different way for the first time at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival recently. NCRA member Anissa Nierenberger, RPR, CRR, CRC, Boise, Idaho, provided captions for the first captioned performance in the history of the festival. The June 18 show was Taming of the Shrew.
02Jul2019

The Reporter – July 2019

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Hello, Please enjoy this month’s articles with tips on how to help you in your career and to succeed in the workplace. Have a fun July! Best, Sheila Atkinson-Baker
02Jul2019

Four Fast and Easy Ways to Access Court Records

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By Jennifer Anderson One of the greatest things about the modern practice of law is the instant accessibility of needed information. This is especially true when it comes to accessing court records. Perhaps you’re interested in the way an opposing attorney has briefed an issue in a previous case. Maybe you want to determine how many times an opposing party has been sued for claims similar to the ones at issue in your current lawsuit.
01Jul2019

12 Ways to Improve Your Discovery Cost Recovery Process

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By Casey Sullivan
If you’re passing discovery costs through to your clients—and the vast majority of law firms are—you’re also probably getting pushback on discovery costs, at least occasionally. In a recent Logikcull survey, 89 percent of law firms experienced client pushback on discovery costs, with 68 percent receiving pushback sometimes,
01Jul2019

3 Ideas to Future-Proof Your Law Firm

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By Nicole Black According to the 2019 Altman Weil “Law Firms in Transition 2019” survey, 96 percent of law firm leaders “agree almost unanimously that a focus on improved practice efficiency is a permanent trend in the profession.” One way that some firms are addressing the push for increased efficiency is by using technology to improve firm processes,
11Jun2019

The ABI Reporter – June 2019

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Hello! This month we are highlighting reporters in the industry and some great tips to help you do your job more effectively. Enjoy! Best wishes, Sheila Atkinson-Baker
07Jun2019

e-Discovery Technology is Not Just for Bigger Firms

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By Jeffrey Wolff One thing that keeps surprising me is the still widespread idea that eDiscovery technology is exclusively available for enterprises and the bigger firms. Although most people agree with the fact that SaaS makes eDiscovery technology more widely available, a lot of solo litigators and small firm lawyers I speak with are skeptical of using eDiscovery tools in their practices.
04Jun2019

The Reporter – June 2019

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Hello, This month we are including articles which suggest ideas on streamlining workflows with the use of technology. I hope you find some useful tips! Please remember that we offer web conferencing for your depo scheduling, as well as reporters, interpreters, videographers, and conference rooms. Enjoy! Best, Sheila Atkinson-Baker
03Jun2019

The Discovery Update – June 2019

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Hello, As we make our way into June, I hope you find these articles on eDiscovery and on technology for the legal industry interesting. Just as a reminder when scheduling, we do provide web conferencing services. This allows you to conduct depositions remotely from the convenience of a laptop, desktop, or a mobile device in your own office.
03Jun2019

Moving to a Paperless Law Firm: Three Tips for Working with PDFs

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By Nicole Black In the past year, there has been an increased interest in moving to paperless law firms. This is because in many jurisdictions e-filing is becoming a requirement. As the courts make this transition to e-filing, law firms are feeling the pressure to digitize their documents and establish a paperless workflow.
14May2019

Getting Started on Realtime

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INTRODUCTION In this day of technology hitting us from all directions, our profession is not exempt. As a means of making a record, a good realtime reporter outshines all other methods and guarantees a place in the legal support space. We have an exciting and rewarding profession. Realtime is a new and fun game.