The ABI Reporter E-Letter Articles

15May2015

Dickens: From Court Reporter to Novelist

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Years before his prolific career as a novelist, Charles Dickens worked as a court reporter. After studying Gurney shorthand, he became a freelance reporter at Doctor Commons courts in London in 1829. He reported the first of the Reform Bill debates, and because of his impressive work, he later secured the position as shorthand reporter of Parliamentary proceedings at the age of 19.
27Dec2013

Saunders Case Decision

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Mark D. Saunders, et al. v.
Truck Insurance Exchange, et al. is a California case regarding the legality of contracting for court reporting services. The case has attracted a lot of national attention in the reporting profession over the last eight years and was even featured on the NCRA website last year.
27Dec2013

More Free Time … Samantha’s Story

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By Barbara Lynch
More free time, less stress AND more money?  That doesn’t seem right, does it? Aren’t being stressed and having no free time two of the sacrifices that are necessary for court reporters to make if they are to earn more money? The answer is definitely no.
27Dec2013

ABI Reporter Spotlight with June Cochrane

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MEET JUNE COCHRANE… What got you into court reporting? I originally had thought of being a court reporter while in high school. But being overseas there was very little info on the field. So I ended up getting my college degree and moving into the world of retail management and being a diamond consultant.
01Apr2013

Capturing the Spoken Word and Each Other’s Hearts

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By Linda Smolkin
When we think of couples, more than a few come to mind. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Sonny and  Cher. John Lennon and Yoko Ono. In the court reporting world, we have several couples who have captured the spoken word — and each other’s hearts. Some have met while on the job,
01Aug2011

Heroes in the Field: The Story of Glenda Cook

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By Rodney Lumpkin
How One Paralegal Overcame Tremendous Obstacles to be Recognized and Awarded for  Extraordinary Efforts Domestic or intimate partner violence may be one of the most widespread criminal offenses in America. Yet it is consistently one of the least reported. Although most abuse victims are female, there is no typical victim.
01May2010

Reporter Spotlight: Sharon Campbell

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Sharon Campbell is an ABI court reporter and has been reporting for 21 years. For the most part, she has done depositions over the course of that time, but she does enjoy doing arbitrations and hearings, as well. She likes them because of the per diem and a higher page rate,
01Jan2010

Wichitan Reveals How He Invented Closed Captioning

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Published in the Deaf Network of Texas’ newsletter
WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita is home to some fascinating people – some famous, some not. It’s also home to a man little heard of, but his work has certainly been noticed by all. To say Bill Kastner loves electronics would be an understatement.
01Oct2009

The Adventures of an American Court Reporter in Japan

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By Jodi Harmon, RMR, CRR, President of American Realtime Court Reporters in Japan
“Things are very different in Japan” is a common phrase — almost a cliché. But truer words have never been spoken. I began reporting in 1982 at the tender age of 17. My boss had to swear in witnesses for me until I turned 18,
01Jun2009

After 58 Years, Las Vegas Court Reporter Sees No Good Reason to Give Up Her Pen

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Stella Butterfield, who has been a court reporter in Las Vegas since 1953, uses what she calls “Greggbutterfield” shorthand, a combination of her own design and John Robert Gregg’s system, developed in the 1900s.  Photo by Jason Bean/Las Vegas Review-Journal By Carri Geer Thevenot, Las Vegas Review-Journal Stella Butterfield’s business card carries the slogan “fastest pen in the west.”
01Apr2009

360 Words Per Minute World Record Holder Shares Methods

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By Mark Kislingbury
Mark Kislingbury, the setter of the Guinness World Record of 360 words per minute with 97.22% accuracy, shares his methods. “What does this champion speed writer say about reading back?  What does he say about practicing for ‘control?’” Many people have asked him those questions and here are his answers: On reading back:  I believe everyone should practice reading back,
01Jul2008

The Court Reporter’s Brain: “A Miracle”

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Here is an excerpt from a neuro-psychologist’s deposition which we think you will find very interesting! The neuropsychologist is describing the intricacies of the human brain. Neuropsychologist:  May I give an example of this? Counsel:  Sure. Neuropsychologist:  Okay.  If you look — and the example is this: Our brains are a miracle. 
01Jan2008

Who Says Long Distance Relationships Don’t Work?

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Two Women Prove a Home Business Partnership is Possible Living in Two Different States A mother from Florida and her friend from Texas team up and create a successful partnership running a unique and viable home-based business! Back in 1994, after over 20 years in the corporate environment, Cathy Watson resigned from a job in Houston,