The Reporter E-Letter Articles

21Jul2015

Why Can’t Electronic Reporting Replace Steno Reporters?

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Stenographic reporters have the capability to provide realtime. Realtime is a process that instantly captures the spoken word so that judges, law clerks, court clerks, parties to a proceeding, jurors, and members of the media, as well as those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, have immediate access to a transcript. Realtime feeds can be accessed remotely and by multiple devices,
01Jun2014

In Defense of Court Reporters

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By Dennis D. Depew
As I write this column, there is a move afoot in the Kansas House to begin the process of eliminating court reporters in the courtrooms of Kansas.  In times where there constantly seems to be more needs than money, proposals like this, which a few years ago would have been unthinkable,
01Mar2012

Making the Record

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By Lynda Batchelor Barker, Registered Diplomate Reporter
The reporter’s transcript is an important document before, during, and after a trial. The transcript is used for trial preparation, briefs, impeachment purposes, and, of course, for appellate review. Property, freedom, and life all can depend on a clear and accurate record.
01Feb2011

Risk of Rewards

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By James DeCrescenzo
Everyone loves something for nothing. Marketers invest a lot of time and effort trying to appeal to that trait. A recent trend in the legal arena has seen an explosion of so-called “rebates” programs and expensive gifts and rewards to attorneys or their staff for scheduling depositions.
01Oct2010

Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Not Getting all the Facts

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Excerpt – NCRA’s website
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Not Getting all the Facts When It Comes to Replacing Stenographic Court Reporters With Digital Audio to Save the State Money. VIENNA, Va., Sept. 2, — In a press conference yesterday, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger pointed to a number of missed opportunities that could have saved the troubled state $2.8 billion annually.
01Jul2010

Legal Translation – Why Faster isn’t Always Better

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I took high school French.  I wasn’t that great at it but managed to get a few Bs. I noticed in this faster-paced-get-it-done-now-instant-gratification-let’s-all-be-friends-world, though, that paralegals in today’s market have to more than “manage to get a few Bs.” Success in this field depends upon some great talents.  And, if you don’t have that talent,
01Jun2010

Stenographer Makes Case for Rewards of Court Jobs

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By Heidi Morrison, The Statesman, Austin, TX
With the recent economic turmoil affecting so many jobs, the search for high-demand careers has reached a new intensity. According to two local professionals, recording legal proceedings is an occupation with a great deal of potential. Donna Wright is a freelance court reporter in Austin,
01Feb2010

A Low Tech Advantage in a High Tech World

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By Barbara Lynch, Staff Writer
Today’s technology certainly is cutting edge and it’s advancing at a very quick pace. We are continually introduced to new techno-gadgets and electronic ways of communication which, only naturally, is overshadowing the more simple “technology” from yesteryear that still exists and is still quite useful.
01Dec2009

The e-Discovery Sanctions Cube

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By William F. Hamilton
Over the past few years, federal and state courts have rendered an unprecedented number of e-discovery sanctions orders and decisions. The trend is towards more and increased sanctions for e-discovery failures. These sanctions cases need a unifying theme and explanation; they need a model for analysis.
01Dec2009

Computer Forensics Challenges

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By Sheryl L. Katz
Most litigation support staff understand the basic challenges of electronic discovery. However, while many forensic methods are used in e-Discovery, computer forensics is a unique discipline. “Forensic science is the application of a scientific discipline to the law. The essence of all forensic disciplines concerns the principles applied to the detection,
01Nov2009

E-discovery Pitfalls and Practice Tips

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By Timothy B. Parlin, Carroll McNulty & Kull, Basking Ridge, NJ
Understanding the e-discovery rules is critical in today’s litigation environment. The Mancia v. Mayflower Textile Servs. Co., 253 F.R.D. 354 (D. Md. 2008), and Treppel v. Biovail Corp., 249 F.R.D. 111 (S.D.N.Y. 2008), cases demonstrate the pitfalls that can occur.
13Aug2008

Video Depositions

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Once a quarter the Atkinson-Baker Newsletter, Discovery Update,TM features those topics that shape the law itself and its practice. We address a broad variety of topics such as: copyright laws, unpublished opinions, discovery rules, employment law, evidence, expert witnesses, deposition practices, handling of exhibits and many, many more.