The Reporter E-Letter Articles

23Mar2016

Captioning the Super Bowl

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For most people, the only stress associated with the Super Bowl is whether their team wins or loses. However, for Paula Arispe, Octavia Brandenburg, and Stefani Tkacs – all captioners with the National Captioning Institute – the Super Bowl provided them an opportunity to showcase their captioning skills. “Despite the anxiety of knowing that it’s a huge event and that everything needs to go as perfectly as possible,
11Mar2015

How to Stay Healthy and Fit at Work

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Do you spend eight hours a day at work on an average? Do you find it difficult to take out time for exercise to stay fit? Is your busy and hectic schedule taking a toll on your health? Do you feel stressed out at work? Do you often suffer from backache,
17Nov2013

Proud to Be a Legal Secretary

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By Carol Ann Wilson
A voice on the telephone recently asked me, “Are you his secretary, or do you prefer to be called his administrative assistant?” I told him, “I am his secretary and very proud of it.” You could hear the relief in his voice as he replied,
17Nov2013

From Pearl Harbor to Legal Secretary

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By Barbara Lynch, Atkinson-Baker
A Unique Pivotal Point Many of us can trace our line of previous jobs to find that pivotal point which steered us into the legal profession. For Adele Naito, a legal secretary in Honolulu, that turning point came on the heels of working at the Pearl Harbor Naval Base Library when,
01Oct2013

A Legal Secretary Tale

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By Patricia O’Neill
One of my hobbies is going to folk clubs. I do comic songs, and once I made up some doggerel about things which can go awry in a legal office – for instance, an inexperienced casual receptionist telling a client point-blank that the legal eagle is too busy to talk to him or her,
01Aug2013

Introducing Doris T. Compton, NALS New Presidentle

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Doris Marie Compton, PP, PLS, lived in many different towns in the State of Arkansas, as well as in Enid, Oklahoma, and Abilene, Texas, before finally making her home in Little Rock, Arkansas. Long before Doris knew about NALS, she was involved in the law through her dad’s profession. He was an Arkansas State Trooper.
01Jun2013

Court Reporters Help Record Veterans’ Stories

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By NAPS, North American Precis Syndicate
Once again, court reporters are making sure that the stories of America’s veterans are recorded for future generations. 2013 marks the tenth consecutive year that the Veterans History Project (VHP) has worked with the National Court Reporters Foundation (NCRF) and the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA).
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,
01Apr2012

Woman Lawyers as World Leaders

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By Susan Smith Blakely, Best Friends at the Bar
Last week I had a bit of an epiphany about the need for more women lawyers to stay in the profession.  I was scrolling through some recent news items on women leadership in preparation for a speech that I will deliver at a law firm later this week.
01Apr2012

A Mature Paralegal’s Story in Today’s Legal Market

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I am a paralegal.  I am a “mature” paralegal.  I rose through the ranks to become a paralegal.  I didn’t take a class, get a certificate or any other degree (AS/BS).  I am of the “original” paralegals, that worked her way up to paralegal.  I have knowledge gathered through years of doing the work.
01Nov2011

Reporting the Michael Jackson Trial – Part Two

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NCRA has been in touch with the official court reporters who are covering the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor. They are Mavis Theodorou and Patricia McNeal, official reporters for the Los Angeles Superior Court. They have agreed to keep us posted on the news that court reporters want to know about the case.
01Nov2011

Reporting the Michael Jackson Trial – Part One

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NCRA has been in touch with the official court reporters who are covering the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor. They are Mavis Theodorou and Patricia McNeal, official reporters for the Los Angeles Superior Court. They have agreed to keep us posted on the news that court reporters want to know about the case.
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.
01Aug2009

A Legal Secretary in England – Half a Century Ago

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By Ann Stacey-Hibbert, The Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs, Bristol, England
In 1957, I left school at the age of 16 after achieving excellent results in the RSA examinations in Typewriting, Shorthand and Commerce. I was also awarded a prize for the best shorthand student of the year.
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.”
01May2009

Still Organic and Customer Service Savvy After 22 Years

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By Barbara Lynch, Staff Writer
The Fast, “Needed-It-Yesterday” Climate of Litigation Litigation is a demanding practice as we are the most litigious society in the world, with a lawsuit being filed in the U.S. every few minutes. It’s the litigator’s job to steer through the legal system and provide the best legal counsel so that their clients get fair treatment with the best result.
01May2009

Empowering Communities: One Man’s Legacy in Community Lawyering

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Ronault L.S. Catalani, community lawyer, is well-known among his beloved Oregon’s ethnic enclaves as an advocate for families. Polo – as he is best known among readers of his long-running opinion column in The Asian Reporter – is at his best when he is empowering ethnic communities to draw from the wisdom of traditional cultural values in solving community problems.
17Oct2007

How My Legal Experience Changed Lives

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By Karen Renee Gomez, Bullivant, Houser & Bailey, Las Vegas
Looking back over my last 27 years in the legal field, I can see clearly how instrumental my legal experience has been in my life and how it has changed others’ lives for the better. Because of my own experience with a closed-head injury and how later I helped my husband through his,
17Aug2007

A Legal Secretary’s Pioneering Spirit

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Have you ever, out of the blue, felt like you needed a big change in your life?  And, if so, did you ignore it or did you do something about it? Ellen Collins, a legal secretary from Texas, felt she needed a change and she did something most people only dream about – she sold her house and moved to Alaska!