The Reporter E-Letter Articles

01Apr2012

What’s Hot in E-Discovery?

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By Sharon D. Nelson, Esq. and John W. Simek, Sensei Enterprises, Inc.
Machine-Assisted Review Let’s start with a very hot if not very sexy topic. You may have heard of new technology called predictive coding or technology-assisted review. Recently, we’ve seen the phrase “machine-assisted” review a lot. They are all the same thing.
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.
01Mar2012

How Productive Will You Be in 2012?

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By Katy Goshtasbi, Esq., Puris Image
Right around this time of year, some of us get serious about how we want to “be” in the new year.  Many of us may set New Year’s resolutions, but only some of us are genuine about it. Oftentimes, people set resolutions involving productivity and production. 
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.
01Feb2012

Write Shorter

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By Ron Cook, CCR, RMR, CRR, Premier Realtime, Seattle
After years and years (I won’t admit how many) of dutifully writing things out, for the past five-plus years, I have been steadily trying to compact my writing style. I have kept my eyes and ears open for any and all briefs and techniques that make sense to me.
01Feb2012

The Value of Certification

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By Joyce Z. Casey, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP
In times of economic downturn, it may be tempting to let your certification lapse or to reduce your continuing education aspirations. But with high unemployment rates and fierce competition for available jobs, you may now need your credentials more than ever before.
01Feb2012

Overcoming Procrastination

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Many people have a tendency to procrastinate. This could be because the task is complicated, you’re unfamiliar with it, there’s a prospect of conflict, or you simply prefer to socialize rather than work! But motivating yourself to “do” rather than “avoid” some tasks will result in higher levels of achievement,
01Feb2012

Interpersonal Communication

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By Des Whitehorn
The most effective communicators use a style that can change on each occasion and be adapted for each individual. This brings out the best in everyone, especially if you are a manager or team leader. These skills need continual practice and fine tuning until they become a natural response which is seen by others as appropriate across a wide range of situations.
01Feb2012

Listen While You Work

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By Lisa Carter
I have long held the belief that good listening is a form of art. That belief has been confirmed for me time and again through literature by licensed psychologists who explain the art of listening. They also acknowledge the rewards to gain from good listening skills as well as consequences suffered when these skills are absent.
01Jan2012

Overcoming Procrastination

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Many people have a tendency to procrastinate. This could be because the task is complicated, you’re unfamiliar with it, there’s a prospect of conflict, or you simply prefer to socialize rather than work! But motivating yourself to “do” rather than “avoid” some tasks will result in higher levels of achievement, satisfaction,
01Jan2012

Confident Body Language

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By Sarah Jeffrey-Gray
Many of us are sometimes unaware of our body language, especially at times when we are under stress. Body language has a large part to play in situations where we want to feel confident and to come over as such to others. So it can be helpful to spend a little time being curious about our own tendencies and what messages we may be giving out.
01Jan2012

Social Media & Internet Investigations

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By Cliff Mosby
For attorneys, and for many of the private investigators that specialize in supporting attorneys in their legal efforts, the world of social media remains largely uncharted territory. Unlike the early explorers who mapped our relatively solid physical world, we are faced with the problem of trying to navigate an ever-changing landscape in the virtual world of the internet.
01Dec2011

Are Good Manners a Requirement for Business Success?

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By Stacey Wagner, The Estrin Report
“Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners.”  Laurence Sterne  As I sat down to write this business etiquette blog for The Estrin Report, I wondered, are good manners a requirement for business success?  Not surprisingly, the answer is an unequivocal no.  
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.
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

Ten Things That Trouble Judges About E-Discovery

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By Craig Ball
As counselor, consultant or court-appointed special master, my law practice revolves around electronically stored information (ESI)–seeking to salvage the wrecks others have made of e-discovery and helping parties to navigate unfamiliar shoals. The goal is to forestall or resolve conflicts with judges incensed by parties’ failure to fulfill e-discovery duties.
01Oct2011

Ten E-Mail Organization Tips

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By Judith Kallos
Who hasn’t experienced frustration trying to organizing their inbox!? I receive close to 400 e-mails each day due to the variety of activities and contacts I have online. For some I am truly interested in their content – most I am not. A big part of keeping your inbox and your e-mail organized is discipline.
01Oct2011

Gaining Respect at Work

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By Michael Hall
Some office environments are not for the faint of heart, where it can be hard not to feel self-conscious or awkward, even if you are a confident person in your personal life. However, it is not as difficult as it may seem to get the confidence you need to have successful relationships at work.
01Oct2011

The Paralegal World According to Sara Youngers

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By Chere Estrin,
Sara Youngers has a unique position.  In addition to working in litigation, Youngers also works on legal billing fee analyses.  In other words, she may be auditing the time your law firm bills to its clients.  In an exclusive Q&A, Youngers talks about her career, her duties,
01Oct2011

Dealing with Negative People

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By Sarah Jeffrey-Gray
We spend more time at work than at home with our family or out with our friends. The relationships which we have at work (whether with clients or colleagues) and how we react to the people involved make a significant contribution to our overall happiness and sense of well-being.
01Aug2011

Why Punctuality Matters

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By Ali Luke
Do you often find yourself running late? Perhaps it’s been a life-long problem – at college, you were always sloping into class five minutes after the professor had begun. It might not have mattered too much then … but in the working world, punctuality is crucial.
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.
01Aug2011

Why Did I Become a Paralegal?

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I currently work as a Litigation Paralegal in arguably one of the most renowned personal injury firms in the State of Indiana. Our firm’s founder, Louis “Buddy” Yosha, has earned legendary status during his impressive career as a trial lawyer, which has now spanned more than four decades. He is a fierce and dedicated advocate for the injured and has garnered himself a reputation as a witty,
01Aug2011

Stressed Out and Going Nowhere

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By Chere Estrin, The Estrin Report
Being a tad stressed out lately, I decided to research the topic and, unfortunately, came up with the same old boring routine run-of-the-mill suggestions. There’s nothing worse than for stressed out paralegals and legal professionals to read another article on stress that tells you to: Take a break.
01Aug2011

Why Did I Become a Paralegal?

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I currently work as a Litigation Paralegal in arguably one of the most renowned personal injury firms in the State of Indiana. Our firm’s founder, Louis “Buddy” Yosha, has earned legendary status during his impressive career as a trial lawyer, which has now spanned more than four decades. He is a fierce and dedicated advocate for the injured and has garnered himself a reputation as a witty,
01Aug2011

Methods of Backing Up Work

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By Sally Jenkins
Do you make regular backup copies of your work? We all know how temperamental computers can be – one minute they’re working fine and then the next they freeze up and refuse to do anything. Usually the ‘turn it off and back on again’ method brings the machine back to life and everything is hunky-dory again,
01Aug2011

Doing Things Carefully

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wisdompage.com
My brother Dave has the attitude. I first noticed it twenty years ago when he showed me the boat he’d built. What a beauty! Every piece of hand-shaped wood was just right, and he’d given the boat many coats of spar varnish. This brought out the richness of the wood’s grain and color to the point where it almost glowed.
01Jul2011

The Value of a Paralegal Degree

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Ring the Bell! Above the Law Posts Postive,  Non-Caustic, Straight-Forward Article About  the Value of a Paralegal Degree.
Above the Law contacted me about 10 days ago with some very good questions about the paralegal field.  And, interestingly enough, they were not looking to do a sarcastic piece nor make offensive remarks about the paralegal career.
01Jul2011

Ediscovery, My How You’ve Grown

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By John Tredennick, Catalyst Repository Systems
I got an email the other day from Justin, our business development rep in Chicago. He was writing about a case we had been helping with for maybe a year now. It was an interesting matter but nothing out of the ordinary. I believe they have about 150,000 documents on the site.
01Jun2011

10 Unknown Google Tips

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By Chere Estrin
Someone sent me the following list of neat Google tricks. I wish I could give credit to the writer, so forgive me about that. If anyone knows, let me know. However, here are new ways to use Google that we all can use: Definitions Pull up the definition of the word by typing “define”
01Jun2011

Heroes in the Field

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How One Paralegal Overcame Tremendous Obstacles to be Recognized and 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. Domestic violence affects people of all ages,
01Jun2011

What’s a CRR, Anyway?

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What does CRR mean? As court reporters, we all know CRR stands for Certified Realtime Reporter – that coveted certification that allows us to shout with pride that we possess skills such as writing realtime at speeds of 180 words per minute on literary material for five minutes at 96% accuracy;
01May2011

Top Ten e-Discovery Issues

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By Judge Andrew Peck and David Lender
United States Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Peck for the S.D.N.Y., and practicing attorney, David J. Lender, have written a Top Ten list of e-discovery issues that is worthy of your attention. 10 Key E-Discovery Issues In 2011: Expert Insight to Manage Successfully (Metropolitan Corp.
01May2011

Steps to Being a Successful Legal Secretary

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By Seamus Ryan
“A well-known law firm is looking to recruit a highly motivated and skilled legal secretary. Work 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for a competitive salary and the opportunity to develop your own professional skills in a challenging and fast-paced environment.” Does this advert look familiar? If you have been job hunting for any length of time,
01May2011

Developing a Positive Attitude

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By Des Whitehorn
Attitude is a mind-set. It is the way you look at things mentally. When things are going well, a positive attitude is easy to maintain. But we’re all human and something will always happen to test our positive mind-set. So when that happens, here are the top 10 tips to help you bounce back and regain a positive outlook: Nurture your funny focus.
01May2011

Minute Taking

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By Judith Di-Castri
Minutes are a factual, impartial and balanced record of the decisions and summary of a meeting. As such they should be an accurate, brief and clear snapshot of what was discussed, what was agreed, and what action is to be taken, by whom and by when.
01Apr2011

Proofreading Tips

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By Judith Di-Castri
Proofreading is the final, key, stage of writing.  You will have spent time planing, writing and re-writing your document so make sure you also invest he time in profreading.  A silly spelling eror or missing apostrophe could change the meaning of your message and it will definitely give the wrong impression of you an you firm. 
01Apr2011

Fight the Battle Against Clutter

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There are countless declutter gurus online that promise to help you get clutter-free, so which advice is the best for YOU? The truth of the matter is that whatever decluttering technique you choose to follow, it will only work if you really go at it — if you work hard and commit yourself to getting clutter-free.
01Mar2011

The Paralegal’s Greatest Asset is the Legal Secretary

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USLegal
When a paralegal first joins a firm, it is natural for the paralegal to look up to the lawyer as the mentor. After a few days, the paralegal soon learns that the nearest and most accessible mentor is his secretary. Because the secretary is hidden behind the computer with a dangly headset,
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.
01Feb2011

Want Transcripts Delivered to a Smartphone at No Charge? No Problem.

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Mobile Transcript is an app that provides you with the ability to fully utilize deposition transcripts on your smartphone. We upload your transcripts to the Mobile Transcript website, which in turn downloads the transcripts to your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Blackberry devices. And it doesn’t cost you anything. Mobile Transcript allows you to: highlight and flag text;
01Feb2011

Using an iPad to Recreate a Scene in a Deposition

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By Jeff Richardson
As technology advances, paralegals get more and more in tune with software which can assist us, personally and professionally.  Paralegals are consistently looking for ways to streamline our organizational structure with technology, from word processing to trial presentation software.  As technology advances, society continually looks for the smaller,
01Jan2011

Realtime Reporter’s Toolbox – Part 2

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NCRA Tech Tracker
Maintaining your toolbox will ensure successful troubleshooting as well as giving you additional peace of mind. In Part One, we covered the Cabled Realtime Toolbox. Here we address the Wireless Realtime Toolbox. Wireless Realtime Toolbox Long extension cord Electrical adapters (available at any hardware store) Grounding plug (two-prong to three-prong) Three-prong to two-prong adapter Power strip/surge protector Extension cord Safety strip/tape to cover electrical cords Realtime software for counsel to load on their computer Extra computers to use as Receive Laptops Netbooks work best as they are compact ,
01Jan2011

Realtime Reporter’s Toolbox – Part 1

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NCRA Tech Tracker
“Hope for the best and prepare for the worst” is an axiom that pertains to successfully troubleshooting realtime hookups. Preparations begin and end with a complete “Realtime Reporter’s Toolbox” with the necessary tools of the trade. Do not be swayed to think you will never encounter a problem.
01Jan2011

Interactive Realtime 301

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Use your tools of realtime reporting to take you beyond realtime, leaving a mark of excellence with your client.  It’s not a difficult task to accomplish; it’s a matter of having the confidence to provide the value-add services that realtime reporting allows the court reporter. The Realtime Systems Administrator (RSA) Workshop/Exam will empower you with the confidence to guarantee realtime connectivity to your client,
01Jan2011

Want Transcripts Delivered to a Smartphone at No Charge? No Problem.

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Atkinson-Baker is now offering Mobile Transcripts to our clients. This new service is not something reporters will use but reporters should be familiar with it in case an attorney mentions it or wants to order it. Mobile Transcript is an app that provides you with the ability to fully utilize deposition transcripts on your smartphone.
01Jan2011

Interactive Realtime 201

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You’re going live now with your Interactive Realtime skills.  You’re confident you have prepared to successfully meet the expectations of providing stellar interactive realtime skills, including troubleshooting realtime connections, loading drivers, teaching counsel and the court the quick-and-easy functions on their realtime viewers and, in the process, still manage to write “perfect” realtime!
01Jan2011

10 Tips for Setting Work Goals

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By Jonah Isbell
Here are some great tips if you are thinking about setting work goals. Choose at least one long-term goal (minimum one year) Make sure your goals are achievable. If they are too easy you won’t have much success to show for them and if they are too hard you will get discouraged.