The ABI Reporter E-Letter Articles

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.
01Jan2011

New Year’s Resolutions – How Planning Can Make A Difference!

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By Andrew Papas
It’s another New Year. Many people greet the new year with enthusiasm and happiness, inspiring them with new hopes, longing and excitement. On New Year’s eve many people hold parties to greet the New Year ahead in the company of family and friends and to make resolutions which they hope to keep as they look forward to a fresh start by resolving to improve to make the New Year a better one.
01Dec2010

Four Reasons Why Legal Professionals Succeed (or Fail)

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By Chere B. Estrin, Editor-in-Chief, KNOW Magazine
It’s around this time that most of us decide it’s time to change some aspect of our lives.  We decide that : We’re taking the train to Skinny-land – going on the final diet, the BIG one – the one that will mean that we’re finally,
01Nov2010

Where’s the Glamour?

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Ten years ago, my favorite southern belle, Shelby (a/k/a Julia Roberts), lit up the big screen portraying a woman that I, for one, had never heard of. As a result of her performance, everyone in America got a taste for the paralegal profession’s sexy, mysterious, and seemingly thrilling job description. 
01Nov2010

Legal Research 101: Tips and Tricks

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Over twenty years ago, I took my first steps into a law library.  At the age of seventeen, my first impression was of awe as I was confronted by rows and rows of legal authorities, most of which would lead me to yet another legal authority.  The biggest question in my mind on that first day was how I would determine not only where to start my research,
01Nov2010

Embracing the Technological Age of Document Management

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Paralegals spend enormous amounts of time dealing with organization, discovery, and other methods of trial preparation. As technology advances, so does the need for increased organization, planning and focus in litigation. Our role continues to evolve with the development and implementation of case management software. The key to case management success is acknowledging that managing each case is similar to managing a complex project and demands the same attention.
01Oct2010

Developing Proactivity

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By Des Whitehorn
Pro-activity means not waiting to be asked, but having an ability to think ahead and anticipate needs, difficulties and different ways of achieving a necessary outcome. Pro-activity also means being able to identify and solve problems by making decisions. To do all this requires knowledge, which needs constant updating plus a conscious effort to seek it out.
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.
01Sep2010

Interactive Realtime 101

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As external factors continue to threaten the very existence of our stenographic profession, we must strive for excellence in what makes what we do the best choice for the legal community, and that’s interactive realtime reporting. I am both pleased and honored to provide you with some knowledge I’ve learned over the past 20 years of providing interactive realtime reporting in the judicial setting.
01Sep2010

Are You Too Efficient To Be Effective?

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By Ali Hale, Aliventures: Getting More From Life
“Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.” (Peter Drucker) Do you pride yourself on being as efficient as possible? Can you race through “12,853 Articles, Forum Topics & Blog Posts” each week? Is your email inbox always empty?
01Sep2010

Electronic Data Discovery for Everybody

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By Craig Ball, for Law Technology News
Electronic data discovery is just for big budget cases involving big companies, handled by big firms. Right. And suffrage is just for white, male landowners. Some Neanderthal notions take longer than others to get shown the door, and it’s time to explode the myth that e-discovery is just for the country club set.
01Sep2010

Staying Productive When You’re Unmotivated – 4 Tips

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We’d all like to fit more into the day. Whether we’re chasing a promotion at work, hoping to ace a class in college, or trying to get our small business up and running, we want to pack as much as possible into every hour. Productivity often takes a nose-dive, though, when we’re feeling unmotivated.
01Aug2010

Working Well as a Team

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Teams are generally made up of all sorts of different types of people with different strengths and weaknesses. When the team works in balance, each member of the team feels encouraged to contribute his or her own strengths and capabilities to the team to support it, and the individual needs of each person (as opposed to things he or she might just want!) are respected.
01Aug2010

The Distinguished Profession

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By Efoli Ekot, Dedicated, The Legal Secretary Journal
The word “Secretary” is derived from the Latin word secrenere meaning “to distinguish” or “to set apart” and the passive participle (secretum) meaning “having been set apart,” with the eventual connotation of something private or confidential. Therefore, a Secretarius was a person overseeing business confidentially,
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,
01Jul2010

Minimizing Interruptions

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By Des Whitehorn, Dedicated, The Legal Secretary Journal, London, England
Have you ever noticed how much more you can get done on the occasional day that you work away from the office? So where does the time go in the office? A “quick” question from a colleague, a phone call,
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,
01May2010

Organizational Tips for Your Home Office

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Having an organized work space can make working at home much more enjoyable and less of a drudgery. A disorganized workspace adds extra stress to the day. Here are a few simple organizational tips to get your office in proper working order and help you work more efficiently and with greater enthusiasm.
01May2010

Three Ways an Expert Witness Can Save Firms

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By Barry Jay Epstein, Ph.D., CPA and Elaine Vullmahn, CPA, CIA
Many law firms unknowingly, and unnecessarily, sacrifice limited billable hours by only utilizing an expert witness and litigation support staff during the final trial phase. Law firms can improve efficiency throughout the litigation process by retaining an expert witness early on,
01May2010

The Five Golden Rules for Successful Goal Setting

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Have you thought about what you want to be doing in five years’ time? Are you clear about what your main objective at work is at the moment? Do you know what you want to have achieved by the end of today? If you want to succeed, you need to set goals.
01May2010

The Choreography of Trial Preparation

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By Barbara J. Ebenstein, Esq
Choreography is the art of making dances. The choreographer arranges movement, lights, and sound in a deliberate manner to convey a concept, set a mood, or tell a story. Trial preparation is like a choreography in that it is a deliberate arrangement of elements to convey a concept and tell a story from a particular point of view.
01Mar2010

Hyphenating Letter-For-Letter Spelling

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Most of us know that we hyphenate letter-for-letter spelling. These rules talk about the capitalization and what it looks like when the spelling is started mid-word or is interrupted and then picked up again.
HYPHEN RULE: Hyphenate letter-for-letter spelling. I spoke with Mary Donnell, D-o-n-n-e-l-l. It is 438 Sepulveda,
01Mar2010

If I Knew I Couldn’t Fail

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By Jane Faulkner for KNOW Magazine
What would you do if you knew you could not fail? We invited lawyers at a recent CLE to answer this question, repeatedly, until they connected with their creative sides. They were surprised at what opened up. One lawyer said, “Suddenly it dawned on me that if I stay true to who I am,
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.
01Feb2010

How to Find Meaning in Your Work

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You have days when there just seems no point to what you’re doing – where it all feels futile or meaningless. Your motivation is low, yet the work still needs to be done. You might work for an employer, or you might be self-employed. Your “work” might be paid, or it might be unpaid – being a full-time parent,
01Feb2010

When to Say No to Your Dream Job

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Have you ever wondered what might have happened in your life if you had chosen one road over another?  I mean, what really might have happened?
I don’t make a habit of writing about my own experiences but…..a few years ago while minding my own business (literally), I was approached by a major staffing organization (big players – cool $5+ billion a year in revenue) to head up their $50 million legal staffing division.
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.
01Jan2010

Brief Forms of the Suffix “Ship”

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The California Court Reporting Association
Recently received an inquiry from a reporter taking an NCRA test, and she said that the word “leadership” threw her off. She did not have a brief form for it and wished she had. Below is a list of words containing the suffix “ship.”
Acquaintanceship KWAIP Apprenticeship PRAEP Atty-Client Relationship TOERL Authorship THAORP Bipartisanship BARP Casual Relationship KAUFLGS Censorship SHORP Chairmanship CHARP Championship CHAOP Citizenship SHOIP Companionship SKAOP Conservatorship SKEFRP Dealership DLERP Distributorship DRIRP Fellowship FLEP Friendship FRIP or FROIP Hardship H-RP or HOIRP Home ownership HOERP Internship SPWERP Leadership LERP or LOIRP Membership MEP Ownership OERP or OIP Partnership PIP or POIRP Proprietorship PRORP Receivership SAOEFRP Relationship RAEP Salesmanship SMIP Scholarship SKLARP Sexual Relationship SWREP Sole Proprietorship SPRIP Sponsorship SPOIP Survivorship SWAOIFRP Township TWIP Sponsorship SPOIP Trusteeship TROIP Workmaship WRA*P ©Copyright 2008 All rights reserved.
01Jan2010

Staying Productive When You’re Unmotivated

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By Ali Hale, Aliventures: Getting More From Life
We’d all like to fit more into the day. Whether we’re chasing a promotion at work, hoping to ace a class in college, or trying to get our small business up and running, we want to pack as much as possible into every hour.
01Jan2010

Realistic “To-Do” Lists

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A “to-do” list is a powerful way to organize yourself and to reduce stress.  Have you ever written one and never achieved what’s on it?  Or maybe you’ve written a to-do list but kept putting off the tasks to another day because something ‘more urgent’ cropped up?  If either of these sounds familiar,
01Jan2010

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.
01Jan2010

The Word “However”

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By Margie Wakeman Wells, College of Court Reporting
The word “however” can have different functions within a sentence. Depending on the function, punctuation differs. RULE: Use a semicolon or period in front and a comma after the word “however” when it is used as the first word in a sentence.
01Jan2010

The Heroes of Last-Minute Depositions

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By Barbara Lynch, Staff Writer
My first approach to writing this article was to open with a scenario that litigation professionals could relate to with regard to scheduling last-minute depositions: the stress it can cause with the high chance of something not going right. But I didn’t want to insult anyone’s intelligence by pointing out something that we are all too familiar with:  Litigation professionals know firsthand how deposition planning can be unpredictable due to multiple parties’ calendars needing to be aligned,
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

The Importance of Setting and Achieving Goals

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By Elena Fawkner
With rare exceptions, nothing truly worthwhile in life happens by accident. Sure, you may win the lottery but what are the odds?  What if you could achieve everything you ever wanted without winning the lottery?  What if it was as simple as deciding where you wanted to go and planning the route to get there? 
01Nov2009

An Online Comfort Zone for Firms

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By Barbara Lynch, Staff Writer
“Are you Tweeting?” That seems to be a popular question being asked in social circles. When I say “no” to that question and then top it off by saying that it’s still challenging for me to walk and “text” at the same time or that I don’t have a Facebook® page,
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.
01Nov2009

A Chicago Paralegal’s Rewards and Challenges in Litigation

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By Barbara Lynch, Staff Writer
“What was one of your most embarrassing moments?” I think we all have been asked that question before. For me, quite honestly, besides accidentally pouring iced tea into a man’s coffee cup during my waitressing days, I really hadn’t experienced any red face-turning moments.
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,
01Oct2009

Trailing Off and Splitting Words

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By Margie Wakeman Wells
The Dash or the Ellipsis for Trailing Off The use of the ellipsis to show trailing off has gained favor in many segments of the court reporting community. Many reporters express a desire to distinguish between a speaker who trails off and a speaker who is interrupted.
01Oct2009

Five Ways to Make Your Client Feel Important

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By Trey Ryder
Often, clients change law firms because of what they perceive to be rudeness or the feeling of indifference by their lawyers. This is why you and your employees should make sure every client knows he is an important part of your law practice. This must be apparent in both your words and actions,
01Sep2009

Video Conferencing

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During the discovery process, when people can’t be in the same location at the same time, videoconferencing is a very convenient way of communicating while still being able to observe facial expressions, mannerisms, and body language. According to an article last month in Portland’s Oregonian newspaper, big businesses like Cisco and Hewlett Packard have reduced their travel budgets immensely with Cisco saving $5 million annually and HP slicing 30% off their travel expenses because of,
01Sep2009

Something for Nothing? Not Really

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By Cassie B. Hanson, Minnesota Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility
Depositions with us are a gas — get a  $25 gas card for every depo! Sir Roy Harrod, the English economist, once famously opined, “The most basic law of economics is that one cannot get something for nothing.” The principle that nothing comes for free may be a fundamental tenet of economics,