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01Jun2009

May Trivia

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Question: What is the correct term for the omission of a final syllable, sound or letter in a word? For example, in “a cup o’ tea” where the “f” is dropped. Answer: Apocope n. The loss of one or more sounds, letter or syllable from the end of a word. Elision is more general as a term and refers to any leaving out of sounds especially in rapid speech: plice for police,
01Jun2009

How to Effectively Handle Privileged Emails

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By Sue Seeley, Manager for Legal Services, IE Discovery, Inc. This article first appeared in ALSP Update – May 2009 During the past fifteen years, e-mail has transformed how we work, emerging from relative obscurity to become the way most of us communicate on the job. Unfortunately for attorneys and litigation support professionals,
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.
01Apr2009

Free Reporter Software Makes Things Easier

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Immediately send electronically signed transcripts to ABI at any time for immediate production. Only 20% of ABI reporters have enrolled and are taking advantage of RealLegal’s Reporter E-Transcript software which is available to ABI reporters at no cost. If you haven’t already, we are inviting you below* to enroll and start increasing your productivity today.
01Apr2009

What Clients Are Saying About ABI Reporters

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These were recent kudos to ABI reporters from clients: The reporter was fabulous! She arrived early and was set up before the start time of the depo. She was professional and very pleasant. She was able to keep up with the pace of the depo and she waited until the deposition was over to ask for spellings,
01Apr2009

But I’m Not a Morning Person

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By Katiana Louis-Ball, Court Reporter, Miami
A lot of us have the duty of starting work first thing in the morning. We, as reporters, live in a morning-world. The court house is opened at 8 a.m., and depositions typically start at 9 a.m. So, it is in our best interest to become morning people.
01Apr2009

Word Wonders

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QUESTIONS: 1. What is the longest word typed on a standard keyboard with only the left hand? 2. What is the longest word typed on a standard keyboard with only the right hand? 3. What do the words month, orange, silver, and purple have in common? 4. What is the only English word that ends in the letters MT?
01Apr2009

Your Chance to Save Your Career

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Supporting our organizations is key.
The National Level
The world of digital recording is obviously here, and while it is a great advance in court reporting technology, it also serves as a constant threat to the very existence of the human court reporters. You may be aware that there are courts in downtown Atlanta that have already replaced court reporters with digital technology,
01Apr2009

Simple Technology in Litigation

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By Barbara Lynch, Staff Writer
Recently I came across a short piece spotlighting Chicago’s Bartlit, Beck, Herman, Palenchar & Scott (The American Lawyer’s 2008 Litigation Boutique of the Year) whose high-tech backbone drives their trial preparation and gives them the edge in their trial presentations. Philip Beck, one of the firm’s top litigators,
01Apr2009

Discovery in Civil Litigation Cases: Top Ten Tips

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By Lynne DeVenny
Legal Professionals can perform crucial informal and formal discovery tasks in civil litigation cases. When investigating the case facts and reviewing evidence, a knowledgeable legal professional should: Ask clients to immediately provide any and all documentation in their possession regarding the case. Review all available documents carefully.
01Feb2009

Success Story

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My career in legal administration started by chance in the spring of 1960, while I was a junior in high school. In May 2006, I celebrated my 45th year with Mabry & McClelland, LLP. Had anyone told me in 1961 that I would still be working with the same firm 45 years later,
01Feb2009

Are You Vetting?

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By Vicki Voisin, The Paralegal Mentor
Vetting has nothing to do with horses and cows! This is a process of examination and evaluation. Used as a verb, ‘to vet’ means ‘to subject somebody or something to a careful examination or scrutiny, especially when this involves determining suitability for something.’
01Jan2009

Which Backup Solution is Right for You?

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With so many reporters trading in their prehistoric computers for newer models, the wide range of available options can present some pretty tricky decisions for the uninformed. Gone are the days of the one-trick pony, the simple monitor-keyboard-and-floppy PC. With all these decisions to make, how do you identify the best backup solution for your needs?
01Jan2009

Getting Your Financial House in Order

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By Peter Kozak, CFP®, Kozak Financial Advisory, Camarillo, CA
As we begin the New Year, it is the traditional time to review the past year and make some resolutions to improve aspects of our lives in the coming year.  In addition to the perennial favorites of losing weight and getting more exercise,
01Jan2009

What’s a CRR Anyway?

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By Sandy Bunch VanderPol, RMR, CRR, CSR
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;
01Dec2008

A Little Goes a Long Way

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By Kathleen McLaughlin, CSR
Scheduling a deposition is just the beginning of what’s to come: a temporary, but very important relationship between the taking attorney and court reporter, a relationship that is often taken for granted but has a direct effect on the deposition itself. The article below is a fun inside look at the deposition from a reporter’s perspective. 
01Nov2008

Depo Scheduling Tips to Make Things Easier

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By Barbara Lynch, Staff Writer
For your convenience, we offer many scheduling options that are fast and reliable. Be sure to bookmark this page so you’ll have it at your fingertips when different scheduling circumstances arise. Need Easy Access? Click on the “Schedule” button on the home page of our website to access our one-page scheduling form Don’t have time to fill out forms?
01Oct2008

Focusing on the Goal

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By Pamela G. Weyant, RMR, CRR
As freelance reporters, we all know that the ultimate goal is to get the transcripts out the door and delivered to clients in a timely fashion and with accuracy.  But what do you do when you’ve been out every day this week and now the pages are piling up,
01Oct2008

“That’s Not My Job!”

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By Jeannie S. Johnston, This Month’s Contributing Author
We’re all guilty of either saying or thinking this once or twice in our careers (present company included).  The boss asks us to perform a task that we feel is a bit “beneath” us and the phrase magically pops into our brain. 
01Oct2008

A Sincere and Courageous Leader

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Former President George H.W. Bush, Sr. has made it a tradition to do it on his birthday the last few years. Actor Bill Murray just did it last month as sort of a “cleansing” after weathering an emotional divorce recently, and golf sensation Tiger Woods and TV star Chuck Norris did it with a group sponsored by the U.S.
01Oct2008

A Futuristic View of the Auto-Coding Industry

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The time? Circa 1950. The problem? A large number of documents need to be organized, indexed, and reviewed for the purposes of discovery and ultimate production. Issues such as privilege, waiver, redaction, and even basic identification and scope must be confronted. The solution? Dive in headfirst and be thankful that half a century ago the norm in the majority of cases was that you were dealing with fewer rather than more documents.
01Oct2008

Managing Stress in the Law Office

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Is stress really different for those of us who work in a law office?  There may be people who tend to think that stress is stress is stress…however, I’ve worked within a law office and I’ve worked in non-legal environments and my first-hand experience leads me to believe it is a different type of stress. 
01Sep2008

Working Harder or Working Smarter?

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By Mary Girsch-Bock, Legal Software Specialist/Consultant
According to Daniel Siegel, a practicing attorney and president of Integrated Technology Services in Havertown, Pa., transcription software is one of the most useful types of software a law firm can implement, regardless of firm size or case complexity. This news should be of particular interest to paralegals,
01Sep2008

Whaddya Mean You Missed the Deadline?

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“Whaddya Mean You Missed the Deadline???” The dreaded question for all legal staffers whether you are a legal secretary, legal assistant or paralegal. Missing the dreaded deadline could, in fact, cause you to lose your job.
I know, I know, the attorney is ultimately the one whom the local bar holds responsible for the work product.
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.
11Aug2008

Coping with Change

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America is a land of wonders, in which everything is in constant motion and every change seems an improvement.” Nearly two centuries have passed since Alexis de Tocqueville made the above comment in his treatise Democracy in America, and we still haven’t begun to slow down. While people may disagree on whether “every change seems an improvement,”
01Jul2008

Realtime in the Classroom

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By Lisa M. Rollins, RPR
As I begin this article, I am reflecting on a late night not so long ago when I was studiously working on my “homework.” That particular evening it was necessary for me to preview a videotape entitled “Enchanted Cities of Europe” and enter any new words into my steno dictionary.
01Jul2008

The Importance of Continuing Education

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Over the last few years, the number of adults who are continuing with their education has increased tremendously. This term “continuing education” describes the opportunity and process of learning new skills and acquiring knowledge that is far superior to what we are taught during our formal schooling years.
Most people opt for continued education to further their knowledge base and even their employability.
01Jul2008

Fine Tune Your Skills and Expand Your Knowledge

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We know how hard you have worked to become a professional, and we want to help you become the best Reporter you can be. Here are some resources that can help you reach your potential and even exceed your own expectations – and, at the same time, broaden your knowledge of the Court Reporting industry.
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. 
01Jun2008

Are You an Information Front-Seater or Back-Seater?

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By Gary Simpson, Author and Motivational Speaker, World Conferences
During my never ending quest for knowledge on business, investment, motivation, personal development and other topics that interest me I have attended countless seminars. Some were excellent and some were – well, let’s just say… interesting. Something always strikes me at these seminars.
17Feb2008

The Evolution of the Paralegal and Their Future Sophistication

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By Sterling Wheeler Dixon,
CBA, Certified Bankruptcy Assistant/Certified Paralegal I am a paralegal. To be more precise, a litigation paralegal, but a paralegal just the same. My first legal job was for Orange County back in the early 1980s, and once I started in the legal field it did not take long for me to determine that was exactly where I wanted to be.
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,
01Jan2008

Making More for Your Time

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EFFICIENCY TO THE RESCUE Time is a very important commodity, especially to a Court Reporter. The management skills involved are stressful at best, and as we all know, there are never enough hours in the day to accomplish all your tasks. There are a few different ways a Court Reporter can make more income for time expended.
01Dec2007

ECF: Everything’s Event-ual

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A while back, opposing counsel in one of my cases electronically filed two documents in federal court — both within a week of each other — using the same incorrect event. First one document, and then a second, were filed using the “motion” event, which wasn’t even close to what they really were.
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!