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07Jan2019

2018 Word of the Year

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By National Court Reporters Association Current events seem to play a big role in this year’s decisions by dictionary makers for a word of the year. Merriam-Webster Merriam-Webster chose “justice” as their word of the year. The company cited a variety of reasons the word won the top spot. According to Merriam-Webster,
07Jan2019

Building Professional Confidence: Why and How

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By Jennifer Anderson Perhaps more than any other profession, the legal industry requires a certain degree of confidence. Want to convince a supervising attorney that you can handle a greater degree of responsibility? You’ll need confidence. Want to convince a client that your firm is the best one to handle their legal matter?
07Jan2019

Legal Tech’s Predictions for 2019 in E-Discovery

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By Zach Warren Many now consider e-discovery to be a mature market, but that doesn’t mean the pace of innovation is necessarily slowing down. On the contrary, 2018 saw the adoption of new technologies like beginning-of-EDRM analytics at a wider scale, a focus on expanding e-discovery technology into adjacent spaces like information governance,
07Jan2019

The Discovery Update – January 2019

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Hello, Here are some articles which discuss the relevance of social media in e-discovery and some e-discovery predictions for 2019. As a reminder, if you haven’t yet ordered our hard copy 2019 calendar and would like us to mail you one containing all court holidays, please click here. Best wishes for productive 2019 planning!
11Jun2018

Email Threading: One of the Most Overlooked Gems in eDiscovery

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By Kelly Twigger Almost every event I attend has a session on eDiscovery analytics, and with good reason.  When you’re facing a database of several thousand to millions of documents, you need ways to figure out what’s there without reviewing every single document. Let’s face it, that’s pretty much every case these days.
09May2017

How to be Assertive

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Assertiveness is a direct, honest, and respectful way of behaving and interacting with others.  It is seen as one of the most desirable forms of human behaviour as it leads to honest and healthy relationships.  As a legal secretary, the ability to be assertive will help you greatly in your career to communicate effectively with your colleagues and boss.
23Jan2017

The Top Twenty-Two Most Interesting e-Discovery Opinions of 2016

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By Ralph Losey This 30,000-plus word essay describes the e-Discovery Team’s top twenty-two most interesting cases in 2016.  Click here to download a PDF version.  We provide an analysis and key quotes of each, lessons learned, and, where appropriate, practice pointers.  We also explain why we find these opinions interesting.  We start with the twenty-second ranked case, 
18Dec2016

Broad Discovery Requests and Objecting with Specificity

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By Josh Gilliland Drafting discovery requests is an art.  Knowing how to object is a skill.  Producing responsive information takes both skills. Federal Courts are serious about objections now must “state with specificity” the reasons for an objection, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure Rule 34(b)(2(B).  Judge Richard Bourgeois stated the following after citing the new rule in a trucking accident case: “Any general objection presumably applicable to all discovery requests that fails to comply with Rule 34 is insufficient and will not be considered by the Court.” 
19Oct2016

How to Mind Map

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Mind mapping is a very powerful technique for promoting creative thinking and improving memory.  Developed by Tony Buzan, it has become a very widely used tool, primarily because it is such a visual way of planning or remembering things.  So if you need to plan or remember something, here are the top ten tips for creating and using a mind map: 1.
18Oct2016

The Discovery Update – October 2016

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Hello, Our court reporters, conference rooms, videographers, last-minute coverage, and interpreters can be immediately scheduled all at once in convenient locations in any city nationwide.  Many of our clients have benefited from the time we save them, and they have realized how it lessens the stresses of their jobs.  We hope that you utilize our services nationwide and locally so you can benefit,
21Sep2016

Workplace Bullying

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Workplace bullying is a serious problem which affects many individuals on a daily basis.  Sometimes people are not even aware that they are being bullied or are too afraid to speak up out of fear of being fired.  Did you know that workplace bullying can have a direct impact on your work performance and can hinder your career? 
28Jun2016

Embracing New Computer Forensics Paradigms

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Computer forensics is a fast-changing industry. New mobile devices, increased use of the cloud to store data, and social media all present new challenges to collecting data. It’s not enough to limit a data collection to files and emails anymore. Smartphones, tablets, email, instant messaging platforms, traditional file shares, and more all need to be included in a collection.
23Mar2016

Thirty Days to Success

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A powerful personal growth tool is the 30-day trial. This is a concept I borrowed from the shareware industry, where you can download a trial version of a piece of software and try it out risk-free for 30 days before you’re required to buy the full version. It’s also a great way to develop new habits,
22Dec2015

Proportionality in Asymmetrical Discovery

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The Plaintiffs and Defendants in an SEC case highlight the importance of proportionality between asymmetrical parties. In such cases, one side has all of the electronically stored information for discovery requests; the other side does all the requesting. However, the smaller party can have an extremely high burden reviewing any produced ESI,
20Oct2015

Sorting Out the Real Cost and Value of E-Discovery Technology

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There has been a bit of talk lately in the e-discovery echo chamber about fixed-price models for processing, hosting, review, and productions. The purported goal of this discussion was to create a stir and drum up business. Yet conspicuously absent from this entire discussion was talk of total cost, aka value. 
23Sep2015

Tips to Stay on Track and Reach Your Goals

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Working as a Legal Secretary will require you to be extremely focused and organized in order to adhere to tight deadlines and to keep up with the fast-paced legal industry. Dividing your work or objectives into specific goals is an important part of managing your workload and achieving your overall ambitions.
23Sep2015

Five Powerhouse Strategies for Creating Administrative Peer Power

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Coming together is better than fighting for your own agenda. When you are trying to create change, whether in a process or for the administrative community in your organization, it is much easier to be persuasive when there is a group. There is strength in unity. Whether there are two administrative professionals in your office or 200,
22Sep2015

Addressing the Continuing Challenges of Mobile Devices

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Organizations should develop a plan to tackle the data security, information retention, and e-discovery problems arising from mobile devices. The challenges associated with mobile device use continue to be splashed across the headlines. This year alone has seen various reports on mobile mishaps involving Samsung, Starbucks, the former U.S. Secretary of State,
22Sep2015

In Legal Search Exact Recall Can Never Be Known

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In legal search you can never know exactly what recall level you have attained. You can only know a probable range of recall. For instance, you can never know that you have attained 80 percent recall, but you can know that you have attained between 70 percent and 90 percent recall.
06May2015

Benefits of Joining a Professional Organization

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Joining a professional organization is extremely important to your career if your main goal is to learn, grow, and network with other like-minded individuals. It exposes you to things you might not have been aware of and keeps you informed about current trends within the marketplace. I have heard many complain about not getting much from the professional organizations they join.
15Dec2014

Riddle November 2014

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Last Month’s Riddle I build up castles. I tear down mountains. I make some men blind. I help others to see. What am I? Answer:  SAND castles. SAND can erode mountains. SAND in your eyes blinds you (momentarily). SAND is used to make glass, so glasses to see. Thank you to all of you who submitted correct answers,
01Oct2014

Make Sure Your Expert Understands These 8 Key Points Before Testifying at Deposition or Trial

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Experts are a tool to help you win your client’s case and maximize damages.  Period.  You should use only the experts who will help you achieve these goals and only to the extent necessary to achieve the goals. Simply hiring and paying an expert, sending the expert some documents to review and then turning that expert loose in deposition or trial is not the most effective way to prepare your case. 
07Jan2014

The Reporter E-letter

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The Reporter, our e-letter for court reporters, is emailed to ABI reporters quarterly and it includes articles, helpful tools, tips and and resources. Topics range from technical tips to time management as well as stories about fellow reporters sharing the joys and demands of freelance reporting successfully. Many of these topics are broadly applicable to all business persons,
07Jan2014

Privacy Policy

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Disclosure of Customer Data Atkinson-Baker, Inc. does not provide, sell or make available its customer list, or any part or subset of its customer data, to any third parties. Data that we have about our clients is for our own use only. Linked Sites There are links on Atkinson-Baker web sites to other sites.
01Nov2013

NEW Version of Active Client Services

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The NEW version of our Active Client Services Center (ACS), which has been re-tooled to better suit our clients’ needs, is open, working, and available to anyone who wishes to use it. Currently optional, the new version of ACS will replace the existing version some time during November, with the date to be announced.
01Mar2013

Court Reporters Still Key Part of Process

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Carrie Nauman manages lists in her head while performing her job: family schedules, groceries, lunch plans, etc. She said she is one the few people who actually would do worse at her job when she pays attention to what is being said around her, which, in many cases, is life-changing for the involved individuals.
01May2011

Musings by a Retired Judge

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Court references are not appropriate for all cases and the authority of the courts to appoint referees or special masters is accordingly limited. Nevertheless in cases for which the appointment of a referee or special master is appropriate, a reference can assist the parties in achieving economic, streamlined resolution of discovery disputes.
01Mar2011

Setting Up Review Workflows for Multi-Language Documents

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The world is getting smaller. For large corporations, it is virtually certain that their operations span multiple countries. But it is no longer just large corporations that operate globally. These days, even small and mid-sized businesses are likely to have international components. When a business is international, then any legal matters involving that business are also likely to be international in scope.
21Feb2011

iPad as a Legal Tool

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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, more portable, most functional option.
01Dec2010

Tangled

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01Dec2010

Mobile Transcript

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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;
01Nov2010

Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger

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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.
01Oct2009

The Top 10 Killer Deposition Questions

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One of the prime reasons to spend the time and money to depose an adverse witness is to gather impeachment material.  Other than hiring a private investigator to delve into the witness’s past, the deposition is the most effective tool in the lawyer’s arsenal for uncovering dirt and chipping away at credibility. 
01Jul2009

Privilege Logs

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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,
01Jun2009

May Trivia Answers

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Question: Who was the author of Rifle and Light Infantry Tactics, which was used by both sides in the Civil War? Answer: William J. Hardee Hardee’s Tactics was the standard textbook of infantry tactics for both sides during the American Civil War. It was written by William Hardee while he was an instructor at West Point.
01Mar2009

12 Step Recovery Program

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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.