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14Jul2020

A Thank You for a Captioning Job Well Done

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By National Court Reporters Association and Sheri Smargon I realtimed a job a couple years ago for a writers’ national literary conference holding their annual convention in Tampa Bay, FL, where I live. I was contacted by the Disabilities Coordinator for the group after he did a search of the NCRA Sourcebook to find a local CART provider.
06Jul2020

Videoconferencing Tips for Making the Most of Virtual Meetings

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By Lindsey Dean From the “flush heard around the country” to lawyers appearing on virtual court hearings shirtless and in bed, the legal world has already encountered quite a few challenges and cringey moments as justice moves online. Maybe the stakes aren’t immediately as high as some of the above examples—or maybe your attorneys have already experienced some of the same.
30May2020

How to Use Strong Verbs to Add Punch to Your Writing

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By Derek Haines The difference between the terms “strong verbs” and “weak verbs” can be a little confusing at first. There are three ways to define the strength of verbs. First, there is a linguistic basis. Then there is a simple contrast between active and static verbs. Lastly,  there is a literary definition.
30May2020

No Excuses: Remote Depositions Required in the Age of COVID-19

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By Tamara Fraizer and Steven Auvil Today’s litigators are advocates and strategists, excelling in the application of rules, the art of negotiation, and the power of oral argument, and they use these tools to achieve the best possible outcomes for their clients. In the age of COVID-19, with stay-at-home orders in effect across much of the nation,
11May2020

Use of the “Unintelligible” Parenthetical

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By CA Court Reporters Board When is it appropriate to use the parentheticals “speaking indistinctly” or “unintelligible” in a transcript? Here is what the CA Court Reporters Board has to say: Q: My question is if it would be okay to use “(speaking indistinctly)” blurbs instead of “(unintelligible)” blurbs in the transcript of a person who I struggled really,
11May2020

Five Tips for Looking Great in Remote Depositions

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By Lynette Mueller Over the past several weeks, I’ve been refining my Zoom setup for remote depositions. Last week I shared how to optimize internet connections. This week let’s talk about video optimization! Everyone wants to look their professional best when handling depositions for their clients. Even though we are the “silent person” in the legal proceedings,
04May2020

Zoom Videoconferencing 101

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By Nicole Black It’s been a few weeks since we collectively began to “shelter in place.” Working from home has become the newfound reality for many lawyers.  Many of you are likely in the process of trying to determine how to work remotely both effectively and efficiently. As you put systems in place to facilitate practicing law virtually,
09Apr2020

Zoom Videoconferencing Tips and Tricks

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By Nicole Black
If you’re a lawyer practicing in a state that has instituted a “shelter in place” mandate, your comfortable daily routine has most likely been rudely disrupted. Those of you who are introverts are probably thrilled with this sudden turn of events, but if you’re an extrovert,
07Apr2020

What States Allow Remote and/or Online Notarization

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By NCRA Please note that each state’s notarization laws are different and may only apply to specific proceedings. Please check with your State Notary, Secretary of State, or other regulatory agency for your state’s specific remote notarization or oath administration laws. Lastly, the information provided is not intended, nor should it be construed,
07Apr2020

Tools for Web Conferencing

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By Lynette Mueller In the legal environment that court reporters work in, many clients wish to attend depositions remotely for various reasons. With the high costs of airline travel and the expenses associated with it comes the need to find affordable solutions to take depositions critical to a litigator’s case. Of course,
07Apr2020

FAQs Reporting a Remote Depo

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WHAT HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE DO I NEED? A desk or laptop with a webcam or a tablet, such as an iPad A good internet connection Separate audio source, such as a landline or cell phone Internet service with minimum of 5Mbps upload/download speed. Test speed here: www.speedtest.net HOW IS BEST TO SET UP THE ROOM FOR THE CAMERA? 
03Apr2020

Getting Started With Zoom and Using It Securely

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By Sharon Nelson and John Simek The coronavirus pandemic has forced a lot of lawyers to utilize video conferencing to “meet” with co-workers and clients. One of the more popular video conferencing platforms is Zoom. There are others, but we see Zoom being used the most, especially among solo and small firm lawyers.
01Apr2020

Law Practice Management and Business: COVID-19 Resources for Lawyers

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By Nicole Black It’s been a few weeks since our lives were suddenly interrupted and put on hold by COVID-19, resulting in mandated “social distancing” in many communities. Since that time, for most law firms, business as usual came to a screeching halt, and many were required to close their doors and begin working remotely,
11Mar2020

ABI Reporter – March 2020

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Hello, When you look at it, it’s a pretty amazing service that reporters provide: You record the legal proceedings, writing as fast as people talk.  You weather the stress when people talk on top of each other, cut each other off, use technical jargon, or speak with heavy accents.  You then provide verbatim transcripts,
11Mar2020

Stenographers – We’re Everywhere!

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By  Margary Rogers
The board of the Maryland Court Reporters Association proved that stenographers are everywhere on February 15 during Court Reporting and Captioning Week. We promoted court reporting and stenography at the largest mall in the state of Maryland, Arundel Mills (owned by Simon Property Group), where around 5,000 shoppers visit on an average Saturday and 291,667 shoppers visit each week.
10Mar2020

News Show Highlights the Work of Court Reporters

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On February 20, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow expressed her thanks to court reporters, saying: “It is really hard to get detailed, perfect court transcripts turned around same day so that we in the news media can read from them on the same day that court proceedings happen.” During the segment,
05Mar2020

Do these Habits Exist in your Firm?

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By Jan Hill Times change and priorities evolve. Still it’s likely that every law firm has a few bad habits that can hurt productivity today, even if they once worked fine. Here are some of the most common habits that can harm a law practice and erode client relationships: Not using a docketing system or yours is seriously outdated According to the American Bar Association (ABA),
03Mar2020

The Discovery Update – March 2020

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Hello, Welcome to our March Issue. While over the years we have focused our articles on discovery issues, more recently we have begun to include use of e-technology in the legal arena.   So make sure to check out our coming issues, and let us know what you would like to read about.
03Mar2020

Lawyer iPhone Story

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By Russell Knight and Jeff Richardson I love to hear how other attorneys are using an iPhone or iPad in their law practice, so I always appreciate it when one of you is willing to share what you are using with the rest of the readers of iPhone J.D. Today I am sharing a submission from Russell Knight,
03Mar2020

Eleven eDiscovery Predictions for 2020

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By Mary Rechtoris This January we welcomed a new decade. A new decade feels like the ultimate fresh start—new year, new me. Before you give up on your resolutions, it may be helpful to reflect on the past decade. In the discovery space, there have been no shortage of monumental moments that have shaped the last 10 years, 
03Feb2020

The Legal Research Tools Lawyers are Using in 2020 and Beyond

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By Nicole Black There’s a lot of great technology out there for lawyers. No doubt you already use some of it in your law firm. After all, investing in legal technology tools is one of the most cost-effective ways to streamline your law firm and increase efficiency. But you already know that.
03Feb2020

Judges and Experts Project Next Decade of Discovery

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By Casey Sullivan Think back to the dawn of the 2010s when you were young and your whole life was still ahead of you. Think about what life was like way back then. There was Angry Birds and the first iPads and Mark Zuckerberg on the cover of Time Magazine,
13Jan2020

Best Tech of 2019

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By NCRA Your NCRA Technology Committee has gathered some of the “Best of” articles from the web for our members. So as you make your decision for those last-minute gadget or equipment purchases before the end of the year, this article can be your one-stop source! Need a new scanner? NCRA Technology Committee member Alan Peacock,
13Jan2020

Move to Enjoy a Healthier Career

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By Cindi Lynch Reporters and scopists spend a significant portion of their lives in a seated position. You sit when you write. You sit when you edit. When you’re not working, you most frequently want to sit and relax! The problem is too much sitting can be the source of a number of long-term problems:  weight gain,
09Jan2020

The Reporter – January 2020

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Hello, I hope you had a fantastic holiday.  Please enjoy our first issue of the year! We made sure to include articles on communication, online tips, and a summary of the top ten articles of 2019. Here’s to a very productive year! Best, Sheila Atkinson-Baker
04Jan2020

Mobile Lawyer Trends in 2020

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By Nicole Black We’re nearly two decades into the 21st century, and during those 20 years technology has changed at rates never before seen. The legal industry has not been immune to that change, and survey after survey shows that lawyers are increasingly incorporating technology into their day-to-day practices. The rise of mobile and cloud computing One of the technologies that legal professionals have been the most likely to embrace is mobile computing.
13Nov2019

Reporters Share their Nightmares

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By the NCRA In honor of the Halloween scares, we asked court reporters on social media what bad dreams they have had. Here are some of their responses: I didn’t have my machine, so I was provided a cookie sheet with refried beans spread out, into which I pushed my fingers with steno strokes.
13Nov2019

Seven Ways to Stop Office Overload

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By Jennifer Anderson So many people in the legal profession know the feeling – the to-do list at work just keeps getting longer. Meanwhile, the demands away from work are also growing exponentially. The kids need to be shuttled around from event to event, your well-meaning volunteer position is now just a source of guilt,
03Nov2019

Five Tips for Working with Multiple Attorneys

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By Jennifer Anderson Imagine this scene: A paralegal sits at her desk, waiting for her computer to complete yet another automated update. Attorney #1 walks into her cubicle: Attorney #1: “I’ve got a trial in two weeks and I need you to put together jury instructions by Monday morning. Everything you need can be found in the Complaint,
08Oct2019

ABI Reporter – October 2019

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Hello, This month’s ABI Reporter includes some interesting articles about the use of scopists, the future of captioning, and much more. As always, we appreciate all the feedback you provide us. It allows us to continue developing new and different ways to help you when taking jobs with us. Best wishes,
07Oct2019

Successful Reporter-Scopist Relationships

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By Cindi Lynch When scopists and reporters work as a team, each of them is happier, more productive, and more profitable. Also, with the advent of RealTeam™, reporters and scopists need each other more than ever. However, a lot of reporters say that they’re unhappy with the quality of the scopists they’ve tried,
07Oct2019

You Know You’re a Court Reporter If . . .

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By NCRA We recently asked this fill-in-the-blank question on the NCRA Facebook page. Here are some of the great answers: You know you’re a court reporter if . . . “When you edit and punctuate restaurant menus, church bulletins, billboards (while driving), your text messages to other court reporters, hate the AI functions on your text messaging when they get it wrong,
02Oct2019

Benefiting from Paraprofessionals in Your Law Firm

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By One Legal In the past few years, there has been a lot of buzz in the legal community about paraprofessionals and the ways they can enhance a law practice. For the uninitiated, a legal paraprofessional is someone who is trained to perform certain legal tasks but who is not licensed to practice law. 
30Sep2019

The Discovery Update – October 2019

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Hello, Welcome back to another issue of the Discovery Update. We make it a priority to keep you informed on anything and everything eDiscovery related. If there’s something you’d like to see included in the newsletter, feel free to let us know. Enjoy the read. As we move into the fall season,
30Sep2019

Data Validation in eDiscovery

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By Michael Schidlow Business deals are made and scandals fueled over text, as opposed to a physical paper trail. Come litigation time, those electronic records need to be verifiably loaded into a system and reviewed for a number of purposes. Emails, messenger logs, and attachments linked to those communications become subject to review.
10Sep2019

Production Boost Survey

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Here are the results of a survey the National Court Reporters Association conducted in May 2019 to help identify what helps reporters be more productive. Hopefully, this helps you find new ways to be more efficient. Question: Which of the following has given you the greatest productivity boost? 38.6% – Hiring a scopist/proofreader 29.9% –
09Sep2019

Incorporating Briefs for Parentheticals

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By NCRA Dear Techie: I am an aspiring realtimer and love to learn from more experienced and awesome realtime court reporters. My focus is on how to use briefs for parentheticals that explain to the attorneys what’s happening. I would love to have specific and easy-to-learn examples that I can incorporate into my dictionary.
09Sep2019

Life Tips from Erin Brockovich

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By NCRA Attendees at NCRA’s 2019 Convention and Expo in Denver, CO, heard firsthand the stories behind the movie Erin Brockovich from its namesake during the packed Premier Session. Brockovich, the renowned consumer advocate and environmental activist, shared bits of her life story, how she learned to persevere, and who her major influencers were.
04Sep2019

Being an In-Demand Legal Secretary

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By Michael Aed Every legal professional should be fully prepared for each legal proceeding they will undergo. As such, both lawyers and paralegals rely heavily on their legal secretaries. Legal secretaries do as other administrative assistants do, with the addition that the world of law has been a world full of red tape and semantics.
03Sep2019

Three Ways Legal Software can Improve Law Firm Oversight

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By Nicole Black Running a busy law firm can be challenging, to say the least. There are lots of moving pieces regardless of your firm’s size, and the more attorneys and staff you add to the mix, the more complicated things become. Staying on top of everyone’s daily schedules and workloads can become a task in and of itself.
12Aug2019

Stolen Machine, Undercover Work, and Victory!

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By NCRA Crystal Martin is a captioner in Covina, CA. Her steno machine was recently stolen from her car, which led her on an adventure. We asked her for the details. The excitement started when she was at LA Stenotype Service in West Covina, and the thief called about selling the machine.
12Aug2019

ABI Reporter – August 2019

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Happy summer! I hope you have had a chance to enjoy some days off from transcripts and jobs. Here are a few articles about technology and work tips that may be of use. Best wishes, Sheila Atkinson-Baker
04Aug2019

Creating Your Five-Year Legal Career Plan

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By Jan Hill Are you thinking about where your legal career might take you? When it seems like the only thing that you can be certain of is uncertainty, gain an awareness of what might lie ahead by strategizing now. Ask yourself where you want to go and determine what steps you need to take in the meantime.
04Aug2019

The Discovery Update – August 2019

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Hello, Welcome to our August issue of the Discovery Update. With modern technology rapidly evolving, here are some articles to help keep you updated and versed in all things legal technology. As always, keep us in mind for your deposition needs. We coordinate court reporters, conference rooms, videographers, and interpreters nationwide.
04Aug2019

Who Says You Can’t Bates Number Native Productions?

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By Craig Ball A writer’s hubris is the conviction that when you’ve covered a topic, you’ve had your say.  But new readers rarely have time or desire to plumb earlier work and, were they to try, much of what I wrote on the underpinnings of e-discovery and forensics was long ago stolen away like Persephone to a paywall-protected underworld,
08Jul2019

A Reporter’s Work is Never Done

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Photo by the Hon. Melba Marsh
By NCRA A recent story in TheJCR.com highlighted NCRA member Taleesa Smith, RPR, an official court reporter from Hamilton County, Ohio. She found herself reporting a sentencing proceeding from outside of an ambulance. That led us to ask through NCRA’s social media accounts for other stories about unusual places court reporters and captioners have worked.