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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.
08Jul2019

Captioning Shakespeare for the First Time in Idaho

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By NCRA Katharine and Petruchio’s story was available in a different way for the first time at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival recently. NCRA member Anissa Nierenberger, RPR, CRR, CRC, Boise, Idaho, provided captions for the first captioned performance in the history of the festival. The June 18 show was Taming of the Shrew.
02Jul2019

Four Fast and Easy Ways to Access Court Records

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By Jennifer Anderson One of the greatest things about the modern practice of law is the instant accessibility of needed information. This is especially true when it comes to accessing court records. Perhaps you’re interested in the way an opposing attorney has briefed an issue in a previous case. Maybe you want to determine how many times an opposing party has been sued for claims similar to the ones at issue in your current lawsuit.
01Jul2019

12 Ways to Improve Your Discovery Cost Recovery Process

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By Casey Sullivan
If you’re passing discovery costs through to your clients—and the vast majority of law firms are—you’re also probably getting pushback on discovery costs, at least occasionally. In a recent Logikcull survey, 89 percent of law firms experienced client pushback on discovery costs, with 68 percent receiving pushback sometimes,
01Jul2019

3 Ideas to Future-Proof Your Law Firm

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By Nicole Black According to the 2019 Altman Weil “Law Firms in Transition 2019” survey, 96 percent of law firm leaders “agree almost unanimously that a focus on improved practice efficiency is a permanent trend in the profession.” One way that some firms are addressing the push for increased efficiency is by using technology to improve firm processes,
04Jun2019

The Reporter – June 2019

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Hello, This month we are including articles which suggest ideas on streamlining workflows with the use of technology. I hope you find some useful tips! Please remember that we offer web conferencing for your depo scheduling, as well as reporters, interpreters, videographers, and conference rooms. Enjoy! Best, Sheila Atkinson-Baker
14May2019

Getting Started on Realtime

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INTRODUCTION In this day of technology hitting us from all directions, our profession is not exempt. As a means of making a record, a good realtime reporter outshines all other methods and guarantees a place in the legal support space. We have an exciting and rewarding profession. Realtime is a new and fun game.
13May2019

Earn Your RPR and Show Off Your Skills

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By NCRA Join the numbers of NCRA members who have already earned their Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) certification and be recognized for your commitment to enhance your skills and the services you provide to your clients and customers. To be recognized as an RPR, candidates must pass a Written Knowledge Test on industry best practices and a Skills Test that combines a challenging threshold of both speed and accuracy.
05May2019

The Reporter – May 2019

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Hello, For this month’s collection of articles, we included interesting articles to help you stay organized and to excel in the workplace. If there’s anything else you’d like to read about in the Reporter, feel free to let me know. As a reminder, our 2019 wall calendar with all legal holidays is still available from our website.
05May2019

Shifting the e-Discovery Paradigm from Documents to People

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By Ann Marie Lane TV defense attorney Ben Matlock is one of the most well-known fictional characters in American pop culture.  A folksy, bad-tempered southern attorney, he has a penchant for calling out perpetrators in a dramatic courtroom scene. While it has been over 20 years since the final Matlock episode aired,
26Mar2019

How Legal Technology is Impacting the Modern Solo/Small Firm

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By Jennifer Anderson It used to be the case that if you wanted to practice law at a firm with all the latest technological bells and whistles, you had to go to one of the mega-firms. Small firms largely didn’t have the resources to absorb the great costs associated with fledgling (yet undeniably effective) technologies. 
12Mar2019

That Pesky Participle

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By Margie Wakeman Wells A participle is the “-ing” or “-ed” (which might be irregular) form of the verb that is being used as an adjective. Because it comes from a verb, the participle represents an action or a condition. The word the participle modifies is always doing that action or is in that condition.
12Mar2019

2019 Court Reporting and Captioning Week Celebrated Big

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By the National Court Reporters Association NCRA’s seventh consecutive Court Reporting and Captioning Week event was celebrated across the nation by state associations, individual members, students, and firms, via an array of events ranging from open houses to contests to time spent with lawmakers. At the national level, U.S. Rep. John Shimkus from Illinois recognized the week in a written speech submitted for the official record of the U.S.
04Mar2019

Supercharged Document Review For Everybody

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By Jenny Roberts Creating precise searches to narrow down a massive trove of documents into a corpus of evidence is a process essential to litigation. And we’re passionate about enabling people to investigate complex issues thoroughly and quickly, whether they’re first-time users of our product or power users. So we dedicated our last two releases on core search functionality,
12Feb2019

Great Briefs for Common Phrases

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By NCRA Dear Techie,
I’ve heard so much lately that court reporters need to write shorter to keep up with the fast talkers and to save stress on their hands. I’d like to see if the Tech Committee members have some good one-stroker briefs for some common phrases that come up during depositions on a regular basis.
05Feb2019

The Discovery Update – February 2019

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Hello, This month we present articles on some projected legal trends for the coming year regarding e-discovery and use of the technology. As a reminder, you can order our hard copy 2019 calendar with all legal holidays by clicking here. Don’t forget to contact us for your court reporter, interpreter, and legal videographer needs.
04Feb2019

Law Firms are Switching to Cloud-Based Software in 2019

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By Nicole Black Earlier this month, I shared the top signs that it’s time to upgrade your law firm’s law practice management software. In case you missed it, here are a few surefire indications that your law firm’s software is due for an upgrade: You’re cobbling together several systems instead of one You still have endless stacks of paper around your office Your software looks like it was designed in the ’90s (and probably was!) You still have to maintain a server (probably located in your office’s closet) to run your software Support for your law practice management software has been discontinued Your software doesn’t leverage new technologies such as online billing and instant credit card payments Your software doesn’t have automatic updates that include new features.
03Feb2019

Is the Future of E-Discovery Really in the Cloud?

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By Keely McKee “Cloud-based hosting for many still seems like a black box, and it is the unknown that makes customers hesitate,” said Josh Hass, eDiscovery and Structured Data Solution Leader at CRA, on The Relativity Blog last spring. Often, teams simply don’t know just how much security this solution offers.
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?