The ABI Reporter E-Letter – February 2012


The ABI Reporter E-Letter – February 2012

  • 1 Tags

February 2012

The Value of Certification
Write Shorter
Recorders Not the Answer to Stenographic Errors
Lost in Digital Translation
Confident Body Language
Overcoming Procrastination
From the President

Because one of the questions being asked of our profession right now is whether digital can replace the court reporter, we have included some articles which look at the differences, along with articles that emphasize the importance of certification and speed-building techniques to help you improve your reporting.

Along those lines, I recommend you attend TechCon

(February 24-26) which, for the first time, will “offer unparalleled opportunities for those in the legal technology field to conceive, evolve and invent.” This conference will be a great way for you to learn ways to increasingly improve your skill.

My goal is to send you information that will inspire, motivate and encourage you in your profession, which I hope this issue will do.

Best regards,

Sheila Atkinson-Baker

The Value of Certification

By Joyce Casey


In times of economic downturn, it may be tempting to let your certification lapse or to reduce your continuing education aspirations. But with high unemployment rates and fierce competition for available jobs, you may now need your credentials more than ever before.

“Several reporters I know have let their certifications lapse, feeling secure in their jobs and assuming they don’t need to keep their credentials current,” says Lisa Wiesman, RDR, CRR, CBC. “But the world of court reporting is ever-changing, and many of them have now had to go and again take their certification tests because they’ve changed jobs or transitioned from court reporting into captioning or CART.”

With the unemployment rate holding steady at 9.7 percent and March 2010 only the third month of gains since the recession began nearly three years ago, holding on tight to that certification is a good career decision. Read more »

Write Shorter

By Ron Cook


Premier Realtime, Seattle

After years and years (I won’t admit how many) of dutifully writing things out, for the past five-plus years, I have been steadily trying to compact my writing style. I have kept my eyes and ears open for any and all briefs and techniques that make sense to me. What I really look for are techniques that will kill more than one bird with one stone. In other words, if there is a technique that will lop off strokes with many different outlines, I’m all ears. About five years ago, I learned –RP for “were” while phrasing, in addition to –FRB for “need,” –PT for “want,” –FS for “was,” –BS for “has,” –FRG for “went,” etc. Now I can phrase all those endings in one stroke, potentially lopping a hundred or more strokes per day, just with that simple concept.

What I have also done, which goes against the grain, is start putting conflicts back into my dictionary if I learn an outline that would conflict with an existing outline. For example, as mentioned above, I use –RP for “were” in phrasing, so “you were” I write URP. Read More »

Valuable Information at Your Fingertips

“Recorders Not the Answer

to Stenographic Errors”

Read Article »

“Lost in Digital Translation”

Read Article »

“Confident Body Language”

Read Article »

“Overcoming Procrastination”

Read Article »


Smarter Tools


Steno Briefs

Free Online Dictation


The Lighter Side of Legal


“There are not enough jails, not enough police, not enough courts to enforce a law not supported by the people.”

-Hubert H. Humphrey

“The law: it has honored us; may we honor it.”

-Daniel Webster

“I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement.”

-Calvin Coolidge

Access more articles for

legal professionals here.


Miss an Issue?

Read past issues in

our archive.


More information


More information

©2012 Atkinson-Baker, Inc.

This e-newsletter was sent to you by Atkinson-Baker Nationwide Court Reporters.

unsubscribe | privacy policy |

Corporate Headquarters: 500 N. Brand Blvd., Third Floor, Glendale, CA 91203




Almanya sohbet anal yapan escort