The ABI Reporter E-Letter – March 2010


The ABI Reporter E-Letter – March 2010

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MARCH 2010

The Heroes of Last-Minute Depositions
When to Say No to Your Dream Job
If I Knew I Couldn’t Fail
How to Reduce and Manage Job and Workplace Stress
Hyphenating Letter-For-Letter Spelling
From the President

I hope you are planning to attend the NCRA Midyear Conference in San Francisco next week. It will be an opportunity “to be ahead of the curve with regard to technology, professional development, and business acumen,” which is how NCRA has tailored the Conference to benefit its attendees this year.

We constantly look for ways to expand our spectrum of services and technology skills, as well as seek out new audiences and new ways to market  court reporting. For these reasons, our goal is to support and encourage you as best we can in these areas.

This month, I ask that you take the time to fill out this three-question survey giving your perspectives, which will help us together serve our clients better. Also, completing the survey will make you eligible to be one of four winners of a $25 gift card.

As always, I invite you to send us any articles or tips you may have regarding reporting so we can share them in future issues.

Best regards,

Sheila Atkinson-Baker

The Heroes of Last-Minute Depositions

By Barbara Lynch, 

Staff Writer

My first approach to writing this article was to open with a scenario that litigation professionals could relate to with regard to scheduling last-minute depositions: the stress it can cause with the high chance of something not going right.

But I didn’t want to insult anyone’s intelligence by pointing out something that we are all too familiar with:  Litigation professionals know firsthand how deposition planning can be unpredictable due to multiple parties’ calendars needing to be aligned, along with picking a convenient location for everyone involved.

It can get very cumbersome. The task of setting up depositions oneself, or even communicating the details to support staff, can be just a small fraction of the workload, so that when it becomes complicated and time consuming, it causes other areas of the workload to suffer. Read full article »

When to Say No to Your Dream Job

By Chere Estrin,

Editor-in-Chief, KNOW,The Magazine for Paralegals

Have you ever wondered what might have happened in your life if you had chosen one road over another?  I mean, what really might have happened?

I don’t make a habit of writing about my own experiences but…..a few years ago while minding my own business (literally), I was approached by a major staffing organization (big players – cool $5+ billion a year in revenue) to head up their $50 million legal staffing division. Now, I’m pretty happy doing what I’m doing. I love being an entrepreneur in the legal field.  I have a successful media and training organization. I’m my own boss, and I really wasn’t looking to change. In fact, I subscribe to the old adage that you work 80 hours a week just so you don’t have to work 40 hours a week for someone else. But the headhunter who found me talked a good game. I’ve been in the business, know when to ignore standard pitches, but still I was intrigued.

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“If I Knew I Couldn’t Fail” Read Article »
“How to Reduce and Manage Job andWorkplace Stress”

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Letter-For-Letter Spelling


The Lighter Side of Legal

An Insanity Evaluation

“Is anyone after you?”


“Are you afraid enough to feel the need of killing a person?”


Do you hear voices?”


“Do you hear things you are unable to see?”


I paused and asked him quietly, “What do you think they are?”

“Mosquitoes,” he answered.

Did They Really Say That?

A. It’s nothing out of the ordinary that I didn’t, you know, go by and see Ms. Smith and Jim, you know, because, you know, I’ve always helped Jim out, you know – and, of course, – Ms. Smith having this Alzheimer’s disease and all, you know, I always wanted to visit with her as often as possible.

Q. You say Ms. Smith has Alzheimer’s?

A. That’s what I understand.

Q. Is she lucid?

A. No, sir. She’s smart as a whip.

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