The ABI Reporter E-Letter – October 2009


The ABI Reporter E-Letter – October 2009

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The Adventures of a Court Reporter in Japan
The Importance of Setting and Achieving Goals
Reporting: An IT Profession With Numerous Career Paths
Reporting Technology: Traditional v. Digital
Trailing Off and Splitting Words
Tools for Smarter Planning: Digital Signatures, Reducing File Size of Exhibits and Easily Compare PDFs
From the President

Because Atkinson-Baker wants to continue to help you grow in your profession and fine tune your court reporting skills, we hope this quarterly e-letter provides you with useful articles, information, tips and tools to do just that.

Also, if you aren’t a member already, we encourage you to join the National Court Reporters Association and take full advantage of their membership benefits. Be sure to sign up for 2010 right away and get the rest of 2009 for free. As a reporter, the NCRA is one of the best resources you can have to help you in many aspects of reporting.

Since our inception over twenty years ago, our reporters have collectively transcribed 413,163 depositions in 7,394 different cities nationwide – what an accomplishment!  We continue to be honored to serve the legal community and we very much appreciate your work and commitment to the ABI team.

Best regards,

Sheila Atkinson-Baker

The Adventures of a Court Reporter

in Japan

By Jodi Harmon

President of American
Realtime Court Reporters in Japan

“Things are very different in Japan” is a common

phrase — almost a cliché. But truer words have never been spoken.

I began reporting in 1982 at the tender age of 17. My boss had to swear in witnesses for me until I turned 18, which is the legal age to be a notary public in New York. In 2000, my passion for both traveling and realtime reporting inspired me to start freelancing internationally. I love experiencing foreign cultures, meeting other court reporters, and learning what reporting is like in other parts of the world. Frequently, I walk into foreign court reporting offices and introduce myself, which has led to great friends and amazing freelance opportunities around the globe.

So, on my first trip to Japan, it was only natural to seek out English-speaking court reporters. While searching for reporting on the Internet without success, I discovered Bill Lise, one of a small number of native-English-speaking deposition interpreters in the country. Bill thought it would be fun for us to get together with Paul Diserio, a certified legal videographer and long-time resident in Japan. A few days later, we met in Tokyo — three expatriates working in a niche market — and the idea to launch Japan’s first court reporting agency was born.

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The Importance of Setting and Achieving Goals

By Elena Fawkner

With rare exceptions, nothing truly worthwhile in life happens by accident. Sure, you may win the lottery but what are the odds?  What if you could achieve everything you ever wanted without winning the lottery?  What if it was as simple as deciding where you wanted to go and planning the route to get there?  It is.  Goal setting is the process of deciding where you want to go in life and then mapping out a series of steps to get you there.

Success is something we create for ourselves.  Luck has nothing to do with it. All successful people set goals.  Some may have a structured routine, others a “vision.” Some may not even consciously set goals at all.  But the process is the same.  Successful people know what they want, determine the steps that will get them there, and then they implement them.

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Valuable Information at Your Fingertips
“Reporting: An IT Profession With Numerous Career Paths”

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“Reporting Technology: Traditional v. Digital”

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“Trailing Off and

Splitting Words”

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Smarter Tools


Learn More About

Digital Signatures


Reducing File Size of

Scanned Exhibits

Easily Compare Two PDFs

The Lighter Side of Legal

From the Witness Stand…

Q. Did he pick the dog up by the ears?

A. No.

Q. What was he doing with the dog’s ears?

A. Picking them up in the air.

Q. Where was the dog at this time?

A. Attached to the ears.

Q. Doctor, did you say he was shot in the woods?

A. No, I said he was shot in the lumbar region.

Q: What is your name?

A: Ernestine McDowell.

Q: And what is your marital status?

A. Fair.

Q. Mrs. Jones, is your appearance this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?

A. No. This is how I dress when I go to work.

Q. Did you tell your lawyer that your husband had offered you indignities?

A. He didn’t offer me nothing [sic]; he just said I could have the furniture.


A motorist was mailed a picture of his car speeding through an automated radar. A $40 speeding ticket was included.

Being cute, he sent the police department a picture of $40.

The police responded with another mailed photo — of handcuffs.

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