The Reporter Newsletter – December 2007

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The Reporter Newsletter – December 2007

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December 2007

From the President

We are very grateful this holiday season for passing the 20-year mark of serving the legal community – providing you with the full spectrum of court reporting services has been very rewarding to us.

This month, we are pleased to announce that Atkinson-Baker has recently become certified by The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), which is the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses.

Between always striving to give you the best quality of service and being recognized as a WBENC-Certified Women’s Business Enterprise, we do have hearts of gratitude this holiday season, and we thank you for being the foundation for it all.

The articles, tips and tools in this issue were specifically chosen with the hope that they provide information you can use. As always, we welcome suggestions, comments or articles you have written that you feel would benefit other legal professionals.

Happy Holidays,
Sheila Atkinson-Baker

The First Rewrite to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in 70 Years!

By Lee Ryan
USF School of Law 

Big restyling changes took effect December 1, 2007 to the federal rules for clarity, consistency, and a more plain and understandable style. The new rules went into effect on December 1, 2007.  Some of the modifications are more substantial than others, but most practitioners agree that the changes are the most dramatic modifications to the rules in decades. The gussied-up new rules have even won an award — the Burton 2007 Reform in Law Award.For even more on the changes to the rules and the Burton honor, read this exciting press release from the Newsletter of the Federal Courts.

ECF: Everything’s Event-ual

From the author
of www.lawyersrighthand.com

A while back, opposing counsel in one of my cases electronically filed two documents in federal court — both within a week of each other — using the same incorrect event. First one document, and then a second, were filed using the “motion” event, which wasn’t even close to what they really were.

Those clerks of court do not like incorrect events. And they’re quick on the draw, too. Within hours of each goof, opposing counsel got the official smackdown in an e-mail that was sent to all counsel of record, as well as a docket entry that will appear in the public record pretty much forever.

Yep, our opposition was singing the “Deficiency Notice Blues.” Embarrassing enough the first time. But the second time in two weeks? Don’t even go there.

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The First Rewrite to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure in 70 Years!

ECF: Everything’s Event-ual

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