The Reporter Newsletter – May 2011


The Reporter Newsletter – May 2011

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May 2011

From the President

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

Just like you, we want to provide the highest quality service in a demanding, quick turnaround environment. We are committed to serving our clients everywhere, and we are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality court reporting services in the industry.

As always, we invite you to send us any articles or tips you may have regarding the discovery process so we can share them with our readers, as well.

Best regards,
Sheila Atkinson-Baker

Steps to be a Successful Legal Secretary

By Seamus Ryan,
The Institute of Legal Secretaries

“A well-known law firm is looking to recruit a highly motivated and skilled legal secretary. Work 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for a competitive salary and the opportunity to develop your own professional skills in a challenging and fast-paced environment.”

Does this advert look familiar? If you have been job hunting for any length of time, you will have seen dozens of adverts similar to the one above. You might get a few more details, like these:

  • A very high-caliber, polished candidate needed
  • Solid CV a must
  • Experience is an advantage

In the best adverts you might be lucky enough to be told such things as:

  • The role will require administrative assistance, such as filing and archiving.
  • We are looking for speed and accuracy; you must have a typing speed of 50+ wpm.
  • The successful candidate will be responsible for the secretarial requirements of one fee-earner (or other possible alternatives, such as …of two fee-earners/the managing partner/the department).

So what does a law firm actually mean when it uses these types of phrases? What are the recruiters really looking for?

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Steps to be a Successful Legal Secretary

Top 10 E-Discovery Issues

Developing a Positive Attitude

Searching and Marking Multiple Words in a PDF

Minute Taking

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Top 10 E-Discovery Issues
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Searching and Marking Multiple Words in a PDF
Minute Taking
Decision rendered as a result of a car accident between a Chevy and a tree. A judge wrote the opinion as a parody of Joyce Kilmer’s poem, “Trees.”

We thought that we would never see
A suit to compensate a tree.

A suit whose claim in tort is prest
Upon a mangled tree’s behest;

A tree whose battered trunk was prest
Against a Chevy’s crumpled

A tree that faces each new day
With bark and limb in disarray;

A tree that may forever bear
A lasting need for tender care.

Flora lovers though we three,
We must uphold the court’s decree.