Media watch

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HOW TO BECOME A FREELANCE COURT REPORTER

Published on the Stenographer Salary HQ website, an article called “How to Become a Freelance Court Reporter” discusses the steps as well as provides a link to what is required by state. The Stenographer Salary HQ website provides stenographer and court reporting wages and career information.

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LEGAL TECH SURVEY BY ABA

Evan Koblentz reported on Law Technology News (law.com) on July 26, 2012, that the American Bar Association’s 2012 Legal Technology Survey received more than 5,000 responses from attorneys. The survey showed insights about cloud computing, data backups, e-discovery, and social media.

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LEADING MEMBER OF ABA WARNS GOVERNMENTS AGAINST COURT CUTS

On July 9, 2012, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that on a visit to Australia, outgoing president of the American Bar Association mentioned that U.S. state courts have been left in a “dire situation” due to budget cuts. These budget cuts, some of which have run to hundreds of millions of dollars, have forced the closure of some courts. Cut have also led to bottlenecks in management of cases.

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FORBES LISTS COURT REPORTING AMONG TOP JOBS WITHOUT A FOUR-YEAR DEGREE

Forbes, in conjunction with MSNBC.com, named court reporting as one of the best jobs that doesn’t require a four-year degree. Stenographer/court reporter comes in at sixth on the list, with an average starting salary of $26,000 (a number that clearly is much too low), and employment growth of 14.10 percent. While Forbes only mentions the starting salary, it should be noted that the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median salary for the profession to be a healthy $47,700 with a similarly positive growth outlook.

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NETFLIX SEEKS PERMISSION TO APPEAL ORDER TO COMPLY WITH ADA

The National Law Journal website reported on July 31, 2012, that Netflix asked a federal judge in Massachusetts for permission to appeal his ruling that the American Disabilities Act of 1990 requires the company to provide closed-captioning text for its web-only streaming video. The article states that Netflix filed a motion on July 27.

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STATE COURTS CONCERNED ABOUT LOSING JUDGES DUE TO NO SALARY GROWTH

In an article published on the law blog of the Wall Street Journal website on July 24, 2012, Chelsea Phipps reports that state courts are worried about experienced judges leaving, perhaps due to salaries that have flatlined over the past two years. The article states that judicial salaries are increasing at a yearly rate of less than 1 percent according to the National Center for State Court’s Survey of Judicial Salaries.

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HOBART COLLEGE OF COURT REPORTING RECEIVED $300,000 GRANT

In a post on August 1, 2012, on the Hobart Community College website, Deborah Laverty reported that Hobart College of Court Reporting in Indiana has received a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. In the article, Jay Vettickal, who serves as executive director for Hobart College of Court Reporting, states that the funding will augment the school’s training capacity, with the goal of increasing the number of graduates working in real time captioning jobs.

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