Depositions go virtual during pandemic, may remain that way

NCRA President Max Curry, RPR, CRI, President-elect Christine Phipps, RPR, and NCRF Trustee Marjorie Peters, FAPR, RMR, CRR, were quoted in an article posted May 22 by Bloomberglaw.com about the future of virtual depositions.

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MIT to caption online videos after discrimination lawsuit

PBS News Hour reported on Feb. 18 that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, Mass., has agreed to provide captions for more of its publicly available online videos as part of a settlement in a case that accused the school of discriminating against people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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Court reporter shortage looms on horizon for Texas

The Dallas Observer posted an article on Feb. 3 about the impact the shortage of court reporters is having on the state.

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Let the warmth and beauty of 2020 NCRA Business Summit venue inspire you

The NCRA 2020 Business Summit offers more than just networking and learning. Located on more than 400 acres along the banks of the Colorado River, the beautiful Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas, offers a variety of amenities and activities for attendees and their guests to enjoy during their stay.

Among the recreation amenities attendees can enjoy include: A full-service spa, salon, and fitness center, two tennis courts, an 18-hole golf course, hiking, biking and jogging paths, horseback riding, a video arcade, a water park, a meet-and-greet with the facility’s mascots, and more. Plus, if attendees book at the special NCRA room rate before Jan. 8, the activity fee of $35 is waived. And don’t forget, register for the event by Nov. 30 and save an additional $100.

Besides the beauty of the Austin countryside and warm temperatures typical of Texas, attendees at the 2020 NCRA Business Summit can also expect to enjoy a schedule that offers informative, inspiring, and insightful sessions led by leaders in the business industry.

Ron Comers, a former FBI agent and currently an advisor on corporate security risks through Charted Risk, LLC., will present “Protecting Your Firm from Scams & Data Breaches,” and offer tips on how firms can keep their files and other information safe in today’s cyber-savvy world.

Comers earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology from the University of South Florida and a master’s degree in business continuity, security, and risk management from Boston University. Prior to working for the FBI, Comers was a police officer with the Stratford Police Department in Connecticut. He entered duty as a special agent of the FBI in 1995 and was assigned to the Boston, Mass., division, where he worked bank fraud and drug investigations and also served as a member of the division’s SWAT team.

Over the course of his career, Comers has served in a variety of divisions as an FBI agent, overseeing a number of stateside and international investigations.

In 2010, he served as an acting ALAT in Afghanistan in 2010 and as a member of the Major Crimes Task Force charged with developing the investigative capabilities of Afghan law enforcement. For his service, he received the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Furthering the Interests of U.S. National Security.

Other speakers include Cathy O’Neal, communications director for Levitt Pavilion Arlington, who will lead a session about successful social media strategies to help build business; a financial planning session led by Chris Moyseos, a financial planner who will discuss succession and financial planning; and NCRA Interim Executive Director Dave Wenhold, CPE, who will present the findings of NCRA’s 2020 Firm Owners Economic Outlook Survey.

Michigan court reporters could see per-page pay increase under bill

MichiganLive.com posted a story on Oct. 31 about a bill that could double the current per-page pay for official court reporters within the state.

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Lexitas appears on the Inc. 5000 ranking for fifth time

In a press release issued Aug. 22, Inc. magazine announced that Lexitas ranked No. 1,145 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, a ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.  

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Court reporter shortage in Bexar County

NCRA member and official court reporter Erminia Uviedo, RDR, CRR, CRC, San Antonio, Texas, was featured along with other court officials in a segment that aired on KENS Channel 5 on June 24 that addresses the negative impact a shortage of court reporters is having on cases in Bexar County. NCRA and the Ducker Study is also mentioned in the piece.

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What’s next in the future of depositions?

On June 5, JD Supra posted a blog about how rapid changes to the legal profession will begin to impact the future of depositions.

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Help wanted: Court reporters needed nationwide

The Kearny Hub, Grand Island, Neb., posted an article on May 20 about the nationwide shortage of court reporters.

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Legal scopist makes the top 10 best work-from-home jobs in 2019

In an article posted March 10 by MoneyInc.com, legal scoping was named as one of the top 10 best work-from-home jobs in 2019.

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