Mike Mobley Reporting opens new Columbus location at Easton near airport

In a press release issued Nov. 8, Mike Mobley Reporting announced they have opened a new location in Columbus, Ohio, at the Easton Town Center near the John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH).

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NCRA member and firm CEO Deborah Weaver to be honored for Excellence in Legal Innovation

Debbie Weaver, owner and CEO of Alaris Litigation Services based in St. Louis, Mo., will be honored at the Missouri Lawyers Media inaugural Top Legal Innovation Awards for the creation of Alaris Online Litigation. The award is in the New Services or Products category, which recognizes innovative and high-utility tools that assist the work of an attorney.

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Veritext November webinar series earns you NCRA credit

This November, Veritext is offering two opportunities to attend the complimentary webinar “A Collaborative Effort: Investing in the Future of Our Profession.” This webinar focuses on re-popularizing the reporting profession together with accessible resources and tangible opportunities, and it is worth one hour of complimentary NCRA credit.

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Work at home opportunities in the legal industry

A blog posted on Howtoworkfromhome.blog on Oct. 25 lists court reporting and legal videography as two of the most lucrative positions in the legal industry that offer flexibility and, in some cases, home-based employment opportunities.

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Geiger Loria Filius McLucas Reporting opens new location in State College, Pa.

Geiger Loria Filius McLucas Reporting (GLFM) announced in a press release issued Oct. 24 that it has opened a new location in State College, Pa.

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Trustpoint.One acquires Alderson Reporting

Trustpoint.One, based in Atlanta, Ga., announced in a press release issued Oct. 16, that it has acquired Alderson Court Reporting, based in Washington, D.C.

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U.S. Legal Support voted best court reporting and deposition service provider in the New York Law Journal

A press release issued Oct. 15 announced that U.S. Legal Support, Inc., has been voted 2018’s Best Court Reporting and Deposition Service Provider in New York by the readers of the New York Law Journal.

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Lexitas climbs to #712 on the list of the fastest-growing 5,000 companies in the U.S.

Inc. magazine revealed that, thanks to an impressive three-year growth rate of 698 percent, Lexitas has reached the rank of No. 712 on the 37th annual Inc. 5000, a list of the fastest-growing companies in the United States.

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Report from the FCC’s Disability Advisory Committee meeting

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) met on Oct. 3 for the last meeting of their second term. This committee comprises organizations in the telecommunications and accessibility realms and provides recommendations on accessibility regulations for the full commission. NCRA has participated for many years in this committee as subcommittee members of the Video Programming subcommittee, which occasionally crafts recommendations on captioning regulations and best practices for the full committee to consider. In attendance at this meeting were NCRA President Sue Terry, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC; Board Member Steve Clark, CRC; members Kelly Linkowski, RPR, CRR, CRC, CPE, and Darlene Parker, FAPR, RPR; and NCRA’s Government Relations Manager Matthew Barusch. The meeting was captioned by a live captioner, with captions shown in the room and streamed on the Web, along with StreamText captions.

Much of the agenda for this meeting was dedicated to consideration and approval of recommendations from other subcommittees, as well as a robust discussion on methods to increase consumer engagement. However, a portion of the meeting was dedicated to a review of possible topics of consideration for the DAC’s next term. Included on this list is the issue of automatic speech recognition, including the possible development of technology-neutral captioning quality metrics. As stated by Will Schell, Advising Attorney for the FCC’s Disability Rights Office, the recommendation is for the committee to “explore opportunities and challenges of developing technology-neutral metrics for closed captioning quality, with an eye toward facilitating objective comparisons between different captioning technologies, including automatic speech recognition, in terms of their ability to yield accuracy, completeness, synchronicity, and placement.”

Barusch gave a short speech towards the end of the meeting, reaffirming NCRA’s interest in this topic and commitment to assisting in the development of such metrics.

“Given the rise of ASR usage, especially in the broadcast captioning industry, this topic is particularly important for the DAC to consider,” Barusch said. “We have a number of concerns that this technology is not ready or able to meet the standards set by the FCC in 2014 and feel that it is being implemented to the detriment of consumers.”

Visit the FCC’s Disability Advisory Committee page for more information.

Why you should always hire a stenographic court reporter for your legal proceedings

iCrowdNewswire posted a press release on Sept. 27 issued by Christine Phipps, RPR, CEO of Phipps Reporting in West Palm Beach, Fla., that covers the differences between stenographic court reporters and recorders. It also explains the benefits of hiring a live court reporter to cover legal proceedings.

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