Zoom certification for court reporters

In a press release issued Nov. 19, Phipps Reporting, West Palm Beach, Fla., announced that the firm has created a Zoom certification for court reporters.

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Advanced Depositions announces rebrand

In a press release issued Nov. 12, Advanced Depositions, Philadelphia, Pa., announced that it has formally rebranded as AdvancedONE Legal as the final step in the company’s strategy to integrate HG Litigation, which it acquired in 2019, and to apply the respective strengths of the two previously standalone companies towards one vision for the court reporting industry.

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Barkley Court Reporters welcomes new chief client strategist

Barkley Court Reporters, Los Angeles, Calif., announced in a press release issued Oct. 28 that the firm has named Linda Hubbell as chief client strategist.

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The importance of a united front

NCRA wrote a response a couple of weeks ago to the American Bar Association’s Journal article on artificial intelligence (AI), urging them to use caution about buying into AI to capture the record. NCRA President Christine Phipps, RPR, reached out to the National Verbatim Reporters Association (NVRA) and asked if they would like to support our letter and position in response to the ABA; they wholeheartedly agreed to stand united with NCRA. (See links below to both responses.)

Besides the long list of issues regarding the manipulation and ability to change audio recordings, both national organizations believe that having a trained person capturing the record should be the standard for making the record.

The strategic alliance developed on this issue, by these two national individual membership organizations, demonstrate that both groups are concerned about companies pushing their technology and company profits over the sanctity and accuracy of the record. The record is the main integral component in any proceeding and cannot be left to unproven technology that can be manipulated. Both NCRA and NVRA stand united on the value and accuracy of the human court reporter/captioner who addresses every syllable of every word as it is spoken in any proceeding, because the potential of any AI failure and misinterpretation of audio recordings transcribed after the fact is too high to the litigants, the legal system, and those with hearing challenges.

NCRA’s response to the ABA

NVRA’s response to the ABA

Stenograph announces integrated workflow solution

In a press release issued Oct. 5, Stenograph announced that it has expanded its reach to include a scalable and integrated workflow solution that seamlessly connects reporters to agencies via their CAT software, Case CATalyst. This new solution is called APEX.

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Elizabeth Gallo Court Reporting’s employees voted it No. 1

NCRA member Gala Reznick, RPR, is quoted in an article posted Sept. 25 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle announcing that Elizabeth Gallo Court Reporting in Atlanta, Ga., was voted the No. 1 place to work in the medium employer category in a recent best places to work survey.

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O’Brien & Levine gets 4 years … in a row

O’Brien & Levine, with offices in Boston and Springfield, Mass., announced in a press release that the firm has been voted the #1 court reporting and video deposition company by readers of Massachusetts Lawyer Weekly for the fourth consecutive year.

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Working together to further court reporting in Oklahoma

By Allison M. Hall

Allison M. Hall

In Oklahoma we are fortunate enough to have a Preserving the Record Task Force that is compiled of Oklahoma Supreme Court justices, judges from across the state, staff from the administrative office of the courts, and court reporters. The task force has been in existence for the past three years. It has been an honor to serve on that task force. We have been able to collectively put our heads together to come up with many great ideas including: creating court reporting programs, changing current law and administrative rules that apply to students and temporary court reporters, raising the salary of a temporary court reporter, and Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) payment and testing regulations.

Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice Noma Gurich has been a champion for stenographic court reporters in the state of Oklahoma. We are so fortunate to have her. In talking with Oklahoma District Judge Jon Parsley and some local attorneys at a social event about the dire situation of filling officialships in rural areas of the state, the idea of a grant was formed. The law firm of Burns & Stowers out of Norman, Okla., was instrumental in the process.

They were able to request that a $500,000 distribution be directed by Judge Parsley to the Oklahoma Bar Foundation as seed money to develop a scholarship, grant, and assistance program to encourage qualified court reporters to work as official court reporters in rural Oklahoma.

The grant was generated from money remaining from a class action suit. Funds that go unclaimed in such suits are typically placed in a trust fund by the legal firm representing the plaintiffs. Once the funds have been disbursed, any remaining money is either distributed as grants to nonprofit and charity organizations or, in some cases, returned to the defendants.

In early 2020, our committee was formed. Over the next several months of working as a committee with like-minded goals, we were able to finalize the policies and procedures and the application process. There are two components: One is an educational block grant that existing court reporting programs in the state of Oklahoma can apply for; the other is an employment grant that a court reporter who is an Oklahoma CSR and is willing to commit to working in rural Oklahoma can apply for to help with relocation costs. Currently, the court reporting schools in Oklahoma are going through the application process to request the educational block grant.

I am hopeful for what this means for court reporting education and the reporting job market in rural Oklahoma. I am so grateful to Chief Justice Gurich, District Judge Parsley, the Oklahoma Bar Foundation, and all who were involved in the brainstorming process and serving on the committee. The hope is that, in Oklahoma, this is the first of many grants used to further court reporting in rural areas of the state.

Allison M. Hall, RMR, CRR, is an official state court reporter from Tulsa, Okla. She can be reached at allie441@gmail.com.

Local court reporter elected vice president of national group

The Sun & Record/Wayne County Mail and The Daily Record, Western New York posted a press release issued by NCRA announcing that Meredith Bonn, RPR, CRR, has been elected as NCRA Vice President.

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North Brunswick resident to serve on Board of Trustees of National Court Reporters Foundation

CentralJersey.com posted a press release on Aug. 12 issued by NCRA announcing that Rich Germosen, RDR, CRR, was appointed to serve on NCRF’s Board of Trustees.

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