Phoenix court reporting firm offers advice to first-time deponents

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting,, JCR WeeklyIn a press release issued Nov. 20, Marty Herder, president of Herder and Associates, Phoenix, Ariz., offered advice to first-time deponents and the counsel that calls them. This advice included letting the witness know to only answer what they are asked.

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Local bar association offers new attorneys advice about ensuring an accurate record

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting,, JCR WeeklyAn event hosted by the local bar association in Jacksonville, Fla., advised about 50 young attorneys on rookie mistakes to avoid as they begin their careers, according to an article posted Nov. 15 by the Jax Daily Record. Among the pieces of advice given included: “Address the court, not opposing counsel, and refrain from talking when someone else is speaking because that makes it difficult for the stenographer to accurately record the proceedings.”

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Tips for depositions by telephone

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting,, JCR WeeklyA blog posted on July 26 on JD Supra offers tips for conducting depositions over the telephone. The blog, submitted by Kramm Court Reporting, offers tips that are for both court reporters and attorneys.

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Nine tips for attorneys about realtime reporting

jcr-publications_high-resA blog posted Feb. 7 by Kramm Court Reporting offers nine tips for attorneys to know about the realtime services court reporters offer.

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Deaf lawyers to join Supreme Court bar in mass ceremony

Lawyers who are deaf or hard-of-hearing are set to be sworn in to the U.S. Supreme Court bar on April 19, in a first-ever mass event that symbolizes the strides lawyers with disabilities have made. The high court will provide interpreters and realtime captioning services to allow the lawyers to follow, visually and on their smartphones, what is happening during the swearing-in ritual and in the oral arguments that will follow.

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Court reporters can help set the stage for an appellate win

An article posted Feb. 22 by The National Law Journal recommends that attorneys order a court reporter for every hearing, not just the trial testimony. The article notes that winning an appeal without a transcript can be very difficult. According to the article, if a case is worth trying, it’s worth getting a court reporter.

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The state of law considered in a number of articles

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The fortunes of court reporters are closely linked to their primary customer: lawyers. So it’s important to consider think pieces about the current and future state of law firms to better prepare court reporters to follow – or, in some cases, lead – the technological changes that are coming in the future.

Robin Nodland, RDR, CRR, of Portland, Ore., a member of NCRA’s Technology Committee, recommended The Atlantic article, “Why Are So Many Law Firms Trapped in 1995?” Read more.

On LinkedIn, Jeff Hodge considered what law firms will look like in five to 10 years. Hodge suggests that disruptive technology will play a major role in the changes to come. Read more.

Circulating through several discussion lists was this article on evidentiary hearings by lawyer Jeanne Coleman. Coleman believes that court reporters play a key role in every litigation proceeding to provide a clear written record. Read more.

The court reporter’s dilemma: Interrupt or drop

On July 28, a question-and-answer style post on Legal by the Bay, the Bar Association of San Francisco’s blog, written by Ana Fatima Costa, shows why attorneys should not be annoyed when interrupted by the court reporter. “No reporter wants to break the flow and momentarily stop the proceedings, especially during an intense volley of questions and answers and/or colloquy. Yet as officers of the court and guardians of the record, they have a legal and ethical duty to prepare a full, impartial and verbatim transcript of the proceedings,” said Costa.

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Blog gives tips on helping reporters get clean depo transcripts

Showing up early to organize documents for easy reference, providing a written glossary of unusual terms that might be used in a deposition, and making available a copy of the case caption are key to ensuring a clean deposition transcript to use at trail, according to a blog posted Dec. 16 by the JD Supra Business Advisor.

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Lawyer says court reporters are “people you should know”

Thomas M. Dunlap, a partner in Riley & Dunlap, P.C.,  in Fulton, Mo., wrote an article extolling the long history and importance of the official court reporter for the Journal of the Missouri Bar. In addition to a long history of the stenographer, he wrote about the legal requirements that official court reporters must adhere to and offered a dozen tips for working with official court reporters.

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