Court reporting firm Rhino Reporting launches on-time transcript initiative

Rhino Reporting, based in Ft Lauderdale, Fla., announced in a press release issued April 19,  the launch of its On-Time Transcript initiative that focuses on a 10-business-day turnaround for all transcripts.

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18 Deposition Tips from Court Reporters

A blog posted April 18 by JD Supra offers 18 tips from court reporters to help attorneys and paralegals make sure a deposition goes smoothly.

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Global court reporting company reinforces sales team

Planet Depos, based in Washington, D.C., announced in a press release issued April 10 that Amanda Evans, based in San Francisco, Calif., has joined the company as account executive.

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Don’t be left out of print: Update your 2018-2019 NCRA Sourcebook listing by April 15

April 15 is the deadline to update information for the 2018-2019 NCRA Sourcebook. The NCRA Sourcebook is the perfect chance for NCRA members to easily connect with other court reporters, captioners, legal videographers, and other related service providers. For the sixth year, the streamlined publication will be circulated to the entire membership. In addition, the print version of the NCRA Sourcebook is distributed at legal industry events and at conferences held for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Updating is easy. Members only need to log in using their NCRA ID# and password, then click “Login.” Under “My NCRA” follow these two steps: Choose “My Main Profile” and then choose “My Sourcebook Listings.” Make updates in both areas and be sure to click “save” at the bottom of each screen.

Any updates to a member’s record made by April 15 will be included in the 2018-2019 NCRA Sourcebook that will be mailed at the end of the summer. Updates are made to the online NCRA Sourcebook on an ongoing basis.

Please address any questions about your information to sourcebook@ncra.org.

Court reporting firm owners, should you always say yes?

A recent blog posted by Strategic Business Directs gives insight into situations where court reporting firm owners should consider saying no to a job.

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Expedite introduces new scheduling app

Expedite, based in Tampa, Fla., announced in a press release issued April 2, that it has launched a new app that lets attorneys, paralegals, and firm owners schedule support providers and service providers from their cell phones.

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What does punctuality mean to court reporters?

A recent blog posted by NCRA member Colleen Jilio-Ryan, a firm owner from Tustin, Calif., offers some key reasons why punctuality comes with the job of court reporting.

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Planet Depos celebrates Court Reporting & Captioning Week with student scholarships

Planet Depos recently announced the winners of three $1,000 cash scholarships the firm sponsored in honor of 2018 Court Reporting & Captioning Week. The three winners were selected out of 47 applicants based on their answers to several questions. All applicants were required to be in high-speed classes or have graduated within the past year.

The winners included: Kolby Garrison from Greensboro, N.C., who attends the College of Court Reporting in Hobart, Ind.; Eun “Grace” Kwahk from Buena Park, Calif., who attends South Coast College in Orange, Calif.; and Nephtali Diaz from Pasadena, Texas, who attends Alvin Community College in Alvin, Texas.

The winners answered the following questions:

  • What motivated you to persevere when faced with a challenge or disappointment?
  • What do you feel is your greatest strength? What do you feel is your greatest weakness?
  • Where do you see yourself professionally in five years from now?

Planet Depos, a global firm based in Washington, D.C., invited three independent court reporters to judge the entries. The judges were provided no information related to the identity or location of the applicant. Judges included NCRA members:

Lisa Knight, FAPR, RDR, CRR, from Littleton, Colo.; Michael Hensley, RPR, from Dublin, Calif.; and Nancy Mahoney, RPR, from Cranford, N.J.

“As part of the mission of Planet Institute, we feel it is important to support both the court reporting schools and the students themselves. Schools provide the education that the students need to enter the workforce. Planet Institute offers internship and mentoring opportunities to bridge the gap between school and career,” said Kathy DiLorenzo, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC, director of U.S. Court Reporting for Planet Depos.

“As court reporters, we know all too well what it takes to reach the final speeds of the program, so we decided to reward three outstanding students who were nearing completion. It seemed only fitting to offer the scholarships during NCRA’s 2018 Court Reporting & Captioning Week.”

Planet Depos launched its Planet Institute, a student-to-career mentoring program, during Court Reporting & Captioning Week in 2016.

According to DiLorenzo, the firm anticipated about 30 entries and was delighted when nearly 50 applicants applied for the scholarships. To get the word out about the scholarships, the firm posted a link to the application on various student and court reporting social media sites, as well as notifying each school by direct email.

“We were very pleased with the serious thought and overall effort of the students in answering the questions posed. We learned of their challenges. We learned of their disappointments and their personal triumphs. We learned of their perseverance. We learned of their hopes for the future,” said DiLorenzo. “Each of the winners expressed sincere gratitude for the opportunity to compete for the scholarships. Planet Depos is proud to support the future generation of court reporters.”

 

 

CLVS certification process now more accessible and less expensive

NCRA members and others interested in earning the Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS) certification can now take the CLVS Mandatory Workshop online, making the certification process more accessible and reducing travel time and expenses incurred to certify as a CLVS. Registration fees for achieving the CLVS are also reduced with further savings for NCRA members.

In addition, the Introduction to CLVS education portion of the certification requirement will move to an online format after the NCRA 2018 Convention & Expo, which is scheduled for Aug. 2-5 in New Orleans, La.

Hands-on training and the Production Exam components are scheduled for June 8-9 at NCRA’s headquarters in Reston, Va. Following the hands-on training component of the certification process that will be offered at the NCRA 2018 Convention & Expo, all future hands-on training will be held at the Association’s headquarters in Reston, Va., and will be offered twice a year.

Jason Levin, CLVS, Washington, D.C., who chairs the NCRA CLVS Council will host a live webinar on April 16 for experienced individuals who have completed the new CLVS Mandatory Workshop online that will provide participants with the opportunity to ask questions about earning the CLVS certification and working as a professional legal videographer.

For more information about earning the CLVS certification, visit NCRA.org.

“Accountability” is the word

Kathy May, RPR, president of Alpha Reporting, based in Memphis, Tenn.,  wrote about her experience at the NCRA 2018 Firm Owners Executive Conference. This year, based on what May learned at the conference, she chose “accountability” as the byword for her company, she explained in a blog post on the company website.

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