Director from Chicago court reporting firm to speak at NALS

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyIn a press release issued Sept. 18, Depo International announced that DeAnne Brooks, its director of business development, will serve as a speaker at the National Association for Legal Professionals annual conference in October.

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New online service helps legal professionals reserve qualified court reporters in seconds

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyIn a press release issued Sept. 19, DirectDep, based in New York, announced a new online service that helps legal professionals reserve qualified court reporters in seconds. The online service works similar to reservation and appointment serves such as OpenTable and Zocdoc.

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Pohlman acquires Amicus Court Reporters

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyAn Aug. 22 press release from Pohlman Reporting announced that it is acquiring Amicus Court Reporters, a firm that offers professional court reporting services throughout the Chicago area. The press release explains that the acquisition enhances Pohlman’s footprint in Chicago.

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Equihacked

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Photo by Cheryl Pellerin | Dept. of Defense

By Christine Phipps

Equifax announced in September that they discovered a data breach on July 29, that occurred mid-May through July, which affects 143 million Americans.

The hackers were able to access the Equifax data through a security flaw in the Equifax website. In a Sept. 7 post on krebsonsecurity.com, security expert Brian Krebs said, “Equifax may have fallen behind in applying security updates to its internet-facing Web applications. Although the attackers could have exploited an unknown flaw in those applications, I would fully expect Equifax to highlight this fact if it were true – if for no other reason than doing so might make them less culpable and appear as though this was a crime which could have been perpetrated against any company running said Web applications.” The Fort Knox of our identity information was asleep at the wheel.

While this isn’t the largest breach, it’s one of the most serious because the hackers accessed names, social security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and driver’s license numbers. These are the essential elements to take out loans, open credit-card accounts, and more.

Visit equifaxsecurity2017.com to find out if you were affected by clicking on the “Potential Impact” button. Make sure you are on a secure computer (not a hotel or public computer) and are using a secure internet connection (not a public network like a local coffee shop, etc.). Equifax is offering free credit monitoring, identity theft insurance, and other items for those affected. I have always had credit monitoring so that I receive alerts in balance increases and decreases, new accounts, and credit inquiries. If you do not have a system of monitoring in place, I would strongly suggest you do so.

Christine Phipps, RPR, is a freelancer and agency owner in North Palm Beach, Fla., and a member of the NCRA Board of Directors. She can be reached at christine@phippsreporting.com.

Norwalk woman nationally recognized for court reporting

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyOn Sept. 11, the Norwalk Reflector posted an article announcing that Marie Fresch, RMR, CRC, a freelancer and CART captioner in Norwalk, Ohio, had earned the Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC) certification. The article explained the requirements for earning the CRC, provided some background on captioning, and shared a few highlights from Fresch’s career.

The article was generated by a press release issued by NCRA on Fresch’s behalf.

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ICYMI: Popular posts from NCRA social media

NCRA’s social media channels are a great way to stay on top of Association and industry news, but the social media team also tries to share interesting and entertaining posts from around the internet that will help reporters, captioners, and videographers do their jobs better, provide interesting information, or are just plain fun. ICYMI (in case you missed it), below are a few highlights of popular posts on NCRA social media over the past month.

Facebook

Even if you’re not in the courtroom or depositions, every reporter and captioner has a story of trying to figure out what the heck a speaker was trying to say. The ABA Journal, for the American Bar Association, fortunately, has recognized that some words are tough to pronounce and shared this quiz. Bryan A. Garner is the editor-in-chief of Black’s Law Dictionary (so he knows a thing or two about pronunciation) and the author of The Chicago Guide to Grammar, Usage, and Punctuation.

Twitter

Lots of court reporters are notaries, sometimes because their state requires them to be. Lots of court reporters need to swear in someone. Enter this article by the National Notary Association. It describes ways to respect individual beliefs and choices, take the procedure seriously, and use appropriate ceremonial gestures while taking an oath or affirmation.

LinkedIn

More than two-thirds of the members who answered the JCR Weekly poll “How far would you travel for a job?” said they’d at least stay somewhere overnight. But traveling, even for business, can make it tough to keep up with work. This article by Inc., written by Delta Air Lines, offered some tips on how to turn all that downtime at the airport into productive time.

Instagram

Instagram is NCRA’s newest endeavor on social media, and we’re still learning what our members want to see most. (Got some suggestions? Let us know!) But members loved this mini profile of Sarah Gadd. Maybe it’s because she looks ready to take on the (steno) world! Followers had plenty of encouragement for Sarah, such as Instagrammer vesnacsr, who said: “I knew you’d be a star when I first met you.” This profile came from a longer new professional spotlight on TheJCR.com.

Cross platform

Sometime social media itself provides a little inspiration, such as the trending hashtag #ReadABookDay. This post was popular on multiple NCRA channels (I spy one of the Bryan Garner books mentioned earlier in this article!), and members shared a few of the books they’re currently reading, including:

  • Our Iceburg is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions by John Kotter (shared by @tjkaiser23 on Twitter)
  • Everything I never told you by Celeste Ng (shared by Judy Walsh on Facebook)
  • Court Reporting: Bad Grammar/Good Punctuation by Margie Wakeman Wells (shared by Ruth Haskins on Facebook)
  • A Time to Kill by John Grisham (shared by Deborah Forbeck on LinkedIn)

Best share


Social media is at its best when it gives people an opportunity to connect and share. Micheal Johnson, RDR, CRR, posted about a compliment he’d received on the job, Doris O. Wong Associates, Inc., shared it to their Facebook timeline, and we found it and shared it with ours, asking members to “‘Like’ if you’ve gotten a compliment for the service you provide” … and dozens of you did!

The JCR Awards recognize innovative business strategies and more

The JCR Awards offer the perfect way to showcase innovative and successful business strategies from the past year. For the third year, the JCR staff is seeking stories that bring to life new and inventive ways that NCRA members change the way they do business, serve their communities, and help promote the professions of court reporting and captioning.

Nominations are currently being sought for several subcategories, such as best-in-class stories for: Marketing and customer service; Leadership, teambuilding, and mentoring; Use of technology; Community outreach; Service in a nonlegal setting; and Court Reporting & Captioning Week (2017) initiative. In addition, NCRA is looking for a group and an individual who show excellence in more than one category for an overall “Best of the Year” award.

Any current NCRA member in good standing, with the exception of students, may be nominated for these awards. Court reporters, captioners, videographers, scopists, teachers and school administrators, and court reporting managers are all eligible for nomination as well as groups, such as firms, courthouses, or court reporting programs. Self-nominations are accepted. More information about specific criteria for each of the categories is available on the JCR Awards Entry Form.

To enter, submit a written entry to the JCR between 300 and 1,000 words explaining the strategies implemented and why they were successful. Ancillary materials, such as photos, may also be submitted with the nomination. Nominations will be considered based on the best fact-based story. Please be prepared to offer documentation, verifiable sources, or other assistance as needed to be considered for these awards. The stories of the finalists will be published as featured articles in the March 2018 issue of the JCR.

Nominations are due by Oct. 31.

Read about the winners from 2017 and 2016.

Depo International announces help with marked exhibits

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyIn a press release issued Sept. 1, Depo International, Chicago, Ill., announced it is now working with two sources for help with marking exhibits, allowing attorneys to keep track of relevant notes as depositions unfold.

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Court reporting firm now uses mobile app to make business easier

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyThe Las Vegas, Nev.–based office of Depo International announced the debut of a new mobile-phone app in a press release issued Sept. 2.

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TechLinks: Computer TLC

Robin Nodland, FAPR, RDR, CRR, a member of the 2016-2017 NCRA Technology Committee, recently shared a few links on how to give your computer some tender loving care, including adding guest accounts, figuring out the best backup solution, a remote-access app, and how to speed up a slow computer.

The Aug. 25 post on How-To Geek entitled “How to Let Someone Else Use Your Computer Without Giving Them Access to All Your Stuff” talks about why you should set up a guest account and, more importantly, how to do it on different operating systems including Windows, macOS, Ubuntu, and Chromebook.

Another recent piece on How-To Geek answers “What’s the Best Way to Back Up My Computer?“ The article suggests a few offsite and onsite backup solutions (both free and paid), argues a case for having more than one kind of solution, and provides some tips on automating backups.

On Aug. 22, PC Mag reviewed GoToMyPC, which is their top choice for remote-access software. According to the review: “Of all the remote-access apps we’ve tested, it has — by a slight margin — the best combination of security, ease of use, and feature-rich services. Unlike rival products, it’s also almost entirely controlled from a web browser interface or by clicking a desktop shortcut that connects to a remote machine.”

A slow computer is a uniquely 21st century annoyance, but in an Aug. 23 post, PCWorld offered “nine ways to speed up your Windows 10 PC without spending a dime.”