Five tips to help attorneys, paralegals, and court reporters to build mental stamina

A blog posted May 24 by JD Supra by Kramm Court Reporting offers tips for attorneys, court reportersvideographers, and paralegals to help them perform in their jobs at the highest level.

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NCRA member Penny Wile profiled in business news

NCRA member Penny Wile, RMR, CRR, Norfolk, Va., owner of Penny Wile Court Reporting, was profiled in an article posted May 21 by Inside Business, The Hampton Roads Business Journal. The article was generated by a press release issued by NCRA about Wile being featured in the May issue of the JCR.

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Allen Edelist, FAPR, RPR (Ret.)

Allen Edelist on his ascension to the presidency of the California Court Reporters Association in 1993

Allen Edelist on his ascension to the presidency of the California Court Reporters Association in 1993

The court reporting profession lost an icon last week: Allen Edelist, FAPR, RPR (Ret.), passed away on May 16, 2018, at the age of 67. Allen was a generous, loyal, and true colleague and friend who dedicated a great deal of his time to the advancement of the court reporting profession. He was an avid fan of the Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Kings, and he had season tickets for many years and hated to miss a game! And, of course, those who knew him were well aware of his “groupie side,” following the rock band Procol Harum all over the world to see them perform! Allen was also a long-term trustee of the Los Angeles School of Law and Paralegal Studies and a member and supporter of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple in Los Angeles

Allen’s career in court reporting began in the early 1970s when he enrolled at Clark Court Reporting College in Santa Monica, Calif. He passed the California CSR exam in 1978 and opened his deposition agency, A. Edelist Deposition Services, soon after in 1979. His greatest accomplishment as an agency owner was his devotion to mentoring students and reporters, new and seasoned, throughout his 40 years in the field.

Allen never missed an opportunity to get involved in court reporting association work as evidenced by time served as a board member and multiple officer positions of both Los Angeles General Shorthand Reporters Association and California Court Reporters Association (CCRA), ultimately serving as president October 1993-1994. He was an active member of the National Court Reporters Association for over 40 years, attending most annual conventions as well as firm owners’ retreats. Needless to say, he was extremely generous monetarily and spent an inordinate amount of time helping to produce legislation, continuing education, and public relations programs through these organizations. Allen received many awards throughout his extensive career highlighted by CCRA’s Distinguished Service Award and becoming a Fellow of NCRA.

As a leader and visionary in the court reporting arena, Allen continually strived to advance the profession as evidenced in the following excerpt taken from his CCRA presidential speech on October 9, 1993:

By virtue of the technological presentation we make, we are a unique breed. We are on the cutting edge of information management. The presentation of the spoken word that can be transmitted immediately through a computer and projected onto a screen or printed in braille, integrating the ingredients of litigation support, telecommunications, scanning of documents into the records and CD-ROM text is the future and the future is now.

In the 1970s, we were not unlike Orville and Wilbur Wright. We started by building a base for a product we could offer. Through rapid advancements by the computer industry, as well as futuristic thinking by our CAT vendors, we have continued to grow, now as realtime reporters. We can further our advancement by committing to a program of continuing education that will enable us to converse fluently as computer-literate reporters.

RIP, Allen. You have been an inspiration to many both personally and professionally. Your close friends and colleagues will miss you and your impact on what you once coined “this incredible profession.”

Michele Oken, RPR, CMRS (Ret.)
Sherman Oaks, Calif.

StreamText announces new website

In a press release issued May 22, StreamText announced that it has launched a new website. The firm revealed a new logo earlier in the year.

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Kahryn “Queenie” Nix Wolfe

Surrounded by loving family, Kahryn “Queenie” Nix Wolfe lost her brief but valiant fight with cholangiocarcinoma on March 1, 2018.

Kahryn Nix

Kahryn Nix

Kahryn was born to James Pentecost and Renee (Pentecost) McNett in Detroit, Mich., on February 16. If I told you the year, Kahryn would return to this world and kill me.

Kahryn moved to Phoenix in 1964, after graduating from high school and the American Institute of Court Reporting. She started her court reporting career with Bartelt King in the early 1980s. In 1985 Kahryn opened Nix & Associates, later merging with Larry Driver’s firm and launching Driver & Nix. In 2017 she rejoined Bartelt to form Bartelt | Nix.

Kahryn was an active member and past President of the Arizona Court Reporters Association. She was a longtime member and supporter of the National Court Reporters Association and the Society for the Technological Advancement of Reporting (STAR). Kahryn networked with member agencies across the country and became known as “Queenie” to her friends. And there was, and always will be, only one Queen.

An avid traveler, Kahryn enjoyed regularly attending NCRA’s Firm Owners Executive Conference and STAR conventions. Although she may not attend all the seminars, you would always find her at the social events, including organized dinners with friends, on the dance floor, singing around the piano and pop-up live music, laughing with court reporter and firm owner friends. Kahryn loved a party, and she made each conference a party to remember.

Kahryn freely shared her knowledge of the court reporting industry, helping firm owners set up successful systems, explore new technologies, and sharing best practices. Her reputation for integrity and excellence attracted firm owners who were ready to turn over the business side of things to her. If you were a friend of Kahryn’s, she shared her strategy for merging with firms and acquiring businesses. Rule No. 1: Do what you say you will do, and then do more.

Her generosity was not limited to the court reporting community. In 1998, Kahryn became involved with and joined the board of the nonprofit group Phoenix Youth at Risk, now known as New Pathways for Youth. She was the driving force behind many of the fundraisers for this program that was vital to helping at-risk youth achieve a new set of goals that positively impacted their futures. In the late 1990s, Kahryn also began a clothing company called Kidz Blvd., which donated all profits to women in villages overseas to enable them to become more financially independent and purchase their own sewing machines and textiles. She was also a member of Arizona Legal Foundation for Services & Education, Women at the Top (WATT), the Rose Club, and Social Venture Partners.

Kahryn made sure she kept in touch with friends and made sure they knew how much they meant to her. In a moment that seems prophetic, last year she reached out to her longtime pal Larry Driver and commiserated about the friends they had lost, how much she missed them, and how they needed to stay in touch so that this didn’t happen to them too. In October, she picked up the phone and insisted they have lunch and catch up. That would be the last time these two old friends would see each other, but thank goodness they did.

Kahryn was a dear friend to many of us. We will especially miss her big heart, her wit, and her wicked sense of humor. I think she would approve of us sharing a few of her rules for life:

  1. Laughing burns calories.
  2. Update your haircut (and color choice) regularly.
  3. Earrings, bracelets, and rings – yes; necklaces — no.
  4. Black, not brown.
  5. Wine is diet food.
  6. There’s nothing wrong with looking.

The next time you are at a court reporter convention, tip a glass in her honor, get out on the dance floor, and always – always! — have fun. Cheers, Queenie.

Robin Nodland, FAPR, RDR, CRR
Portland, Ore.

Write your next story in New Orleans

Join peers and colleagues as they gather in New Orleans, La., to write their next story during the 2018 NCRA Convention & Expo being held Aug. 2-5 at the Hyatt Regency. Register now and save on fees and hotel stays and be a part of this colorful city’s tricentennial, “One Time in New Orleans,” which encourages residents and visitors to write their stories about their time in the host city.

“I urge everyone to join us at the 2018 NCRA Convention & Expo in New Orleans. This year our host city is celebrating its tricentennial. Let’s join together in this wonderful city and write our next story about how exciting, rewarding, and unique our profession is,” said NCRA’s 2017-2018 President-elect Sue A. Terry, FAPR, RPR, CRR, CRC, from Springfield, Ohio. Terry will be installed as 2018-2019 President during the Premier Session at the Convention.

Attendees will also be part of celebrating New Orleans’ history when they hear keynote speaker Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré (U.S. Army, Ret.), who will take the stage after the installation of officers at the Premier Session. Honoré is a 37-year veteran of active service who served as the commander of Joint Task Force Katrina, during which time he became known as the “Category 5 General.” Honoré will share insights into how his striking leadership style aided in coordinating military relief efforts in post-hurricane New Orleans.

This year’s Convention features a lineup of sessions presented by top leaders in the court reporting, captioning, and legal videography fields. Spots are already filling fast for the ever popular sell-out sessions and events including the CRC Workshop, the Speed and Realtime Contests, the CRR Boot Camp, and the Punctuation Workshop. Also popular is the CLVS Certification Workshop, featuring the Intro to CLVS and CLVS Hands-on Training. Throughout the Convention, attendees can earn up to 2.3 CEUs.

Also proving popular is the new Member Recognition Gala that will feature a wonderful night of dinner, drinks, dancing, and celebrating NCRA members. The Gala and a special VIP reception are both being hosted by President-elect Terry. Guests are free to dress up or dress business casual for the gala and are encouraged to join in celebrating the profession along with sharing their stories.

Other notables on this year’s schedule include a student learning zone that features a special meet-and-greet with NCRA’s Board of Directors; Ethics Jeopardy, where participants will have fun while testing their knowledge; a look at the future of court reporting; and a special presentation that showcases the Innocence Project New Orleans, which works to free wrongfully convicted. The session will also highlight the importance of old records.

Also on tap are numerous networking opportunities, including the opening and several special receptions, luncheons, coffee breaks on the Expo floor, and special events where vendors showcase the latest in products and services for the court reporting, captioning, and legal videography professions.

“NCRA’s Convention & Expo is the ultimate event to network with your peers, make new connections, and add to your list of friends. Don’t miss this wonderful gathering set in historic New Orleans,” said Terry.

Join other court reporting professionals from around the country and abroad for the 2018 NCRA Annual Convention & Expo. The Convention is the largest annual gathering of court reporters, captioners, scopists, legal videographers, trial presenters, students, and other legal services professionals. Register now for the 2018 NCRA Annual Convention & Expo before July 23 to avoid late fees. Reserve a hotel room at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans using NCRA’s special discount rate by July 6 and get a free breakfast on Friday and Saturday (a $75 value).

To jazz things up even more, check out this party playlist of songs selected by NCRA staff to get everyone excited to meet in New Orleans!

For more information about the 2018 NCRA Annual Convention & Expo, or to register, visit NCRA.org/Convention.

For sponsorship information please contact Mary Petto, Senior Director of External Affairs, at mpetto@ncra.org

Litigation Services acquires Cameo Kayser & Associates of Las Vegas

In a press release issued May 18, Litigation Services, based in Las Vegas, Nev., announced the acquisition of Cameo Kayser & Associates.

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A. Williams Roberts appoints new marketing manager

A. William Roberts, Jr. & Associates, based in Charleston, S.C., announced in a press release issued May 15, that Robert Loughry has joined the firm as marketing manager.

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NCRA headquarters hosts TAC Committee meeting

Members of NCRA’s Test Advisory Committee (TAC) met at the Association’s headquarters in Reston, Va., April 6-8 to vet and approve skills exams for the RPR, RMR, CRR, and CRC. They wrote exams from 8:30-5:30 Friday and Saturday and 9-1 on Sunday, before taking time to view area cherry trees and their blossoms, which were in full bloom.

A total of 87 tests were submitted for review by the Skills Committee and TAC over the weekend, resulting in 71 tests being written and 62 being approved.

Test Advisory Committee

The Skills Test Writing Committee writes content for the RPR, RMR, CRR, and CRC exams, while TAC writes and selects the skills tests for the same certifications. TAC also sets the standards for the RPR and RDR Written Knowledge Tests.

Members of TAC who wrote perfect tests were also recognized at the meeting with a Shirley Award. The award was named for Shirley Hall, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC, CRI, CPE, an official court reporter from Pittsburgh Pa., and a former TAC member, who commonly wrote perfect tests. Tests are considered perfect when the word count and syllabic density are flawless, and they are written smoothly by the test taker.

Wade Garner receives Shirley Award from Chris Willette

The following members were recognized with a Shirley Award at the April meeting:

  • TAC Co-chair Wade S. Garner, RPR, CPE, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Anne M. Bowline RMR, CRR, Casper, Wyo., a member of the Skills Content Writing Committee
  • Russell Page, Jr., Washington, D.C., a member of the Skills Content Writing Committee
  • Lisa Reed Wiesman, RDR, CRR, CRC, Fairfield, Ohio, a member of the Skills Content Writing Committee

Other members from TAC who attended the April meeting were:

  • Co-chair Diane L. Sonntag, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC, CPE, Oro Valley, Ariz.
  • Robin Cooksey, RMR, Houston, Texas
  • Holly Kapacinskas, RPR, CRR, Debary, Fla.
  • Donna J. Karoscik, RDR, CRR, CRC, Pickerington, Ohio
  • Deborah A. Kriegshauser, FAPR, RMR, CRR, CLVS, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Karyn D. Menck, RDR, CRR, CRC, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Janice Plomp, RDR, CRR, CRC, CRI, St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
  • Kelli Ann Willis, RPR, CRR, Miami, Fla.
  • NCRA President Christine J. Willette, RDR, CRR, CRC, Wausau, Wis., who serves as TAC’s Board liaison.
  • TAC member Rhonda Hall Breuwet, RDR, CRR, Lakeland, Fla., was unable to attend.

CAPTIONING: Seven tips for surviving tornado season

Carol Studenmund, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC

By Carol Studenmund

It’s Tornado Season 2018. Many live captioners live and work in Tornado Alley. People who live in this part of the country know where to go and what to do when the bad weather starts. We should all plan ahead and be ready to work during unstable conditions. You may not get a tornado, but you may experience severe hail or thunderstorms that could interfere with your ability to work. Here are seven things you can do to be ready for whatever Mother Nature throws your way this time of year.

  1. The most important thing you can do is to plan ahead. Don’t wait for the sirens to go off before you figure out you need to run. And if you need to run for safety, run!
  2. Track your weather. Don’t be caught off guard by a storm that’s been headed your way for a few hours or even a few days.
  3. If your employer or the company for whom you’re captioning has a coordinator on duty, let that person know you may become indisposed due to weather as soon as you know. Give them the benefit of a heads up.
  4. If you’re working for your own clients, have an alternate captioner you can call on short notice. Let that person know you might need some help as soon as you see those radar screens lighting up on your weather channel.
  5. It takes really bad weather to knock out telephone land lines. Keep an analog phone handy for your land line, one that does not need electricity to work. Often, land lines will continue to work even if the electricity goes down or your cell phones aren’t working.
  6. Have an uninterrupted power supply on all your equipment – all of it, including digital phones and your router. Test all your equipment in advance, once a year, say, in February. Make sure you’re ready for unstable weather.
  7. Get a hotspot or mifi and keep it charged so you can stay connected to the internet in case your power goes out. Between your hotspot and your battery backup, you may be able to keep working just long enough to get someone to take your show for you.

Stay safe this year! If you plan ahead, you will be well prepared when the storms hit.

 

Carol Studenmund, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC, is Owner/President of LNS Captioning in Portland, Ore. She is Co-Chair of NCRA’s Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC) Certification Committee and is a member of the NCRA Nominating Committee. She can be reached at cstudenmund@LNSCaptioning.com.