Announcing the winners of the JCR Awards

The JCR Awards were created as a way to highlight the innovative and forward-thinking practices of NCRA members and to recognize how court reporters, captioners, and legal videographers are leading the profession.

These individuals and organizations are being recognized as being the best-in-class for the noted categories.

Wendy Evangelista, Claudia Booton, Judy Stevens, Rachel Fox and Chandra Monis.

From left to right: Wendy Evangelista, Claudia Booton (sitting), Judy Stevens, Rachel Fox, and Chandra Monis.

Leadership and team-building

Judy Stevens, RPR, CMRS, CPE

Lakewood, Colo.

Judy Stevens, who owns Stevens-Koenig Reporting, was nominated by several reporters and staff members, who shared stories of her leadership and drive. “I’m one of four reporters who are tag-teaming an unusual trial case. Judy’s help in guiding me through what is outside of my comfort zone is quite reassuring,” wrote Becky Collings, RPR. “I recently passed the Colorado Realtime Certification test, and Judy is getting me ready to start that next journey of my career.” Several of the nominations also spoke about the meetings, often held at her home, where reporters can get together to socialize and ex- change steno briefs. Stevens has also brought in realtime trainers or motivational speakers for her staff and reporters for these gatherings, which have built a strong support network for everyone.

Debbie Weaver receiving the 2015 Spirit of Justice Award

Debbie Weaver receiving the 2015 Spirit of Justice Award

Community outreach

Midwest Litigation Services

St. Louis, Mo.

Debbie Weaver of Midwest Litigation Services has been actively involved in supporting equal access to justice through a number of pro bono organizations in St. Louis. One of the organizations the company supports is Let’s Start, a program dedicated to assisting women and their children in the transition from prison life to society. The company supports this group by volunteering at annual fundraisers and supplying packed lunches for a bus ride to take the children to the local prison to visit their mothers. In addition, the company has participated with the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis in Read Across America, a literacy program; Motion for Kids, a party thrown for children who have parents affected by the criminal justice system; and other events.

White Coat Captioning screen from !!Con  2015.

White Coat Captioning screen from !!Con 2015.

Service in a nonlegal setting

White Coat Captioning

Saint Albans, Vt.

White Coat Captioning has been expanding its business to captioning several technical conferences, including a last-minute conference where the company replaced a group that was providing “nonsensical captions.” “People were very unhappy with the captions,” wrote Mirabai

Knight, RDR, CRR, CRC, who nominated the company (for which she works). Knight said that the company was able to completely turn around the comments. “As soon as we came on board, the entire social media reception to the captioning had completely changed. People started talking about how helpful the captions were and how impressed they were with the quality and accuracy of the captions, even saying that they wanted captioning at all their conferences in the future! It was a total reversal of the previous reception.”

Knight went on to explain that the company has been focused on the conference captioning work because it hopes to change the status quo, where the only way to get captioning was for a person who was deaf or hard of hearing to invoke their ADA rights. “One in seven people has hearing loss,” notes Knight, “so in an audience of 100 people, at least 14 will benefit from captioning.” White Coat Captioning seeks to make captioned conferences the new standard for conferences.

Christine Phipps caught in a relaxed moment during the workday.

Christine Phipps caught in a relaxed moment during the workday.

Individual member

Christine Phipps, RDR

North Palm Beach, Fla.

Categories recognized: Leadership and team-building, marketing and customer service, use of technology, community outreach

Dedicated. Hard-working. Determined. Tech- savvy. These are the words used to describe Christine Phipps by those who nominated her. “Christine Phipps is the type of person who will go out of her way,” wrote Jacqueline Andujar in her nomination. It was what inspired Andujar to go into business with Phipps, back when the company was run out of a bedroom in Phipps’ house. “Christine’s main goal is always to make her clients happy. She takes the time to listen and care.”

“Her passion is so contagious!” wrote Sherry Laurino in her nomination of Phipps. Laurino went on to say that it was Phipps who inspired her own entrepreneurial skills. “No one has more passion and love for court reporting and is committed to the growth and longevity of this industry,” Laurino said.

When she is preparing to meet a new client and show what her company has to offer, Phipps will go above and beyond to make sure the client understands and is satisfied. Even with other reporters, Phipps takes the time to update them with anything new and explains it. In addition, she has taken the time to write several articles on technology for the profession to make sure that everyone is aware of the latest trends and news.

“She is dedicated to teaching while not forgetting where she came from,” wrote Laurino. One of Phipps’ passions has been to help students of the profession and new profession. She led a charge to provide a number of students with memberships to NCRA in 2015 with posts about “Paying it forward” to the next generation, as well as donating several of the memberships herself.

“As her employee now, I have nothing but admiration and respect for her. She has been nothing but supportive, respectful, loyal, open-minded, and just an amazing person to work for,” said Andujar.

Honorable mentions

The Varallo Group

Worcester, Mass.

Categories recognized: Leadership and team-building

During 2015, the Varallo Group offered its employees a fitness program, which gave them the opportunity to establish health goals and meet and work with a personal trainer. The program was a huge success and produced immediate results that were clearly measurable, including weight loss and decreased absenteeism. An added benefit was that the employees grew closer through their shared experiences; for example, several employees ran together in their first-ever 5k race.

Cuyahoga Community College

Cuyahoga, Ohio

Categories recognized: Use of technology

The nomination for Cuyahoga Community College noted its use of technology to enhance students’ academic success, realtime writing achievement, and program satisfaction. From attending an introductory webinar before deciding to sign up for the program to its Blackboard Learning Management System, from using computer-compatible steno machines from the first day of class to accessing drills through Realtime Coach, the court reporting and captioning program uses technology to increase student satisfaction and eventual success.

Paradigm Reporting & Captioning

Minneapolis, Minn.

Categories recognized: Community outreach

Paradigm Reporting & Captioning donates to many local organizations, particularly legal associations and nonprofits that support the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. The Paradigm CART Captioning division provides many hours of pro bono services, including, in September, the captioning for the local Walk4Hearing that benefited the Hearing Loss Association of America. In addition, the company assembled 22 walkers to participate as “Team Paradigm.”

Caption First

Monument, Colo.

Categories recognized: Service in a nonlegal setting

Caption First, a company that offers remote and on-site captioning in a secure environment, established a call center that would offer stenographic relay services to people with hearing loss. The company used this as both a way to hire new stenographic professionals to hone their skills and a way to demonstrate stenographic skills to a broad audience. “It was a ‘court reporting continuum’ as it allowed new folks to work and provided relief to those who are winding down and don’t want to produce transcripts,” wrote Lesia Mervin, RMR, CRR, in her nomination. “And it, of course, highlighted realtime skills — always realtime skills.”

Cuyahoga Community College in Parma, Ohio

Cuyahoga Community College in Parma, Ohio

Schools: Leadership and team-building

Kelly Moranz, CRI

Cleveland, Ohio

At the Cuyahoga Community College in Parma, Ohio, Kelly Moranz spearheaded a mentoring program among all of the students, as well as with professionals. In addition, Moranz has supported the students in creating a new Captioning & Court Reporting Club. The club organized a Write-A-Thon (where all students had sponsors donate money as they wrote for five hours) and a bake sale. As Kristina Carmody wrote in her nomination, Moranz “generously donated and contributed time, money, and service to our fundraiser and even stayed the entire time and helped sell the baked goods while we wrote.”

Moranz is also in charge of recruiting new students for the program. Among the places that the school presents is a program called Women in Transition, which addresses women changing occupations or getting second careers later in life.

Dr. Mary Entz, Provost, DMACC-Newton holds a press conference to announce new court reporting program

Dr. Mary Entz, Provost, DMACC-Newton holds a press conference to announce new court reporting program

Special collaboration

DMACC and the Iowa Court Reporters Association

When Iowa court reporters received the news that AIB College of Business, which had been in place since the 1930s, would phase out the court reporting and captioning programs, the Iowa Court Reporters Association (ICRA) immediately went to work. The ICRA Board of Directors engaged Cathy Penniston, RPR, CRI, to investigate the matter, compile a report on successful court reporting schools throughout the country, and suggest a school in Iowa that could teach court reporting.

Penniston recommended contacting Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), a well-established Iowa community college, to determine if it could create a court reporting program. When Stephanie Early, RDR, ICRA’s president at the time, and Bill Wimmer, its legislative representative, approached the school’s officials, they assured the school that ICRA was fully committed to assisting with the implementation of a court reporting program at DMACC.

DMACC's 2015 incoming theory students

DMACC’s 2015 incoming theory students

The DMACC school was interested in the concept and contacted other community colleges that offered court reporting programs. They also gathered more information about the curriculum and endorsements that would be needed to put such a program in place. In February 2014, the DMACC Board of Directors and the Iowa Department of Education approved the court reporting program. Then, in March, the DMACC Newton campus hosted a press conference to make the announcement about the new program: “DMACC has been working with the Iowa Court Reporters Association for more than a year to develop the curriculum, hire the faculty, and work out other details related to starting a new program.”

In 2014, Dr. Patricia Ziegler, CRI, CPE, was hired as a professor and program chair for DMACC’s new court reporting program, and in September of that year, eight students began classes at the Newton campus.

Through 2014-15, Iowa court reporters and AIB’s former vice president of admissions actively promoted the new program. More than 300 visits were made to Iowa high schools, career fairs, libraries, mock trials, and the Iowa State Fair. Through the Adopt-a- County project, Iowa court reporters marketed the profession and this new program in 26 of 99 Iowa counties. In addition, ICRA sponsored a student scholarship, and individual ICRA members mentored individual students. And in September 2015, a new class of 27 students enrolled.

The program is a success story stemming from the commitment and dedication of many, from the Iowa Court Reporters Association to the new DMACC court reporting program staff. As Penniston wrote in her nomination, “Because of the efforts of the Iowa Court Reporters Association and the hard work of everyone involved, court reporting education is alive and well in Iowa!”

Next JCR Awards

The Varallo Group, LLC, announces new executive vice president

The Varallo Group, LLC, a provider of business services to the court reporting industry based in Worcester, Mass., announced the hiring of Peter G. Dennis as executive vice president of sales. Prior to joining The Varallo Group, Dennis served as president of PMD Sales Training & Consulting, in Westborough, Mass., a sales training firm that provided services to the legal, financial, and business services firms. Nancy Varallo, RDR, CRR, Immediate Past President of NCRA, is owner of The Varallo Group LLC.

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NCRA president to local music teachers and boosters clubs: Tune into court reporting

In recognition of National Court Reporting & Captioning Week, NCRA President Nancy Varallo sent an invitation to local music teachers and music boosters clubs in her local area to share a flyer with their students that highlights the benefits of a career in court reporting, as well as the correlation that exists between talent for a musical instrument and success as a court reporter. Her firm, The Varallo Group LLC, in Worcester, Mass., plans to donate $50.00 to each school music program or music boosters club that forwards the flyer to its music students and parents.  Varallo invites other firms and groups interested in doing the same to celebrate National Court Reporting & Captioning Week to download a generic form of the flyer to personalize and distribute to local schools and clubs in their area. Find it here.

New products and services

vendor_photoThe purpose of this section is to provide newsworthy information on reporter related products and technologies. This column is for our readers to use in their research. NCRA does not endorse or critically review these products and services in any way. The following briefs were provided by the companies and manufacturers. This section is a recurring feature, and the JCR invites parties interested in making announcements to send their news items to JCR advertising and editorial coordinator Amy Law at alaw@ncra.org.

 ACCULAW

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800-251-5529 / www.acculaw.com

Acculaw has been in business for 28 years, and for the past 20 years, it has provided billing and scheduling software for agencies that want to manage their business in a more efficient and easier way. Acculaw’s recently released version of its software is now Web-based and compatible with the latest Windows operating systems. EZ Schedule, one of the software features, produces a printed schedule on confirmed and unconfirmed jobs for any date range, as well as job announcements for subcontractors via email, smartphone, or computer. EZ Invoice produces invoices, past due bills, and statements in each company’s own format. In addition, it produces commission amounts for a company’s subcontractors automatically. EZ Store produces content complete with descriptions such as ordered, completed, delivered, and notes from agency, client, and subcontractors. EZ Manage generates many reports, including by amounts, time constraints, and performance. EZ Share uses free software to send compressed/encrypted content to clients.

ADVANTAGE SOFTWARE

vendor_advantage

800-800-1759 / sales@eclipsecat.com

The Passport Touch, the newest innovation from Advantage Software, made its debut at NCRA’s 2013 Convention & Expo. The Touch offers a touch screen that can be tucked away while writing, a built-in microphone, a keyboard with adjustableheight vowel, and StenoMagic keys, not to mention sleek lines and a broad skin selection. In addition, the Touch allows the user to visibly track shadows and adjust the sensitivity of keys in the middle of a job. It has built-in Bluetooth and wifi, 32 GB of memory, and multiple audio backups for extra security. Advantage also displayed the Touch’s Re-Writer, which lets the user change antistacking and key-sensitivity settings even after writing a job – and automatically rewrites it with the new settings. Eclipse can run on a Windows 8 tablet that fits perfectly atop the writer. Finally, the Passport Touch comes with free software upgrades.

APTARA

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302-864-0664 / www.aptaracorp.com

Deposition summary provider Aptara professionally summarizes more than 400 transcripts per day for court reporting companies nationwide. The company also summarizes medical records for its court reporting clients. According to company representatives, Aptara brings its medical legal expertise to negligence, medical malpractice, workers’ compensation, disability, environmental, medical device, pharmaceutical, toxic tort, class actions, and multidistrict litigation. Aptara routinely prepares detailed, targeted, and price-effective medical record summaries, including:

  • Clean and organized scans of medical records
  • Medical bills itemized by provider
  • Medical record timelines
  • Medical care summaries

Aptara will customize medical records summaries depending on the specific needs of the case or project and phase of litigation, ensuring comprehensive analysis.

COLLEGE OF COURT REPORTING

vendor_ccr

866-294-3974 / nicky.rodriquez@ccr.edu

The College of Court Reporting’s ev360 Professional platforms offer students and working professionals an educationally sound and proven approach to skill and speed development. According to company representatives, v360 Professional is the product of more than 30 years of authentic court reporting educational practices. The platform was designed and developed by highly trained educators and professionals who are responsible for producing hundreds of successful court reporters and realtime writers.

INSYNC LITIGATION SUPPORT

vendor_insync

212-233-4040 / www.insynclitigation.com

inSync Litigation Support unveiled its synchronized litigation support offering to the New York City area. inSync’s synchronized streamlined processes, which are aligned with a case’s lifetime and allow trial attorneys to remain focused on a winning litigation strategy, ensure better productivity and improved cost-efficiencies for plaintiff and defense attorneys, paralegals and legal secretaries at law firms, insurance companies, government agencies, and financial institutions.

inSync’s offerings include process service, court clerical, investigations, efiling, concierge, customized services, and courier services, each available a la carte or as an integrated package. inSync covers the steps in a case’s lifetime by initiating the case and supporting all the essential filings and appearances. This includes buying an index number in court or electronically; serving a complaint or subpoena; filing an affidavit; tracking the case; conducting investigations, such as signups and skip traces; filing, copying and retrieving motions, notices, and judgments; and providing daily pickup and delivery services.

MYREALTIMECOACH

vendor_realtimecoach

 

www.myrealtimecoach.com

 

MyRealtimeCoach simultaneously launched new Certifi cation Prep resources, Web videos, and monthly payment options at the NCRA Convention & Expo in Nashville.

MyRealtimeCoach is designed to help reporters and students Start Smart, Build Speed & Accuracy, and Be Confi dent through effective practice. New features in the latest release include Daily Warmup, practice sessions served up each morning to start the day off right; Prescriptive Plan, a guided, six-week plan to prepare users for their next certifi cation; and mySpeedPath, a visual dashboard that helps you set and achieve your own goals. According to company co-founder Jared Carman, when Realtime Coach launched in 2006, myRealtimeCoach quickly became the single best way to prepare for a skills test, and now boasts thousands of members worldwide and more than 1.6 million hours logged. In addition, the company claims that 78 percent of those who pass a skills test have used myRealtimeCoach.com.

PROCAT

vendor_procat

800-966-1221 / www.ProCAT.com

ProCAT introduced the Impression II writer at the NCRA’s 2013 Convention & Expo. The Impression II writer offers a mini keyboard so that users can input global entries into the job dictionary directly on the machine without the need for a computer. The Impression uses a screen like an iPad — simply swipe a fi nger across the screen or double tap an outline to lineup either steno or English after searching. With shallow stroke and complete redesign of the keys, ProCAT has developed a light touch for the user. The Impression can use up to 64 Gig SD cards. The Impression II also offers hidefi nition stereo audio recording.

In addition, ProCAT introduced Case- Pad, which allows users to send a realtime feed directly and wirelessly to an iPad.

RB WEB MOBILE ON

vendor_opti

650-544-2147 / omti.com / sales@omti.com

RB Web Mobile On allows users to give clients their transcripts and other information on their mobile devices. While it acts like an app on iPhones, iPads, and Android devices, it is actually accessed through the browser, making it easier for an agency’s clients to fi nd. Instead of searching through an app store, users type in a URL. They can then bookmark the page to their mobile device’s home screen. Whenever they click the icon, it opens what looks and acts like an app but is really a mobilized website. In addition to its low-hassle factor, it also requires less power to run than an app. Benefi ts for agencies include the lower cost of one RB Web extension versus one for each mobile OS (currently iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone), and there are no installation, update, or maintenance issues.

OMTI’s other court reporting business applications include RB offi ce management software, RB Web online offi ces including case repositories, a PDF transcript creator, and mobile apps.

STENOGRAPH

vendor_stenogaph

800-323-4247 / www.stenograph.com

Stenograph announced three new color options for its top-selling Diamante – Blue My Mind, Black to Basics, and Totally Red-ical. These stylish colors, along with Lunar White, make up the writing machines’ current color choices. The Blue Ice and Platinum Gray Diamante writers will still be available while supplies last. “Already on the market for the past four years, the Diamante has proven to be one of the most dependable writing machines Stenograph has ever produced,” says Judy Wolf, Stenograph’s product manager. “Time and time again we’ve heard users of the Diamante experience cleaner writing, higher productivity, and decreased errors and less fatigue at the end of the day.” Current Diamante owners may modify the top shell and lid of their writing machine to one of the new colors by contacting the company for further information.

THE VARALLO GROUP

vendor_varallo

508-753-9282 / www.thevarallogroup.com

The Varallo Group offers a network of first-rate reporters to cover tough assignments anywhere in the world, according to company representatives. The Varallo Group’s suite of business development services also can help secure a brighter future within budget. The company’s business advisors present solutions to increase their clients’ bottom lines. As a company founded by court reporters, The Varallo Group understands both the current needs of the clients of court reporting services and the tools they’ll need to grow and evolve in the future. The Varallo Group provides agency management services, administrative support, business development strategies and training, website development, and online campaigns that compliment and strengthen individual efforts. Freelance reporters and fi rm owners alike can grow their business – or enjoy some well-deserved downtime.

Specializing in networking agency- to-agency assignments, The Varallo Group’s reporters offer clients the utmost professionalism by delivering the deposition or trial transcript services, whether interactive realtime or draft transcripts, expedited delivery, videography, and expert testimony.

Products & Services Spotlight

NCRA’s Virtual Exhibit Hall

The purpose of this article is to provide newsworthy information on reporter-related products and technologies. This column is for our readers to use in their research; NCRA does not endorse or critically review these products and services in any way. The following briefs were provided by the companies and manufacturers.

The JCR plans to make this section a recurring feature in the magazine. The JCR invites parties interested in making announcements to send their news items to JCR advertising and editorial coordinator Amy Law at alaw@ncra.org.

RealLegal Management Tools

800-548-3668 / www.reallegal.com

RealLegal provides transcript management tools to court reporting firms, freelance reporters, official reporters, courts, and law firms. Developed with input from both court reporting and legal professionals, these products fit into the workflow of the litigation process. The result is greater efficiency, lower costs, and more opportunity for growth. RealLegal E-Transcript technology is the benchmark for electronic transcripts, and the standard delivery format for litigators nationwide. E-Transcript files ensure page and line integrity, allow for custom formatting, and offer the security of a tamperproof, electronic signature. The free E-Transcript Viewer is all that’s needed to view an E-Transcript. E-Transcript files are also compatible with Case Notebook and other popular litigation software.

Aptara

302-864-0664 / www.aptaracorp.com

No company summarizes more depositions than Aptara. With more than 400 transcripts summarized per day for the largest court reporting companies nationwide, and more than 5 million transcript pages to date, no one comes close.

Toxic tort. Medical device. Products liability. Negligence. Social Security. Workers comp.

If your clients report to partners, claims managers, general counsel, steering committees, or prepare for settlement or trial, they need deposition summaries. A deposition summary is a concise and objective abstract used by lawyers, and it remains at the core of their case preparation. Your clients are under increasing pressure to cut legal expenses, and Aptara’s ability to provide professionally prepared, cost-effective deposition summaries with quick turn-around not only saves them time and money but also gives you an added profitable service that’s in demand.

Aptara’s led by an experienced trial lawyer who knows the importance of valuable discovery and case management solutions. The company creates summaries that meet varied practice needs, and company officials report that competitively priced medical record summaries are also available.

Attachmore

800-975-7712 / www.attachmore.com/ncra

Be more productive in sending and sharing files with Attachmore. Each day brings the common problem of emailing large audio files or huge .pdf exhibits. Email limits how much you can attach. Other online storage services are often too cumbersome. Attachmore makes it easy with a simple “right click” on a file or folder to upload, company officials report. The Attachmore software uploads the selection and presents a download link, which users can easily email with their preferred email program. Recipients are able to open the email and click the download link to retrieve the sent files without logins or visiting other websites. Simplify your digital life and be more professional in your file communications.

College of Court Reporting

866-294-3947 / http://www.ccr.edu/index.php/programs/ev360-professional-loocs

College of Court Reporting launched its latest innovation, ev360 Professional Development and Continuing Education. The PDCE program is designed to provide the general public with educational and professional development, continuing education, and resources, to ensure that all learners have access to post-secondary and continuing education, the working world, and life-long learning. Its purpose is to further develop and implement research-based curricula that are aligned with industry standards in order to improve individual achievement and professional growth. It is the goal of PDCE to ensure the highest quality education for all learners, facilitated by skilled and professional educators who are supported by CCR personnel, according to company officials. Recent approval from the Indiana Board of Education, makes CCR the first college to offer programs that consists of a Living Open Online Curriculum (LOOCs) for both instructors and students. This program will also be the first court reporting program to award online Badges for students who demonstrate skill and knowledge as a result of completing any of the courses through ev360 PDCE.

Courtroom Connect

www.cameovideosystems.com

Courtroom Connect’s new and innovative video conferencing package, Cameo Video Systems, is a unique conferencing package that allows court reporters, lawyers, legal aids, and other professionals to instantly connect through a secure video conference solution. Unlike other video conferencing products, Cameo Video Systems is a unique bundled package exclusive to CameoCall participants, and can connect using any device: video conference systems, PCs, Macs, smartphones, and tablets.

Court Reporter Reference Books & CDs

Monette.Tutoring@CRRbooks.com / www.CRRbooks.com

Court Reporter Reference Books & CDs is a proven leader providing training and test prep material for court reporting students, novice, or veteran reporters, CART providers, and captioners. Users will learn why answers are correct or incorrect, the company reports.

Court reporters can study essential details to pass state and national certification written exams with a textbook, workbook, and a companion study guide, or study with the Court Reporter Reference Tutorial CD if preferred. The goal of the materials is to have users test only once, and the company reports that students and reporters have a 95 percent success rate advancing their credentials and passing tests.

Monette Benoit, the Court Reporting Whisperer, has provided oneon- one tutoring and empowerment coaching for more than 20 years. Are you stuck in school or desire to create new goals at work? Monette will confidentially assist clients with specific, custom-designed guidance.

CRRbooks.com includes testimonials, multiple products, CATapult Your Dictionary CDs, services, and articles Monette has written for the JCR in her monthly column.

DepositionConferencing.com

877-988-DEPO / info@depositionconferencing.com

DepositionConferencing.com has been a partner to court reporting agencies throughout the United States for a decade. The latest offering from DepositionConferencing.Com is Looking Glass Depo, a fully remote deposition attendance service including video streaming, web conferencing, text streaming, and HD audio conferencing in one easy-to-use package for attorneys and court reporters. Combining best of breed technology with industry proven solutions, Looking Glass Depo allows required attendees to be a part of the proceeding without having to travel to the actual location.

Divinescripts

www.divine-scripts.com/cprp

Is your job in jeopardy? Are you looking for something new or perhaps just need additional income?

The landscape for court reporters is shifting these days, but as a CART provider, you can increase your marketability and enhance your earning potential. Reporters nationwide are taking on full and part-time careers in the world of Computer Aided Realtime Translation.

Very specific skills and knowledge are needed for these CART positions, and Divinescripts LLC, is one of the industry leaders in training and preparing judicial reporters for the world of CART. The company reports that it is currently offering the only online training program available to get interested reporters started.

The world of CART is growing — and fast. CART providers are in great demand all over the country — and worldwide. Opportunities are available in many arenas. CART providers can demand salaries on par with judicial reporters while often enjoying the freedom of freelancing and even working remotely from their home office.

Integrated Realtime Solutions

www.IntegratedRealtimeSolutions.com

Integrated Realtime Solutions, Inc., is a startup company whose mission is to combine and simplify the technology in court reporting, based on the belief that court reporters shouldn’t have to double as computer technicians. The company’s main product line centers around a series of customizable kits that provide reporters or agencies with a stream-lined, easy-to-use, and configuration-free solution for providing realtime to clients. Integrated Realtime Solutions offers flexible options for purchase, lease, and rental of kits, and also partners with other providers in the industry to integrate complementary products and services to provide a complete solution for realtime needs. Support and training are included to ensure that products function exactly as required in the demanding court reporting industry, company officials note.

Starting in New York City with planned expansion across the country, Integrated Realtime Solutions can supply an on-site tech to provide and set up equipment for large jobs.

Karasch & Associates

800-621-5689

Karasch & Associates is a court reporting firm that has been in business for more than 30 years. In addition to providing court reporting and captioning services throughout the United States, Karasch & Associates also provides a mentoring program for graduating court reporters and captioners.

Graduating from court reporting school is very exciting but can be very scary as well. The company’s mentoring program is designed to give each student the confidence and professionalism they need to succeed in this exciting, fast paced world. As members of the Board of Orleans Technical Institute of Court Reporting, Karasch understands what the next step is for graduates.

The Karasch program offers students first-hand insight into depositions, arbitrations, and CART/captioning with our dedicated staff available to answer all questions. The goal is to put reporters at ease for a successful “live” experience.

Join the Karasch Mentoring program and become one of the many court reporters and CART captioners who have started their career with tenacity and confidence.

Lawser

www.lawser.com

Lawser has launched its groundbreaking social network developed exclusively for the legal community. The new platform creates an interactive online hub where attorneys, law students, and those who service the legal industry can network, share best practices, and generate referrals.

Lawser is immediately available at no cost, and members of the legal community are encouraged to set up their personalized accounts at www.lawser.com.

Users simply and quickly create a profile highlighting their career experience and specialties. After building new connections through Lawser’s easy-to-use interface, users may send direct messages to individual community members or post to a newsfeed where members can request personal recommendations and provide referrals from everyone in their network.

“The idea behind Lawser is to create a central gathering place online where members of the legal community can connect,” said Lawser founder Marc Astor. “We constructed what we believe will be the best social networking site for lawyers and the larger legal community. As the site grows, Lawser will be an incredibly beneficial resource that provides tremendous value for legal professionals and ultimately their clients, worldwide.”

LiveDeposition.com

888-337-6411 / www.livedeposition.com

LiveDeposition.com recently added a new product to its line of realtime deposition streaming solutions. Local Realtime is designed to wirelessly connect onsite deposition attendees to a court reporter’s realtime transcript. Local Realtime eliminates the hassle of extra cables or adapters, is iPad and Android tablet compatible, and integrates with all litigation realtime and CAT software.

LiveDeposition.com’s local and web-based streaming deposition solutions remove the need for bulky cords or expensive hardware and gives court reporters the ability to take depositions in a safe and secure environment.

Magnum Steno Club

mark@magnumsteno.com

Magnum Steno Club is a popular online location where reporters and students go to gain speed and accuracy. The testimonials page is jam-packed with letters from excited people who have seen great results from the Magnum Steno Club and the principles and teachings of its founder, Mark Kislingbury. There are more than 120 hours of dictation on the site and more than 1,000 videos. Dictation can be sped up or slowed down to virtually any speed. Around 100 instructional videos go into the mental side of court reporting. Hear all the principles that helped Mark to achieve a Guinness World Record 360 wpm — and you can apply those very principles to your own writing. Every weekday a new dictation video is posted. When you join the club, you gain access to every video on the site. Enjoy Mark’s inspirational, encouraging teaching style.

Martel Electronics

800-553-5536 / www.MartelDirect.com

Meet the world’s only Digital Recorder and Transcriber All ‘N One. Are you plagued by unreliable recording and transcription on your computer? If you are looking to simplify your world, this is the only way to go digital without the hassles of a computer. The unit operates like a tape recorder and tape transcriber. It has one button for start recording and one button for stop. When you are ready to transcribe, simply plug the foot pedal into the unit and it becomes a tape transcriber.

Min-U-Script

888-877-1187 option 2 / www.minuscript.com

Min-U-Script V. 4 offers a host of powerful new features that will deliver outstanding marketing opportunities and efficiencies in producing and delivering your work-product.

Features include casewide batching of all transcripts and/or linked exhibits onto one CD; customizable file hosting service for delivery of large files; automatic Insta-Linking of exhibits; casewide word index reports and Transcript Library Management Reports.

The company has a 23-year tradition of innovation and quality with more than 1,500 licensed users. Visitors are entitled to a free fullfeatured evaluation.

My Realtime Coach

www.learnrealtime.com

MyRealtimeCoach has recently added two new packages to its already extensive array of exercises: Certification Prep and Live Court.

With the Certification Prep package, users can choose from Pace Yourself, Push Yourself, and Test Yourself. Learn to write through those end-of-test jitters with exercises that vary in length from one to eight minutes. Practice challenging material with variable speeds so you can handle anything on test day. Take actual past NCRA exams, and get instant feedback so you know when you’re ready.

Do you have what it takes to write for the U.S. Supreme Court? Now you can stretch yourself every morning with this brand-new package of U.S. Supreme Court proceedings. Arguments, questions, responses — all from the cases that make headlines. Choose from more than 250 exercises created from the actual courtroom audio recordings.

Just 15 minutes a day on myRealtimeCoach™ can lead to careerchanging improvements in speed and accuracy, the company reports.

New York Career Institute

212-962-0002 / NYCI.edu

New York Career Institute’s New Captioning Lab features 10 fully equipped stations for teaching the basics of closed captioning and CART. As a continuing education program, NYCI offers this program to its current student body and professional reporters to help further enhance their realtime skills, as well as learn about closed captioning and CART.

OMTI/Reporter Base

650-544-2147 / omti.com / sales@omti.com

meTranscript (short for Mobil-Elite Transcript) is the latest service from OMTI, developers of ReporterBase business applications for marketing and managing court reporting businesses.

meTranscript gives lawyers their transcripts on smartphones or tablets in a format that maximizes legibility and ease of use while preserving the original ASCIIs page and line formatting.

Clients of court reporting agencies that offer meTranscript can access the service through RB Web Mobile Apps on their iPhone, iPad, or Android device, or on their laptop or desktop through a browser. On mobile devices, lawyers can highlight and make notes on transcripts, email their work to colleagues, and sync it with the master copy that resides on the agency’s RB web server.

Lawyers can do the same tasks through a browser as well, plus view related exhibits, video, and other files within the open transcript. And by syncing, they will always have the latest version when they open the transcript again whatever device they view it on.

OMTI’s other court reporting business applications include RB office management software and RB Web online offices, including case repositories, a PDF transcript creator, and mobile apps.

Stenograph

www.stenograph.com

Stenograph will introduce Cloud, the newest feature for Case- ViewNet and iCVNet, at the NCRA convention in August. Case CATalyst users with a CaseViewNet license can use Cloud to enable clients to view their realtime transcript, whether they are in the same room or anywhere in the world. Cloud uses the Internet to expand the reach of CaseViewNet beyond the court room. Stenograph will be demonstrating CaseViewNet Cloud at the NCRA convention, Aug.8 – 11 in Nashville, Tenn.

Stenovations

www.stenovations.com

Stenovations is now shipping its newest Classic LightSpeed writers. The new LightSpeeds are available in black, silver, and pink aluminum. New features include longer vowel keys that now have two sensors; wide asterisk and wide -DZ keys; a more robust USB connection; and upgraded state-of-the-art electronic components with redesigned circuitry to prevent electronic interference.

The state-of-the-art components and the redesigned circuitry combine to make the latest LightSpeed the most sensitive keyboard ever manufactured, company officials report.

StreamText.net

608-234-4759 / www.streamtextlegal.com / info@streamtextlegal.com

StreamText.Net’s newest platform, StreamText Legal, leverages the industry’s best communications platform, Adobe Connect, to create the most complete deposition platform on the market today. It delivers the highest level of security, reliability, and flexibility, company officials say. StreamTextLegal is a complete deposition solution that allows reporters to offer live video, realtime interactive transcripts, attendance reports, custom branding, evidence sharing, archiving of recorded depositions, private chat, video conferencing, and much more. More than just a deposition platform, StreamText Legal is built on Adobe Connect, which can be used as a central platform for all communication needs — not just depositions.

Designed to be easy to use for both the court reporter and the deposition participants, StreamText.net is cloud based, which means customers can access the platform from anywhere on almost any device. StreamText Legal is iPad, iPhone, and Android compatible.

The Varallo Group

508-753-9282 / www.thevarallogroup.com

The Varallo Group, a trusted name in court reporting, brings outstanding personal attention with first-rate reporters, business development, and administrative services to match clients’ needs and budget.

The firm’s suite of services — including sales support, marketing, and website design — provide court reporters and court reporting firms a single source for all of their management, administrative, and business development needs, and strengthens their business growth efforts, and frees them up to enjoy some well-deserved downtime.

At The Varallo Group, we understand both the current needs of our clients and the tools they’ll need to grow and evolve in the future.

Owner Nancy Varallo is a veteran court reporter, educator, and business owner. As a provider of court reporters and management services to the industry, Nancy’s dedication to the profession reflects the company’s longstanding commitment to the time-honored values of quality, service, and accountability.

Visionary Legal Technologies

www.visionarylegal.com

Visionary Legal Technologies (VLT) has been providing technology answers for the legal industry since the early ‘90s. VLT offers a complete line of production software to standardize, normalize and brand your transcripts and video for delivery to your clients in the most-used formats.

The V-Print product line provides court reporters and agencies with powerful tools to distribute high-impact, branded transcripts in digital and paper formats with no monthly fees. With our template method, you can customize and design each template once and use them forever, following the rules set by each jurisdiction. Digital signatures ensure secure transmission of transcripts between the court reporting agency and court reporters. Deliver unique transcripts in several formats, including full page and mini .pdfs, with word index. V-Print Pro delivers transcripts with hyperlinked exhibits in multiple formats.

Our Auto-Syncer was the industry’s first automated syncing tool. As such, it is the most trusted and accurate transcript-to-video synchronizing tool available on the market today. Visionary Auto- Syncer is a complete solution for creating and syncing files compatible with most trial presentation products, including Visionary 8 Pro.