Today’s blog is authored by CompuScripts’
Litigation Specialist Kaye Mullinax.
Sage Advice for the Legal Professional
In my thirty years as a litigation paralegal, I’ve assisted in the training of many young lawyers, many of whom now sit on either the state or federal bench. I’ve also trained more new paralegals than I care to count. I have a lot of information about deposition preparation that should be disseminated to newbies, and I’m happy to share it.
Don’t think you missed the class about deposition preparation. An instructor probably touched on the topic during a torts class , but not to a degree that was practical application. I hope this post will make deposition preparation and scheduling go smoothly for new litigation paralegals. Here are my guidelines on deposition preparation to keep your depositions moving and your cart out of the ditch. Continue reading
Military Spouses Seek Employment
A military family will experience a permanent change of station, or PCS, on the average of every two years. And as hard as this is on service members, it also hard on military spouses. Frequent moves make it difficult for them to build their résumés or to advance in their professions. If you know a military spouse looking for a transferable career, CompuScripts suggests court reporting! Continue reading
Considerations for Building a Wardrobe
The Internet is full of articles with the title, “What Is Business Attire?” You could argue that the answer depends on the business in question. Business attire for interior designers may be different than business attire for bank officers. The South Carolina Court Administration gives general guidance for its official court reporters in its Court Reporter Manual: “All court reporters are required to dress in a professional manner. Business attire must be worn at all times in the courthouse.” Unfortunately, those are rather unspecific guidelines, so CompuScripts would like to offer three considerations for building a court reporter’s wardrobe. Continue reading
Busy Court Reporters Need Fuel!
It has been said that an army runs on its stomach, and CompuScripts’ army of court reporters knows the importance of a good meal. Depositions can by lengthy, and skipping meals may result in low blood sugar. And according to Piedmont Healthcare, “Low blood sugar causes people to feel irritable, confused and fatigued. The body begins to increase production of cortisol, leaving us stressed and hangry.” These are not symptoms that a court reporter wants to experience during a deposition. So today, we’d like to suggest some South Carolina restaurants for busy court reporters. Continue reading
The Argument is Ongoing,
Contentious, and Real
Recently, we spoke with a friend of CompuScripts Court Reporting who was using a dating website for the first time. In her profile, she listed three questions to be answered before she would agree to a date:
- Are you allergic to dogs?
- Do you like to travel?
- Where do you stand on the Oxford comma?
The last question sounds as if it were meant in jest, but as a company whose stock-in-trade is words, we know that both proponents and opponents take the answer very seriously. Therefore, CompuScripts would like to discuss how and when to use the Oxford comma. Continue reading
What Do I Do Next?
Imagine this scenario: You’re an experienced, dedicated deposition court reporter. You packed your bag the night before and scouted parking at the deposition suite. You arrived early to set up your court-reporting equipment and to check in to your assignment. By the deposition’s scheduled start time, everyone is present… except the deponent. In CompuScripts’ 25-year history, our court reporters have encountered this situation numerous times. These are a court reporter’s tasks when the deponent is absent from the deposition. Continue reading
How Are Transcripts Produced?
Litigators are familiar with the presence of the court reporter in the deposition room, listening intently to testimony and objections while recording it all on the steno machine. But a lot goes on between the deposition room and the delivery of the deposition transcript. More professionals work behind the scenes than you might think. So today, CompuScripts would like to outline the four steps of deposition transcript production. Continue reading
South Carolina Court Reporters
Make New Year’s Resolutions
Many South Carolina court reporters will soon make resolutions for the approaching new year. Studies suggest they’re doing the right thing. “You are 10 times more likely to change by making a New Year’s resolution compared to non-resolvers with the identical goals and comparable motivation to change,” said Dr. John Norcross of the University of Scranton. Some court reporters set personal goals, such as losing weight or getting more sleep. Some goals, however, reflect a court reporter’s desire to improve as a professional. Today we suggest three resolutions for South Carolina court reporters in 2019. Continue reading
Court Reporters and Internet Shopping
Hearings and depositions often cancel at the last minute, or they run longer than planned. Hearings and depositions also schedule with little notice. One of a court reporter’s greatest characteristics is flexibility, but this flexibility is often challenged during the holidays, when social gatherings, school events, and Christmas shopping are added to the mix. Many court reporters use their early mornings and late nights to shop online, so today, we offer tips on Internet shopping security for court reporters.
Put Words Into Action
Based on last year’s success, CompuScripts Court Reporters and Legal Videographers announces Words Into Action 2018. Words Into Action is our community involvement campaign. Its purpose is to draw attention to the organizations we are able to support when you book a deposition or order legal transcription from us. Continue reading