Court Reporters Look Back at 2017

It’s only natural in December for court reporters to look back at the year that was.   Throughout 2017, we were fortunate to provide so many talented, hard-working attorneys and paralegals with services in court reporting, legal videography, and video conferencing.

Occasionally, though, we interacted with our clients in different ways.  Here are some of the highlights as CompuScripts Court Reporters looks back at 2017.

Fun

In May, we sponsored a hole at the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorney’s annual golf tournament, offering a bespoke vacation for a hole-in-one.  We enjoyed catching up with our clients, but, sadly, none of the golfers won the prize.   The sun was probably in their eyes.

We also hosted an appreciation luncheon for our Columbia clients at Nonnah’s.  Local paralegals enjoyed a delicious meal and fun door prizes, followed by one of Nonnah’s signature cakes because as Julia Child once said, “A party without a cake is just a meeting.”

In August, we joined a wide swath of America to celebrate Eclipse 2017.  We distributed nearly 1,000 pair of NASA-recommended eclipse glasses to clients across the state.  (When your clients are attorneys and paralegals, you get the good ones.)   In Columbia, we were in totality for about two and a half minutes, some of the best minutes of the year.

Education

In October, we were exhibitors at the Palmetto Paralegal Association’s annual half-day seminar.  Debbie Dusseljee, CompuScripts’ president, spoke to members on Deposition Deliverables: How to Get the Most out of Your Deposition Transcript.

Charity

In November, we wound up our campaign of charitable giving called Words Into Action.  In September and October, clients who booked depositions were given the opportunity to direct our contributions to 13 different charities, each of which was vetted by Charity Navigator.  In the end, CompuScripts donated to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Houston Food Bank, Global Giving – Puerto Rico, Project CARE, Samaritan’s Purse – Irma, and Water Mission.

As 2017 came to a close, we were doing the same as the attorneys and paralegals we are privileged to work with: scheduling depositions and wrapping presents, attending depositions and mailing presents.  As a year full of highlights draws to an end, we wish you a very Happy New Year, and here’s to creating more highlights together in 2018.

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CompuScripts Puts Words into Action

Our Words Into Action Culture

CompuScripts has a long history of putting words into action, or community involvement, and our blog is a perfect place to draw attention to non-profit organizations and charities we support because of your patronage. We all know the best laid plans of mice and [wo]men often go awry. The heart-wrenching events occurring in our world have escalated to such a critical level that we at CompuScripts do not feel we can carry on our charitable giving as usual.  We’re upping our game and invite you to join us! (more…)

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New Law School Building for USC

State-of-the-Art Law School Building

When the Class of 2020 convened at the University of South Carolina law school this week, they gathered in a new 187,500-square-foot building.  USC School of Law has moved from its former location, a 1970s-era building between Assembly and Main Streets, to what University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides has described as a state-of-the-art structure that “will anchor a new legal corridor in South Carolina and project a modern, sophisticated image which matches our great expectations.”

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Safely View the Eclipse

Totality Tips

Here are some useful thoughts and practices to assist you in the upcoming historical celestial event.

First, be sure to put on your calendar that CompuScripts’ offices are closed all day Monday so that our reporters, videographers, and staff can enjoy totality with their friends and family.  We look forward to working with you on Tuesday.  Of course, you can always get in touch with us for an urgent matter.

Eclipse Viewers

Eclipse viewing glasses distributed by CompuScripts were manufactured by American Paper Optics, L.L.C. They are included on American Astronomical Society’s Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters and Viewers.

Read User Instructions & Warnings printed on the inside of eclipse glasses & viewers. Discard the glasses or viewer if damaged, torn, punctured or separated from frame.

Alternative Viewer

Avoid the temptation to look at the sun without proper eye protection.  If you don’t have or don’t trust your eclipse glasses, you can use the classic projection method to view the eclipse with no direct eye contact.  Have your children join in the fun of constructing this pinhole camera, a safe way of viewing the eclipse.

NASA Advice

NASA covers a wide breadth of issues related to the eclipse.  Here are two samples of the valuable information you can find there.  Eclipse 101 Safety for Viewing lists essentials that individuals and parents will want to review.  NASA provides this explanation for how to use your glasses during the solar eclipse.

Science and Safety

Astrophotographer Hap Griffin makes a guest appearance on “Making It Grow.”  He shares insights into the Total Solar Eclipse, including tips  on how to have a safe and enjoyable experience.

 

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Four Steps to Reduce Your Ransomware Exposure

Picture this classic movie image: A worried parent sits by the phone, waiting for a ransom demand for the release of a kidnapped loved one. Police officers sit nearby, waiting for the information they need to locate the victim and bring the kidnapper to justice. (more…)

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South Carolina Flood Update Week Of 11/30/15

It has been two months since historic flooding wreaked havoc on the Upstate, Midlands, and Lowcountry of South Carolina. Since then, CompuScripts Court Reporting has striven to provide our legal industry clients with information regarding court closings, road closures, and volunteer opportunities. This week, CompuScripts would like to offer our clients a flood update for three key areas: agribusiness, transportation, and construction.

UPDATE:Per FEMA, The deadline for survivors of South Carolina’s historic floods to register for Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster assistance has been extended an additional 30 days to Jan. 3, 2016.

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LAWYERS EXTEND FREE HELP TO FLOOD VICTIMS

October’s record-breaking rainfall and subsequent flooding devastated parts of South Carolina, and the legal community is stepping up to provide assistance to those who have been affected. Flood victims who are facing legal issues and are unable to afford a lawyer will benefit from a partnership between the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the South Carolina Bar, the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division, and South Carolina Legal Services. (more…)

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South Carolina Flood Situation & Update

Hello! We just want to update you on what’s going on here in South Carolina.

Although you can see the devastation on your nightly news, CompuScripts is hearing positive things at this time from those who work with us, and in fact, our offices have been able to be open most of the week. We are extremely grateful. (more…)

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Paperless Deposition with Exhibits in the Cloud

Remember the good, old days of depositions? After all the hassle a paralegal went through to schedule the appearance of all parties under one roof, there were the exhibits to deal with! Many a litigation attorney suffered chronic back pain from lugging around those heavy cardboard boxes full of paper. (more…)

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Honoring the Past

 

The last few weeks here in South Carolina have been tragic, emotional, hopeful, and historic. It has caused us to pause and reflect upon the history that is unfolding before our eyes. Court reporters have a long and proud history that stems back thousands of years to when individuals relied upon scribes to translate the spoken word into text. (more…)

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