Deposition Preparation for Paralegals

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. (more…)

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Successful Teleconferences Are Possible!

How To Have Successful Teleconferences

If you’re trying to plan a meeting with participants from a many locations, it’s hard to beat successful teleconferences.  Travel time is eliminated, attendance is greater, and more is accomplished.  But none of this matters if the audio isn’t clear.  CompuScripts regularly hosts teleconferences at our Columbia Videoconference Center, so we’d like to explain how teleconferencing works and give you some tips for successful teleconferences. (more…)

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Certified Legal Transcripts Help Trial Lawyers

Certified Legal Transcripts
and the Trial Attorney

You don’t have to be a litigator to know what a court reporter does. If you’ve ever watched Law and Order, you’ve seen a courtroom stenographer transcribe spoken speech in real time. But the work of a legal transcriptionist is every bit as important. The transcriptionist transcribes recorded audio and video for criminal and civil cases. So as CompuScripts expands its legal transcription services, we explain how certified legal transcripts can help the trial lawyer. (more…)

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Three Discovery Pillars from a Court Reporting Firm

Before you go to trial, it’s important to have the right team in place to support you.  While runners, law clerks, and paralegals are indispensable, one of your greatest allies during discovery is the right court reporting firm.  From court reporters to legal videographers to videoconference hosts, a full service court reporting firm can provide you with critical resources you need during discovery.
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Construction Litigation Uptick in 2017?

The good news for residential builders in 2017 is that Forbes Magazine expects small but continued growth in new builds during the first half of the year.  The bad news is that increases in residential construction are often followed by increases in construction defect lawsuits, and both homeowners and builders who previously only watched legal drama on television are finding themselves embroiled in construction litigation, whether in the mediation room or the courtroom.
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Audio Transcription and Electronic Recording

Everyone’s Here But The Court Reporter

If you’ve spent any time in a courtroom recently, you may have noticed an empty seat.  In more and more states, budgetary concerns are replacing court reporters with electronic recording systems (ERS) monitored by court personnel.  In every other way, a trial or hearing may continue normally, but when court is adjourned, the attorney or paralegal may have the added responsibility of finding an experienced legal transcriptionist to produce the proceeding’s audio transcription.
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Four Courtroom Etiquette Rules for Paralegals

As a trial date approaches, a litigation paralegal performs many invaluable tasks.   While assisting the lawyer, a litigation paralegal calendars dates, organizes briefs, prepares witnesses, and contacts experts.  But his or her duties do not stop at the courthouse door.   Once a trial begins, a paralegal may be called on to assist attorneys from the first row or at counsel’s table, and use of proper courtroom etiquette contributes to a judge or jury’s final decision.  Here are our four courtroom etiquette rules for paralegals.
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Digital Exhibit Management in Video Depositions

Legal videographers are often asked to record digital exhibits, or digital assets.  This would be an exhibit such as a video or photograph from a computer, iPad, or smart phone. The typical method used by virtually all legal videographers to record these assets is to zoom in to the display of the device, refocus the camera lens, adjust the iris, and record a video or photograph to the best of their ability. (more…)

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Litigation: The Present and the Future

Over the past several years, the business of litigation has changed. Clients with leverage have negotiated minimal fees for their litigators’ travel time and other expenses. Impacting everything from ethics guidelines to client development is the exponential growth of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. (more…)

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Teleconference Manners for a Deposition

When you are creating a transcript on a conference call, good teleconference manners will not only keep the proceedings polite, but they will keep your record clean and understandable. (more…)

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