Legal Work and School Work Can Work!
As a new school year approaches, schools across the country struggle with how to safely educate their students. Some districts will attempt traditional, in-person instruction. Others will begin the semester with distance learning. And still others offer parents the choice of traditional instruction OR distance learning. It’s highly likely that at some point this year, children will receive instruction at home. So how is a busy attorney, paralegal, or court reporter to balance professional demands with building blocks or algebra remediation? CompuScripts offers these suggestions to make distance learning work with your work. Continue reading
Want to De-stress?
Try Our Fun, Inexpensive Tips!
The word health is on the minds of most Americans these days, and with good reason. Without a COVID-19 vaccine, and with symptoms ranging from none to an inability to breathe, all we have to combat it are masks, hand sanitizer, and social distancing. Of course, we’re referring to concerns about our physical health. But as we enter our seventh month with the virus, it is taking a collective toll on our mental health as well. Social isolation, financial insecurity, and fears for ourselves or our loved ones can cause feelings of depression, even among those who have never experienced such feelings. Medical groups such as Mayo Clinic offer good global suggestions, such as keeping to a routine and focusing on positive thoughts. And, of course, anyone experiencing suicidal ideation or the persistent loss of appetite, inability to sleep, or loss of interests should contact a medical or mental health professional immediately. But if, like many, you’re experiencing more of an emotional fatigue, CompuScripts would like to offer our favorite COVID-19 tips to de-stress that may be helpful during the pandemic. Continue reading
CompuScripts Now Scheduling
Traditional and Online Depositions
Now that quarantine restrictions in South Carolina are easing and courts are reopening , CompuScripts is scheduling a mix of traditional and online depositions. This means that all parties, some parties, or no parties may be in the same physical room during the deposition. CompuScripts accomplishes this through the use of our large Columbia conference room set up for social distancing. Because of our unique setup, attorneys can now mix and match aspects of face-to-face and virtual depositions. Continue reading
Preparing for Videoconference Depositions
Like so many industries right now, the legal landscape has changed. Social distancing restrictions are making it more difficult for attorneys to conduct depositions in the ways they’re accustomed to. But it is possible to conduct a remote deposition successfully using our virtual conference room. CompuScripts has been scheduling remote depositions for more than a decade, and we’d like to teach you about preparing for videoconference depositions. Continue reading
Advice for Reporters and Videographers
As a company, we pride ourselves on being responsible members of the legal community. This responsibility extends to the way our court reporters and legal videographers conduct themselves during depositions as we face not only a difficult flu season but fear of the community spread of coronavirus. Continue reading
Millennials, Act Two
Gallup has studied the work habits of Millenials, and its analysis could be good news in the court reporting field. Gallup reports that 60 percent of Millennials – those born between 1980 and 1996 – are open to changing jobs. For Millenials interested in court reporting, their prior experience may be valuable in many areas of litigation. Continue reading
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
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