November 2008 Blog Posts (35)


when a witness uses speech that is "southernese" or anywhere-else-ese

I've read that you should go ahead and put the correct word, such as if they

say purt near (instead of pretty near) or rye-cheer (right here)


would you just put (sic) behind the word such as rye-cheer (sic) ........if so, if the transcript is full of these, you wouldn't sic the whole thing, would you?

some of these are pretty funny if you want to check out the… Continue

Added by Terri on November 30, 2008 at 18:33 — 9 Comments


PMK - Person most knowledgeable. Inevitably some one who really isn't that knowledgeable at all. After three hours of questioning, you'll find out that:

A) they weren't working at the company for the period in dispute
B) they worked there, but in a different department
C) they are just some poor schmuck getting thrown to the wolves.

Added by Kyung on November 30, 2008 at 14:00 — 3 Comments

Who's ready for holidays?

I am stoked. We have our Christmas lights up. Our Christmas tree is up. As my daughter says, it is beautiful. I am ready. I got a little Christmas shopping done. By no means finished, but I've started.

Happy Holidays!!!

Added by Kyung on November 29, 2008 at 20:32 — No Comments

Scopist or Transcriptionist


I've been transcribing legal documents since 1978, either working for attorneys, courts, court reporters, etc. Recently, I have been thinking about changing my career and taking a course to become a scopist.

Does anybody have any opinions or comments they wish to share with me regarding this career change?

I found a course that I would complete at my own pace that will cost me almost $3,000. Is a scoping career going to be worth the money I have to pay for… Continue

Added by Deborah A. Cook on November 28, 2008 at 21:16 — 5 Comments

Need Your Help ASAP

Hi, Everyone,

I wanted to see if I could get your quick help. I'm not sure if you've heard, but there's a movement of citizens inspired by the presidential campaign who are now submitting ideas for how they think the Obama Administration should change America. It's called "Ideas for Change in America."

I've submitted an idea and wanted to see if you could quickly vote for it. The title is: Teach Children to Build Self-Esteem with Outfluence. You can read and vote for the… Continue

Added by Al on November 25, 2008 at 12:19 — No Comments

Training a Scopist

I was a court reporter for 22 years. I had several scopists. When I would review the transcripts of the scopists

at the beginning during traning, I would make notes of things I would like done a certain way. Then I would

communicate this to the scopist.

Since I have not reported in three years, I would like to begin scoping. The reporter sends the transcript back to me after she's gone over it and made preference changes. She expects me to print the transcripts and compare… Continue

Added by Darlene on November 25, 2008 at 9:04 — 8 Comments

Court Reporter Patron Saint's Cards Available for Christmas

Dear Friends,

Many of you are familiar with the patron saint's card of court reporting which Father Nadolny had made for the court reporting profession.

Several court reporters in past years have included the patron saint's cards in Christmas cards sent to court reporter friends.

Through special arrangements with Father Nadolny, I provide the patron saint's cards to the court reporting profession handling the requests and doing the mailings.


Added by Bill Parsons on November 24, 2008 at 12:09 — No Comments

Couldn't find the original post about Court reporter nightmares . . .

. . .so I'm talking about mine here. Feel free to jump on the sinking ship.

I had one last night where I was to be taking down court testimony. I was racing to set up. I barely got set up, but I was hooked up to some kind of computer monitor and it was really loud. It had all kinds of crazy graphics going and sounds, I could not mute the darn thing. It was loud and disruptive. I was all hooked up and ready to go and I was telling the judge, just a minute, I've just got to get the… Continue

Added by Kyung on November 23, 2008 at 7:16 — 7 Comments

Christmas Lights

Well, I guess we're going to have Christmas lights on our house this year. I'm very excited. The last two years, I was in charge of hiring somebody to come out and put Christmas lights on our house. Both times they flaked. Two different years, two different companies.

When I grew up, we were not the type of family to have Christmas lights on our house. So I am very excited.

This year, my husband was in charge. He actually got people to our house and they took measurements… Continue

Added by Kyung on November 21, 2008 at 22:38 — 5 Comments

Strangers passing in the night 2 - making the connection

Well, we all see each other as we go to our daily job. Hey, there's a lady with a bag like mine. I wonder if she's a court reporter. Then the second thought, Oh, no, I hope we're not going to the same deposition. It's sort of like the thought I have when I see a videographer. Oh, no, is my depo videotaped? They didn't tell me it's videotaped.

Like many reporters, I like to know ahead of time what services are being requested. I hate to be blind-sided by a videographer, interpreter,… Continue

Added by Kyung on November 21, 2008 at 5:30 — 3 Comments

Good News! My laptop is ALIVE again!

Yes, I went to Best Buy/Geek Squad - Agent Smith. She removed the external battery (located on bottom) then replaced it, which restarted my laptop. I'm definitely going to buy a new one, but does anybody know which one works with CaseCat 8? I have XP and I know the new ones are running Vista. Thanks everybody for your inputs.

Added by Diane Hickman on November 20, 2008 at 11:31 — 8 Comments

Help! My laptop just died!

Toshiba Satellite Pro, bought in 2002. It won't turn on. I'm going to go to Best Buy to purchase a new laptop. They have Geek Squad there, and I'm going to ask them to transfer my harddrive (which has my depo jobs) info to the new laptop. But since this is the first time I've ever experienced this tragedy, can anyone give me advice on what laptop to buy or how to get through this mess? Please respond ASAP!!

(groan) Diane

Added by Diane Hickman on November 20, 2008 at 9:39 — 3 Comments

Thanksgiving in Maui!

Thank you, Lord!

So . . . those of you who want to catch up to my CSRnation "Elite" status, start typing! I'll be off the boards for a week. Just me and my five boys and Maui -- how awesome is that!!

Flying out this afternoon and still don't have a condo rented. Sleeping on th beach in Maui, what fun!!

Added by Tami on November 20, 2008 at 9:31 — 6 Comments

Here's a better link to vote for my pup Paris!

Hi again, fellow reporters! Here's a simpler link to vote for my sweet chihuahua Paris who is entered in this "My Cutest Pet" contest. Yes, I know it may seem silly, but who would've thought we'd make it to the FINALS? I'm still pinching myself! Maybe with enough votes we can WIN this contest! Thanks so much for your help! GOOOO TEAM PARIS! Sorry, but I can't seem to make it work so you can just click on the link. Maybe you can copy and paste it to your… Continue

Added by Debra on November 20, 2008 at 7:00 — 7 Comments


That is awesome. Good for Clay. What a fun day that must have been to have him with you.

Yes, I had a really fast school principal on Monday. There was no slowing him down, though, but I sure tried. I had warmed up with Mark's ludicrous-speed Q&A on Magnumsteno. Then on some 200, 225 and 240's. The 200 and 225 were gettable, but the 240 was a challenge. Some of them I aced, but other sections were denser. Even though I had done that, the witness was faster than I was. So… Continue

Added by Christine Kirley on November 19, 2008 at 12:09 — No Comments


Am I the only one who is slow? I'm a reporter in the Northern California area, and have barely worked in the last two months. Is it just me or are there others out there? What is going on with our industry??

Added by Cari L. Waters-Drewry on November 19, 2008 at 10:07 — 12 Comments


Hi fellow reporters... please vote for my furry munchkin Paris so she can WIN this contest.. Voting ends this coming Sunday, November 23rd, at midnight! Thanks for your help... Goooooo Team Paris!vv Here's the link...

Added by Debra on November 18, 2008 at 21:30 — No Comments

That's awesome!

Sounds like an amazing event. I would be interested in purchasing a copy of the video for my daughter, who is a high speed student here in California. When it becomes available, will you post it on this site? Or you can e-mail me at
Thanks so much.

Added by Christine Kirley on November 18, 2008 at 17:31 — No Comments

Clay, Congrats!!!!!

Woweecazowie!! I'm so proud of you. You are both amazing. Great job. That is an unbelievable pass rate. Will he be joining you at Southwest? Covering some depos -- hint, hint? I'm sure I'll be talking to you soon, that is when you come down from the clouds :)

Added by Christine Kirley on November 18, 2008 at 17:23 — 1 Comment

Our Lives Outside of Court Reporting

Hey gang, I think by now we've figured out that we're all a bunch of gung-ho reporters who enjoy what we do in the profession. But what do we enjoy doing outside of reporting? For instance, do you have a favorite wine or a particular type of food? Are you an artist or a musician?

I'll start things off. I play drums in a pipe and drum band. I also play golf, and enjoy bike riding. My favorite sports teams are the New York Yankees for baseball; The New York Jets and Giants for… Continue

Added by Anthony D. Frisolone on November 18, 2008 at 17:00 — 11 Comments

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