Posts in category "court reporting blog"

Giving Away Transcripts And Shit Like That

So I’m in a deposition yesterday.  Nothing unusual.  See, it’s not unusual to receive a spur-of-the-moment panicked phone call from a law firm looking for a court reporter to cover a deposition in the Chicago suburbs that started 30 minutes earlier.  Yeah, not unusual at all. I obliged.  Because the thought of having five attorneys assembled around... Read more »

Why Court Reporters Cannot Be Replaced...According to a Neurosurgeon

There’s always one harasser in the crowd.  We bloggers are used to it.  You know, like the guy in college who used to interrupt the professor just to hear the sound of his own voice, but he wasn’t really saying anything?  Yeah, that guy.  He shows up on my blog to shamelessly plug his electronic... Read more »

Taking the "Free" out of "Freelance" in Court Reporting

Back in the day – there’s a phrase that makes me feel old — attorneys and judges alike used to refer to court reporters as the most important person in the room.  Yes, I still hear that phrase uttered, but today it sounds more like a throw-away line, a phrase said to placate reporters or... Read more »

The Dine-And-Dash In Court Reporting: The Unpaid Invoices Epidemic

Every court reporting agency owner has experienced it, those clients who don’t like paying their bills.  Who among us could blame them?  If we could all get away with selectively not paying for goods and services thereby reserving more in our bank accounts for our own personal entertainment and/or living expenses that we want to... Read more »

ALS Diagnosis Is Like Having A Bucket Of Ice Dumped On You

Last summer when the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was in full swing, I witnessed friends, and friends of friends, participating in the challenge and posting their hilarious and inventive ice bucket videos on Facebook.  But for my family there was no laughter involved in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, because, at that same time, my sister-in-law of twenty-five... Read more »

Why Court Reporters Need Fast Passes For Obstacle Court (aka The Daley Center)

Why Court Reporters Need Fast Passes For Obstacle Court (aka The Daley Center)
As anyone who finds themselves on the legal playground of Cook County, Illinois, knows, The Daley Center is a thrill ride like no other.  Beyond the weathered Van Der Rohe facade lies a dated and crumbling interior that time forgot, what I like to think of as Cook County’s version of Jurassic Park.  It’s a... Read more »

My Guilty Pleasure: Bagapalooza!

My Guilty Pleasure:  Bagapalooza!
Last night was the ChicagoNow blogapalooza.  My sincere apologies to my editor, Jimmy, and all my bloggopeers in our happy bloggosphere for missing THE event of the season! “THE event,” you ask?  For those of you who are occasional visitors to our blogworld, the event was… GUILTY PLEASURES! What’s my excuse?  That I don’t have... Read more »

1,001 Reasons To Hate Justin Bieber: Dropping An F-Bomb On The Court Reporter

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Justin Bieber Dropping An F-Bomb On A Court Reporter Until now, I only had 1,000 reasons to hate Justin Bieber.  Thanks, Biebs, for giving me one more reason not to like you.  Honestly, I was never a fan of your music, but you’ve made it increasingly difficult to tolerate your behavior over the years.  You’ve... Read more »

Thanks, Arizona, for Senate Bill 1062. You Make Illinois Look Normal!

I wanted to stay out of the political fray.  Really, I did.  No good can come from publicly expressing one’s political views–there’ll always be a louder voice with an opposing view.  But the mere drafting of Arizona Senate Bill 1062 one begs — pleads for — nah, it screams for a response from the great State of... Read more »

Why Hallmark Doesn't Make A Card For National Court Reporting and Captioning Week

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Stenographer Defined Ask a stranger walking down the street to define what a court reporter is and you’re likely to get a weird response.  Otherwise known as “stenographers” — we hate that — or as Dom DeLuise referred to our profession in this YouTube video, “stenos.”  In truth, the general public is challenged to describe... Read more »