Category: Chaos In The Courtroom

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 »
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Exhibit A Why I Cross Party Lines When I Vote: Susanne Atanus

As a result of recent posts, I’ve been experiencing daily deja vu. The conversation goes like this: COMPOSITE PERSON:  What are you? ME:  Clarification? COMPOSITE PERSON:  You know, which party? ME:  I love parties. COMPOSITE PERSON:  No, I mean political party.  Are you one of those? ME:  One of what? COMPOSITE PERSON:  (Sotto voce.)  Ah, ya... 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 »
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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 »

How many typos does it take to make a court report ntus?

How many typos does it take to make a court report ntus?
Court reporters are an intense bunch.  I’ve often wondered why.  Recently, I had a revelation and the why has been answered.  Last fall, I entered the classroom to teach within my own profession, and this experience has given me an interesting glimpse into court reporters’ psyches and how it all begins. Few people know (even... Read more »
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How The Internet Has Changed Us, Not Always For The Better

The advancement in communication is a marvelous thing, isn’t it?  I mean, we can Skype in with friends and family around the globe, catch up with our childhood buddies via Facebook, and feel the instant gratification of reaching out to others via text and e-mail.  Today, we don’t even have to go out on our... Read more »