Herder & Associates Founder Recognized at Final Meeting of the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission

Arizona-based Marty Herder, founder of the court reporting firm Herder & Associates, was recently recognized at the final meeting of the AIRC.

The AIRC was created when voters approved Proposition 106 which amended the Arizona Constitution to create a bipartisan commission independent of the state legislature that would be tasked with redrawing congressional and legislative lines following the decennial census, and was mandated to be in compliance with the U.S. Constitution and the Voting Rights Act.

Along with the Commission, its counsel, and the AIRC administrative staff, covering each twist and turn of this historic process was Marty Herder, a certified professional court reporter and owner of Herder & Associates.   Herder is a past president of the Arizona Court Reporters Association and long-time member of the award-winning Chandler Horizon Rotary Club.

The AIRC for the 2011-2020 cycle started administrative meetings in March 2011. It has held 58 business meetings and 43 public hearings in locations in every corner of the state, for a total of over 359 hours.

The media and thousands were in attendance at these public meetings, and 2,350 speaking requests from the public were granted. Mr. Herder, President of Herder & Associates Court Reporters, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, diligently reported over 10,000 pages of verbatim transcripts of each meeting, which often times included contentious issues and public protest matters. The commission streamed almost every meeting to the Internet, with the eyes of the country watching.

At the final meeting on April 28, 2017, everyone shared a personal thank-you and goodbye. AIRC Commission Chairwoman Colleen Mathis kindly presented Mr. Herder a Commission Medal of Freedom, sharing “I also want to recognize Marty Herder, who also is going to be receiving one of these Commission Medal of Freedom medals. He’s a really great guy. On the back of his medal, I put, “Always ready.””

Herder was recognized for being dedicated to the Commission and the process 24/7 and remaining at the ready for each meeting of the Commission.

After being presented with his award, Herder responded, “If we are lucky in life, once or twice in our career we are blessed with a moment, a moment feeling a part of something far, far bigger than anything we ever imagined, while surrounded by passionate, bright and engaging new characters and new friends. AIRC has been that moment for me.”

To schedule or inquire about the Always-Ready professional court reporting services offered by the elite team at Herder & Associates, call 480-481-0649 or E-mail: [email protected]

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Pay Attention! Do you have what it takes to be a court reporter?

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If you’re as alert as the Phoenix driver who lived to tell the story of his car being impaled by corrugated sheet metal while he was driving, you’ve got what it takes to pay attention through a legal proceeding!

Court reporting is a seriously rewarding business.

As reporters, we may be the quietest people in the room but we play an important role on the legal team. If we’re absent and there’s isn’t digital recording equipment available, a proceeding will likely not happen; most are required to be recorded and preserved for the record. That puts our work in high demand. Even when there is a recording, it’s court reporters who transcribe and deliver a written record.

Not only are we important to the legal process, a career in court reporting has its own rewards especially for those seeking a career where they can work from home as a freelancer. While some cases and business assignments may be weeks or months long, when it’s over you can take time with family, travel, or relax before the next job.

We’re no longer hiding in courtrooms.

Across the nation court reporters are peeking out from court and deposition conference rooms and entering the worlds of business, television, sports, politics, and community events.

Closed captioning is in high demand and for the fastest and most accurate reporters that means more opportunities to caption television shows, live events, and college classes for the deaf and hearing impaired. The increased demand for services means higher pay for some but it isn’t without its challenges.

With high demand for services comes a court reporter shortage.

Because the skills required to be a court reporter as specialized, we have a problem with student retention in court reporting schools. This has resulted in schools across the nation closing, leaving some without a place to finish their certification. Often they abandon their dream of being a reporter in favor of another program, leaving the industry set for a court reporter shortage of more than 5,000 by the end of 2018.

If you’re seeking a new career and have what it takes to be a court reporter – fast acting, attention to detail, organized, and punctual, to name a few – then we’d love to talk to you!

Need a court reporter for an upcoming Phoenix or Scottsdale case? Contact us today!

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2016 NCRA Conference — Let Yourself Laugh

Who in your life makes you laugh? According to 2016 NCRA Conference keynote speaker and humorist John Wagner, “Humor is a powerful tool we can use to help relieve stress and connect socially. Supporting those social networks is critical in helping to get past the edge of our comfort zones.” In other words, make sure you have people in your life who make you laugh!

Wagner engaged conference attendees in laughing exercises that had them literally rolling in the aisles. It was a nice change of pace from the stress of court reporting or running a reporting agency. Sometimes it just feels good to laugh!

Everyone should have a friend whose jovial mood the room. When you send a funny email to an officemate, you love to hear them giggle. You tell a joke just to hear the wide mouth gasp or a belly laugh. That’s powerful!

Laughing refocuses your mind and body.   

Do you ever feel stuck? Whatever you do, it just doesn’t feel right. You can’t make a decision or you make what feels like the wrong decision. Those are signs you’re in your own way. You need to move so you can grow. Whether in career or personal life, there’s always room for change. If we can laugh about it, that makes it even better.

All too often we see people who just can’t get out of their own way. You see them too. They’re the ones who are always busy but never seem to get much done. Does this sound like you? There’s a cure. Try letting the stress out with a good laugh. Then re-focus. Who knows, you may come up with new, brilliant ideas!

Connecting with others for a fun time is one of the best cures for getting out of your comfort zone. It allows you to be free and leave the tension behind, even for a few minutes. Even if you’re not the giggling type, give it a try.

Let yourself laugh. It’s good for your business….and your health!

Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases infection fighting cells.

It allows us to get out of our own head and just be.

Laughter releases stress in your mind and muscles so that you can focus on your life in meaningful ways. Whether you realize it or not, you’re out of your comfort zone and in a more creative space in your head. That can make all the difference to your court reporting business.

It wasn’t all fun and games at the conference. Attendees also expanded their knowledge and skills to learn ways to balance working at home with spending time with family, ways to be productive, and managing transcripts to save yourself time.

Are you an attorney in need of a court reporter in the Phoenix area? Contact us today!

Navigating the Court Reporter Shortage

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It’s challenging to build a business but even more so when you’re navigating the court reporter shortage that’s happening over the next few years.

By 2018, it is estimated that 5,000 reporters nationwide will be retiring. Not only that but the average age is about 53 years old, well above the 41 year old average for all other careers.

We see two distinct challenges – keeping current court reporters engaged in their work while at the same time attracting more people to this profession. It’s challenging at best but we know we have a bit of time and we understand what it takes to be a great court reporter.

Keeping Court Reporters Engaged

As with any professional, it’s important to recognize and appreciate their accomplishments. Gone are the days of sitting in a courtroom taking testimony. More than two thirds of court reporters are now working directly with attorneys at remote locations or even from home.

That’s good for the industry for two reasons — There are still job opportunities in spite of courtrooms digitizing and working from home is more flexible. We find when we’re working from home we can actually get more done in less time which means we can spend more time with friends and family. It’s a win-win.

Attracting New People

When it comes to navigating the court reporter shortage, we, as an industry, have to be communicating the benefits of this career. Flexible schedule, earning potential, and no degree required are among the most attractive.

We’re a fairly unique industry in terms of skillset which poses challenges to attracting interest but also opportunities for the right candidates. Attention to detail, good grammar, punctuality, maturity, and confidentiality are among the qualities of a great court reporter.

We believe this near-crisis can be averted if we’re focused as an industry. It won’t be easy but we can work together to make sure courts and attorneys have what they need to move ahead.

If you have the skills we need, we’d love to talk to you about a career in court reporting!

Are you an attorney in need of a court reporter for an upcoming case? Contact us today.