Scheduling a Deposition in Arizona?

Herder & Associates provides court reporting services statewide throughout Arizona and enjoys an excellent reputation in both the legal and reporting field throughout the Southwest.

At Herder & Associates, we specialize our services to fit your every need.   Let us streamline your scheduling challenges of your next deposition by calling us now at (480) 481-0649, and you will know the peace of mind that comes with relying on the most professional and respected court reporting and litigation support services available.

Unexpected Mentorship Opportunities

Some of the best things in life are unexpected. Whether that’s mentorship opportunities, career changes, or even love, you’ve got be aware of what’s around you so you can fully embrace what life has to offer.

Define Your Passion

What are you good at and what do you like doing? For a long time I was in jobs that involved numbers and after being laid off discovered that what I really loved about my jobs wasn’t in the job descriptions. I realized my passion was people and words and not numbers and analysis. I identified people in my life who could guide me; they became my mentor team. Now I pay it forward to others who are seeking a new career.

Thinking about making a change? If you’re in a career that isn’t fulfilling but know you’re focused, detail oriented, professional, punctual, and driven, consider a career in court reporting.

Make a List of Experiences

When I say make a list of experiences, I challenge you to list not only professional experience but personal as well. Are you a speaker at business networking events? Do you admin a group on social media? Are you the person your peers call for advice? Think about what you share with everyone in your life because not every skill on your resume is developed through professional experience; sometimes it’s what you learn outside the office that’s meaningful to others, especially when mentorship opportunities come your way.

Unexpected is Often the Best

When I met the man who is now my husband neither of us was looking for love. We were spending time with a friend we had in common when we discovered we really liked being with each other. That can happen with mentorship opportunities as well.

  • You meet someone at a social event and they’re looking for a new career.
  • A member of a LinkedIn group for freelancers asks a question about how to manage their time and you offer your best practices.
  • A friend calls and asks how you’re able to work from home and you tell them how you schedule your days, weeks, and months so you can work while also taking care of home and family.

These are all unexpected opportunities to mentor others. Mentoring another court reporter doesn’t have to be a formal program. It can be answering questions in a Facebook group or sharing your experience via blog post. Whether you know it or not, you’re probably a mentor. To that I say, keep up the good work!

In Arizona, let our stellar team of leaders serve your court reporting needs. Contact us via phone at 480-481-0649.

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Court Reporter Facts and Myths

Court Reporter Facts and Myths

When we say, “court reporter,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it someone sitting at a steno machine in a courtroom? Do you think it’s a dying profession? We’re here to share court reporter facts and myths so you can learn and share more about this exciting and growing profession.

Myth: The only place you will find court reporters is in a courtroom.

The digitization of the courtroom has meant a decline in the demand for reporters in courtrooms and higher demand outside in business, sporting events, politics, and civic meetings.

You can find our reporters working from home as real-time reporters and closed captioners.

You might find them working as travelling freelance reporters in rural Arizona counties where there is a court reporter shortage.

Others can be found transcribing recordings from town hall, HOA, or Board meetings or live seminars and webinars.

Wherever there is a need to translate the spoken word is where you might find a court reporter.

Myth: There are more than enough court reporters.

The truth is that there is a court reporter shortage happening right now. Outside Maricopa County there are court cases that require an in-person court reporter by law. That often means sending one of our Phoenix reporters to cover the case. While it is a cost-saving measure for courts in our state and across the country, it’s often challenging to find a reporter willing to take the case.

Not only is there an increased demand in the legal field, but in non-legal fields. Couple that with a decrease in court reporting school enrollment and it’s a potential for a major court reporter shortage in the not so distant future.

Myth: No one wants to be a court reporter. 

If we’re going to get through the shortage, we’ve got to be working together as an industry to spread the word about the benefits of court reporting. We find that the more we’re sharing our experience on blogs and social media, more people are interested in this career.

While being a court reporter takes a special set of skills – focus, attention to detail, punctual, organized, accurate and fast transcription – many people don’t know the benefits of being a court reporter. Because there is such a high demand and low supply of reporters, the earning potential right out of school is higher ($40,000 average) than for many four-year degrees. With a bit of experience, reporters can earn in the six-figures all while making their own schedule.

For those seeking an exciting career working with a variety of clients, we think court reporting is a great choice! Do you have more court reporter facts and myths that need busting? Contact us today; we’d love to talk to you!

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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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Current Events Impact Court Reporter Demand

Court Reporter Demand

The recent Executive Order travel ban left many immigrants and refugees stranded at airports or worried that when they arrived, they wouldn’t be allowed to enter the United States through Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix and airports across the country. Immigration lawyers and activists made themselves available to those with questions and even as the ban is sorted out in court, we wonder how current events impact the court reporter demand.

If the instance of immigration and refugee cases increases, court reporters will be in higher demand.

For a city like Phoenix that has the 10th highest population of undocumented immigrants, the travel ban and possible subsequent orders, makes us wonder how many more court reporters we may need to cover immigration or refugee cases. With 250,000 people undocumented, that’s a lot of folks to process through an already busy court system. And that’s just in our city. Let’s not forget border towns and suburbs.

It’s not only a potential challenge for the court system which utilizes digital recording rather than live court reporters, but it’s a problem for the court reporting industry.

Even when proceedings are recorded, someone has to create the transcript.

Let’s say the courts could process 250,000 cases, which is unlikely unless legal teams and judges work around the clock for months, there is still a court reporter shortage happening across the nation, not just in Arizona. Even if we were able to send work to remote reporters or bring in freelance reporters from other states, the cost could be astronomical. That’s assuming they’re available and not covering immigration cases in their home state.

While it seems, at least for now, the travel ban issue has resolved itself in higher courts, there are other events that impact court reporter demand.

The court reporting industry is driven in part by the insurance industry. According to Ducker Worldwide, the better the economy, the more legal activity and therefore the higher the court reporter demand. If the economy continues on an upward trajectory, we will likely see a growing need for reporters. Couple that with the rain storms in California and an extended winter in the eastern United States, and you’ve got the perfect storm of increased insurance claims, court cases related to property damage, and higher demand for reporters.

For those that think court reporting is a dying profession, we’re here to tell you it’s a growing field in need of trained professionals before there’s a crisis in the courts. Interested in learning more? We’d love to talk to you.

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Phoenix Court Reporter Defeats 7-day Jeopardy! Champion

National Court Reporter Association member Jill Rausch, a broadcast captioner from Phoenix, Ariz., unseated a 7-day Jeopardy! champion when she competed on the television show that aired on Feb. 7.

Like most court reporters and captioners, Jill brings a unique combination of skill and knowledge to each and every proceeding. Jill spent eight years as an elementary orchestra teacher, followed by seven years working in vocational assessment, and one year behind a boutique hotel front desk before embarking on a successful career that started with court reporting school. As with all successful reporters and captioners, she has an excellent work ethic, crucial to meeting the rigorous daily demands of these dynamic fields.

In addition to the highly-specialized technical skill of verbatim real-time translation of the spoken word to print and caption, court reporters and captioners require a broad knowledge base. Jill has proven to be an astute and adaptive professional, also specializing in vocational assessment, organization, orchestra, orchestra management, guidance counseling, as well as being an accomplished musician.

Due to the daily exposure to cutting edge technology in every imaginable field, reporters/captioners need an ever-expanding and evolving knowledge base to be effective in carrying out their duties to serve the public, the Court, and members of the Bar. It is a vocation that is truly integrated across the entire spectrum of business, education, healthcare and technology.
We are proud of Jill and her amazing accomplishments. “I’ll take awesome professionals for a thousand, Alex.”

Whenever you are considering hiring a court reporter or captioner, be sure you are dealing with the most experienced and trusted in the industry.

In Arizona, that’s Herder & Associates, 480-481-0649 www.CourtReportersAz.com

Details Matter in the Courtroom

Details Matter in the Courtroom

When CNN Supreme Court reporter Pamela Brown incorrectly referenced the Third Circuit instead of the Third District in this report, we cringed a little bit. While there are other stories that are more impactful to the average American, to court reporters, the details matter whether you’re a reporter for a major news network or a member of a legal team.

Legal Details

Brown’s gaffe was in reference to Supreme Court pick Judge Thomas Hardiman who serves on the bench of the Third District, not the Third Circuit Court. In the scheme of what a court reporter should know about the system, it’s kind of basic. As courtroom experts, we know the circuit courts are numbered (Phoenix is in the Ninth Circuit) and used for appeals while district courts are part of the state or regional system and are named by state (Arizona District Court). Most people outside the legal field may not have noticed the error but as court reporters, we’re trained to hear the details.

Details Matter in the Courtroom

Whether we’re taking depositions or hearing cases in a courtroom, the details matter not only for the attorneys that hire us but for their clients. In the big picture, what court reporters capture has potential to reach the highest courts of the nation so it’s imperative that we’re recording exactly what’s being said without prejudice.

There are times that it is challenging to hear witnesses, understand an accent, or manage conversations between attorneys who don’t see eye to eye in the middle of a proceeding, but it’s up to us to capture what is being said and by whom.

Help Us Help You

As your trusted court reporter, we ask you to help us capture the details by speaking one at a time, coaching witnesses on the importance of speaking clearly and loud enough for us to hear, and providing witness names to us ahead of the deposition or hearing. Sounds simple but too often we hear from reporters that they have to stop a deposition to ask for clarification and repetition when it could have been avoided with the implementation of a few key items.

We appreciate your help and look forward to working with you in the future!

Preparing an Expert Witness

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On first glance it may seem like an expert can be found online and just added to a schedule of depositions but the truth is that you’ve got to spend time preparing an expert witness. And please don’t just pick one from Google! Ask for referrals from trusted colleagues before heading to court for your next case.

Prep Time

Too often we hear from our court reporters that a witness, even an expert, has not been properly prepared to testify or be deposed. Allow prep time for them to review facts and information related to the case, including their own reports and prior testimony, to prepare for their deposition. Otherwise it can lead to a long day for everyone; it’s more efficient at the deposition if you’ve prepared ahead of time.

Mastery of Facts

Allowing time also means your expert witness has a mastery of the facts and is ready to not only give a deposition but also face opposing counsel in court. There’s nothing worse than having an ill-prepared expert who may hurt rather than help your case!

Relatable

We’re each an expert at what we do but not all of us can explain it in a way that relates to an audience outside our field. It’s the role of your expert witness, even in the most technical of cases, to have witnesses who relate well to the jury. Even if the information they’re delivering is complex, it needs to be explained in a way that plays well with the jury.

The Right One

Think about the case strategy when selecting witnesses. You may have the best forensics expert in the field but if they aren’t personable from the stand in a way that engages the jury to your side, it may not work to your advantage. Instead, find an expert who can not only explain evidence but who understands the importance of speaking to the jury.

Once you find the right one, take time to prepare your expert witness. It could be the difference for your client. If you’ve got the witness ready to go and need a court reporter for the deposition, give us a call!

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Herder & Associates Announces New Scottsdale Deposition Center

Herder & Associates, announces that their new Scottsdale location has opened in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, January 23, 2017.

Adding to our other locations throughout Arizona, we have dramatically upgraded our presence in Scottsdale to a prime Old Town Scottsdale location, bordering downtown Paradise Valley, just north of the Scottsdale Civic Center at the beautiful Scottsdale Place.

“We outgrew our original Scottsdale location and sought a dramatically-upscale face-lift. It was personal journey for me, as my wife and I lived in this amazing ZIP code for over a decade and started our family here. Now our Scottsdale office is ideally located on Scottsdale Road just one mile north of the prized Camelback/Scottsdale Road intersection, which anchors Scottsdale’s Entertainment District,” says Marty Herder, CEO.

Herder & Associates is a full-service professional court reporting agency. The firm offers state-of-the-art, nationally certified professional court reporters for every aspect of litigation, hearings, and arbitration testimony with conference rooms throughout the state of Arizona.

It’s their goal to establish a relationship with their clients based on trust and expertise. Herder & Associates understands the importance of choosing the right team for your Arizona court reporting needs. The firm of Herder & Associates has earned a reputation as a leader in Arizona for court reporting due to their commitment to delivering a world-class experience for all clients with a focus on accuracy and timely delivery.

Our staff, services, and use of best-in-class technology make the firm the clear choice when you need a court reporter on hand.

Herder & Associates specializes their services to fit your every need. They pride themselves on having the fastest, most accurate, and conscientious professional reporters in the industry. The company focuses on real-time reporting in order to deliver prompt materials to those who need it. With dedicated and experienced court reporters on the team who have worked with all types of arbitration and litigation cases, you can receive an e-transcript daily as well as rough drafts so that you can review the materials and prepare for the future.

Schedule your next deposition by calling Herder & Associates now at (480) 481 0649, and you will know the peace of mind that comes with relying on the most professional and respected court reporting and litigation support services available.

Mentor Clone

Mentor Clone

Did you start as a clone of an excellent leader from your past?  We all have that one mentor that completely changed the landscape of our career path.  Have you run with that assistance and become an average or excellent leader?  Which do you believe will bring you the most success?  What defines the two?  Quickly the conversation turns to mentoring.  

Excellent team members, (future leaders) are no accident.  They are also not the result of being led by tyrants, bullies or self-serving misogynists.  The strongest team members are groomed by those who take the time to be excellent leaders.     

Rising stars are rarely created by senior leadership that is too vested in barking out directives, duties and deadlines week after week, but rather by superiors who invest the time to engage in an interpersonal relationship with a team member’s professional success.   You’ve seen it time after time, a leader that rules without positive reinforcement and coaching falls short of his peers, is unliked, and often miserable.

If your objective is to lead a dynamic team of successful rising stars, like yourself, start with the objective to clone yourself, one person at a time.  Define your own strengths and gifts, what you bring to the table, as well as the pitfalls that you’ve had to maneuver through to get to where you are today.  Focused talent development is an efficient and effective tool to drill down on each teammate’s strengths, and takes a selfless leader, willing to care about those he is charged with leading.

In Arizona, let our stellar team of leaders serve your court reporting needs.  www.CourtReportersAZ.com or call: 480-481-0649

Bringing 35 years/4000+ proceedings to your team:
Marty Herder, CSR, CCR,
President
Herder & Associates, Inc