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

preparing an expert witness

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

LinkedIn Tips for Court Reporters

LinkedIn Tips for Court Reporters

As a Phoenix court reporter you may wonder if social media websites like LinkedIn are right for you. We think that without a doubt you should have a professional presence and strategy to not only showcase yourself as the expert in court reporting but to also attract new reporters to the field.

What is LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is more than just a social media website. In fact, we’d argue that it’s not really social but more of a referral networking site where professionals can meet and learn about each other.

It’s simple to get started. Just complete your profile to 100% using the guided prompts provided.

You will want to have a resume available for reference as well as a list of people with whom you want to connect. The more targeted you can be in connecting with people, the less likely you will see spam posts. Unfortunately, with 400 million worldwide on the site, you may receive requests from spam accounts. Simply deny the request and mark, as prompted, that you don’t know that person. If they are a problem, you can block and report them.

Why LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is the premier website for professionals to connect. With more than 400 million strong, according to their website, you have the opportunity to reach people around the globe from the comfort of your home office. If you’re nervous about getting online, we want you to understand what LinkedIn really is and isn’t.

What began as an online warehouse of resumes and recommendations for job seekers has become a place for connecting professionals to each other for any number of reasons.

  • Become a resource. A connection of mine is a writer for a major news publication and will often ask for referrals to people she can interview for articles.
  • Business owners connect to prospective clients and resources like accountants, tax professionals, marketing companies, and more.
  • Connect with other court reporters in Groups to share your experience.
  • Publish unique articles about your experience.

In addition to your profile and recommendations, which are critical to getting started on LinkedIn, we encourage you to find groups related to reporting, freelancing, and legal teams.

For you as a court reporter, we’d love for you to share updates and links to relevant articles about the industry like this blog post and others that talk about the benefits of being a reporter and the shortage we’re experiencing in our industry. The more we get the word out, the better for all of us.

Court Reporter Shortage

According to Ducker Worldwide, by 2018 there will be a shortage of at least 5,000 court reporters nationwide including an Arizona shortage of an estimated 120 reporters. [Source] This makes it extremely important that you maintain a presence on social media and share blog posts like this one to your network to attract new reporters to the two remaining court reporting programs in the state of Arizona.

You never know when you might connect with a prospective client or someone interested in becoming a court reporter!

Have you thanked your court reporter?

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When was the last time you thanked your court reporter? If you’re like a lot of people, the holidays are a time to sit back and appreciate all that you have – family, friends, colleagues, and your legal team. When people feel appreciated, they often do more than is expected of them. That can make your life a lot easier! Start today by thanking someone in one of these ways.

Send a Thank You Note

No one gets handwritten mail anymore. It’s just bills and junk mail. Every once in a while we get a handwritten note and it truly makes us feel special. My husband and I have made a commitment to send more thank you notes this month and into the New Year to express our gratitude to personal and business connections. We couldn’t do what we do without their support, same for you and your court reporter.

Token of Appreciation

Just this week I received a card and gift card from a client thanking me for not only being there for them professionally but as their friend. That gesture truly warmed my heart and reminded me that it’s the little things that people remember. It’s how we make them feel appreciated that builds relationships.

Make sure your court reporter knows they’re appreciated this holiday season and year round by sending a token of appreciation like a gift card for coffee.

Tell Her (or him) About It

Somewhere in the midst of texting and social media we’ve lost the ability to talk to each other. I remember when I started working my boss would come out of his office to tell me he appreciated my work or the boss walked the floor of my retail job to hand out bonuses.

The next time your court reporter goes above and beyond for you, pick up the phone or take them to lunch to thank them for their dedication.

No matter how busy life gets, remember to thank the people who matter whether that’s a friend, spouse, or your favorite chocolate-loving court reporter.

Where to Find Court Reporters Online

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There is an assumption that because court reporters handle confidential information that we don’t have a place online. In addition to our own experiences, there are organizations and groups where you can learn more about court reporting. While we need to exhibit professionalism when talking about cases and clients, we can also add value for others in the industry.

National Court Reporters Association is a valuable resource whether you’re new or considering court reporting as a career or are an experienced reporter. Visit the NCRA website for links to their social media including three LinkedIn groups they manage – one for networking with others in the field, another for NCRA members only, and a third for Certified Legal Video Specialists (CVLS). Those aren’t the only groups available.

LinkedIn Groups

Target the people you’re spending time with online by interacting in court reporter specific groups like those found on LinkedIn. Search “court reporting” for a variety of resources including connecting with reporters based on geography or area of expertise. Whether you’re a reporter or an attorney, you can learn what’s going on in the industry and comment based on your experience.

Be the Resource

As a seasoned reporter you have unique experience to share with those just entering the profession.

  • What are the benefits of being a court reporter?
  • How can social media benefit you as an Arizona court reporter?
  • What are you tips for new reporters?
  • What do you wish you had learned when you started this career?

There’s great value in being the experienced person acting as a resource for the newer generation. And it truly matters in court reporting especially with the looming shortage.

If you’re on Twitter, check out #courtreporters for industry news.

Court Reporter Shortage

By 2018 there will be shortage of 5,000 or more court reporters across the country, including an estimated shortage of 120 in Arizona alone. The more we can share our experiences including the benefits of court reporting, the better for the industry. We’ve got to fill the seats in court reporting schools or it could spell trouble for courts, including rural courts in Arizona that are already feeling the pains of the shortage.

We encourage you to connect with Herder & Associates on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter, utilize LinkedIn groups, and continue to be the voice for the industry.

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Humanity Above Self

The Rotary Foundation was awarded “World’s Outstanding Foundation 2016”
Rotary has donated more than $3 billion on projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, support education, save mothers and children, and grow local economies. The Rotary Foundation was given a 100% score for Accountability and Transparency by CharityNavigator.org

Sound like something that you want to be a part of? Join me for breakfast some Wednesday morning to meet our dynamic membership. I welcome the opportunity to introduce you. – Marty Herder

https://www.rotary.org/en/rotary-foundation-named-worlds-outstanding-foundation-2016

Office and Techie Tips for Court Reporters

tips for court reporters

Is your office chair giving you a back ache? Are you tired of trying to keep track of your passwords? Are you using space on your computer for client documents? It’s time to embrace our office and techie tips for court reporters.

If you’re like us, you’re too busy running your business and taking care of clients to worry about finding the best technology. With the right tools in place, you can grow your business and become more efficient in the process.

Ergonomic Workspace

After a day of reporting your office chair can feel so uncomfortable that you might not want to return the next day but clients need you so what can you do? Set up an office space that suits how you work best and find the right chair and desk combination for you!

  • Do you work best in a room lit with sunlight? If you’re an early riser, make sure your office is lit by morning sun.
  • Do you have aches and pains in your back? Consider an ergonomic chair or even a standing workstation so you’re comfortable when you work.
  • Can you have a home office with a door? Trick your mind into thinking the work commute is the walk down the hall to open your office. Business closes when you shut down the computer and close the door when you leave. You may find that you’re sleeping better when work is staring you down 24/7 from the dining room table.

Most importantly, make sure your computer is placed where you’re most comfortable to avoid those aches and pains. If that means placing it on a riser, then that’s what you need to do!

Efficient Process

Are you constantly forgetting Phoenix area appointments or wondering where you put your planner? It’s time to think about using an online calendar like Google to track meetings, work, and family time. The best part is that your Google calendar can be shared with others so you can plan events with clients or family and you’ve both got it on your computer and smartphone.

Tired of keeping track of passwords?

Protect your identity and private documents when you have different passwords for every account — emails, medical insurance, car and life insurance, banking, investment, and social media. It can be tempting to use the same password but you’re risking identity theft! Try LastPass password manager to protect your online presence.

Running out of space on your computer?

Don’t waste computer space when you use clouds like Google drive or Dropbox to save and share documents. You can also have access through Android or iOS.

Working remotely?

Check your flight status with Flightaware or sign up to receive updates from the airline so you never miss your flight. If you’re driving, forget printing directions and use Google Maps, Waze, or other GPS apps on your phone to get live traffic reports.

The more comfortable and efficient you can be in your business, the more you can work with clients to deliver quality transcripts. We’re here to support you!