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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]

Alex Rodriguez Wants To Keep Video Deposition Uncirculated

Alex RodriguezA-Rod’s lawyers want to ensure privacy of the Record as he is being questioned about personal medical issues.  Rightfully, the judge has indicated, as with EVERY witness, that there are valid concerns about sensitive medical queries becoming public, as A-Rod’s counsel seeks to avoid leaks of his testimony.
But what about your client’s transcript?  Or, is your client making you an accomplice to violating Federal HIPAA compliance?

What if the reporter works for a national, third-party contracted firm that, like most, are completely unregulated by the host state in which the deposition is being taken?

Once that …reporter “turns in” the electronic file of the transcript to his/her out-of-state contractor, (shares custody/control), what protection or prohibition is there from that testimony & private personal information going public once it resides in the massive database of the out-of-state, unregulated, third-party contractor and their carrier clients?

These are the issues that state leadership across the country demand that we in the legal and reporting community address and shore up, in spite of all the feigned indignation that we would dare impugn the Great and Powerful Oz, who publicly market and advertise that they pass around data with their other clients like Chiclets at a border crossing.

Alex Rodriguez Wants To Keep Video Deposition Uncirculated