Houston Texas-area court reporting students record stories of World War II veterans

Fourteen military veterans went to Alvin Community College in Alvin, Texas recently to work with court reporting students for the Library of Congress Veterans History Project, which documents the experiences of veterans, according to The Houston Chronicle.

Court reporting student Amy Quincey told the paper she first learned about the project at a Texas Court Reporters Association convention and decided to participate.

Each veteran worked with an interviewer and a court reporter who transcribed the veterans’ stories verbatim.

“The stories are very interesting and they come from so many different perspectives,” Quincey said.

Alvin, Texas is in the Houston metro area, and is famous for being the home of Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan.

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Huseby in Houston

Houston's skyline. by J. Labrador via Flickr Creative Commons.

Houston’s skyline. by J. Labrador via Flickr Creative Commons.

Huseby offices offer litigation services, including court reporting, Web conferencing, video conferencing, video depositions, and more. Huseby’s Southwest regional center is located in Houston at this address:

2425 West Loop South Freeway #200
Houston, TX
(713) 650-3500

Looking for help in a different city? Call a Huseby scheduler and ask. We have more than 4,000 conference room suites worldwide ready for you to use today. 800-333-2082.

 

Court reporter shortage delays North Carolina trial; Huseby has multiple NC locations

The Brunswick County Government Center in Bolivia, North Carolina. Photo via Flickr Creative Commons.

The Brunswick County Government Center in Bolivia, North Carolina. Photo via Flickr Creative Commons.

A trial in Brunswick County, North Carolina was delayed last week because of a court reporter shortage, according to WWAY television in Wilmington, North Carolina.

The trial is like many across the state, the station reports. The state court reporting manager, David Jester, is quoted as saying the shortage stems from a 5 percent salary cut in North Carolina that caused many court reporters to leave the state.

“A 5 percent cut may not sound like much, but it makes it so we aren’t competitive anymore,” Jester told the station. “We’re losing court reporters to other jurisdictions around the country.”

The county seat of Brunswick County is Bolivia, North Carolina, which is located in the Myrtle Beach, Conway, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina/North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area. Brunswick County is a member of the Cape Fear Council of Governments.

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Huseby in North Carolina
If the shortage in North Carolina affects you or your litigation plans, Huseby, Inc. provides its clients with court reporting services across the United States — including North Carolina, at these locations:

1 West Pack Square #1400
Asheville, NC 28801
(704) 253-7033

200 West Second Street, 19th Floor
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
(800) 333-2082

1230 West Morehead Street #408
Charlotte, NC 28208
(800) 333-2082

7800 Airport Center Drive #401
Greensboro, NC 27409
(336) 605-9669

3737 Glenwood Avenue
#100  Raleigh, NC 27612
(919) 831-8877

Looking for help in a different city? Call a Huseby scheduler and ask. We have more than 4,000 conference room suites worldwide ready for you to use today. 800-333-2082.

 

Court reporting roundup: Veteran Wisconsin reporter remembered; automation in Texas, Arkansas

stenographA longtime court reporter and native of Florence, Oregon was remembered by her family after her recent death, according to Suislaw News.

Joyce I. Phillips went from valedictorian of her high school to a career in court reporting, serving as the reporter and treasurer in Green Lake, Wis. Ms. Phillips served the profession well.

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Automation update
Another court system has transitioned from court reporters to an automated system — the municipal court of Wichita Falls, Texas.

Civisource also reports the 13th District Court in Arkansas is likewise upgrading its court reporting systems instead of maintaining court stenographer positions.

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Huseby, Inc.
logoHuseby, Inc. is a family-owned litigation support services company that has been providing court reporting and litigation support across the country since 1928. We  specialize in providing prompt, professional and highly skilled court reporters, videographers and account representatives.

Click here to find a location and schedule a court reporter or other litigation services online.

Huseby completes transition of Fresno California-based Nisbett Beebe

Huseby logoAs Huseby, Inc. continues to expand its services in California, we are standardizing our name, offerings and offices in The Golden State for our clients’ convenience. The Huseby company known as Nisbett Beebe is now folded into Huseby, Inc.

When Fresno-based firms Nisbett Lucas and Beebe & Company became part of the Huseby, Inc. family of companies more than a year ago, we started planning the integration and standardization process. Our approach was to be very deliberate and thoughtful. We wanted to get it right and provide continuous service to our customers, and our team members have delivered on that promise.

Huseby, Inc. is a family-owned litigation support services company that has been providing court reporting and litigation support across the country since 1928. While we specialize in providing prompt, professional and highly skilled court reporters, videographers and account representatives, the core of our success and growth continues to be our commitment to customer service and technology.

Already, this transition has brought new benefits to our customers. We have 10 locations in California, with additional offices in Texas, New Mexico and in the major metropolitan areas of the Northeast and the South.

Deposition software at no charge
As a special promotion, we are offering our proprietary HusebyConnect software platform at no charge for your next deposition.

Huseby, Inc. has partnered with Adobe to create a virtual legal deposition environment on your laptop or tablet allowing you to view live video of witnesses, interact with a real-time transcript feed, and manage documents digitally with our Document Chain of Custody  technology at a fraction of the cost.

A representative from our company is looking forward to speaking with you as a follow up and to provide a quick demo of our services. Please send an email to webconference@huseby.com to get your next virtual deposition at no charge.

HusebyConnect provides the ability to conduct out-of-town depositions even in a document-intensive matter from any internet connection. This is just one of the many innovative and economical solutions we bring to your practice.

We take pride in being a one-stop shop for all of your litigation-support needs. We will continue to make significant investments in the Fresno legal community and demonstrate our commitment to you to remain your first choice for court reporting and litigation support services.

Thank you for your loyalty to Nisbett Beebe. We look forward to the opportunity to partner with you and your staff to be your litigation resource.

 

Huseby hires veteran court reporter to expand Texas, New Mexico operations

Breck Record

Breck Record

Veteran court reporter Breck Record has joined the Huseby Inc. Global Litigation Services staff as part of the court reporting firm’s move to expand its presence  in El Paso, Texas and Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Record, most recently an official state district reporter in the 41st Judicial District Court in El Paso, has a long history of experience as a court reporter and captioner in the Southwest. Since learning court reporting at Amarillo College and San Antonio College, he has worked as a freelance reporter and as an official federal courts reporter in Brownsville, Texas.

“He’s extremely technology savvy and he brings a lot of clout to our Texas operations,” said Scott Huseby, president and CEO of Charlotte, North Carolina-based Huseby Inc.

Record said he is joining Huseby “because I feel it gives me one of the best opportunities to do what I enjoy and to also help to continue to build up their business, both here and around the country.  I’m always striving to better myself in this profession and I feel that working with Huseby will offer me those opportunities.”

Record is a certified court reporter in Texas and in New Mexico.  He is a Texas Certified Realtime Reporter and a Texas Merit Reporter.

He also has several national certifications from the National Court Reporters Association, including  Registered Merit Reporter, Certified Realtime Reporter and Certified Reporting Instructor.

Huseby’s El Paso office is located at 100 North Stanton Street #110, El Paso, Texas, 79901.

Huseby’s office in Las Cruces are located at 500 South Main, Suite 630, Las Cruces, New Mexico, 88001.

In addition to El Paso and Las Cruces, Huseby serves the legal industry’s trial support needs in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin, as well as many other locations nationwide.  In addition to court reporting, Huseby’s litigation services include Web conferencing, video conferencing, video depositions and more.

For more information about Huseby visit http://www.huseby.com or call (800) 333-2082.

 

Have a beer and support the arts in Georgia at Brews for the Arts in Atlanta

Brews-for-the-Arts-Flyer-page-001Thursday, July 17, Georgia Lawyers for the Arts is sponsoring an evening of beer-tasting and networking.

Brews for the Arts will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Monday Night Brewing, 670 Trabert Ave. NW, in Atlanta. (map)

The event will raise funds to help Georgia Lawyers for the Arts to continue to serve the arts community. Georgia attorneys, their friends, neighbors and associates are welcome.  The cost is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. To register in advance go to http://www.glarts.org/upcomingevents/specialevents/

Corri Rene, Huseby’s Atlanta-based business development manager will be there with Huseby clients. We hope to see you there, too.

Georgia Lawyers for the Arts
Georgia Lawyers for the Arts works with Georgia musicians, songwriters, filmmakers, poets, graphic designers, actors, theatre companies, dance troupes, museums and others to provides legal assistance and educational programming.

The organization serves the legal needs of artists and arts organizations to promote closer contact and understanding among members of the legal profession and the arts community, and to educate artists about their legal rights and responsibilities.

GLA conducts educational seminars and classes, operates a  resource library and coordinates a network of more than 500 volunteer and member attorneys who provides legal assistance to artists.

The venue
Monday Night Brewing is an Atlanta-based craft brewery that specializes in balanced, flavorful ales that pair well with food, which it refers to as “beers for the weeknights.”

Change for Texas law firms called ludicrous; boutique firms see growth in Houston, Austin, Dallas

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Photo by David Hererra via Flickr Creative Commons

Lawyers from Texas’ largest firms say an opinion issued by the Texas Supreme Court Professional Ethics Committee is ludicrous, The Dallas Morning News reports.

The decision banned the title “officer” in law firms because it “indicates that the person holding the title has the power to control the entire law firm.”

The paper says 53 firms have asked the committee to reverse its opinion. They complain the ruling is overly broad and that it could negatively affect recruiting.

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Smaller is better in Texas?
Yes, at least in this case. More companies are using smaller litigation-only law firms to handle business disputes, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The change has been more pronounced in Houston than other cities because lawyers there compare themselves to wildcatters willing to strike out on their own, the paper says.

As the trend has expanded in Austin and Dallas as well, the number of lawyers working at these litigation boutiques has tripled during the past 10 years.

“There has been a seismic shift in the way business law is being practiced in Texas,” said Adam Schiffer, a trial lawyer.

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Huseby in Texas
Southwest regional center
2425 West Loop South Freeway #200
Houston, TX
(713) 650-3500

7000 N Mo Pac Expy # 200
Austin, TX 78731
(512) 687-0424

5956 Sherry Lane #1000
Dallas, TX 75225
(800) 333-2082

100 North Stanton Street #110
El Paso, TX 79901
(800) 333-2082

1100 Northwest Interstate 410 Loop Frontage Road
San Antonio, TX 78213
(210) 566-8446

Court reporting roundup: NCRA expresses HIPAA concerns; juror’s touch of court reporter sparks hearing; transcription delays verdict

stenographThe National Court Reporting Association has concerns about new HIPAA regulations and how they will impact court reporters.

Testifying at a National Regulatory Fairness hearing before the U.S. Small Business Administration, NCRA President Nancy Varallo said there is no history of court reporters violating confidentiality rules, emphasizing that the newly enacted HIPAA regulations require compliance by business associates of covered entities, yet are unclear about exactly who those vendors are.

She asked whether court reporters are vendors of lawyers and asked if lawyers are considered vendors, would lawyers be able to force their court reporters to sign business associate agreements that potentially transfer the burden of compliance.

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You can look but you better not touch
After a jury had rendered a guilty verdict in a Buffalo, New York assault trial, the threat of litigation flared up again when one of the jurors talked to and touched a court reporter.

In a hearing scheduled for July 23, the Buffalo News reports the juror and the court reporter will be questioned separately.

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No court reporter adds to injustice
In an essay about a Waltham, Massachusetts trial, the writer says the injustice of the case has been made worse as the victim’s family “has to wait for the tedious chore of the transcripts to be transcribed as there was no court stenographer at the trial.”

The essayist says the courts don’t have funding to provide a court reporter in every court, including district courts. Yet, she says, “money is spent for two translators and now a professional transcriber to type up the transcripts.”

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Huseby celebrates the work of court reporters across the country.
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Huseby hires only the very best reporters. Each reporter is screened before hiring to ensure his or her work meets the company’s high standards. When a reporter wishes to work for Huseby, an account executive follows a stringent reporter review process.

Click here to find a location and schedule a court reporter online.

 

 

 

A stirring ode to the role of lawyers as we celebrate our nation’s founding: Happy Independence Day!

July 4 fireworks display. Photo by Martin Greeson via Flickr Creative Commons.

July 4 fireworks display. Photo by Martin Greeson via Flickr Creative Commons.

This July 4 is the 238th commemoration of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and among the many things we celebrate on this national holiday is the role of lawyers, lawmakers and the importance of the rule of law.

In an eloquent editorial in The State of Columbia, South Carolina, Cal Watson, president of the South Carolina Bar, notes the role of law and lawyers in the country’s history. He wrote:

“Throughout history, lawyers have fought to uphold the rule of law in our nation’s most defining moments: drafting the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, crafting the Emancipation Proclamation and ending the Civil War, creating the New Deal to pull America out of the Great Depression and supporting the Civil Rights movement.”

He notes there will always be criticism of lawyers who defend people and of judges’ rulings, but “the fact is that under the American judicial system, anyone charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty: It is the defense attorney’s job to ensure his or her client has a fair trial, the prosecutor’s responsibility to present evidence to the court on behalf of the state, and the judge’s responsibility to rule based on the facts presented. This system is the very cornerstone of our founders’ vision. As Americans, we should share the same passion and commitment today as our founders 238 years ago.”

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Huseby’s South Carolina court reporters
Huseby provides its clients with court reporting and related litigation services across the United States — including Columbia, South Carolina.

1201 Main Street #1980
Columbia, SC
(803) 779-8787

With office locations from coast to coast, Huseby is well-situated to provide improved access to justice and quality support services across the United States.

Click here to find a location and schedule a court reporter or other litigation services online.

Signs indicate hiring at law firms big and small, at home and abroad, on the upswing

Scales of justice image by stockmonkeys.com, via Flickr Creative Commons.

Scales of justice image by stockmonkeys.com, via Flickr Creative Commons.

Hiring at law firms seems to be improving at home and abroad, according to recent reports.

In the U.S., entry-level hiring at major law firms is recovering from the low recession numbers, according to The Wall Street Journal.

After several years of layoffs and cutbacks, the chances of landing jobs at top law firms has improved, the paper reports. It cites these stats:

“Of class-of-2013 law graduates working in private practice about nine months after graduation, 20.6 percent landed a job at a firm with more than 500 lawyers, according to the National Association for Law Placement. Such positions accounted for 16.2 percent of law-firm jobs held by 2011 graduates.”

Despite that, the total number of such jobs taken by the class of 2013 remains far lower than for the class of 2009.

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Chicago example
In Chicago, one firm illustrates the changing hiring outlook for smaller firms as well.

Williams Montgomery had as many as 100 attorneys before it began downsizing when the economy soured, according to Crain’s Chicago.

The latest hires will bring its headcount to more than 30 attorneys. The firm is shooting for 44, with an eye on adding patent litigation expertise.

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Also in India
The Economic Times reports Indian law firms plan to recruit more lawyers to handle mergers and acquisitions and capital markets.

Firms see these areas strengthening with governmental and attitudinal changes.The firms are largely looking for lawyers with five to eight years of experience. Expectations are that the economy will improve in the next two quarters, the paper reported.

As firm grows, stay connected
No matter the size of your law firm, you can save money and time through Huseby Connect Web video conferencing. For firms with practices or business anywhere in the world, Web conferencing can be especially rewarding.

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Web conferencing means you don’t have to travel across the country for a two-hour meeting, saving your firm both time and money. Web conferencing allows you to effectively communicate with co-counsel, experts and witnesses across around the world from the comfort of your office or conference room.

HusebyConnect allows you to:

  • Instantly connect with a deposition around the world.
  • Utilize robust video conferencing capabilities with a laptop and webcam.
  • Connect directly to a videographer’s video feed.
  • View a real-time transcript feed.
  • Present, annotate and mark exhibits digitally.
  • Improve productivity by collaborating across office locations.

To learn more about Huseby Connect or schedule a Huseby service, just click here.