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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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.

Read more.

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.

Read more.

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.

Read more.

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.

Read more.

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.”

Read more.

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.”

Read more.

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.

Read more.

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.

Read more.

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.

Where the action is: New York dominates top 10 of The Vault’s 100 most prestigious law firms

Balance_justiceThe Vault has issued its list of the top 100 most prestigious law firms of the year, and this year the rankings have changed a little.

What hasn’t changed much is that of the top 10 firms on the list, nine of them are in New York City. The one exception: Kirland and Ellis LLP of Chicago.

At the top spot for the 12th year in a row is Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Forbes says the firm is known for handling “a significant chunk of the world’s dealmaking-major mergers and acquisitions, antitrust and shareholder litigation, big name restructurings and multi-billion-dollar real estate ventures.”

Runner-up Cravath, Swaine & Moore gained on Wachtell, narrowing its margin from last year.

You can find a list of the Vault Top 100 here.

Forbes says the list “provides valuable information both to candidates contemplating the search for a summer associate position, as well as to the firms themselves and their clients.”

Read more from Forbes here.

Huseby in New York
logoThe fact that the United States’ most prestigious law firms are in New York is why Huseby is, too.

Huseby has conference room suites in the Big Apple ready for you to use today. Huseby offices offer litigation services, including court reporting, Web conferencing, video conferencing, video depositions, and more.

Our office in Manhattan is at this location:

1501 Broadway
New York, NY 10036

Call (646) 292-4050 or (800) 333-2082 to schedule.

Court reporting roundup: Missouri reporter’s death prompts questions, Texas reporter observes juveniles, Iowa veteran resists digital

stenographMissouri court reporter dies before finishing transcript
The case of a court reporter who died while transcribing notes from a preliminary hearing is made all the more complicated because she was using shorthand rather than a stenotype machine to do the work.

Now, according to The Associated Press, court officials and attorneys are determining how the Springfield, Missouri reporter’s death will affect the case, which has the potential to rise to death penalty status.

“She might be the only one in the state using shorthand,” said an officer with the Missouri Court Reporters Association. “There might not be anyone who can read her notes.”

Read more.

In Texas, insights into human behavior
In San Benito, Texas, Irene Salazar has been a court reporter at the county juvenile justice center for 17 years, according to the Valley Morning Star. During that time, she’s developed a sense for which children will make it and which may continue down the wrong path.

As a court reporter at the center, she told the paper she’s seen juveniles accused of everything from drug offenses to murder.

“The ones that are going to change, they are remorseful, they actually truly are sorry, they can cry in front of their parents, cry in front of the probation officer,” she told the paper. “They never want to come back again.”

Read more, including how she handles the emotional stress of her job.

Iowa county honors 40-year veteran
In Fort Dodge, Iowa, Nancy Timmons was recently honored at the Webster County Courthouse for her 40-year career as a court reporter for the Second Judicial District

She told The Messenger that not much has changed about the job in 40 years — oh, except the progression to digital reporting.

She’s taking her time, though — she still uses a manual stenograph machine.

Huseby Court Reporting
logoHuseby offers court reporting services across the country and in doing so, 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 schedule with Huseby or call (800) 333-2082 to speak directly with a scheduler.

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Demand for New Mexico court interpreters taxes state budget

The county courthouse in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Photo via Flickr Creative Commons.

The county courthouse in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Photo via Flickr Creative Commons.

Courts in New Mexico recently ran out of money to pay interpreters, The New York Times reports.

This is a bigger problem in New Mexico than most states because one in three residents speaks a language other than English here. And the problem doesn’t just involve interpreters — the same fund that pays them also pays jurors and expert witnesses.

At the brink of paying interpreters with IOUs, the fund was given a temporary infusion of money, but the problem persists because demand for interpreters continues to grow faster than the budget.

This trend is most acute in New Mexico, the Times reports, but the same thing is also happening in Ohio, Kansas and Illinois — all states with growing non-native English speakers. Could your state be next?

Read more.

logoHuseby offices offer litigation services, including court reporting, Web conferencing, video conferencing, video depositions, and more. Schedule Huseby services here.

Our offices in Las Cruces are located here:

500 South Main, Suite 630
Las Cruces, NM 88001
(800) 333-2082