If Scotland votes for independence, lawyers expect to be busy — at least for a while

Voters in Scotland will decide today whether the country will remain in the U.K. or become independent. Photo by Ninian Reid via Flickr Creative Commons.

Voters in Scotland will decide today whether the country will remain in the U.K. or become independent. Photo by Ninian Reid via Flickr Creative Commons.

If Scotland votes today for independence, it’s going to mean lots of work for the country’s lawyers, according to Bloomberg News.

That work, though, could be short-lived if companies move out of Scotland as a result of independence.

Bloomberg quotes Scottish lawyers as saying an independent Scotland would mean more work in cross-border trade, commercial arbitration, and the oil and gas industry.

Lawyers would also be involved in creating a new constitution, negotiating with the British government over currency, tax and corporate structures, plus redrawing around 13,000 international treaties.

According to The New York Times, if the “yes” campaign seeking independence for Scotland secures a majority, “it will herald the most dramatic constitutional change in Britain since the two countries united in 1707. The repercussions would be momentous, creating the world’s newest state and ending a union that once oversaw an empire and triumphed in two world wars.”

Work for Scottish lawyers would be transformed from local to international almost overnight, Bloomberg says.

“There’s an opportunity for Scots law,” Alistair Morris, president of the Edinburgh-based Law Society of Scotland, told Bloomberg. “There is a commercial advantage to raising a case in Scotland under Scots law. The difficulty we have is that the international law firms are seen as being English firms using English law.”

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DeMichelle-Huseby staff let good times roll at California legal secretaries conference

Tabitha Stewart and Shanna DeMichelle-Zanone get into the Mardi Gras spirit.

Tabitha Stewart and Shanna DeMichelle-Zanone get into the Mardi Gras spirit. See more photos, below.

 

DeMichelle-Huseby staff members met with legal secretaries from across California during the Legal Secretaries Inc. quarterly conference Aug. 15-17 in Sacramento.

DeMichelle-Huseby attended as a vendor and provided the boodle bag conference attendees received when they checked in for the conference.

The conference theme was the Mardi Gras-flavored “Let the good times roll!” And while our staff and the legal secretaries in attendance did just that, the event wasn’t all fun and games.

Established in 1934, Legal Secretaries Inc. is a nonprofit corporation organized to provide educational, professional and personal development programs for its members. Some of the objectives of Legal Secretaries, Incorporated, are:

  • To unite and further encourage networking of persons engaged or interested in any phase of legal work
  • To promote the interest of legal professionals and support staff
  • To provide continuing education and professional development through seminars and workshops
  • To stimulate professional attainment through the Legal Specialization Sections and the California Certified Legal Secretary program
  • To create a high standard of ethics among members
  • To provide quarterly and annual conferences as a means of bringing legal professionals together

Membership is open to anyone within the legal profession. In addition to legal secretaries, the membership includes court clerks, court reporters, paralegals, legal assistants, legal administrators, banking/trust department personnel, and attorneys.

More about DeMichelle-Huseby
image001DeMichelle-Huseby is headquartered in Fairfield, California, with offices in Napa, Dixon, Sacramento and San Rafael.

Legal professionals looking to schedule litigation services or order transcripts in these and other California locations can contact DeMichelle-Zanone or Stewart  at 888-709-0888 or click here to schedule.

Here are all of Huseby’s California locations.

West regional center
South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 234-5540

Dixon Professional Building
255 N. Lincoln Street, Suite H
Dixon, CA 95620

700 Webster Street
Fairfield, CA 94533

7815 North Palm Ave., suite 120
Fresno, CA., 93711

DeMichelle-Huseby
1034 Walnut Street
Napa, CA 94558
3550 Watt Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95821
1919 Grand Ave.,
Suite 1F
San Diego, CA 92109

505 Montgomery Street
10th & 11th floors
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 432-6051

4340 Redwood Highway, Suite F-150
San Rafael, CA 94903

Click here for all of Huseby’s locations nationwide.

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Shanna DeMichelle-Zanone with Don Lee, LSI member and volunteer photographer, just before the Mardi Gras cocktail party.

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We were happy to provide the boodle bags for conference attendees!

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Tabitha and Shanna visit with members at the booth.

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Legal analysis of Virginia governor’s case notes unflattering portrait painted of former first lady

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. Photo by Willie Stark via Flickr Creative Commons.

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. Photo by Willie Stark via Flickr Creative Commons.

Now that the trial of  former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is over, those covering his and his wife’s convictions are looking at what happened and why.

The former governor and his wife, Maureen, were convicted in federal court of corruption. Gov. McDonnell was found guilty of 11 counts of conspiracy, bribery and extortion. Both McDonnells now face years in prison

One keen legal analysis comes from The New York Times, which looked back at the trial and noted how negatively Ms. McDonnell’s defense attorneys portrayed her. The Times reports:

The unusual defense presented by Mr. McDonnell’s lawyers from opening arguments has been criticized by some observers as callous. But, legal experts say, it is more likely a tactic that both defense teams have agreed on to rebut the government’s case.

As presented throughout the trial, exposing Ms. McDonnell’s weaknesses seemed intended to win sympathy for her with the jury. Equally, it bolsters defense lawyers’ claims that the couple were so estranged they could not have worked together to trade the governor’s office for $177,000 in loans and luxury gifts from the business executive, Jonnie R. Williams Sr.

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With offices in Virginia, Huseby is interested in the legal fallout of this case. One of the most important to watch will be whether or not Virginia tightens state ethics rules, which The Washington Post called “toothless.”  Eighty-one percent of respondents to an online poll said Virginia needed tougher ethics rules for elected officials.

Huseby in Virginia
logoHuseby’s Central Virginia Reporters is located at P.O. Box 12628, Roanoke, Virginia, 24027-2628 and at 3155 West Main Street, Salem, Virginia, 24153. The local phone number is (540) 380-5017.

Huseby’s other office in Virginia is located at 4860 Cox Road #200, Glen Allen, Virginia., and can be reached at (804) 755-4200.

If you’d like additional help finding court reporting professionals in Virginia, or anywhere else in the U.S., call Huseby at 800-333-2082. See the complete list of locations, here.

As the national leader in court reporting and litigation support services, Huseby offers access to highly skilled and experienced court reporters – where and when you need them.

Court reporting roundup: Looking for a job and willing to move? 327 openings in India

India's Allahabad high court via Wikimedia Commons.

India’s Allahabad high court via Wikimedia Commons.

An Indian court is looking for a few good court reporters. To be specific, 327 good court reporters.

The court is looking for Hindi and English stenographers, according to India Today.

English candidates should have graduated with a diploma or certificate in stenography with a speed of 100 words per minute in shorthand and 40 w.p.m. on a typewriter and computer.

The deadline for application is Sept. 12. What are you waiting for?

Read more, including other criteria and where to apply, here.

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Huseby provides national and international coverage to service all of your court reporting, trial presentation and other litigation support needs.

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New boutique trial and business law firm forms in Sacramento, California

California state capitol building in Sacramento. Photo via Flickr Creative Commons.

California state capitol building in Sacramento. Photo via Flickr Creative Commons.

In Sacramento, California, LeVangie Law Group LLP has set up shop at 2021 N St.

Michael LeVangie told The Sacramento Bee this about the new boutique trial and business law firm:

“We see the Sacramento market growing and believe offering high-end litigation service without the layers found in the national law firms allows our clients more direct and efficient service.”

The new firm says it has a wide range of local, state and national clients and will offer litigation and business transactional law services to clients that include health care organizations, insurance carriers, sports/recreation providers, physicians, real estate developers, corporations, small businesses and individuals.

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Huseby in Sacramento
logoDeMichelle-Huseby is headquartered in Fairfield, California, with offices in Napa, Dixon, Sacramento and San Rafael.

Legal professionals looking to schedule litigation services or order transcripts in these and other California locations can contact Tabitha Stewart or Shanna Zanone  at 888-709-0888 or click here to schedule.

Here are all of Huseby’s California locations.

West regional center
South Flower Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 234-5540

Dixon Professional Building
255 N. Lincoln Street, Suite H
Dixon, CA 95620

700 Webster Street
Fairfield, CA 94533

7815 North Palm Ave., suite 120
Fresno, CA., 93711

DeMichelle-Huseby
1034 Walnut Street
Napa, CA 94558

3550 Watt Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95821

1919 Grand Ave.,
Suite 1F
San Diego, CA 92109

505 Montgomery Street
10th & 11th floors
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 432-6051

4340 Redwood Highway
Suite F-150
San Rafael, CA 94903

Click here for all of Huseby’s locations nationwide.

 

Record-setting Houston court reporter wins again — this time in court

stenographReal-time court reporting speed champion Mark Kislingbury is in the news again this week, but this time it’s not for winning a contest of the fastest stenographers.

He won a court case Aug. 19 in which his standing to make a recovery in a business dispute was challenged.

According to Texas Lawyer, Kisingbury, of Houston Texas, won the case that stemmed from a business partnership with Jeniffer Aloysius.

Kislingbury sued Aloysius after discovering that she had written numerous checks from their business account to herself.

After Kisingbury won a judgment against Aloysius for $240,117.30 in damages and $98,000 in attorney fees, Aloysius appealed, arguing that Kislingbury lacked standing to recover and the evidence was not sufficient to support the damages awarded.

The First Court ruled that Kislingbury did have standing to recover against Aloysius for violating the terms of the 2004 business agreement.

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Court reporting roundup: A vivid telling of championship by the Wall Street Journal; NCRA names educator of year

stenographThis year, the national media decided to check in on the court reporting championship, and what a story the Wall Street Journal has told.

The comprehensive story tells about the rivalry between Mark Kislingbury and Jo Ann Bryce, as well as their different styles. It also relates the rivalry between human and recorded court reporting.

There’s also a nod to Edward Varallo, who was the “Michael Jordan of court reporting” before Kislingbury was called that.  And before it’s over, Bryce is also a namesake — the Michael Phelps of court reporting.

The competition and its results, as well as the story of court reporting culture and technique, are all nicely conveyed in this well-told story.

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Court reporting educator of the year named
Mary Beth Johnson, a professor of Court Reporting at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania, has been named 2014 Educator of the Year by the National Court Reporters Association.

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Adobe showcases how HusebyConnect meets technological challenges of legal profession

Huseby is excited that our HusebyConnect technology is the subject of a new Adobe customer story.

In the post, which you can find here, Adobe tells the story of how Huseby found solutions to challenges clients face in our industry, with the use of Adobe products.

Adobe Case StudyHere’s how it all transpired: First, we needed to develop a robust, more secure solution for remote depositions, trial testimony, witness preparation and legal meetings.

Second, we needed to integrate real-time transcription feeds, video, chats, and document capabilities into a single platform for legal proceedings.

As Adobe says in the Huseby customer story, in partnership with Adobe’s eSyncTraining we built a custom solution using Adobe Connect and Adobe Acrobat Pro, taking advantage of several best-in-class collaboration and document capabilities.

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Scott Huseby

“Two years ago, when we decided to begin investing in this technology platform, we had a vision and a strong desire to differentiate ourselves from the competition,” said Huseby CEO Scott Huseby.

“We wanted to provide a solution for real issues our customers were experiencing — a real, tangible solution that was easy to implement that could affect the profitability and efficiency of our clients and partners. We did it with HusebyConnect.”

The story of Huseby’s success with HusebyConnect was published as part of the Adobe Customer Reference program. The program  works with innovators and business leaders to highlight how organizations use and benefit from Adobe solutions. Program participants come from a variety of industries and hold a range of positions from senior managers to senior executives.

On the Adobe Customer Showcase link, found here, you can see many of the company stories, including those about Fox Sports, Conde Nast, NBC Sports Group, Kirkland’s, Redbox, AOL, MTV, Sony Electronics and many others.

 

Richmond, Virginia law firm expands to Houston, Texas — two cities where Huseby offers litigation support

These pillars appear at a number of prominent corporate limits on major highways in Richmond. By Taber Andrew Bain via Flickr Creative Commons.

Pillars like this one appear at a number of prominent corporate limits on major highways in Richmond. By Taber Andrew Bain via Flickr Creative Commons.

One of Richmond Virginia’s biggest law firms has made a move to expand in Texas, according to Ricmond Biz Sense.

LeClairRyan absorbed the Houston-based firm Hays, McConn, Rice & Pickering. The merger adds 18 attorneys, 18 staff members and an office in Las Vegas to LeClairRyan.

LeClairRyan CEO David Freinberg said the expansion helps the firm satisfy demand in Texas.

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Huseby in Richmond and Houston
Huseby is happy to celebrate the growth of its Richmond neighbor. Here is Huseby’s Richmond address:

4860 Cox Road #200
Glen Allen, VA
(804) 755-4200

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

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

If you’d like additional help finding court reporting professionals in Richmond, Houston or anywhere else in the U.S., call Huseby at 800-333-2082. As the national leader in court reporting and litigation support services, Huseby offers access to highly skilled and experienced court reporters where and when you need them.

Court reporting roundup: $1,000 scholarship, $2,000 grant for Alabama, New York reporters

stenographRebecca Russo, a real-time court reporting student at Gadsden State Community College in Alabama, has received a $1,000 scholarship from the National Court Reporters Foundation.

According to The Gadsden Times, she is one of two students chosen from a nationwide competition. She was selected from the students enrolled in the court reporting program at Gadsden State as the representative eligible for this opportunity.

She plans to use her scholarship money for tuition and to purchase a stenographic machine and software programs.

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$2,000 NCRF grant
Shannon Bevin, a court reporter from Whitestone, N.Y., has been awarded the 2014 new professional reporter grant of $2,000 by The National Court Reporters Foundation, the charitable arm of the National Court Reporters Association.

Bevin is a graduate of the Long Island Business Institute in Commack, N.Y., and is the 10th recipient of NCRF’s grant.

NCRF awards the annual New Professional Reporter Grant to a working reporter who has graduated within the current year from an NCRA-certified court reporting program and meets specific criteria.

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Huseby offers real-time services
logoReal-time transcription is the creation of  transcriptions by court reporters using real-time text technologies to deliver computer text screens within a few seconds of the words being spoken.

HusebyConnect provides the ability for counsel to view, annotate and issue code and real-time transcripts remotely from anywhere in the world.  In addition to the real-time feed, counsel can view live video of the witness and exhibits being presented, all from a desktop, laptop or tablet.

Real-time is one of the many services Huseby offers all of its clients. To schedule real-time transcripts or any Huseby service in any location, click here or call: 1-800-333-2082.