As a court and deposition reporter, I dedicated myself to providing exceptional service to meet the needs of my clients. Later, as a reporting firm manager and sales executive, attorneys and their staff entrusted me to oversee four of the largest high-profile cases in the world:
- International Paper vs. Affiliated FM Insurance Co., et al. (555 national depositions)
- Bowoto vs. Chevron Corporation (280 global depositions)
- In Re TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation and its companion case, In Re Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) Antitrust Litigation (over 500 combined global depositions)
After third-party contracting began in the 1990s, followed by budget cuts resulting in electronic recording (ER) replacing official reporters in some courts nationwide, I felt compelled to educate the legal community and other groups about court reporters’ crucial role as impartial guardians of the record. In 2004, I began speaking at legal associations, law firms, paralegal schools, and other educational programs about court reporting products, technology, services and ethics:
- San Francisco Legal Professionals Association
- Mt. Diablo Legal Professionals Association
- Contra Costa County Legal Professionals Association
- San Francisco State University Paralegal Studies
- Cal State East Bay Paralegal Studies
- BerkeleyLaw (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley
- California Court Reporters Association
- Bishop O’Dowd High School
I also began offering workshops at court reporting schools throughout Northern California to share my experience and encourage students: Argonaut, Golden State (now closed), West Valley, College of Marin and Humphreys.
In January 2017, I moderated a panel of court reporting experts to present the first-ever court-reporting-related Ethics MCLE* workshop at the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) : Can You Say That? Legal Ethics of Working with Court Reporters.
In February 2019, I moderated a panel of experts to present a similar workshop to legal assistants and paralegals, hosted by San Francisco Legal Professionals Association and San Francisco State Paralegal Studies program, where I have sat on the advisory board since 2005.
Part of my mission to educate includes writing articles that have been published by various organizations. As Marketing Coordinator of BASF’s Paralegal Section, I am a regular contributor to the bar association’s Bulletin print newsletter and Legal by the Bay blog page and other periodicals:
- The Legal Secretary magazine (a publication of Legal Secretaries, Inc.);
- CCRA Online (an e-newsletter published by the California Court Reporters Association);
- The Trial Lawyer (a publication of San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association); and others.
This is a sample of my published works:
- The Court Reporter’s Dilemma: Interrupt or Drop
- Guidelines for Respectful Attorney-Reporter Relationships
- Court Reporting Ethics Panel Takes on Controversial Topics
- Absence of Court Reporters in Family Law Courts = Access to Justice Denied
- Protect Your Clients: “Digital” Recorded Depositions Revealed
- Educating the Legal Community Through Social Media
- How to Interrupt Proceedings: Feel the Fear and Speak Up Anyway
- Mock Trials: Developing Crucial Professional Skills Before It Counts
- WANTED: Court and Deposition Reporters
After relinquishing my CSR license in 2008, I began providing internships for advanced court reporting students and newly licensed reporters in mock depositions and mock trials at law firms, law schools (UC Hastings College of the Law, John F Kennedy University College of Law, and BerkeleyLaw), private organizations, high schools, and San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association’s annual mock trial competition.
Interns travel from throughout California and as far away as the East Coast to experience being THE REPORTER. Unlike shadowing a working CSR, they are the Reporter of Record. These win-win events benefit all participants: law students, attorneys, court reporting students, and court reporters. See my Consulting page for details.
My interns gain confidence and achieve a deep understanding of the legal, ethical and professional responsibilities of working reporters. These practical skills events help them manage fear, gain self-confidence and achieve mastery in their chosen field. More details on my Reporting Internships page.
* Mandatory Continuing Legal Education
First photo by Lisa Mann Photography. Bulletin article by BASF.