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For Professionals in Electronic / Digital Court Technology

Volume 12, Number 2 — Conference / Summer 2007 . . .


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At our 10th Anniversary Conference in 2003, AAERT began recognizing the achievements of its outstanding members, both reporters and transcribers.  This year's awards will be presented at the Association's Conference banquet June 26th in Miami Beach, Florida.  The selection committee is pleased to announce 2007's winners:

Gail Malm Armstrong, CERT
Reporter of the Year
Logansport, Indiana

Gail began working in the legal field in 1977 when she was hired to become a legal secretary by Robert Leirer Justice, a Logansport, Indiana, attorney. At that time she did not know a plaintiff from a defendant or the difference between a motion to quash and a subpoena duces tecum. Mr. Justice gave her valuable training and experience working in his practice, as well as a multitude of opportunities to attend depositions and prepare for trials in Indiana state courts, federal district courts, and the United States Tax Court.

In 1979, County Attorney John Hillis ran an ad in the Logansport Pharos-Tribune searching for a person to record and report a local Board of Zoning Appeals hearing. Gail applied and was hired to report the hearing. Although the hearing was later canceled, it would be the start of her venture into court reporting.

Robert Leirer Justice then ran for a judgeship in the Cass Circuit Court, and was elected in 1981. He invited Gail to become his official court reporter. She accepted, and served as official court reporter for Judge Justice until January 1, 1985. At that point she decided to enter the freelance reporting venue, and has enjoyed that employment since 1985, reporting the whole range of criminal and civil cases as well as hearings and arbitrations in English and Spanish.

Gail attended the Wilson School of Court Reporting in Indianapolis, and currently holds her CERT through AAERT. She is also a member of NCRA and ISRA, the Indiana Shorthand Reporters Association, and has authored a series of articles about E-Reporting for the ISRA newsletter..

Born in Cleveland, Gail moved to Logansport in 1973, where she met her husband, David. They reside near Clymers, Indiana, with their two golden retrievers, Duncan and Nash.

Randel Raison, CET**D
Transcriber of the Year
Houston, Texas

Randel has a well-earned reputation for having high standards of excellence and for exceeding the expectations of those who have retained his services. His transcription firm, All Professionals Litigation Support Team, located in Houston, Texas, has the privilege of working in nearly a dozen states coast-to-coast.  APLST has grown to include such notable client companies as CitiBank, Shell Oil, Pitney Bowes, CenterPoint Energy, and USA Today.

In addition to handling a good deal of transcribing himself, Randel also serves as a mentor to his employees and associates by offering sound advice on the trickier aspects of transcription. He also offers an all-digital / on-line work environment, as many of his transcribers work part-time under a flexible schedule and several reside in states other than Texas.

Prior to the formation of APLST, Inc., and relocating to Houston, Randel worked in a high-profile family law litigation firm in South Florida, and was involved in notable disputes involving Bucky Dent, Jose Canseco, John Travolta, Lee Majors, and Lonnie Anderson, among others.

His fascination with electronics and the evolution of the Internet inspired many writings, including "Everything Lawyers Need to Know About the Internet But Don't Know How to Ask," and "Y2K: What Lawyers and Paralegals Need to Know," published by Half Moon Seminars, LLC, and presented at a professional meeting in 1999.



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Why become certified?
Perhaps you have years of experience as a court reporter and you reason, "What difference does certification make?  I know how to perform my job and have done so competently and expertly for years." There is no doubt that statement is true in many cases. Certification alone does not guarantee excellence. It is a starting point, but certification can ensure a level of training, competence, knowledge, and ability to perform that job.

In October of 2000, I traveled to Jefferson City, Missouri, to sit for AAERT's all-day, four-part certification exams for E-Reporters and E-Transcribers. Why do that if certification is not mandatory?  Here were some of my reasons.

  • Personal accomplishment. As an E-Reporter, I felt that certification was a standard I wanted to meet as a personal goal. I wanted certification and validation as an E-Reporter, something that would show I met a high level of competence and that I was willing to put forth the effort to attain that. It was a long-desired aspiration and professional milestone that I hoped to accomplish.

  • Credibility and professionalism. Although by 2000 I had been an E-Reporter some twenty years, I wanted added credibility, something I could point to that says, "Yes, I am certified. I have passed a rigorous set of exams. I know what I'm doing and have a standard of excellence and a certification to demonstrate that." Indeed, most attorneys assume that court reporters are already certified, and often word their notices of deposition in that manner.

  • Promoting competency of court reporters. AAERT, ISRA and NCRA all endorse and provide certification testing for reporters. Whatever our method, we must be trained, competent, able, and professional.
Yes, we are experts in preparing a record of proceedings in a courtroom, a deposition, or an arbitration. Yes, we are specialists with words, grammar, and in punctuating conversations in English, and sometimes possess knowledge of other languages as well.

Afraid you might fail? Most of the testing involves what you as a reporter have been doing for years. The challenges you have already faced in court or in depositions or hearings have prepared you for portions of the exam whether you realize it or not.

That said, your own leap into sitting for certification exams will not be without some anxiety, preparation, and effort. The end result, however, can make you part of a respected group of keepers of the record. Confront the challenge. Welcome the results certification can bring. Do it for your profession and for yourself. You won't regret it!

— Adapted from an article by Gail Malm Armstrong, CERT (Indiana), for the Indiana Shorthand Reporters Association (ISRA) newsletter.



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President's Message:
The Professional Reporter and Transcriber
We're less than two months away from AAERT's 14th Annual Convention, and a lot of changes have taken place since our formation. The Association's charter members were exclusively analog users who joined together because they recognized the need to set standards for the profession(s) of electronic court reporting and transcribing.

As with any profession, particular skill sets are necessary to perform our jobs. In order to determine if AAERT's members possess these requisite skills, a certification test was written and validated by an independent consultant. And this is the core of our Association today. At the time of our inception, AAERT's membership was different than the other two methods of court reporting, in that our method often used two separate individuals — one to record proceedings and one to produce transcripts. Today we still have two certifications, one for an electronic court reporter and one for an electronic court transcriber. The other court reporting methods have often relied on other professionals to transcribe, but because of their oversight from recording to transcript certification, they are jointly certified for recording and transcribing. Interestingly enough, there are now stenographers who are not reporting, but are using their steno skills to transcribe from court audio recordings. And most steno reporters have an audio recording backup. As the court reporting profession develops, there are overlapping lines across the methods in terms of job function, but court reporters of all methods need to make a record and produce accurate transcripts.

Enter NCRA's "ER Task Force" campaign. Now, what exactly is that? For sake of argument (— and trust me, I know there are always two sides to any argument, but one of these arguments is "so 14 years ago!") — let us assume this E-Reporting campaign stems from a professional duty to protect the record.  After all, the NCRA is one of the national court reporter associations and represents Guardians of the Record. Let us further assume that this E-Reporting campaign is opposed to unchecked audio recording systems not staffed by court reporters. Well, so far, it sounds like we need to join NCRA's ER Task Force. In the February 2007 Journal for the Reporting and Captioning Professions, the ER Task Force has a "business plan for helping official reporter members deal with threats to their employment from electronic recording systems." Well, we have plenty of official court reporters in our ranks using the electronic reporting method. If your employment is threatened by any electronic recording systems, do contact our Board and advise us of your concerns.
Remember, AAERT's mission statement is:

The American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers, Inc., is a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation organized to provide education and certification for professionals engaged in electronic reporting, transcribing, and supportive employment roles, and to promote public awareness and acceptance of the electronic reporting industry.

I'd like to proclaim emphatically, though I'm sure I'll repeat it again and again, as will those who follow after me . . .

"Let me say here and now that AAERT does not represent unmonitored electronic court recording equipment! AAERT represents the people in the electronic court reporting profession!"

We are grateful and appreciative to the companies who develop tools which aid us in doing our jobs:  making a verbatim recording of proceedings and producing certified and verifiable transcripts. If there is a certified electronic court reporter monitoring the court recording using equipment with redundancy backups, there will be no stories of missing recordings. If there is a certified electronic court reporter actively annotating court proceedings, this will aid the timeliness and accuracy of the court transcript when produced.

Recently a member pointed me to a court website with a very interesting PowerPoint presentation. It included a thought process imagining the day when two technicians will be able to handle the court recording process for 100 courtrooms. This sounds like a work of fiction to me. In the real world, despite the fact that court reporters need to be technically savvy in today's economy, the court reporter is a unique professional not replaceable by a technician.

Please join us in Miami Beach this June as we continue to increase our skills and knowledge as Professional Court Reporters and Transcribers.

Gillian Lawrence, FPR, CERT
AAERT President



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AAERT on Virginia Supreme Court committee

After last year's ill-advised and unsuccessful legislative attempt (which AAERT opposed) to restrict "court reporting services" to those licensed and governed by a state agency dominated by only one segment of the industry, the Virginia Supreme Court has intervened to establish a Court-directed review committee to recommend a fair system which will benefit the public at large.  AAERT is represented on the committee by Neal Gross, CER (Washington, D.C.). A sub-group of members has been assigned to investigate and report.
Texas Senate bill  SB1554  to let judges choose reporting methods

This proposal, which would permit Texas judges to opt for E-Reporting, was introduced on March 8 by Senator Juan Hinojosa, vice-chair of the Senate Committee on Jurisprudence.  Public hearings were held in April and May. Previously, this Senate committee had investigated and recommended that the state legislature enact such a measure, a report which was approved with only one dissenting vote.

To read the bill's text, click on SB1554.
Convergence Zone
      — or, maybe Kipling was wrong:  sometimes the twain can meet.

As we all know, many stenotypists and voice-writers employ audio recording as a fail-safe measure to ensure that inadvertently (yet inevitably) omitted words / phrases can be properly inserted before release of an official transcript.  Sometimes this is done openly, sometimes surrepititiously.  We welcome all who join in recognizing the importance of recording court proceedings, depositions, and public hearings..

Of course, those who balk at presenting even their own real-world audio recordings as an integral part of the record, yet rely upon them for accuracy, face issues that E-Reporters do not:  concerns about discrepancies between recorded proceedings and transcripts based on an entirely different source, as an example.  The National Court Reporters Association now has a study group to explore such issues, including "What will people think if they find out that we rely on audio, too?"

Yet, divergence zones remain:  NCRA has yet another task force whose focus is to "combat" the "challenges and threats presented by electronic recording."   (See President's Message in this issue.)

E-Reporting in the Occupational Outlook Handbook

The U.S. Department of Labor issues this fully on-line guide to jobs and employment in America every two years.  The 2005 edition was the first one to include E-Reporting in the article on court reporting.  AAERT has been asked to propose any changes we believe will improve the upcoming 2007 edition, and we have replied with clarifying suggestions.

To view the current Handbook text, click on USDOL.

Courts to test trial recordings on line

The federal Judicial Conference of the United States has approved a voluntary pilot program which makes audio recordings of court proceedings available free on line, and open to television and radio broadcasters.

U.S. District Judge Thomas F. Hogan, the Conference's executive committee chair, said he believes the system will be widely used, and expressed his hope that this will "make court proceedings more inclusive and transparent to people."



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  The Nature of Words

Once again like the winding river, I meandered through the dictionary until my eye was caught by the delightful word foudroyant, striking with lightning speed, or a disease beginning in a sudden and severe form, from French foudroyer, to strike with lightning; further, from Latin fulgur, lightning.

That put me in mind of fulminant, as in a rapidly progressing disease, coming from Latin fulmen, for thunderbolt.  Similar is fulminate, to explode loudly or to denounce vehemently.

Another weather-related word is detonate, to thunder forth, to cause to explode, from the Latin detonare, from whose root, tonare, by way of the Spanish tronada,, comes the very loud and explosive tornado.

The whirling column of a tornado is that of a vortex, from vertex, from the Latin vertere, to turn. A vertex is also the highest point or acme, from the Greek akme.

Another synonym for acme is zenith, from the Old Spanish senit, incorrectly transcribed from the Arabic semt.  Astronomically speaking, it is the point on the celestial sphere vertically above an observer. The opposite of zenith is nadir, from the Arabic nazir.

Now may the zephyrs of spring (from the Greek zephyros, "west wind") treat us all gently until the the heat of summer bears down.

Laurel H. Stoddard, CET (Austin, Texas)
On The Record Reporting & Transcription, Inc.




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An electronic family:  Briggs Reporting / WowPages
In the West, and especially throughout California, the family name Briggs is deeply entwined with the history of E-ReportingHod and Mary Ann, with sons Jeff and Steve.  But not just past history, as the connection continues today, only in a most unusual way.

In 1975, fully a third of a century ago, Hod Briggs began as an E-Reporter / Transcriber in the Los Angeles branch of the Bowers Reporting Company of Falls Church, Virginia, and by 1977 was branch manager.  As company alignments changed over the years (from Bowers to Acme, later Heritage), he finally decided to buy the office and branch out, so to speak, on his own — as Briggs Reporting Company, in 1986. 

      Steve, Mary Ann, and Hod Briggs

For more than another decade, until their retirement, Hod and Mary Ann, together with Jeff, were BRC.  Clients included an alphabet-soup array of federal courts and agencies from ASBCA through SEC, along with Los Angeles Municipal and Superior Courts, plus reporting contracts with other state agencies and private-sector firms.  However, Steve, although also involved with electronic issues, was more interested in developments on the Internet.

Jeff Briggs

By the time Jeff took the helm of BRC in the late 1990s, after completely automating the company's operations in order to manage its sizable clientele, the tide was beginning to turn against E-Reporting in California.  Most of us recall the behind-the-scenes maneuvering — (described by some who experienced it firsthand as a "Swift-Boat"-type campaign of deliberate misrepresentation) — which severely curtailed E-Reporting within the state.  Of course, California will rejoin the nation's mainstream in due course — but at that juncture the family decided to sell BRC to Echo Reporting of San Diego.

Now the relationship of Briggs and E-Reporting continues in an unusual direction:  Steve Briggs, whose Internet service firm, WowPages, is sited in Portland, Maine, originally helped AAERT establish our website, and WowPages continues to host our dot-org to this day.

Thanks, Briggs! Steve Briggs can be contacted at



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Technical Basics:
earphones, headsets,
and transcript quality

No matter how sophisticated audio recording equipment may be,
no matter how well its channels separate voices in a courtroom,
no matter how carefully an E-Reporter has monitored its performance,
if its full range of sounds does not reach our ears, we've got a problem
— and in that case it's not a matter of (allegedly) poor audio quality.

So let's talk a bit about that.  If it's not heard well, it's not going to be transcribed well.  Cases in point:

  Clearly recorded on audio   Heard / Transcribed
  He sent it through e-mails.   He sent it three miles.
  I knew of these arrangements.   I knew of these arraignments.
  She spoke quietly and succinctly.   She spoke quickly and distinctly.
  He recited a myriad of excuses.   He recited [indiscernible] of excuses.

Indeed, how many [indiscernible] points in transcripts are actually due to inadequate sound transmission rather than poor recording quality?

* * * * *

Now, acoustics is a complex science — but for our discussion here, we can boil it down to two dimensions:  loudness and pitch.

Think of a piano:  stroking its keys softly or pounding hard on them determines the volume or loudness of the sound — but the pitch of each note depends on whether it is down toward the low-frequency (bass) end of the scale or up toward the high-frequency (treble) end.  Frequency is a synonym for pitch.  Pitch / frequency is measured in Hertz, abbreviated Hz.  Volume, or loudness, is measured in decibels, abbreviated dB.

And what is this range of sounds, anyway?

  LOW frequency, bass HIGH frequency, treble
20 Hz ← . . . . . Range of normal human hearing . . . . . → 20,000 Hz
  200 Hz ← . . . . → 7,500 Hz
      Typical range of speech  

As we age, we tend to become less sensitive in the higher frequencies. Sounds in the treble range begin to fade first, and we find we are no longer able to easily distinguish between words such as fist and fish, whose sibilants or S-sounds actually reach into high treble frequencies.

You might think that, because we're primarily interested in speech, we don't need audio equipment that can process up to 20,000 Hz. But remember, if we're pushing things to the limit just to get clarity at 7,500 Hz, further results could be iffy. This is one area where over-engineering can really pay off.

So, before blaming the audio, consider whether its conduit to your ears is really adequate for your needs, after all.  Of course, what we're talking about here are earphones.  There are three primary types:

circumaural = a headset fully covering the ears, generally well padded  

supra-aural = covering a portion of the ears

               intra-aural = inserted into the ears, "earbuds"

Most consumer-level earphones in today's market deliberately emphasize low-frequency bass. Their primary design goal is not accurate speech reproduction, but rather to play popular music reasonably well with iPods and MP3 players, no matter the actual quality or full frequency range of the original recording.

We don't want our earphones to just "sound okay," we want them to transmit the details of the original recording, so critical to proper word recognition..

Some years ago when we first shopped around for high-quality earphones, prices for acceptable transcription headsets started at $150. Things are little better now. Our favorite in terms of value, the AKG K-240, is available on line for under $100. Other brands to consider are Beyerdynamic, Sennheiser, Grado, and Audio-Technica. These manufacturers, along with AKG, are companies with generations of experience in providing earphones for the professional recording industry.

By the way, earphones which "come in the box" as a bonus when other equipment is purchased are generally worthless — that's why they get tossed in as freebies.

Avoid so-called "noise-reducing" earphones. Whether the noise reduction is achieved with electronics (usually a more expensive option) or physically by means of a closed shell for the earphones and a tight seal around the ears, the accuracy of sound reproduction is sacrificed.  In addition, earphones which rely on a tight seal to shut out ambient room noise are uncomfortable to wear for extended periods, and nearly impossible to use in the summertime in non-air- conditioned environments.

The most accurate and natural sound is provided by circumaural earphones, where the backs of the earpieces are permeable to the air. These can be very light and comfortable, they produce very little pressure on the ears, and can be worn for hours without fatigue.

The supra-aural design sacrifices some accuracy, but can be quite good. More pressure is applied directly to the ear, and those who wear eyeglasses may find that after a half hour or so the pressure has become painful as it presses the ears against the glasses frames.

"Earbuds," or intra-aural earphones which are inserted into the ear canal itself, are generally the least accurate type. They can work very well for reporting and for in-courtroom monitoring — (and are great on the beach!) — but no matter how many of your friends or associates may use them, AVOID THEM if you want to produce superior transcriptions.

Also, "earbud" accuracy can vary widely, even with the same model, because the "fit" into the ear canal is a critical factor in performance. There are some (very expensive) models that can approach the performance of good circumaural earphones, but none can ever fully achieve it.

A risk associated with "earbuds" is that volume is often cranked up to VERY HIGH DECIBEL LEVELS in order to achieve a semblence of sound quality.  This can cause long-term hearing loss, so beware — that is, if you want to get past 60 without a hearing aid, AND want to produce professional quality transcripts!

NOTE:  Friends, these are the results of my personal research and experience, and are not AAERT's specific equipment endorsements. — Karl Fuss, CERT



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Training seminar scholarship offered

A special scholarship grant, covering the seminar registration fee, is now available to help an AAERT member attend the Lutz & Company pre-Conference E-Reporting / Transcribing Seminar which will occur in Miami Beach, Florida, June 22 and 23, 2007.

Any current member may apply to participate, or may nominate another member, by e-mailing Mary Ann Lutz at or by writing to

Lutz & Company
100 West Lemon, Suite 103
Monrovia, California   91016-5105.

Applications must be received by Friday, June 8, 2007.
Lutz & Company will select the grant recipient from among timely applicants.

The seminar will cover principles of analog / digital audio capture, retention, retrieval, and subsequent transcription.

For more specific information, or to arrange for a seminar in your area, contact

Mary Ann served as AAERT's president from 2000 to 2002.



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Go to Hotel Information   or   Conference Registration


A fun raffle will benefit our Education Fund; submit ideas or items for this event to Sherry Simmons.

Submit Microsoft Word-related questions / problems / topic areas to: Margaret Morgan.

Send transcript problem issues you would like discussed to Bill Wagner.

And for June in Miami Beach, remember to dress cool and casual!

Friday / Saturday, June 22 - 23:
Pre-Conference E-Reporting / E-Transcribing Seminar — contact Mary Ann Lutz,
Lutz & Company, Inc.

SUNDAY, June 24

Pre-Conference Certification Testing, 9:00 a.m.  Click here for test-related information.
Board Meeting 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Registration table open from 3:00 p.m., Oceanview Room

5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Conference Welcome Reception Oceanview Room
— sponsored by FTR, Ltd.

Conference Sponsors:



MONDAY, June 25,  Grande Promenade:

8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Realizing Our Untapped Potentials
Brian Blasko

10:15 - 11:45 a.m.

Healthy Hearing
Dr. Gail B. Brenner

12:00 noon

Lunch and Learn, Regency Ballroom
— hosted by FTR, Ltd.

1:15 - 2:00 p.m.

Gaining Expertise in Microsoft Word
Karon Etienne

2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Transcript Punctuation and Other Issues
— session moderators:
Bill Wagner / Laurel Stoddard

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Annual Association Business Meeting
Board election


Board Executive Meeting, 4:30 p.m.

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Evening Reception, Regency Ballroom
— hosted by Verint
— Veri-Scribe II demonstration

8:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Hospitality Suite, AAERT Board, Suite 500

TUESDAY, June 26,  Grande Promenade:

8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Healthy Habits
for Busy Court Reporters / Transcribers

Jorge P. Santos, RPTA, CWT

10:30 - 11:45 a.m. The Business of Dressing for Court
Rodney Arbona

12:00 noon

1:15 - 2:00 p.m.

Microsoft Word Lab
Karon Etienne

2:15 - 3:00 p.m.

AudioScribe / speech-recognition
Jennifer S. Smith, CVR

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Developments Abroad:
    International Issues in E-Reporting

Neil Griffin, Melbourne, Australia
Andrew Brown, Hong Kong, China

TUESDAY evening,  Vista Room:

6:00 p.m. Cocktail Hour
NOTE:  dressy casual attire requested for this evening
7:00 p.m.

Association Dinner

Brian Blasko, guest speaker



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Notice of 2007 Annual Business Meeting / Board Election

As our bylaws require, notice is hereby given to all AAERT general, corporate, and apprentice / intern members that the Association's annual business meeting will be held at
3:00 p.m. Monday, June 25, 2007, at The Miami Beach Resort & Spa, Miami Beach, Florida.

Click here for a downloadable proxy form.
Mail or fax your proxy so it arrives by Monday, June 18, 2007, at:

23812 Rock Circle
Bothell, Washington   98021-8573
fax (425) 481-9657

Proxy deadline:  Monday, June 18, 2007
Three Board positions will be filled by election, and the four current nominees are:
Gail Malm Armstrong, CERT — (Logansport, Indiana)
      Gail attended the Wilson School of Court Reporting in Indianapolis, and currently holds her CERT through AAERT. She is also a member of NCRA and ISRA, the Indiana Shorthand Reporters Association, and has authored a series of articles on E-Reporting for ISRA's newsletter. She began work in 1977 as a legal secretary for an Indiana attorney who was later elected to a judgeship, and who invited her to become his official court reporter. She served in that capacity until 1985, when she launched her independent business career, now reporting the whole range of criminal and civil cases as well as hearings and arbitrations in English and Spanish.
Luis Gomez, CCV — (Miami, Florida)
      Luis has been in business since 1993 as president / owner of Absolute Video, Inc.  Absolute provides video recording and digital recording services for private attorneys and the Dade County Domestic Violence and Juvenile Courts. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he started taking courses in telecommunications, and eventually took a trade course with RCA Institute in post-production. In the past, he has interned or worked for Captain Kangaroo, CBS, King Cole Productions, Dean Witter Reynolds, Honeywell, and IBM. Luis has also served on the board of the American Guild of Court Videographers (AGCV), and is certified by that association as a Certified Court Videographer. Luis is currently a Director, appointed in 2002 to fill a then-vacant position, and first elected in 2003.

Kimberly McCright-Young, CET**D — (Tucson, Arizona)
      Kimberly received her bachelor's degree in business administration and finance at the University of Texas. In the late '80s, while working as a law clerk, Kimberly began transcribing court hearings and administrative proceedings to pay off college loans. One thing led to another, and a transcription company was born. Over the years (and many full-time transcribers later), Kim's company was serving various courts and agencies throughout the country. Kimberly has worked with court committees and entities to create policies and procedures and to revise rules and statutes regarding transcribing, depositions, and the role of E-Reporters and E-Transcribers in the courts and judicial process. She has also presented seminars on growing a business, tackling the bid process, and has developed training curricula and formats for transcribers. She has a passion for the industry and a strong drive to see it continue to gain respect, taking its rightful place in the legal community. She is our current vice-president, and was first elected to the Board in 2004.
Sherry Simmons, CER — (Wilmington, Delaware)
      Sherry attended Temple University in Philadelphia, where she obtained her certificate in court reporting. In 1977 she began working for the Delaware Court of Common Pleas as a court reporter using a Stenograph machine. She is still employed by the Court, but now as its Chief Court Reporter, and uses the FTR digital recording system as her method of capturing the record. Sherry is a strong believer in and supporter of AAERT's mission. Due to the support given to her through its membership, she has been able to smoothly transition from Stenotyping to E-Reporting, while fully maintaining her high standards for preserving the integrity of the Court's record. She lives in Wilmington with her husband Chick. Sherry currently serves as AAERT's Secretary, and was first elected to the Board in 2004.


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Newly Certified Members 2007

The February and early April cycles of AAERT's ongoing certification program were held in
Monrovia, California, and Orlando, Florida.

Congratulations and our very best wishes to these candidates who earned their initial or upgraded certifications!

Deborah M. Armstrong, CER**DKissimmee, Florida
Ann Bonnette-Smith, CET**DPasadena, California
Claire Ann Hair, CER**DSaint Cloud, Florida
Christine Lively, CERT*DOrlando, Florida
Rachele Lord, CER**DKissimmee, Florida
Pamela F. McGill, CER**DOrlando, Florida
Frances M. Murphy, CER**DOrlando, Florida
Martha Lee Nelson, CERT*DSouth Pasadena, California
Troy Anthony Ray, CER**DArcadia, California
Marie Slama, CER**DOrlando, Florida


For test-related information, contact:
Steve Simon,  CERT
Certification Chair,

A general discussion of the program is at
Certification Testing.



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A warm welcome to our new members
since the last issue of The Court Reporter

AAERT members can go to our on-line Directories by clicking here.

Roxanne Angelocci
        Ann Arbor, Michigan
Tamara Camen
        Ann Arbor, Michigan
Kathy Denise Chalmers
        Grayson, Georgia
Carol Cecile Craven
        Clearwater, Florida
Janice M. Danek
        Lynnwood, Washington
Diane Dennis
        Irving, Vermont
NiQuitisha Edmonds
        Ann Arbor, Michigan
Traci Dawn Esposito
        Jackson, New Jersey
Kathleen J. Fletcher
        Sanford, Florida
C. Lynn Gilstrap
        Brooksville, Florida
Lucile Kirk-Malcolm
        Ann Arbor, Michigan
Cathryn S. Martin
        Spring Hill, Florida
Michelle Morales
        Bronx, New York
Scott Newman
        Washington, D.C.
Cynthia Renee Ortiz
        Davenport, Iowa

Bonnie S. Page
        Lake City, Florida
Corrine Peck
        Ann Arbor, Michigan
Irene Powers
        Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Kay Yvonne Schwallier
        Grand Rapids, Michigan
Janet Seffer
        Walhalla, South Carolina
Linda Stoker
        Ann Arbor, Michigan
Cynthia Ann Sutphin
        Vienna, West Virginia
Katherine Tait
        Ann Arbor, Michigan
Sandra Jane Traskos
        Saline, Michigan
Beverly Denise Turner
        Bellflower, California
Christine E. Vandraiss
        Palm Coast, Florida
Karen Beth Vinton
        Hawley, Pennsylvania
Amy White
        Ann Arbor, Michigan
Pamela Maureen Williams
        Kihei, Hawaii

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