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For Professionals in Electronic / Digital Court Technology

Volume 13, Number 4 — Year-End 2008 . . .

 

                                                                                   

 

 

 

represents AAERT  at  MECRA Convention . . .



Gillian (seated, second on left), and MECRA's Board of Directors



In August I had the pleasure of attending 2008's Annual Convention of the Michigan Electronic Court Reporters Association (MECRA www.MECRA.info/index.php) at Detroit's Marriott Renaissance Center.  Edna Zaid, Convention Chair and new President of MECRA, had invited me to speak to the association about AAERT.  The convention was a huge success, due in large part to the tireless efforts and creative energy of Edna and her company's staff.

Due to flight problems my arrival at the hotel was rather late, so I thought I would rush up to my hotel room before joining MECRA's Board for our meeting — but when I realized my room was on the 61st floor, I decided to rush right to the Board meeting, where I was warmly welcomed to discuss AAERT and our certification program.



Gillian Lawrence, FPR, CERT, speaks to MECRA



The convention included, among other items, informative time management seminars, a courtroom security presentation, a computer troubleshooting seminar, and roundtable discussion time for official and freelance reporters.  Wisetta Neill, MECRA Board member, reported on her attendance at AAERT's 2008 Convention.  She graciously introduced me to speak about our origin, journey, and vision.

Michigan electronic reporters enjoy the benefit of working in a state which requires certification for electronic reporters.  Many of them also realize the benefit of AAERT certification.  They understand ours is a nationally recognized certification which can go with them if they should move.  National certification also allows them to accept contracts in other parts of the country where AAERT certification is required.

AAERT and MECRA must continue to develop a great professional relationship.  Things are good right now and, therefore, now is the time to do the work.  We need to be proactive and lay a foundation together for a great future as E-Reporting professional associations.  We need to be well-organized, highly motivated, and highly visible!

Gillian Lawrence,  FPR, CERT
(Florida)

 

 

 

A conversation with our editor, TCR, and GF and SL, AAERT members in court administration.

TCR:  I'll start by admitting something you already know:  I'm in the private sector, not in a court system.  That said, no doubt we've all heard the same anecdotes, and I'm perplexed at how wildly they vary.

SL:  Ah, the good tales and the bad tales about courts and E-Reporting?

TCR:  Exactly.

GF:  Well, anyone who's stood by the proverbial water cooler knows that anecdotes tend to get embellished with time and repetition.

TCR:  Even so, it's clear that some courts do have a — how shall I put this? — a less than happy experience implementing new digital systems, yet others are very pleased with their results.  So, is it an equipment issue, or what?

GF:  No, the major systems with large installed user bases are sophisticated and reliable, so it's not really a question of hardware malfunctions / software glitches.  I think it boils down to the people-side, and I think it has to do with training.

    See Editor's note

SL:  Well, we're talking now about issues back at square one.  Operational training doesn't happen until after things are already in house and installed.  So I think it's not so much a lack of after-the-fact training, but how these new concepts get introduced to people in the first place.

        We're creatures of habit, and seldom welcome change.  This isn't the only time those who have spent years in well-settled, comfortable, familiar routines, have been told that innovation is on its way.  They instantly think, "Ohmygod, they're going to replace me with a machine!"  Courts can't function without staff, but they feel threatened, nevertheless.

        And there's self-esteem involved, as well.  It may not rise to a conscious level, but there's an unspoken, nagging concern:  "Wasn't my work good enough for all these years?"

GF:  Point taken, but I'm still a training buff.  People have to feel confident that they will perform well in these newly formatted arrangements.  Tech-talk can frighten people, especially those who didn't grow up in an electronic / digital universe.  You may never hear it said aloud, but the thought is there:  "Will I fit in and be able to do this stuff?"  They need reassurance that they won't be turned loose in the dark.

TCR:  What about workload issues?  Nobody with full-time duties wants to hear that there's yet more to be piled on an already full plate.  And don't take offense, but I'm sure that some administrators think, "Oh, the clerk can do this, too."  Or even stranger, "The bailiff can turn this on in the morning, and it will purr along unattended all day."

GF:  Right, like magic.  Like the guy who bought an expensive video setup, then sat back and waited for it to churn out fancy TV productions for him.  I understand he was rather disappointed with his purchase.

TCR:  Well, let's get back to those who can legitimately say, "I'm already swamped, and they want me to do WHAT?"

SL:  That's my point.  Electronic reporting is exactly that, a reporter's job, not a busy clerk's or a bailiff's job.  Making an adequate court record still requires appropriate staffing — best of all, people already on board who know the ropes and what's needed for the record.

GF:  I agree.  We're not talking about production / factory robots, which often do replace unskilled labor.  Digital audio installations require reporter involvement.  We're not making widgets here.
SL:  And because an accurate, verifiable record is the bottom line, my court retains a mix of methods to ensure just that.  So we employ both stenographic and electronic reporters, each fully responsible for the record they're assigned to capture.  We have no voice-writers at present, but would be happy with that method as an alternative resource in the mix, as well.

        And, by the way, segregating case types by reporting method, say criminal versus civil, is an outmoded difference without a distinction.  All methods suffice for all types of cases, regardless of complexity.  That's the beauty, the flexibility of an integrated mixture.

GF:  With all reporting staff capturing the record at the same level of competence, of course.

TCR:  So, how would you counsel jurisdictions who are thinking about upgrading their systems to include digital audio?

SL:  I'd emphasize the importance of just HOW new concepts are best introduced.  I'd say, above all, avoid surprise.

        Involve your people from the outset, rather than huddling behind closed doors with your purchasing officer and then emerging one fine day to spring "some interesting news" on an unsuspecting staff.

GF:  Right.  Change imposed from the top down is predictably resented.

SL:  And once negative, resentful, attitudes are formed, they tend to get set in concrete, and are harder to change than bringing on the change in the first place.  Did that make sense?

TCR:  Got it.  But how do you involve them?  They may not be competent to advise on technical matters like microphone choices, archiving specs, and that sort of thing.

SL:  Instead, ask for — and listen to! — their non-tech input.  They're experts in what they do, so their observations will prove valuable in both the short- and long-run.

      After all, most courts have already introduced at least some elements of the electronic / digital world, such as case filing systems, databases and archives, or on-line record retrievals.  Build on that.  They're familiar with those accomplishments, and will welcome more — if understood as benefits.

        Let them know about successful installations elsewhere.  Point out that the goal is to benefit the court's workflow and workload — a goal they share.  Not to mention making their tasks easier, less stressful, less labor-intensive, yet more productive.  They're not abandoning skills, they're adding new ones.

GF:  And be sure they understand that you will not leave them to their own devices to sink or swim.  That means, by the way, that you must insist that the system vendors and installers stick around to provide in-depth training.  And learn the system yourself, for when it's time to train new hires.

TCR:  You really are a training buff, aren't you?

GF:  Well . . . yes.  Yes, I guess I am.

TCR:  So, in summary . . .

Dear reader,

What would your summary include?  The editor invites your proposals, which may form the basis for a follow-up article.
You may write to aaert@comcast.net

 

 

 



Judicial Section of the Texas State Bar meets in Dallas
Right on the heels of Hurricane Ike, in September Sherry Simmons and Laurel Stoddard also swept into Dallas to attend the Texas State Bar's 2008 Judicial Section Conference.  AAERT was present to enhance the legal community's awareness of digital reporting and transcribing in Texas.

Exhibiters occupied the sun-dappled atrium of the Hilton Anatole Hotel.  We had a fortunate table placement — ours faced the ballroom where the major conference sessions and seminars took place, and our banner was eye-catching and impossible to overlook.  Our array of literature promoting the digital record was within easy reach of all who came and went — not to mention our offering of Tootsie Roll Pops and Starbursts.



Judge John Delaney (photo, right), as a member of the state bar, also attended.  He stopped by frequently between sessions, and was available to speak with anyone wanting to benefit from his long experience with digital reporting in the courtroom.  AAERT is very fortunate to have strong advocates in Texas, especially a knowledgeable one such as Judge Delaney.



Our Executive Director, Sherry Simmons



Left, Laurel Stoddard; right, Sherry Simmons




Exhibiting at this conference reinforced in our minds how important it is to educate the bar, the judiciary, court administrators, and the public at large about AAERT itself, and the fact that E-Reporting is an established, reliable alternative method of court reporting which brings proven benefits to the profession.

* * *

Thank you for representing us so well, Laurel and Sherry.

 

 

 



President's Message
The presidential elections are over and we are now transitioning to a new administration.  This is also a time of transition for AAERT.  Sherry Simmons continues to assume the responsibilities of Executive Director.  James Bowen accepted the position of Treasurer and he is working with William Wagner to assume those responsibilities.  Gail Armstrong and I are assuming the roles of Vice President and President, respectively.  The AAERT Board of Directors will meet in January, when we plan to discuss the formation of organizational committees.

The use of digital reporting increased dramatically in recent years.  The creation of an Advisory Board is under way.  Gillian Lawrence recruited an excellent group of industry professionals.  With the guidance of an Advisory Board, it is my hope that AAERT will be better equipped to address the increasing demands of E-Reporting.  This truly is an exciting and busy time for electronic reporters and transcribers.

However, there are benefits and drawbacks to growth.  AAERT is researching ways to best serve our membership.  This may require a slight increase in your membership dues, which will be a difficult decision for the Board.  Please remember that it is our goal and commitment to continue to be of benefit to membership.  The Board will do everything possible to keep your dues at a manageable level.
AAERT is a membership-driven association.  The Board of Directors is comprised of a group of volunteers who are professionals involved in all aspects of E-Reporting.  AAERT is in need of volunteers.  Are you interested in becoming more involved?  At least two Board of Director positions will be open in June.  Would you like to work on a committee?  Membership?  The newsletter?  Government Relations?  Education?  Annual conferences?  If you are interested in becoming more involved, please contact Sherry Simmons, aaert@comcast.net.

Kim McCright is the chair of our Government Relations Committee.  Kim is an invaluable resource in government relations.  AAERT cannot be of assistance with your legislative concerns if we are not aware of them.  It is easier for AAERT to address legislative matters before they become problems.  If there is legislative activity relating to E-Reporting in your area, please alert Kim McCright, kimberly@verbatimrt.com.

Gail Armstrong is busy working on the 2009 annual conference in Indiana.  It is going to be another interesting and educational conference.  Watch the website for more information.  If you are interested in volunteering to help with the conference, please contact Gail Malm Armstrong, gailmalm@tds.net.

Margaret Ann Morgan, CERT
        AAERT President     aaert@comcast.net

 

 

 

  OF NOTE:

Jim Bowen becomes AAERT Treasurer



At the turn of the year, Jim Bowen, CER (New Jersey), becomes AAERT's Treasurer.  We are fortunate to have someone with his qualifications assume these important responsibilities within the Association.

Jim's undergraduate degree is from Princeton University, and he later received an MBA from Rutgers University.  Since 1990 he has been a partner in J & J Court Transcribers, Inc., a certified state contracting agency in Hamilton, New Jersey.

Besides being one of AAERT's charter Directors, he served as our Vice-President in 1996 - 1997, and then as President for two terms, 1997 - 1999.  Jim also chaired the Certification Committee from its inception to 2004.

In his state's system he has been President of the Certified Transcribers Association of New Jersey (1992 - 1996), and he currently sits on the New Jersey State Transcribers Certification Board.

Jim and his wife, Lynn, have two daughters, Joanna and Jacqui.  They reside in Hamilton.



Each year the Association recognizes two of our certified fellow members, a reporter and a transcriber, for their professional achievements and contributions to our industry.
The nomination period is now open . . . click here for nominating details.

Prior recipients have come from both the private and public sectors, and in various parts of the country.  click here to view a list of our oustanding award winners from years past!.

2009's awards presentation will occur Tuesday evening, June 30, 2009, in the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, during AAERT's 16th Annual E-Reporting and E-Transcribing Conference.

Old sounds . . .
very old sounds . . .
150-year-old sounds . . .



Something else our schools didn't teach us quite as accurately as they might have done:
Edison did NOT, in fact, make the first permanent recording of the human voice.  A bit harder to remember, but the real pioneer's name was Edouard-Léon de Martinville.

This year in Paris, a team of historians headed by David Giovannoni successfully replayed De Martinville's April 9, 1860 recording, called a phonoautogram — sound waveform patterns etched onto soot-covered paper.

It's of an unknown female performer singing the French folk tune  Au Clair de la Lune — ("In the Moonlight").  Although playback was difficult, Giovannoni told the Associated Press, "It was magical, so ethereal."  True, this early effort was very primitive and quite short — but, hey, so was Edison's famous reading of the line "Mary had a little lamb," scratched onto his tinfoil cylinder nearly two decades later!

Read about / listen to this historic accomplishment at www.FirstSounds.org.

 

 

 

Submit questions
/ problems to
Randel Raison, CET**D
rraison@aplst.com

ask the pros . . .

  • Dear Pros,

    I'm working on a long trial and have a question about identifying examinations.  If a witness was called on day one and they went through DIRECT, CROSS, REDIRECT, RECROSS, and even FURTHER REDIRECT, and was then excused by the court, but now I'm on day five and the witness is being called again as a rebuttal witness, what examination should I start with?

    The Pros reply,

    Start the exam back at square one, but this time characterized as DIRECT EXAMINATION IN REBUTTAL.  Then continue with simple CROSS-EXAMINATION, etc.  And you won't need to disturb the index page format — just let that page number fall in the DIRECT column, as with everyone else.  But when a reader gets to that page, we think it's helpful to see this refinement — not critical, of course, but nice.

  • Dear Pros,

    Winter is upon us, and people already are coughing again — yes, directly into their microphones.  True, multi-channel recording can mitigate these effects, but is there anything I can do to ease the situation, short of strangling somebody with a cable?

    The Pros reply,

    You might want to keep a packet of cough lozenges in your kit, and at a break discreetly offer them to the cougher / coughers in question.

 

 

 

      The Nature of Words





I enjoy reading books by authors who delight in throwing in the occasional arcane or abstruse word.  Reginald Hill, who wrote many British police procedurals, is one such author, and I had pen in hand as I read one of his books recently, knowing I would come across a good many candidates for deciphering.

The first such word I ran across was melopeponic, which I did not find in even my unabridged dictionary — and one of the three references I found through Google was a quote from the very book I was reading!  A little research, though, in looking at the definition for melon, revealed that the English melon is short for the Greek melopépon, "apple-shaped melon," from mêlo(n), "apple," and pépon, "gourd."

Another word I found was pelf, referring to money or wealth, usually pejoratively, as in ill-gotten gains. Pelf comes to us via Middle English, from the Old French pelfre, "booty."

A character was described as philopolemic, a lover of argumentation. This word is from polemic, generally referring to a controversial argument, from the Greek polemikós, "of or for war," modified by the Greek prefix phílos, "loving."

Speaking of war-lovers, Rome's most organized and determined enemy was the Parthian Empire — and a sharp remark made in departing is still called a Parthian shot, theoretically from their cavalry's annoying habit of shooting arrows back at the enemy while in real or feigned retreat — (a fine example of this use is in Arthur Conan Doyle's  A Study in Scarlet, which introduced to the world a launcher of Parthian shots par excellence, Sherlock Holmes).

But remember, when tempted to close your own remarks with Parthian shots, that it's not very nice.     Just ask the Romans.

Laurel H. Stoddard,  CET
On The Record Reporting & Transcription, Inc.  (Austin, Texas)
laurel@ontherecordreporting.com     www.ontherecordreporting.com

 

 

 



Is this any way to run a railroad?
      (For now, it's the only way.)



A long freight train, loaded with lots of goodies, chugs into your town's train yard.  No single track area can accommodate the whole train.  What does the yardmaster do?

"Uncouple the first twenty cars and put them on Siding B;

send the next forty cars to Siding A; and

move the final ten — plus the caboose — onto Siding C."

So far, so good.

In the morning, when the train needs to get going again, somebody has got to get those cars re-coupled together, and in the same order, or it will never go anywhere.  Back to the yardmaster, who orders exactly the reverse of what he said the day before, and all is well.

But we're not really talking about trains and freight, we're talking about the files you create and use.  The trainyard is your computer drive (or its removable disk), and your files are the trains.  When you save a file, if there's sufficient storage space in one area of your disk to hold it, fine — there it goes to wait until you want to open it again.  If there's isn't enough room to accommodate the whole file in one area, your computer will carefully chop it into fragments, stuffing them into whatever spaces are available at that time.  When you call up the file again, it's reassembled in exactly the same order, and presented to you on screen.

Do that very many times with very many files, and your drive / disk will — (and notice that we're not saying it can, we're saying it will) — become a nightmare of scattered bits and pieces — a problem which takes more and more computer "busy-time" just trying to locate, identify, and then reassemble them when needed.

Indeed, sluggish performance is a prime symptom of badly fragmented files and poorly allotted remaining storage zones.  So if files are not popping into view as quickly as they once did, you need to pay some attention to what's going on in your trainyard.
The solution?  Defragment the drive / disk.

A number of "utility programs" are available, some free, which will do a sort and re-sort, then sort and re-sort again, until your computer's memory allocations are rational, contiguous, and compact.  Only then are files rapidly accessible when you want them.

Windows has a built-in defragmenter utility.  In XP, for example, you can find and use it at Start / Programs / Accessories, then System Tools / Disk Defragmenter.

And just how often should you run such a program?  Once a week is suggested for "power users," but at least once a month is a reasonable minimum goal — or you can instruct your computer to defragment itself behind the scenes at regular intervals, like every Friday afternoon when you're not normally working.  You may not notice it's busy getting back into shape in the background, but you will surely notice the improved performance.

NOTE:  A badly fragmented system can take quite awhile to get re-sorted into good order.  If it's taking an hour or so to do the job, you're not running the utility often enough.

 

 

 

  16th Annual E-Reporting
and Transcribing Conference


  28 - 30 June 2009
  Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
  One South Capitol Avenue
  Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

  www.indianapolis.hyatt.com


 

With great anticipation, AAERT is pleased to announce our 2009 Annual Conference will be held June 28 through 30, 2009, in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis.

Just blocks from the Capitol Building in the heart of downtown, the Hyatt is a luxurious conference setting with full amenities, multiple restaurants — and it's close to a throng of attractions found in downtown Indianapolis, all within walking distance.  Our conference hotel rate is reasonable, so all may attend and enjoy the program.  Indianapolis International Airport affords easy access from all parts of the country.

Why would you travel to the capital of corn country, and the crossroads of the Midwest, for the annual AAERT conference?  Each year's meeting offers a fast-paced program of topics directly related and appropriate to the daily jobs of electronic and digital reporters, transcribers and support staff. June 29 and 30, 2009 will be no exception.  AAERT has already lined up the following speakers:

  • Hon. Bruce C. Embrey, Senior Judge:  Judge Embrey has served the Indiana court system for many years and has led the way to courtroom reform in Indiana.

  • Lillian I. Morson:  Author of English Guide for Court Reporters.  You will find Ms. Morson to be engaging, instructional, a language expert as well as a class act in her presentation of grammar and punctuation perplexities.

  • Dr. Santo J. Aurelio, Ed.D.: Teacher of English grammar and medicolegal terminology. Dr. Aurelio is the author of How to Say It and Write It Correctly.  Dr. Aurelio offers a wealth of knowledge on grammar mysteries.

  • Petti Redding, OTR:  If you missed Ms. Redding at our 2008 conference, you missed one of the most valuable and helpful sessions presented at our conferences. She is a practicing hand and upper extremity therapist with a background in cumulative trauma disorders and work-related overuse injuries. Ms. Redding is entertaining, practical, and energetic. Learn if and how it is your office equipment that is causing you pain.

  • WordPerfect and Word breakout sessions:  These were very popular at the 2008 conference, and attendees asked for a repeat at the next conference. We received valuable handouts, and everyone wanted more.

  • Logansport Police Department and the Indiana State Police will be represented by two of its finest veteran officers. How does this relate to court reporters and transcribers? Besides the fact that we frequently report and transcribe police officers, learn how to protect your children from predators and drug use, to ensure your own personal security.
Other sessions are in the planning stage.  The conference will showcase a number of exhibiters demonstrating products and software that can help electronic reporters and transcribers enhance real-world productivity.

Those who seek certification can sit for AAERT's reporter and transcriber examinations on June 28th.

Why save the date?  Downtown Indianapolis is delightful in the summer.  It is one of the easiest cities to visit, economical for all, and with no lack of places to go and visit.  Don't miss the fountains with the spitting bison downtown at Monument Circle.  Aside from the fun of the conference, now as never before electronic reporters and transcribers must educate themselves and keep current with technology, preparing an expert record, and managing information.

The reality is that the demand for certified electronic / digital court reporters and transcribers is already exploding in the global market.  Digital recording is state of the art, real life, direct, unfiltered. and verifiable. Don't miss this chance to interact and make contact with other reporters, transcribers, and agency owners next summer in Indianapolis. You will not regret the trip or the days spent in Indianapolis.
With anticipation,
Your AAERT Board of Directors

 

 

 

Newly Certified Members   —   Fall 2008 Examinations

October 1st saw examinations conducted in Arlington, Virginia,
then on October 24th in Orlando, Florida;
and on October 25th in Tucson, Arizona;
Wilmington, Delaware; and
West Palm Beach, Florida.

Congratulations and our very best wishes to these candidates who earned their initial or upgraded certifications!
Alexandra Holly Austin, CET**D
Jennifer Carol Burke, CET**D
Cheri Anne DeMonico, CET**D
Bonnie Furlong, CET**D
Rhonda Kay Gattis, CET**D
James Anthony Gee, CET**D
Debra C. Giuffre, CET**D
Kenneth Joseph Kelemen, CER**D
Stephanie Marie McMeel, CET**D
Darcy Dean Murray, CET**D
Alenette Opena, CER**D
Judith Anne Park, CET**D
Randi L. Roker, CET**D
Marsha Darlene Self, CER
Michelle Lynn Semel, CER**D
Elizabeth Ann Silva, CERT*D
Florida
Virginia
Florida
Virginia
Florida
Florida
Arizona
Delaware
Florida
Florida
Florida
— New Hampshire    
Florida
Virginia
Florida
Arizona
Certificate

A general discussion of the program and a current schedule is at Certification Testing.

Steve Simon,  CERT
   Certification Chair — ctadss1@ocnjcc.org

 

 

 

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.

Corporate / Vendor Members

      Jennifer Molinaro
Argie Reporting Services
Shawnee, Kansas
argiereporting@kc.rr.com
www.argiereporting.com
      C.J. Sprague
Docu-ROM, Inc.
Akron, Ohio
cj@docurominc.com
www.docurominc.com
     
      Mike F. Turner
Freedom Court Reporting
Birmingham, Alabama  miketurner@freedomreporting.com  
www.freedomreporting.com
      Judith Wolf
Stenograph
Mt. Prospect, Illinois
jwolf@stenograph.com
www.stenograph.com
     
Members
Members who do not wish to appear in on-line listings are shown with initials only:
S.H.A., Illinois

Renée H. Anderson, Florida

Alexandra Holly Austin, Florida

F.M.B., Florida

S.L.B., North Dakota

Adele Joan Barbieri, Florida

Lancena Bizune, Florida

Sandra Lee Brooks, Florida

Jennifer Carol Burke, Virginia

Christie Marie Caropino, California

Rachita Datt, Ontario, Canada

Cheri Anne DeMonico, Florida

Jane Morris Drupieski, Maryland

Jenny Elliott, Colorado

Allison Lee Folie, Minnesota

Ellen Frogner, Florida

Bonnie Furlong, Virginia

P.G., California

Rhonda K. Gattis, Florida

Debra C. Giuffre, Arizona

Julie Beth Goodrich, Wisconsin

Christie Gorwitz, Florida

Steven Jay Green, Georgia

Jo Ann Greenwood, Washington

M.L.H., Florida

Kim Hall, California

Karen A. Hartmann, Pennsylvania

Tameko Myoshi Henry, Delaware

Andrea Houser, Texas

Brandy Houser, Florida

John F. Kilpatrick, Alabama

Marcia Kladek, Minnesota

Shelley M. Kohr, South Carolina

Karen L. Kornhauser, North Carolina

Patta Kirsten Johnson, Oregon

Marcella Mae Knopp, Florida

Mary K. Levy, Alabama

J.M., Texas

Amanda S. Maher, Maryland

Lisa Marie Martin, Florida

Jacquelyn Elenor McDavid, Florida

Stephanie Marie McMeel, Florida

Michelle Miller, Florida

Deana L. Moore, Texas

Evelyn Muñoz, Puerto Rico

Darcy Dean Murray, Florida

Brooke L. Myers, Florida

Elise C. Nagler, Florida

Andrea Norton, Georgia

Randi L. Roker, Florida

D.L.S., Pennsylvania

Lee Michelle Sapp, Florida

John F. Smith III, Pennsylvania

Irene Smith-Pierce, Delaware

D.S., Maryland

Patricia E. Temple, Delaware

Elizabeth Tice, Massachusetts

Anita Tyler, Texas

Carol Ellen Walrath, Florida

Christopher Watkins, Delaware

 

 

 

  A continuing reminder:   Pengad offers a significant membership benefit.

AAERT members receive Pengad's lowest catalog pricing on most court reporting supplies, regardless of quantity.
This means we do not have to buy in bulk to save.

Just identify yourself as an AAERT member when ordering, and you automatically receive this consideration on your purchases of

 
  • Transcript covers

  • Laser supplies

  • Data accessories

  • Stock forms

  • Mailing supplies

  • Index tabs, and much more.
 

800 631-6989   —   fax 800 631-2329   —   sales@pengad.com

www.pengad.com

Note:   Promotional items, billheads / invoices, business cards, flat or raised print stationery,
and printed mailing envelopes are not included in this benefit.

 

 

 

A continuing reminder:
      Liability / Disability Insurance Benefits Available for Members


Dear AAERT Members:

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We have secured the following discounted insurance programs, which we believe will help you immediately:

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  Disability and Business Overhead Expense

We have secured three discounted disability policies to fit any need or situation from three blue-chip insurance carriers.  These carriers will be offering discounts of up to 15% on these policies.

Feel free to call me at (520) 615-6385 to discuss the various risks these plans can protect you against, or to obtain a proposal.  Thanks.

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Greg Smith and Associates



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