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President's Message - October 2015
by: Buck Ewing

Dear AAERT Colleagues,

AAERT is on target and on the move!

In June, we unveiled our new logo and tagline—The Record That Speaks for Itself. In September, we launched a new website that we can all be proud of. It's well-organized, with balanced navigation buttons and drop-down menus, and a place for an expanding library of reference information.

We're also exploring what products and services you might want to purchase at the website’s shopping cart. If you have any suggestions or ideas, please send them to To put our best foot forward with the public, Executive Director Michael Tannen, CSEP produced our new booth backdrop. All of the logos in our social media platforms—WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn—have been changed over to our new look. We now have a comprehensive branding package.

We still have much to look forward to.

We just posted Ways To Earn CEUs on the website, thanks to the combined efforts of Tonie Wallace-Aitken, chair of the Education Committee; Ray Vetter, CER, chair of the Certification Committee; and Geoffrey Hunt, chair of the Communications Committee.

Take a look at Keep Educating Yourself, located under the Certification or Education tab.

From September 22-24, 2015, AAERT exhibited at the Court Technology Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. CTC is the premiere conference for the latest in court technology. Of the 79 exhibitors at the conference, the eight you're most familiar with are AAERT, NCRA, NACM, CourtSmart, FTR, JAVS, Liberty Recording, and TheRecordXchange.

The main take-away from the conference is that court technology is in rapid transition.

Geoffrey Hunt and Michael Tannen represented us at CTC. Over the last three conferences we noticed a sea-change in attendees’ interest in AAERT. Back in 2011, court administrators and judges passed by our booth, perhaps said hello, and maybe even picked up a brochure. In 2013, some attendees stopped by and asked questions, and some said their courts were considering digital reporting. In 2015, many stopped by to talk with us because their courts had moved or decided to move to digital reporting. They were eager to learn about best practices, education, and training.

The ways by which we communicate are in transition. People congregate in groups even as they interact with their mobile devices. Computers increase processing speed, bandwidth, and program efficiency. New devices continually emerge (smart phones, tablets, watches). Audio and video improve. The Cloud changes our work. Judges, jurors, witnesses, and attorneys can interact remotely. Evidence is processed remotely. Transcription and interpreting are performed remotely. Parts that were fixed now are moving. Court models are evolving. Because the goal of the court manager is to produce an accurate record, questions asked are: What is the record? What is the best option? The least expensive? The easiest and most convenient? Which method offers the greatest benefit?

Courtroom paradigms are changing, and production models are emerging that have far-reaching implications for what we do.

AAERT exhibited at the Mid-Atlantic Association for Court Management (MAACM) on October 25-28, 2015 in Long Branch, New Jersey. MAACM members are from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. We're grateful to Jim Bowen, CER and Michael Tannen for representing us at MAACM.

For all of us it's time to be vigilant about court technology, court and business models, and production tools and options. Get involved with AAERT! Get as close to the action as possible. If you donate a fraction of your time, you'll get far more back. I know how busy all of us are, but if you contribute just two to four hours each month, you'll benefit. Take on a single task. Participate on a project. Serve on a committee or subcommittee. If you're ready to jump-in, you'll get the benefit of new viewpoints, new interactions, and the valuable support and connections of your colleagues in AAERT.

Are you ready to meet the challenge to make AAERT the preeminent association in your industry? Then e-mail or call Michael Tannen or Sherry Simmons, CER at the AAERT office. Michael’s email is, and his telephone number is 1-800-233-5306. Sherry’s email is, and her direct line is 1-302-475-2173.

Best wishes for a happy autumn.

With Best Regards,

Buck Ewing

President, AAERT






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