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The Court Reporter

Editor: Gail Malm Armstrong, CER, CET Volume 19, Number 2 - Spring Edition


In This Issue

President's Message

Executive Corner

New Editor-in-Chief

AAERT Conference in Orlando, Florida

Shortcuts Corner

First Executive Forum

Financing a Dream

My Journey to Sochi, Russia

Digital Court Reporting in California

The Nature of Words

Punctuation is POWERFUL!

Mystery Words-Take the Challenge

Newly Certified Members

Welcome New Members

Online Certification and Recertification

Member Benefit Discounts

Shortcuts Corner
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Congratulations to our Newly Certified Members:

Please note: AAERT is in the process of trademarking our Certification Designations CER & CET. AAERT will no longer use the CERT designation as a "combined" designation after the members name. See the examples below with our newly certified members.

Karen L. Banks, CER, CET

Marcia Bisaga, CET

Debra Blevin, CET

Kathy DeMent, CET

Kelly Farrell, CET

Nancy A. Fulston, CER, CET

Gina M. Gattone, CET

April Hendrickson, CET

Kimberley Johnson, CER, CET

M. Kathy Keever, CER

Suchi Kumar, CET

Elaine Marie LaRosee, CET

Diane L. Laur, CET

Debra Grothmann Maheux, CET

Cammie McDavid, CER

Sharon L. Menck, CET

Susan Fifield Mentley, CER, CET
Washington, DC

Kimberly Moirano, CET

Doug Pearson, CER

George Quade, CER, CET

Sally Jo Quade, CER, CET

Ann Ramos, CET

Aimee Robinson, CET

Cheryl Sheffield, CET

Jodi Sherman, CER
North Dakota

Matthew Tate, CER, CET

Holly Rydel Walstead, CET

Kimberly Wold, CET


A Warm Welcome to ourNew Individual Members:

Linda Causero Anderson

Chelsea Baranoski

Mary Kate Babiarz
New York

Michael Breyer

Ronald Brino

Karen Camillo

Barbara Culliton

Laura Dellinger

Leigh Dempsey

Joanne Fayette
New York

Catherine Griffin

Linda Gundelach

Laura Kirby
South Carolina

Kay Maurer

Thelma Neal

Agatha Pak

Traci Danielle Pierce

Sue Chapman Rohlfs

Jean Shiffer
New Jersey

Vanita Tildon

Vanesa Valdez


New Corporate Member:

Lex Transcription Services
Gaynor Fries
North Carolina

AAERT Committees and Chairs

Buck Ewing

Geoff Hunt

  • Website:
    Geoff Hunt
  • Social Media:
    Gail Malm Armstrong, CER, CET
  • Newsletter:
    Gail Malm Armstrong, CER, CET
    Dena Page, CET
    Laurel Stoddard, CET

Conference Education:
Michele Lilley, CET

Government Relations:
Rick Russell

Margaret Morgan, CER, CET

AAERT Online Certification Exams, Recertification and CEUs

In January of 2014 AAERT implemented a new process for our exams for CER & CET designation titles. We are pleased to announce that our new Online Certification process is going smoothly, and we continue to improve the exam procedures and content as we move forward. You can view our Exam Calendar on our website under the Fees and Deadlines Tab.

Along with our Online Certification, we have incorporated a Recertification process for our CER and CET designations. This process is not something new to a certification process, but it is new to AAERT. Recertification allows our members to continue to raise the bar on their professionalism through continued education and community and association involvement.

Anyone holding a CER, CET, or a combination of both, and tested prior to January 1, 2013, will be required to be recertified with 2.0 CEU credits or take a one and a half hour class offered at our 2014 and 2015 conference prior to their 2015 membership renewal date.

Anyone holding a CER, CET or a combination of both, and tested after January 1, 2013, will be required to be recertified with 3.0 CEU credits before the expiration date on their Certification Certificate.

Further information can be found on the AAERT website on the Recertification Tab, or you may contact the AAERT Office.

AAERT will continue to update and improve our list of ways to earn CEUs, and members will be notified via email of these changes.

AAERT Member Benefits

Below is a reminder of the various Member Benefit Discounts we have for our AAERT members. For a complete listing and more information, check out our AAERT Members Benefits Page on our website.

American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers, Inc.

P.O. Box 9826
Wilmington, DE 19809


Hello @@first_name@@ - We hope you enjoy this issue of The Court Reporter. Don't forget that you can submit an article and earn CEU credits if the article is published. Please send your articles, comments regarding this publication or format suggestions to Gail at

Gail Armstrong named as The Court Reporter Editor-in-Chief
by Geoffrey Hunt, AAERT Communications Committee Chair

Gail Malm Armstrong began her legal career as a secretary for Robert Leirer Justice in Logansport, Indiana in 1975. When Mr. Justice
became Judge of the Cass Circuit Court, Gail served as his official
court reporter. In 1980, Gail left the Cass Circuit Court and began
work as a freelance court reporter.

In the year 2000, Gail received her certification as an E-Reporter and E-Transcriber from the American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers, AAERT. In 2007, AAERT named her "Court Reporter of the Year” at the San Antonio, Texas annual conference. That same year, Gail was elected as Vice-President of AAERT and served as an AAERT Board member from 2007 to 2010.

Gail was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in Willoughby, Ohio along Lake Erie

She attended the Wilson School of Court Reporting in Indianapolis, Indiana

She speaks Spanish and is currently learning American Sign Language.

Gail is a member of the American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers, National Court Reporters Association, and the Indiana Shorthand Reporters Association.

Most recently, Gail has headed the Communications Committee’s Social Media division. Her tireless research provides valuable content and material relevant to the court reporting community. In addition, Gail has been a contributing writer and editor for The Court Reporter.

For all of these reasons, we are very pleased to announce the appointment of Gail Armstrong as the new Editor-in-Chief for AAERT’s quarterly newsletter, The Court Reporter. Congratulations Gail, and good luck from all of us!

President's Message

by James Bowen, CER

Spring has finally arrived to central New Jersey after a miserably cold and snowy winter, and not a moment too soon. I cannot recall a past winter that has wreaked such havoc on court calendars. Thanks to snowstorms, ice storms, power outages and a few federal holidays, many courts in our region were closed for twenty-five percent of February. Other regions of the country were affected as well with court closings and delays even sweeping through...

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Executive Corner

by Michael F. Tannen, CSEP

This will be the last article in my series "Plan B” before our upcoming AAERT Conference in Orlando, Florida in June. It is about the heart. No, it’s not about our own heart and how to stay healthy, even though we should and probably all can do better. No, it’s about something that’s been around for a while, but now we have a new name for it. It’s about the Heartbleed Bug. This serious and vulnerable "bug” is a threat to all of us that use computers, send emails, and use a cloud for storage and on and on and on. It’s another reason why ...

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AAERT is looking forward to bringing you the 21st Annual Conference for the electronic court reporting and transcribing professional. We continue to strive to offer attendees more networking opportunities, interesting and useful sessions, while still affording time to unwind with friends and colleagues.
Early Member Pricing is only $340 per person for a full conference and $175 per person if you elect to purchase a One-Day Pass. Early Pricing ends on May 16th. So don't wait. For a full list of sessions and complete pricing guidelines, check out our AAERT website or call the AAERT Office for further information.
On Thursday, June 19th, we are offering our Corporate and Vendor Members the Executive Forum Session starting at 3pm. There will be presentations and discussions with our Technology Vendors, who will also be exhibiting during the conference. Be sure to look for further information in your inbox next month.

We begin Friday with our Opening General Speaker, Matt Benefiel, Trial Court Administrator for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida. There will be sessions throughout the day, ending with a trip to the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida.

Saturday will start with breakfast and our popular Round Table Discussions. One of our later sessions will be on Etiquette and Professionalism. We have invited Macy's to showcase some of the current fashions to wear in the courtroom and during depositions. Look for the Macy's Gift Cards to be presented to some lucky attendees throughout the conference days.

For a full list of sessions and speakers, just click here.

Hotel Information:
The Villas of Grand Cypress, Orlando, Florida
Deadline to Reserve your Hotel Room is May 16th, 2014
AAERT Room Rate: $149 per night, plus tax and a $10 porterage fee
Hotel Reservations via Phone: 800-835-7377 (mention AAERT)

The Villas of Grand Cypress is located just outside the Disney main throughway, only 3.4 miles away from Downtown Disney. We're even close enough to Epcot that you may find the right spot to view the evening fireworks.

Enjoy this short video of the Villas of Grand Cypress to see what you'll experience in June.

First AAERT Executive Forum

Informative.Thought Provoking.Idea Generating.Networking.Opportunity.

by Buck Ewing, AAERT Vice President

These are just some of the words owners and executives called out at the final wrap-up session during AAERT’s first Executive Forum held on March 7 and 8, 2014 in Virginia.

The "green” certified Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel, just outside Washington D.C., was a perfect venue for a day-and-a-half meeting of decision-makers at E-Reporting and transcription companies.

The goal of the Executive Forum is for owners and executives to exchange information and to increase collegiality, understanding, cooperation, and capability. Executives from the U.S. and Canada met to compare their stories and their practices with others.

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Financing a Dream

by Lisa Luciano, CET & Ilene Watson, CET
(Access Transcripts, LLC)

A little more than a year ago we decided to venture into business together and we created Access Transcripts, LLC. We were fortunate to have a large contract already in place upon formation of the company, and that kept steady work coming our way while we sought to expand our court base. When we started Access, our one big dream was to attend the AAERT conference with our company profits. Our business plan consisted of ...

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MyJourney to Sochi, Russia
"Моя поездка к Сочи, России"

by Valori Weber, CET, Weber Reporting

Sochi is a city in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, located on the Black Sea coast near the border between Georgia / Abkhazia and Russia. The area of the city proper is 176.77 square kilometers (68.25 sq mi). According to the 2010 Census, the city had a permanent population of 343,334, up from 328,809 recorded in the 2002 Census, making it Russia's largest resort city. Being part of the Caucasian Riviera, it is one of the very few places in Russia with a subtropical climate, with warm to hot summers and mild winters.


While we may have watched the 2014 Olympics from the comfort of our homes, AAERT’s Valori Weber attended in person. Would you like to know some of the details? Please read further. Gail Malm Armstrong was privileged to interview AAERT member Valori Weber who attended the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.

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Digital Court Reporting in California

by Richard A. Friant, CER

I am an AAERT-Certified Digital Reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, United States, and I have been reporting for nearly eight years. The bulk of my work is done for Federal agencies in their regional offices in Oakland or San Francisco, but I do a fair amount of travel in the western United States. Additionally, I report for a few local and state agencies as well as occasional arbitration hearings. What does my job as a Digital Court Reporter entail? I will do my best to provide an overview in this first installment.

The two most common types of court reporting are stenographic and electronic or digital, though there are others such as voice mask reporting. This article will focus on the subject of electronic or digital court reporting. Stenographic reporting is ...

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The Natureof Words
by Laurel Stoddard, CET

As I stood holding my 12-year-old Chihuahua in the examining room of a veterinary eye doctor, I wondered, had some mote in Rosie's eye caused her eye problem?

That tiny word mote means speck or tiny particle; it's been with us for over a thousand years, from the Old English mot, speck.

A more archaic use of the word mote means...

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Punctuation is Powerful!

by Antoinette Franks, CET

Punctuating HOWEVER
Comma, commas, or no comma?

When you can substitute "no matter how" for "however," you would not use surrounding commas.

Ex: However much he wanted to go to the theatre, they wound up going to the art show.

Ex: However thick the ice actually was, it looked ominous to skate on.

Ex: Every painting, however subtle, gets its own wall in the museum.


In the above examples "however" is not acting as a conjunction or a connector, so no comma is needed.


If you can substitute "nevertheless" for "however," ....

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Mystery Words - Take the Challenge
(words discovered reading mysteries)

____ 1. graben
a. liver-colored
____ 2. hebetate
b. password
____ 3. ebenezer
c. weekly
____ 4. shibboleth
d. boredom
____ 5. quotidian
e. lethargy
____ 6. hebdomadal
f. essential reference
____ 7. hepatic
g. ordinary
____ 8. lassitude
h. blunt
____ 9. ennui
i. down-thrust fault block
____ 10. vade mecum
j. stone maker



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