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Taking Charge of Change
AAERT 2015 Annual Conference
by Margaret Ann Morgan, CER, CET
Chair, 2015 Conference Education Committee

The AAERT annual conference will be held on June 25-27 at the downtown Minneapolis Marriott. Whether you are a first-timer or a veteran, you will find interesting educational sessions to assist and support you in your digital reporting and transcription career. Many thanks to committee members Tammy Halonen, SueLynn Morgan, Nathan Peck, Tina Schaeffer, and Cheryl Wallat who volunteered their time and energy to create a stimulating agenda with talented industry professionals to present on a variety of topics.

The focus this year is "Taking Charge of Change." When you stay current with technology advancements and incorporate those in your work, you take charge of change. Staying up to date and educated allows you to embrace change instead of fearing it, and we remain a valuable asset to the industry. As the use of digital reporting continues to expand, so does the demand for digital court reporters and transcribers.

2014 was the year for challenges: The ice bucket challenge for ALS and more fitness challenges to list. Moving forward, AAERT challenges its members to take charge of change!

For the conference educational sessions, AAERT partnered with its members, local professionals, Minnesota State Court Administration, Hennepin County District Administration, and the Minnesota Judicial Branch. Hennepin County District Court Chief Judge Peter Cahill and Stevens County District Court Judge Gerald Seibel will talk about their experiences in the judiciary and with digital reporting. Since courts are shifting to a paperless environment, Minnesota State Court Administration will instruct on electronic filing. In the Courts Around the World presentation, you will learn how advanced digital reporting and transcription is in Singapore, London, Ireland, Australia, and elsewhere. Member Cherri Brown will present on how voice recognition changed her business, including a demonstration. We will hear from computer security expert Mark Lanterman representing Computer Forensic Services.

During the session The Record: Capture to Transcription, session members Lisa Dees and Tina Schaeffer instruct on capturing an accurate record, including shortcuts and tips using Microsoft Word. Dana Bartocci from Hennepin County District Administration will guide attendees in how to effectively identify and apply their natural talents and skills using the Meyers-Briggs/Keirsey Personality Indicator. Before the conference, complete the assessment at to discover your personality type. Are you guardians, idealists, rationals, or artisans? We will learn how to take advantage of our natural talents and skills to succeed on the job.

At the annual membership meeting, AAERT leadership will expound on exciting association developments, including an interactive session on the website and social media. Bring your laptops or tablets.

A conference highlight is a tour of the Hennepin County Central Monitoring Room. You will not want to miss this. The Hennepin County District Court Central Monitoring Room was the AAERT award recipient in 2012. Now is your chance to see why. You will be impressed!

On Saturday after the closing reception, gather for an optional social outing/pub crawl taking the Green Line from downtown Minneapolis to downtown Saint Paul and back, with a few stops and dinner along the way. It will be an exciting conference with plenty of opportunity to communicate with industry professionals, learn, and socialize. Take this opportunity to enlarge your network of colleagues, converse with industry peers, and meet new friends who share your profession.


Margaret Morgan, CER, CET



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