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Best Executive Forum Yet

by Michael Tannen, CSEP, AAERT Executive Director

 

“Paradigm Shift: an important change that happens when the usual way of thinking about or doing something is replaced by a new and different way.” This was the leading theme of our Executive Forum that was held in Orlando, Florida this past March. With so much discussion swirling around the court reporting industry, the lack of stenographers in our courts, and the lack of stenographers graduating from court reporting schools, the time was right to have an open discussion about our industry. A new and different way for some, but for AAERT members, a way that we have been utilizing and improving for over 25 years. It was important to start a larger discussion for everyone involved now.

The idea was easy. The mechanics of making this work and having the right speakers to open the dialogue was met with hard work. Leading the committee was our Corporate Member, Past Board Member, and Past President, Gillian Lawrence, CER, CET. She was able to pull together a strong committee that is dedicated to our industry and has many years of knowledge and experience which helped to drive this Executive Forum forward. Gillian and her committee should be very proud of the end result, an open discussion where participants left the Forum with a better understanding of Electronic Court Reporting, how it works, and the tools needed to implement it successfully.

This year, we opened up the Executive Forum to not just our Corporate Members, but to the courts, steno schools, and steno firm owners. We wanted to educate the courts about ER, while showing the schools how training can be accomplished, and lastly to demonstrate to firm owners how to incorporate ER into their business practices -- a new and different way.

We were pleased and happy to start our Forum with Martin “Marty” Block, Ph.D., Past President of NCRA. “Today is the “Someday” that people in our industry have talked about for more than 30 years…”. His opening remarks explained that choices made will serve to build our industry. It was a great opening with a room packed to its limit. The only voice you heard was Marty’s, a fantastic presentation.

Throughout the Forum, we had live demonstrations of ER technology, the use of log annotations, panel discussions on transitioning to ER, training, education, certification, and lessons learned from the past. We heard from Martin Gruen, Deputy Director Emeritus, Center for Legal and Court Technology, William & Mary School of Law on the past and future of ER. Lastly was an open discussion on AI-Artificial Intelligence and how this technology meshes with our industry.

AAERT 2019 Executive Forum encouraged all the participants to envision new ways of thinking and explore the possibilities of taking a new path that will provide a viable solution while educating, training, and adopting the technology that is current reality. If nothing else, we got the conversation started. Now it’s up to us, as an industry and as an organization, to continue the dialogue. Our next stop in this journey will occur on June 20 to 22, 2019, in Louisville, Kentucky at our 26th annual AAERT Conference. Our space is very limited, so register today.

See you in Louisville!

Michael Tannen, CSEP, AAERT Executive Director

mtannen@aaert.org


 

 

 

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