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The Court Reporter Summer 2014
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The Court Reporter           

Editor: Gail Malm Armstrong, CER, CET                    Volume 19, Number 3 - Summer Edition
Editor: Laurel Stoddard, CET


In This Issue

President's Message

Executive Corner

Recertification and CEUs

AAERT Conference in Orlando, Florida

Shortcuts Corner

Annual Conference Highlights

How to Train Your Dragon

Crystal Clear Audio - How?

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
by SpeedTypeTM

How would you like to be able to save some keystrokes at your keyboard?
How about lots and lots of keystrokes?
Check out some keystroke-saving techniques

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 member's name. See the examples below with our newly certified members.

Tim Atkinson, Jr., CER

Keren Berkovitz, CET
New York

Ronald Brino, CET

Laura Dellinger, CET

Leigh Dempsey, CET

Eileen Dhondt, CET

Amber Durr, CER, CET

Donna Rae Gibson, CET

Catherine M. Griffin, CET

Linda Gundelach, CET

Brijea N. Hackett, CET

Lisa Hulm, CET
North Dakota

David Jones, CER
Washington, DC

Joy Kummel, CET

Elaine Marie LaRosee,

Susan M. Leong, CET

Marguerite Leverenz, CET

Kay Maurer, CET

Michelle Morales, CET
New York

Jennifer Murray, CET
West Virginia

Agatha Pak, CET

Traci Danielle Pierce, CET

Shari Riemer, CET
New York

Debbie K. Serio, CET

Jo Shank, CET

JoAnn C. Simpson, CET

Sheryl Smith, CET
North Carolina

Vanita Tildon, CET

Betty Toms, CET

Sherri Tye, CET

Sara Winkeljohn, CET

Michelle Yenchochic, CET
Washington, DC


A Warm Welcome to our New Individual Members:

Keren Berkovitz
New York

Julie Beth Brown

Carolyn Cappello Burns

Marlo Carter
New York

Debbie Courville

Margaret (Meg) Dastrup

Eileen Dhondt

Sarah Dial
North Dakota

Lindsey Evatt

Dorothy Gravelle

Brijea Hackett

Christine Celeste Hawthorne

Ann Johnson

Donia Kessler
North Dakota

Karen Koster
New York

Meghan Kruse

Marguerite Leverenz

Michael Lieschke

Terri Lynn Lochte

Debra Mannino

Shelby Lyn Marshall

Kim McCaslin

Jen Metcalf

Jennifer Murray
West Virginia

Kerry Ann Osborne

Joseph Matthew Parent

Karen Renner

Beth Roots
Washington, DC

Tyesha Latoria Scott

Anushka Sookdeo
Trinidad and Tobago

Lenora Wargo
New Jersey

Sara Winkeljohn

Patricia J. Wood

Karen L. Zubris


New Corporate Members:

ARS Reporting
Jennifer Molinaro

Brown & Meyers Reporting
Kate Meyers

Birch Creek Communications, Inc.
June Marek

New Vendor Members:

BIS Digital, Inc.
Clancey Smith

Stenograph, L.L.C.
William A. Plasschaert

AAERT Committees and Chairs

Geoffrey Hunt

  • Website:
    Geoffrey Hunt
  • Social Media:
    Gail Malm Armstrong, CER, CET
  • Newsletter:
    Gail Malm Armstrong, CER, CET

Conference Education:
Ray Vetter, CER

Tonie Wallace

Government Relations:
Rick Russell

Steve Townsend

AAERT Online Certified 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

Watch our Vendor Member Videos from our 2014 Conference

President's Message

by Buck Ewing

It was great! Last month at the Villas of Grand Cypress in Orlando, we celebrated our 21st annual conference with the highest turnout ever. The sessions were well-designed, and the Grand Cypress was an inviting environment for easy gathering and great conversation. We also held our first Executive Forum for Vendors. Five of the industry’s leading court recording and reporting equipment companies—FTR, JAVS, Liberty, Veri-Core, and Visionary—presented their latest software and hardware, all demonstrating new portable reporting kits.

We want to again thank our keynote speaker Matt Benefiel, Trial Court Administrator for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida; our session presenters....

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Executive Corner

by Michael F. Tannen, CSEP

At times, surveys can be stressful. Example: A coworker talks to another coworker and suggests that we survey our members. They both agree. The coworker calls a member and asks an open-ended question, “What do you want?” The member replies, “To be left alone. This is my 5th survey already this month”. Ouch! Yes, surveys can be stressful and at times annoying, but without input, associations, committees, boards and management are not able to understand the changing needs of its members.

During our June conference in Orlando, we asked attendees... 

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(Some of our attendees, on a site visit at the Orange County Courthouse.)

Essential AAERT - Annual Conference Highlights

by Dena Page, CET

AAERT's 21st annual conference was both precedent-setting and unsurpassed in the history of AAERT. Over 120 people attended the 2014 AAERT annual conference in Orlando, Florida. The Villas of Grand Cypress provided a perfect place to relax, meet like-minded people, and learn about the latest advances in the industry.

Thursday afternoon began with an Executive Forum for corporate and vendor members opened by Board Member Buck Ewing.  Included were presentations by FTR, JAVS, BIS, Veri-Core, SpeedType and Visionary (CHECK OUT THE VIDEOS FROM EACH OF THESE VENDOR MEMBERS ON OUR WEBSITE-MEMBER BENEFITS PAGE). Executive Forum is an opportunity for firm owners to meet, discuss current issues, and brainstorm together.

Thursday evening was capped with a lovely welcome reception kicking off the full conference.  Everyone enjoyed beverages, tasty hors d'oeuvres while mixing, laughing, and listening to the beautiful sound of steel drums and guitar music in a tropical setting.

We had some industry leaders as speakers this year....

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How to Train Your Dragon -- Er, Transcriber

by Laurel Stoddard, CET

The foundation of good transcription is words, words, and more words; not just spelled right but correct in context. The individuals who will make the best transcribers are those who are not necessarily the most facile speakers but those whose brains hold a prodigious store of words, and it's okay if they don't know how to pronounce them all.

I laughed aloud years ago when I heard an anecdote that Garrison Keillor, of Prairie Home Companion fame, told on himself. As a young reader he had a collection of words....

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Crystal Clear Audio - How?

by Richard A. Friant, CER

As a Certified Digital Reporter, one who records the sounds of a hearing or other type of administrative meeting, your recording can be only as good as the recording equipment on which you record. Some of the most important pieces of equipment in the recording chain are the microphones that are used to capture the audio. In this article we’ll talk about the basic microphone types, their uses and applications for Digital Reporters, and a few tips on keeping your microphones in good working order.

There are three main types of microphones – dynamic, condenser, and ribbon -- though we will focus on the two that are most commonly used in the Digital Reporter’s kit, the dynamic and the condenser. Without going into great technical detail, dynamic and condenser microphones differ in how ....

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AAERT Recertification and CEUs

As most of you are already aware, AAERT is now requiring continuing education units (CEUs), along with other requirements to maintain certification status with us. The other necessary requirements are that you maintain your membership with AAERT, and that you submit the required form, along with your recertification fee and proof of your education activity in a timely manner.

For those certified members who have received their certifications before January 1, 2013, you are required to earn 2.0 CEU credits by your membership expiration date in 2015. You will submit the completed form entitled "Certified Electronic Reporter (CER) / Certified Electronic Transcriber (CET) AAERT Recertification Application 2.0". (Specific information regarding policies and procedures can be found directly on the form.) Along with this form, you will need to provide proof of your education activities, along with your recertification fee of $50. If you attended the Recertification Session at the June 2014 conference, you will not need to submit the fee.

Members who were certified before January 1, 2013 may use previous AAERT conference attendance, previous industry-related conferences, previous college courses, and previous AAERT or industry-related speaking opportunities as ways to earn your 2.0 CEUs. This is the ONLY opportunity to use previous educational activities towards your CEU credits. If you are unsure whether a particular activity will be approved for CEU credit, please contact us.

For those certified members who have received their certifications after January 1, 2013, you are required to earn 3.0 CEU credits by your certification expiration date, which can be found directly on your certificate you received upon earning your certification status. It is not on your AAERT membership ID card. The date shown on that card is your membership expiration date.

You will be required to submit the completed form entitled "Certified Electronic Reporter (CER) / Certified Electronic Transcriber (CET) AAERT Recertification Application 3.0". (Specific information regarding policies and procedures can be found directly on the form.) Along with this form, you will need to provide proof of your education activities, along with your recertification fee of $100.

All of the above information, along with other important information, can be found on AAERT's website at the "Certification Online Info" tab. The forms, as well as more information regarding recertification can be found at the "Recertification" link on the right-hand side of the page.

The Nature of Words
by Laurel Stoddard, CET

As I am wont to do, I was reading a mystery the other night. I came to a passage where the protagonist described a person he was interviewing as rebarbative.  The sense was clear from context, and I formed the mental image of a person with the appearance of a cactus, prickly, with a don’t-get-too-close attitude.  The word comes very little changed from the French rébarbatif , from Old French rebarber  to repel (an enemy), to withstand (him) face to face...

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Punctuation is Powerful!

by Antoinette Franks, CET

The Double Dash: I Change My Mind

What is the double dash? What is its function? The double dash can be very effective to use, but can often be confused in its function if you are not clear on its purpose. A double dash, two hyphens together, are used expressly for two purposes: 1) To illustrate a change in thought; and, 2) To illustrate an incomplete thought or sentence; what some might call....


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

____ 1. malacology
a. relating to a writer of aphorisms
____ 2. rebarbative
b. foreshadow
____ 3. halcyon
c. liveliness, willingness
____ 4. gnomic
d. milky
____ 5. alacrity
e. study of mollusks
____ 6. minatory
f. tranquil, carefree
____ 7. specious
g. fearful
____ 8. timorous
h. repellent
____ 9. lacteous
i. menacing
____ 10. adumbrate
j. deceptively attractive



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