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The Court Reporter

Volume 16, Number 2 - Pre-Conference 2011



In This Issue

President's Message

AAERT Conference June 23rd Scottsdale

Executive Corner

Annual Business Meeting, June 24th Board Nominees / Proxy

2011 Transcriber of the Year

In Memoriam
Elizabeth A. Eastman

The Nature of Words

Say Good-Bye to your Website Blues

Cloudy - With a Chance of Winning

Newly Certified Members

Welcome New Members

ANNUAL Business Meeting being held on June 24th, 2011 at Talking Stick Resort / Casino

Nominations for the Board and Requested Bylaw Changes

Nominee Information and Proxy Forms available

Three Board positions are open with AAERT. Nominated members who are running for the Board are:

Michele Lilley, CET*D
Phoenix, AZ

Rick Russell
Washington, DC

Tina Schaeffer, CERT
Dover, DE

David Welch
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Please review the above Voting Proxy that describes the recommended Bylaw Changes. Members attending the Annual Meeting will be able to vote at that time. Members not in attendance may complete a Proxy Form.

Voting Proxies must be submitted by members to the AAERT Office by Monday, June 13th, 2011 who are not attending the Annual Meeting.

Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, June 24th at 3:30pm in Scottsdale, Arizona.


Congratulations to our Newly Certified Members:

Chrysta Bailey, CERT*D Washington

Douglas C. Bettis, CET

Alice H. Blackburn, CET*D Kentucky

Thomas Andrew Denmark, CER*D


Carol Susan England, CET*D


Mary Lou Leidig, CET Maryland

Patty Young Lerding, CET*D Kentucky

Melissa Ann Looney, CET*D Tennessee

Patricia Ann Lucas, CET*D Kentucky

Nanette Maher, CET*D

Toni Michelle McCall, CET*D North Carolina

Lindsey N. McMichael, CER*D Kentucky

Misty R. Peto, CET*D

Ariel Saldana, CER*D


Andrea Rennette Sohun, CERT*D
Trinidad and Tobago

Cheryl Ann Temple, CER*D Florida


Nicole M. Wiest, CERT*D Wisconsin

A Warm Welcome to our New AAERT Members:

Jennifer Apes

LaRae V. Arnold

Justin Fellar Blakeney

Patricia Brune

Kimberly Marie Clay
New Jersey

Jonathan Cunningham
North Carolina

Cheryl L. Dexter

Jaclyn Lynae Dingwerth

Wanda Eshleman


Melissa Ashley Fox

Diana Fuller

Cynthia A. Grigg

Diane Harris

Jill F. Hoblick

Eric Johnson

Richard E. Katz
West Virginia

Sonja Larkins

Susan M. Leong

Anna M. Leon-Grochowski

Erik Lige

Melissa Ann Looney

Nelda Joan Medchill

Garry Moore


Wendy Schneider

Kimberly G. Silverman

Sabrina L. Smith

Christi Taylor

Brandon Townsend


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President's Message

In business, success relies on one's ability to respond and adapt to the constantly changing market trends, technologies and economy. Innovation and efficiency are key to navigate through the breadth and pace of these changes we face today, not only in our industry, but in our world. We chose as our new host because of the built-in features to create an on-line community for our members. Creative, innovative solutions are frequently borne when we are sharing our knowledge and experiences.

For several decades, AAERT members relied on one-to-one or self training to obtain the skills to become electronic reporters and transcribers. Being an "old-timer myself" I remember pre-Internet days, and running up expensive phone bills talking to colleagues all across the country. Today, the avenues to obtain information are endless and much of it is free. The search and analysis process can be exhausting. AAERT remains the most reliable and direct source for information on electronic reporting. As we continue to build and transfer informative pages for you, I strongly encourage you to begin using the site by creating forums and making connections with your on-line network of professionals. We began AAERT believing if we build it, they will come. And you did. Now we are providing you with the tools to build your own community within AAERT.

One of our mentors, Sunny Peer sadly passed away in 2008. With her, she took decades of AAERT history. More recently, our 2006 Transcriber of the Year, Betty Eastman also passed away. Upon reading her very impressive obituary, I realized some of our members have made extraordinary gains in a quiet and humble way. While we fought to obtain recognition for the viability of our method, Betty was working on high profile government cases that required the highest level of confidentiality. We did not know we already had one of our own at the very top. There is a wealth of information among us. Start a forum, ask questions, share your stories, collaborate on problems and innovate solutions. I encourage you to explore a new feature each week, and familiarize yourself with these tools to enhance your professional success.

I wish to thank Stacie Jergenson for her time and commitment as a Director on our Board, and as a member of the Planning Task Force.  Stacie resigned in April for personal reasons.  She wished us the best in the future, as we do her, and she remains devoted to the AAERT membership and their collective goals.



Conference 2011 at Talking Stick Casino / Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona

AAERT is proud to bring you our 18th Annual Conference for the Electronic Reporter and Transcriber professional. This year AAERT is offering attendees more networking, enduring sessions and time to unwind with friends and colleagues.

Our conference will be in the beautiful surroundings of Scottsdale, Arizona at the newly built Talking Stick Casino / Resort. Attendees will be surrounded by the landscape of the desert and sun while attending sessions in a modern, relaxed and fun-filled resort. Talking Stick is offering our attendees free wireless throughout the conference rooms and well-appointed guest rooms, as well as no resort fees. Sleeping Rooms and Meeting Rooms are Non-Smoking. Smoking is allowed in the casino area.

Check out all the educational sessions we have planned for you on Friday and Saturday. We'll kick off our conference on Thursday with our Welcome Reception, Sponsored by AAERT and Veri-Core. Friday starts with a Continental Breakfast, followed by our General Session "Memory Magic" with speaker Paul Mellor. After a full day of sessions and our afternoon Annual Meeting, come relax with friends at our AAERT and EasyScribe / Record Solutions Sponsored Reception.

Saturday will begin with our Breakfast Roundtables, along with another full day of sessions. In the evening, join us for our Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation. Our guest speaker for this evening will be the Honorable William J. O'Neill, Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Arizona Supreme Court.

To REGISTER and for a full list of times and topic descriptions, check out our Conference Homepage.

Conference Pricing:
Regular Registration: $275 for members and $325 for non-members. Regular registration ends on June 15th.
Registration fee does not include the Annual Dinner ticket. $95 per person.
On-Site Registration: $300 for members and $350 for non-members.
Registration fee does not include the Annual Dinner ticket. $105 per person.

Additional Ticket Items:
Social Package Only: $130 per person (Thursday Welcome Reception, Friday Sponsored Reception and Saturday Annual Dinner)

Hotel Accommodations:
The Talking Stick has agreed to offer our attendees a $106 room rate, plus tax. Don't delay -- make your room reservations today as the deadline for this special rate is now June 13th, 2011.

You may book your room by phone: 866-877-9897, advise them you're attending the AAERT 2011 Annual Meeting

Executive Corner 

Well, it's been just over one year for me as your Executive Director, and I have to say that it's been a learning experience, enjoyable and challenging, all at the same time. Working with associations is my passion. Building strong, knowledgeable boards and allowing them to discover their leadership within is what I strive for. I was very happy to see the four nominees who submitted to run for a board position with AAERT. All of them have a passion for the industry and are willing to share their enthusiasm and expertise to this Association, and I wish them all the best of luck.

As Laurel Stoddard, CET discusses about "change" in her article below, change is something that I recommend to all my boards. Don't be afraid to make some adjustments, make some forward movements and to change the course of actions as an association leader. I ask you, where would we be... For the Full Article...

2011 Transcriber of the Year is Announced

Andrea-Renette Sohun is AAERT's 2011 Electronic Court Transcriber of the Year.

Andrea holds CERT*D with AAERT. She hails from Port of Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies, where she is employed by the Caribbean Court of Justice. Her interest in the court reporting / court transcribing fields actually began approximately 30 years ago, but it wasn't until almost 20 years later that she enrolled in college to pursue studies in court transcription. After excelling in all of her courses, she became qualified as a Court Transcriptionist.

Andrea chose the court reporting path because it is a specialized field and provides challenging work. It has allowed her to develop and hone other skills, taking her out of her comfort zone, pressing her to expand her knowledge base in conducting research to decipher and interpret jargon that is unfamiliar. Andrea says... Read the Full Article...

In Memoriam - Elizabeth J. Eastman

 AAERT Transcriber of the Year - 2006

Elizabeth A. Eastman, a freelance court reporter for more than two decades who transcribed depositions in a number of high-profile federal cases, including the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998, died May 24 at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney. She was 68 and had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Read the Full Article from the May 27th Washington Post...

The Nature of Words 

Change is, according to Webster's Third, "to make the form, nature, content, future course, et cetera, of something different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone." We humans have a love-hate relationship with change.

We change course, change jobs, change our minds and our clothing. We expect the weather to change, hope the economy does, but we often feel threatened when familiar surroundings or our functions change. Some of us welcome change when we initiate it; I frequently rearrange furniture. But when it is wrought upon us from without, we may resent it.

Change is a very old word, with origins in the late 12th and early 13th centuries, derived from the Middle English cha(u)ngen by way of the Anglo-French from the Old French changer, from the Late Latin cambi_re and the Latin camb_re, to exchange. Usage of the word as a noun, the Middle English cha(u)nge, developed after the verb.

Synonyms of the verb are transmute, transform; vary, mutate; amend, modify; replace, trade; of the noun, transmutation, mutation, conversion, vicissitude; exchange; replacement.

Vicissitude, a newer word than "change," came into English usage in the 1560s, directly from the Middle French vicissitude, taken in the 14th century from the Latin vicissitudinem, "change," from vicissim "changeably, in turn," from vicis "a turn, change."

The English word vice, in one usage, means a substitute or deputy and comes from the same Latin vicis, as do vice versa and vicarious.

In the words of Ecclesiastes, "To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven," including change, especially a change that makes something different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone. Imagine what change might bring about.

- Laurel Stoddard, CET

Say Good-Bye to your Website Blues Submitted by: Aaron M. Wilds

Going, going, gone…

There was a time when we went to our local phone book to find everything, but as most people today can guess, those days are numbered. In fact, a recent study shows that only about 4 percent of people still use the phone book, and a whopping 20 percent say "rarely".   That leaves roughly 75 percent of all searches to be done online.

AAERT recently conducted a small survey to get an idea of what our members think and how they are doing when it comes to the Internet and their own website... Read the Full Article...




Cloudy - With a Chance of Winning
Submitted by: Marc Feingold

Anyone who uses technology today expects things to be immediate, interactive, connected and seamless. Delivering technology-enabled services is more important than ever in today’s fast-moving technology Merry-Go-Round. Trying to stay ahead of the curve with the most current PCs, platform upgrades, software and drivers becomes more challenging each day. Just ask me!

The successful reporting companies of tomorrow are embracing this evolutionary change, today. For the Full Article...


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