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SOUND BYTES - May 2019

Legislative Update

by Richard Russell

Government Relations Chair 

We are coming to the end of what has been a very busy legislative season. There have been some victories (defeating SB1441 which would have put control of court reporting in Virginia in the hands of the state stenographic association); rule changes in Wisconsin which promote the use of digital reporting;


A Peek Into The Past Year

by Jen Metcalf Razzino, CER

Membership Committee Chair


Hello, again wonderful members of AAERT! Can you believe that it has already been a year since we’ve had the chance to catch up? The Membership Committee is here to give you an idea of what we have been up to. So, grab a cup of hot tea, put your feet up, and relax while you read all about the Committee. The Membership Committee has been very active and hard at work since the last time we had a chance to catch up. At this time, the Committee has gained two new members and is always looking for individuals who want to make a difference.



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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.

Two Truths And A Lie About Court Reporting


By Benjamin Jaffe
Manager of Digital Training and Development, BlueLedge

There has been a lot of back-and-forth lately about the different methods of court reporting and how well they can take down the record and produce a transcript. These exchanges have included misunderstandings, half-truths, and anger on all sides. I first want to establish the facts that almost everyone accepts to be true.

Wisconsin Embraces Digital Recording

by Final Order of the Wisconsin Supreme Court: April 22, 2019


On January 25, 2019, the Honorable Randy Koschnick, Director of State Courts, filed a rule petition asking the court to amend a number of court rules and procedural statutes1 to address the ongoing anticipated shortage of stenographic court reporters and to deem monitored digital audio reporting an accepted court reporting method, in order to permit a blended system of stenographic and digital audio reporting. On February 22, 2019, the petitioner filed a minor amendment to Rule Petition 19-01.

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