Boston is a city of firsts.
From the first windmill (1632) to the first US mail route (1672), the city and its immediate environs gave America its first lighthouse (1762), its first chocolate factory (1765), and the first post-revolution state constitution in the United States (1780). Boston is the home of the telegraph (1837), the telephone (1876), Baseball’s World Series (1903), and the computer (1928).
And while Boston’s ‘First Night’ is the model for other New Years’ celebrations across America, what makes the city unique is that just about 120 days before the rest of the world remembers Auld Lang Syne, Boston’s academic New Year happens on Labor Day weekend.
While everyone else across the country mark the waning days of summer, Boston welcomes 250,000 students to kick off the school year. Every September Boston is a city in flux. By one recent estimate almost 80% of Boston’s apartment rentals aren’t available until the first two weeks of the month.
So Happy New Year (Part One) to each and every one of us who make greater Boston our home, with a special hearty welcome to the men and women starting law school this month! We look forward to working with you in the future.
Like many of you, our summer was busy with work and with time with family and friends.
Since our last issue of Amicus Advocati we reported that our Google+ page would offer a new content focus.
Our re-purposed Google+ page has been a great success. Our Integrated Marketing Coordinator Jiayi Xu, with the guidance of our writer/communications consultant David Alan Rego, continues to cull content from state and city bar associations across the United States bringing news and opinion from around the country to you, our ‘followers’ on Google.
Thank you for your 30,456 views of our Google+ page.
In June I was elected president of the board of directors of the American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers (AAERT).
During my term as president, my focus is on increasing the public’s awareness of AAERT as the authority on digital reporting and transcription, improving communication and networking among AAERT’s membership, and increasing the use of digital court reporting in public jurisdictions and the private marketplace in the United States and Canada.
The last issue of Amicus Advocati represented a full year of our quarterly newsletter. Now, with Volume Two Issue One, we begin again.
We hope that we continue to inform and entertain you.
Keeping in line with the theme of ‘firsts,’ Courthouse Spotlight and Expert Witness focus on the first criminal trial covered from coast-to-coast, and the role of one man in the first use of psychological research in a case before the United States Supreme Court.
We’ll be back with Volume Two, Issue Two right after Thanksgiving.
At Boston Court Reporters, our membership in the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) and the American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers (AAERT) represent our commitment to the past, present, and future of our industry and the work we do in support of the legal profession.
NCRA is well over a century old; the organization was born in 1893 at the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois – the great “World’s Fair” celebrating Columbus’s discovery of America.
From transcribing a speech by Will Rogers at the 1928 Republican National Convention, to preparing the transcripts of the Warren Commission investigation of the assassination of JFK in 1964, NCRA is proud if its reputation as “keeper of the record.”
Today, NCRA plays a vital role in protecting the public interest through its training and certification of “realtime” court reporters.
From the beginning, NCRA has been an “ardent supporter” of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and has taken a leadership role in the training and certification of the men and women who provide text and captioning of television programming for hearing impaired Americans.
One hundred years after the World Congress of Stenographers met in Chicago to form NCRA, AAERT was founded “to promote public awareness and acceptance of the electronic reporting industry.”
I’m the current Vice President of AAERT, past treasurer of the association, serve on the communications, education, and nominating committees, am a member of the strategic planning task force, and served as chairman of AAERT’s first executive forum of e-reporting business owners and executives.
Next month, AAERT’s annual conference in Orlando, Florida is an opportunity for members to gather together, meet with each other, and learn about new technologies to improve our delivery of state-of-the-art audio and video solutions to the legal community.
I’m proud of Boston Court Reporters’ membership in both NCRA and AAERT. Together, both organizations represent our industries traditions, professionalism, ethics, and our commitment to education.
Both associations allow us to look to the past as we bring new and better technology to your practice of law.
Finally, with this issue of Amicus Advocati, we wrap up volume one of our newsletter. We look forward to bringing you volume two and a new addition to content through our Google+ page.
Finally, thanks to all who participated in our recent survey.
Howard Wilgoren, Joseph Lally, Stephen L. Linehan, and Ron Cronin won 20% off their next BCR deposition as our thanks for completing the survey and entering their name in the prize drawing.
To the winners and survey participants alike, thank you for letting us know what you look for in legal support services.
Your comments help make us a better company.
The new year brings new opportunities and new staff to our office at 675 Massachusetts Avenue.
We’ve been beta-testing a deposition transcription software that will improve quality control and work-load management.
Late last year we welcomed Aliyah Gary to our staff.
With a decade of experience as a paralegal and legal secretary in greater Boston, Aliyah is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts where she majored in pre-law studies with a minor in journalism.
Aliyah is very much engaged in her Cambridge community. She’s volunteered as a first-time home buyer instructor for the City of Cambridge and served as chairperson of the Cambridge Arts Council Advisory Board.
Two weeks ago we also welcomed Jiayi Xu as our first-ever integrated marketing communications intern.
Jiayi is a native of the People’s Republic of China, and received her undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Iowa. Currently enrolled in graduate school at Emerson College, Jiayi is responsible for crafting our social media message.
This third issue of Amicus Advocati is our contrarian contribution to Valentine’s Day.
Love, marriage, family, custody battles, and errant family court judges are just some of the things we are covering in this issue because as you know, while February 14 is dedicated to love, on February 15 it’s back to work.
Again (as I mentioned in earlier issues of Amicus Advocati), if you are a member of an affinity bar association or engaged in any volunteer community service work and could benefit from the use of our conference room, then get in touch.
On behalf of all of us at Boston Court Reporters, a heart-felt thank you for the positive feedback we received after we posted the first issue of Amicus Advocati.
Your words of encouragement make us want to do better.
In that first issue (archived at our website www.bostonreporters.com) the main topic of discussion in Industry Viewpoint was the state of the legal profession and what BCR could bring to the table in our own specific response to some of the recommendations made by the Massachusetts Bar Association Task Force Report on law, the economy, and underemployment.
Following up on one recommendation from that Task Force Report, Boston Court Reporters extended an invitation to three affinity law associations — the Boston Lawyers Group, the Asian American Lawyers Association of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association — to use our conference room for a meeting or event.
With our location in Cambridge’s Central Square, we’re just steps away from the many culinary and entertainment venues that make the square a popular destination. If you’re a member of an affinity organization and your group could benefit from a donation of conference room space, feel free to drop us a note.
Times are tough for the legal profession (see BlogSay in this issue). No doubt the decade following the great recession will enter the history books as a momentous time for all of us, whether lawyers, paralegals, or court reporting firms.
In the legal reporting and videography business, the economic downturn — coupled with the ongoing impact of technology change — means a shortage of traditional court stenographers. Boston Court Reporters is committed to making certain that both E-Reporters and traditional stenographers deliver the deposition coverage you need.
We deliver an affordable product in lean times.
Finally, in the waning days of this past summer, BCR was happy to present Attorney Ian Keefe of the Law Offices of Samuel Goldberg with a pair of tickets to the Boston Red Sox vs. the Baltimore Orioles in a late season match-up on September 18, 2013. Those tickets were the prize in our first ever giveaway contest for new and long-standing customers.
Wishing you a happy and prosperous new year,
The May 2012 MBA task force report on the state of the legal job market in the Commonwealth is a reminder that even as the economy improves, much needs to be done in order to guarantee a viable economic future for your profession.
When I started the first Electronic Court Reporting firm in Massachusetts, I recognized – as did Judge Franklin N. Flaschner in 1973 – that the economy and quality of audio recording was a superior alternative to traditional machine stenographic court reporting.
From the beginning, the success of Boston Court Reporters has been linked to the success of the legal profession. Just as the aphorism “a rising tide lifts all boats” has meaning in good economic times, so too does it have meaning during the not so good.
As part of the task force’s “conversation” on the state of the legal profession in Massachusetts, one point was how important it is to mentor recent law school graduates.
Recognizing a good idea when we see, hear, or read one, I want to offer gratis the services of our conference room at 675 Massachusetts Avenue in the heart of Cambridge’s Central Square as a place where the conversation on mentoring, started by the task force, can continue.
Our success depends on the success of your profession. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if we can provide a place for mentoring, brainstorming, networking, or socializing.
For today, I’m happy to present Boston Court Reporters’ quarterly newsletter Amicus Advocati and hope that you find it useful, informative, and entertaining.
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