Back to Class: Grammar 101 – are you affected or effected?

Back to Class: Grammar 101 – are you affected or effected?

No matter what school we attended, or how long we attended it, there are some things that we just don’t get right.  Fortunately, these posts will not be examples of mistakes made in physics…   http://cadyreporting.com/cady/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Fast-Furious.mp4 Bad grammar might not have consequences as physically serious as bad physics but nevertheless, it can make you seem like you don’t know which way the apple falls. Are you effected? No. Do you have an affect? No.  These are 2 words that are continually baffling to most people.  Here is the clearest way I have found to remember them: Effect=Noun (Her testimony had an emotional effect on me.) Affect=Verb (Her testimony affected me emotionally.) As a court reporter, how can you remember that for your transcript?  At Quick and Dirty tips a pneumonic device is recommended: RAVEN – R Affect=Verb Effect=Noun If you are an attorney or paralegal, your briefs, letters, and notes need to be accurate to reflect your level of professionalism.  if you are a court reporter, you need to know which word to put into the record to make an accurate and quality transcript for attorneys and clients.  If you don’t use these terms correctly, the effect of the testimony could be lost.  Obviously, a bad record would be unacceptable from a court reporting firm.  Everyone involved in a case needs a grammatically correct transcript of the proceedings. Don’t let a bad court reporter affect your case – click here to schedule with Cady Reporting...
Practical Tips for Trial Attorneys

Practical Tips for Trial Attorneys

  When I was in law school and took criminal procedure, the focus of the course was on the adjudication process.  Based on what I have seen as a trial judge, I don’t think that focus has changed.  And it’s obviously important that criminal defense attorneys understand the Ohio Rules of Criminal Procedure, how to file proper pretrial motions, and how to raise constitutional issues regarding searches and seizures.  But the fact of the matter is that most criminal cases are adjudicated not by a trial or be winning a pretrial motion but by the entry of a plea of guilty or no contest. What this means is that if you do criminal defense work, most times you will be representing a defendant at a sentencing who has been found guilty by a plea and not by a trial.  For those defendants, the sentencing hearing is far and away the most important part of their criminal case.  It is that hearing that will determine whether the defendant goes to prison, or gets probation.  If the hearing is for an offense that carries a mandatory prison sentence, then the hearing will determine how long of a prison sentence that the defendant will serve. Too often I think that attorneys feel that that judge already knows what sentence he or she is likely to impose.  While this is true in many cases, it is certainly not true in all cases.  If you are representing a criminal defendant at a sentencing hearing there are several things you can do to increase your client’s chances of receiving probation or a shorter rather than...
Resources

Resources

At Cady Reporting Services, Inc., we offer more than just court reporting and deposition services.  We offer a full spectrum of litigation support services.  We are always looking for ways to help our clients.  In this series of blog articles, we will explore the resources available to litigators and litigation paralegals and legal assistants.  There are resources that are available through litigation support firms such as ourselves, but there are also many other resources available to help you win your case.  If there is a product you have questions about, or would like more information don’t hesitate to contact me through our online chat function.  I will be happy to tell you what I can or do any research necessary to help you get the most out of your litigation support services. Stay ahead of the curve and impress your team with these valuable tools!  Click on any of the links below to learn more about Cady Reporting’s services, and stay tuned to this series of blog articles for more great resources! Court Reporting and Deposition Services In-House Legal Videography Videoconferencing Trial Presentations Subpoena Service...
Litigation

Litigation

Litigation is so much more than the term “lawsuit”.  There are so many factors that go into litigation.  In this series of blog posts, we will explore the different kinds of litigation and also share advice from litigators and judges.  Litigation support is an indispensable part of the process.  We will be covering the different kinds of litigation support (such as court reporting) and a variety of tools that can help you win your case.  If there are any questions you have about our services, or litigation in general, please don’t hesitate to contact me through our online chat function on the homepage of our website.  ...
Court Reporter Corner

Court Reporter Corner

Hi, court reporters!  This area of the blog is just for you.  We have articles about court reporting, court reporters, Steno briefs, and more.  We will look at the lighter side of our jobs, and also some serious matters as well.  Being a court reporter takes intelligence, organization, and a lot of flexibility!  As a court reporting firm headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio we get to experience case after case with our attorney clients, and with our court reporter employees.  They are all experienced and fantastic at what they do, so we want to share with you what they have to say. Is there something that you would like to share with us? Feel free to contact me through the chat function on the blog and we can get the conversation...
Fashion Forward

Fashion Forward

Do you have nothing to wear?  Or are you just short on ideas of how to put things together so they look new and fresh?  This series of blog posts is aimed at getting you back to feeling great in your clothes.  We will be posting outfit ideas and tips for the professional paralegal, court reporter, and attorney.  If you have a favorite outfit or tip, please let me know through the chat function on our website! www.cadyreporting.com Access a couple of our favorite Fashion Forward articles here: What Do I Wear to a Networking Event? Summer Style Outfit of the (Mon)Day for a Successful Week Neutral Density...