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FAQ: Do I Need a Specialized Medical Malpractice Reporter?

FAQ: Do I Need a Specialized Medical Malpractice Reporter?

Many attorneys have at one time or another wondered if they needed a court reporter who is specialized in the area of medical malpractice depositions.  The answer to that one is simple! Basically, any qualified court reporter should be able to take down testimony from any area of the law including fast and technical medical malpractice depositions.  At Cady Reporting Services in Ohio, we make sure each and every one of our court reporters is up to the task of difficult medical malpractice and any other technical deposition – even when writing real-time!  If you would like to work with one of our experienced and qualified reporters just call us at 888.624.2239 (CADY) or schedule by clicking here.   This article was written by Michelle Cady-Cook.  She is the Director of Marketing and part owner of Cady Reporting (a WBENC company).  She is a sustaining member of the Cleveland Association of Paralegals and is currently serving on the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Green Initiative Committee, the Affiliate Committee, and is Chair of the Follow-Up Committee for the National Network of Reporting Companies (NNRC). She has been officially involved in the legal community for over 10 years.  Within the framework of Cady Reporting Services, she partners with locally owned court reporting firms across the country to continually improve the practice of litigation. Cady Reporting Services is located at 1468 W. 9th St. Cleveland, OH 44113.  Our court reporters and videographers personally serve the state of Ohio, and we daily schedule court reporters and other litigation support services through our partners in the NNRC.  The National Network of Reporting Companies is your personal connection to coverage wherever and whenever you need... read more

Back to Class: Grammar Rules 101 – There, Their, They’re

No matter what school we attend or how long we had attended it, there are some things that we just don’t get right every time. Fortunately, these posts will not be examples of mistakes made in physics… http://cadyreporting.com/cady/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Speed_Bus_Jump.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. Hey, are you still their? No, I’m over they’re. Do those sentences grind your nerves a little? They should. There, their and they’re are not interchangeable. The information below will clarify the uses of each of these so that your writing is professional and pristine. There – place Their – possession They’re – posse (a group of words that hangs out together and makes a cool contraction) Examples: There: “No, the doctor was not there when the baby was born.” Their: “It was their car that caused the accident.” They’re: “They’re not going to settle, so please prepare for trial.” It is absolutely necessary for court reporters to use the correct grammar. If they did not, a transcript would basically be unusable. What if a court reporter’s transcript read something like this: “Their going to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. They’re are many exhibits to copy and there not going to happy about it.” Obviously, that kind of product from a court reporter is unacceptable. You want a transcript that is grammatically correct each time.  The very testimony of a transcript can be changed by using bad grammar. To ensure that your court reporter knows which way the grammatical apple falls, click... read more
Resource: Martindale-Hubble

Resource: Martindale-Hubble

Martindale-Hubble is a directory for finding and researching attorneys.  Listings may include client and AV Peer Review Ratings along with information like law firm and state bar admissions.  They also have their Legal Library, a database of over 85,000 documents regarding judicial decisions, statutes, regulations and more.  As a court reporting firm, we are not listed on the Martindale Hubble website but you can find all of our information to contact us below! Click: www.cadyreporting.com Call: 888.624.2239 (CADY)   Article compiled/written by Michelle Cady-Cook.  She is the Director of Marketing and part owner of Cady Reporting (a WBENC company).  She is a sustaining member of the Cleveland Association of Paralegals, and is currently serving as Chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Green Initiative Committee and Chair of the Follow Up Committee for the National Network of Reporting Companies (NNRC). She has been officially involved in the legal community for over 10 years.  Within the framework of Cady Reporting Services, she partners with locally owned court reporting firms across the country to continually improve the practice of litigation. Cady Reporting Services is located at 1468 W. 9th St. Cleveland, OH 44113.  Our court reporters and videographers personally serve the state of Ohio, and we daily schedule court reporters and other litigation support services through our partners in the NNRC.  The National Network Reporting Company is your personal connection to coverage wherever and whenever you need it.... read more
Guest Author: Lighting the Career Path Through Mentoring and Championing

Guest Author: Lighting the Career Path Through Mentoring and Championing

Lighting the Career Path Through Mentoring and Championing by Guest Author Adrian D. Thompson of Taft, Stettinius & Hollister (Originally published in the CMBA Journal, March 2017) A Buddhist proverb states, “If you light a lamp for someone, it will also brighten your own path.”  Mentoring programs help young lawyers develop and learn new skills under the direction and advice of a seasoned expert, their mentor. Mentoring is a career development and talent retention tool.  The very act of mentoring brightens the career paths of both the person being nurtured through counsel, “the mentee,” and the person providing the counseling, “the mentor.” The law firm/employer itself, also benefits due to the enhanced communication between the mentor and mentee which ultimately supports the organization’s directions toward sustainable growth gained from enlightened participants.  Quality mentoring greatly enhances the mentee’s changes for success and the company’s ability to meet/exceed its goals and objectives.  Therefore, the importance and significance of a formal mentoring program cannot be diminished. Mentor Duties Mentor duties are to advise, motivate, coach, champion, inspire, teach and lead by example.  Mentors are more senior professionals in their careers and are battle tested.  Mentoring occurs when an experienced lawyer takes a personal interest in one with less experience and helps the junior lawyer learn and advance.  Mentors provide mentees with a brain to pick, and ear to listen, and a friendly push in the right direction.  As active listeners, mentors offer support, guidance and constructive criticism as appropriate.  Mentoring also provides the mentee with a leader to run to with questions.  Mentoring programs help to foster healthy work relationships by providing... read more
Resource: Lexis Nexis

Resource: Lexis Nexis

Lexis Nexis is a company used by many legal professionals around the world.  They provide legal, regulatory and business information and analytics for lawyers and legal professionals. Their main data center is right here in Ohio! They provide the following: Lexis Advance® Lexis Practice Advisor® Lexis Search Advantage® Shepard’s ® Citations Service LexisNexis® Legal News LexisNexis® Public Records Collection Lex Machina® Legal Analytics® graphics   According to Wikipedia, LexisNexis Group is a corporation providing computer-assisted legal research as well as business research and risk management services.[2][3] During the 1970s, LexisNexis pioneered the electronic accessibility of legal and journalistic documents.[4] As of 2006, the company has the world’s largest electronic database for legal and public-records related information.[5]   Their services are delivered via 2 websites that require separate paid subscriptions.   Article compiled/written by Michelle Cady-Cook.  She is the Director of Marketing and part owner of Cady Reporting (a WBENC company).  She is a sustaining member of the Cleveland Association of Paralegals, and is currently serving as Chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Green Initiative Committee and Chair of the Follow Up Committee for the National Network of Reporting Companies (NNRC). She has been officially involved in the legal community for over 10 years.  Within the framework of Cady Reporting Services, she partners with locally owned court reporting firms across the country to continually improve the practice of litigation. Cady Reporting Services is located at 1468 W. 9th St. Cleveland, OH 44113.  Our court reporters and videographers personally serve the state of Ohio, and we daily schedule court reporters and other litigation support services through our partners in the NNRC.  The National Network of Reporting Companies is your personal connection to coverage wherever... read more
Law Firms Must Harness the Competitive Advantage of Diversity to Evolve

Law Firms Must Harness the Competitive Advantage of Diversity to Evolve

In most industries, including law, the failure to develop new products is fatal. Economic development is driven by product development: New products create new opportunities, expand businesses, and forge industries.  However, as technologies make things more efficient, this cycle must be repeated to ensure that new people and ideas are continually engaged and employed.  Critically, continually delivering excellent and innovative products and expertise requires a breadth of insight that can only be created through diverse leadership.  Why?  Because insight into customer perspective requires leadership composition that mirrors ever-diversifying customer composition.             Numerous studies make clear that entities with more diverse workforces and, more importantly, leadership, out-perform their peers.  As reported by McKinsey & Company: [C]ompanies in the top quartile for gender or racial and ethnic diversity are more likely to have financial returns above their nation al industry medians.  Companies in the bottom quartile in these dimensions are statistically less likely to achieve above-average returns.  And diversity is probably a competitive differentiator that shifts market share toward more diverse companies over time.1                 This disparity can be directly traced to the competitive advantage inherent to diversity in developing new products and creating new lines of business.  And, like every industry, law firms must take advantage of diversity in order to effectively engage in new product development.  Our customers do not sign engagement letters with practice areas, they are investing in lawyers and expertise – these are our “legal products.”  However, to make sure that our products are attractive to our clients we must leverage the competitive advantage of diversity, specifically in firm leadership.  Leadership diversity creates diversity of thought,... read more

Resource: NNRC, the National Network Reporting Company

Resource: NNRC is your best resource for scheduling litigation support services throughout the country and all over the world. The National Network Reporting Company (NNRC) is one of the number one sources for litigators to get the most experienced court reporting professionals and the latest in deposition technology.  All over the United States and in many other locations around the world, litigators turn to their local partner for instant scheduling. As an organization of independently owned court reporting companies, we give you the coverage of a large corporation, but with the personal service of a local company where you’re more than just a case number. Just some of the services they provide all over the world are: Court Reporters with realtime and internet streaming capabilities Trial Presentation Conference rooms that are comfortable and fully equipped Videoconferencing Legal Videography Multi-District Litigation (MDL) Support High-Quality Expedited Transcripts If you are in need of litigation support services anywhere in the country, please contact Cady Reporting, your local NNRC partner.    ... read more
FAQ – What is Videoconferencing?

FAQ – What is Videoconferencing?

Many who are new to the arena of law wonder, what is videoconferencing?  Videoconferencing, also called video teleconferencing (VTC) is a method of taking a deposition when parties are in different locations.  Both parties are connected with high-tech sound and audio equipment.  Through today’s technology, we can connect more than just 2 parties, through “bridging” we can connect many parties together without anyone getting a security pat-down from the TSA.  For the deposition, a court reporter can be at basically any location to record the testimony with the agreement of all parties.  Although many services are technically free, they are usually highly insecure and sometimes very unreliable.  If you have any legal proceedings or depositions that need to be done via videoconferencing, a secure, monitored line of communication is always recommended.  Click here to see what happened during an extremely high-profile case IN the courtroom!  That was definitely embarrassing to counsel.  With the digital security breaches happening daily, it is very important to keep your client safe. At Cady Reporting our famous scheduler, Lori Puchalski has connected parties from down the street to around the world.  We even took a deposition where Lori and the court reporter came in at 2:30 a.m. for a videoconference connected to the Philippines!  Lori works hard to find the closest and most convenient locations for all parties.  Not every firm has the scheduling power of Cady Reporting, especially when it comes to videoconferencing for depositions. Take advantage of the power of Cady to do the least work and get the best result – literally working smarter, not harder. To read more about why you should... read more
Don’t Let This Courtroom Disaster Happen To You

Don’t Let This Courtroom Disaster Happen To You

By scheduling videconferencing over a secure connection instead of Skype, you can ensure that this will not happen to you.  Skype is free, but the old adage, “you get what you pay for” applies to this service.  Ask yourself, do you really want to depose someone using the same platform that Ashleigh uses to chat with her BFF while grounded? Probably not.  Give us a call and let us give you the professional platform that you deserve for your videoconference.  We can connect you to anywhere in the world safely and securely. By using secure videoconferencing instead of Skype you can avoid embarrassing moments, and Tweets such as, “I can’t believe someone is testifying via Skype…”(@OmarRang) and making the judge very unhappy, leading to her ask counsel to use another way to bring in the... read more
FAQ – How Fast Does a Court Reporter Type?

FAQ – How Fast Does a Court Reporter Type?

Many people wonder: “How fast does a court reporter take down testimony?” That is an excellent question! the simple answer is over 225 words per minute. The more in-depth answer is that a court reporter graduates with a minimum ‘writing’ speed of 225 wpm and 97.5% accuracy. The machine they use is combined with computer technology and a highly specialized form of shorthand, kind of like their own language. When a reporter graduates at 225 wpm, they continue practicing and increasing their speed.  Court reporting is a mentally demanding and rewarding profession. At Cady Reporting, our court reporters all say that they love the never-ending education that they receive on depositions.  We are proud of our entire reporting staff, they have a passion for reporting that comes through in their work, their attitude and desire to always deliver the best quality product. Do you have a question about court reporting?  Contact us and we will be sure to answer it! For more information on court reporting, check out our other articles: What Do All Those Little Letters Mean? Tell Everyone What You’re Made Of With Three Little Letters   Article written by Michelle Cady-Cook.  She is the Director of Marketing and part owner of Cady Reporting (a WBENC company).  She is a sustaining member of the Cleveland Association of Paralegals, and is currently serving as Chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Green Initiative Committee and Chair of the Follow Up Committee for the National Network of Reporting Companies (NNRC). She has been officially involved in the legal community for over 10 years.  Within the framework of Cady Reporting Services, she partners with locally owned court... read more
Welcome to the Dining Room: Homemade Aioli

Welcome to the Dining Room: Homemade Aioli

Welcome to the dining room at Cady Reporting, where our staff masters the kitchen!  Much like court reporting, cooking takes preparation,  skill, and confidence.  Over the next few months, our court reporters and staff will show that their on point skills are well up to the task of both court reporting and cooking.  Stay tuned to the blog for more delicious recipes for all occasions you can master in your own kitchen. This recipe comes from one of our WBENC owners and Marketing Director, Michelle Cady-Cook.  Michelle says, “My husband and I try to make as much as we can instead of buying processed foods.  I tried a lot of aioli recipes, but this one was by far my favorite.  There is so much you can do with it, I like to stir in sriracha to make a really tasty dipping sauce.  This recipe is really easy and really worth the 10 minutes or less!” Homemade Aioli by Shelly Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes Serving Size: Makes about 2 cups Ingredients 2 egg yolks 2 T red wine vinegar 1 T lemon juice 2 t Dijon mustard 1 t salt 3 cloves of garlic crushed (totally optional) black pepper (as much as you like) 2 cups of canola oil Instructions In the food processor briefly blend the eggs, vinegar, lemon, garlic, sugar and mustard. With the blade running, slowly add the canola oil in a slow stream until it has all emulsified. Check the taste and add the salt and pepper and any other seasoning you may like. If it is very thick add a tablespoon... read more
Legal Videography – Why the Dramatic Uptick?

Legal Videography – Why the Dramatic Uptick?

In today’s visual-rich world, a video is much more likely to give your case a win.  Legal videography is a highly used tool by litigators because they know the value of the impact of visual testimony over simple printed testimony.  Both in and out of the courtroom, legal video product is a valuable tool of reference.  Maybe you can’t decide whether or not to use this particular witness in court.  Perhaps you can use it to see where a particular client can dress or behave more appropriately.  Another way that the tool of video is used is to preserve the testimony of someone who is gravely ill, they may pass away before trial or become too sick to testify when the time comes.  Some attorneys use video to preserve the testimony of someone who flees or otherwise cannot testify in a court of law.  If you have to take down the testimony of an expert witness, juries respond better and pay better attention to a video rather than a boring reading back of their testimony. Not only that, but by utilizing video, you can save both time and money.   Lift your case off of the paper and bring it to life by capturing not just the words.  Use legal video to capture the facial expressions, tone of voice, mannerisms and other human traits that cannot be gotten from paper transcripts.  The expression, “it’s not what you say but how you say it” has been around for a long time, and for good reason.  A person sitting on a jury can easily read what the answer “really” is or might be... read more
Opening Doors for Lawyers

Opening Doors for Lawyers

At Cady Reporting, we are always looking for opportunities to open new doors for litigators beyond court reporting.   We are a member of the NNRC, which has a dedicated technology committee. They are constantly exploring and testing out new litigation support technology relating not only to court reporting but also legal video, trial support, E-discovery, voire dire, and any other litigation support topics that present themselves. Contact us to inquire about any services that enrich your case. Click here to contact us for more information on any of the technologies listed.   Article written by Michelle Cady-Cook.  She is the Director of Marketing and part owner of Cady Reporting (a WBENC company).  She is a sustaining member of the Cleveland Association of Paralegals, and is currently serving as Chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Green Initiative Committee and Chair of the Follow Up Committee for the National Network of Reporting Companies (NNRC). She has been officially involved in the legal community for over 10 years.  Within the framework of Cady Reporting Services, she partners with locally owned court reporting firms across the country to continually improve the practice of litigation. Cady Reporting Services is located at 1468 W. 9th St. Cleveland, OH 44113.  Our court reporters and videographers personally serve the state of Ohio, and we daily schedule court reporters and other litigation support services through our partners in the NNRC.  The National Network of Reporting Companies is your personal connection to coverage wherever and whenever you need... read more
Welcome to the Dining Room! Now Serving Nut Roll Cookies

Welcome to the Dining Room! Now Serving Nut Roll Cookies

Welcome to the dining room at Cady Reporting, where our staff masters the kitchen!  Much like court reporting, cooking takes preparation, skill, and confidence.  Over the next few months, our court reporters and staff will show that their on point skills are well up to the task of both court reporting and cooking.  Stay tuned to the blog for more delicious recipes for all occasions you can master in your own kitchen. This recipe comes from one of our reporters, Jill Kulewsky.  Jill says, “I’m not the greatest cook, but I truly love to bake when I have time.  This is my favorite cookie recipe, they are nut roll cookies.  The pastry dough is very light and flaky.  If someone is having a party, this is what they ask me to make.  They are really good and everyone raves over them!”   Jill’s Famous Nut Roll Cookies Pastry Dough:   1 Cup of butter   8 oz brick of cream cheese   2 large egg yolks (save egg whites for nut filling)   2 1/4 Cups flour    Cream the butter and cream cheese together.  Add egg yolks one at a time.   Mix in flour.    Divide dough and flatten out into two discs.  Place discs in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Nut Filling: 2 egg whites 1 Cup of sugar 1 lbs of ground walnuts or pecans      Beat egg whites until white and marshmallow-like, adding sugar a little at a time until dissolved.  Stir in ground walnuts.   Remove dough from refrigerator and roll  out using powdered sugar.  Cut dough into 2-inch squares and fill each square with... read more
Hot Talks at the CMBA – Welcoming Cities vs. Sanctuary Cities

Hot Talks at the CMBA – Welcoming Cities vs. Sanctuary Cities

…at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association beginning tomorrow evening after work at 5:00 p.m. So what will these talks look like? To start, the CMBA will have two or three lead speakers spend 15 or 20 minutes on introductory information followed by thirty to forty minutes of free form Q&A. The CMBA’s website states: “No, we won’t be catering to the left … or to the right. No, we won’t be offering the CMBA’s view on whether a policy announcement is good or bad. Yes, we will be giving people an opportunity to learn more about the legal news of the day in an environment that will enable us to discuss, debate and ultimately become better educated about the changes coming out of Washington D.C. and elsewhere – changes that will affect all of us.” The doors are open at no cost to all who wish to engage in civil discourse in an environment that is conducive to genuine, respectful give-and-take.  A cash bar will follow the discussion so all of the attendees can keep on…discussing! What is this month’s topic? What does it mean to be a “Sanctuary City” or a “Welcoming City”?  What’s the difference?  Bring your questions, views and insights to this after-work conversation about the differences as well as the advantages and disadvantages for communities to consider. Presenting for the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy will be David Leopold of Leopold & Associates Co., LPA. Also joining us will be Carol Roe, At-Large Council Member in the City of Cleveland Heights, who recently voted to approve the city’s status as a Welcoming City. (full media advisory here.)   Learn more here.  ... read more
The Powerful Litigation Support You Need

The Powerful Litigation Support You Need

Are you preparing an important case?  Does opposing counsel have teams of lawyers and resources at their disposal?  How can you overcome the odds and stack them in your favor?  At Cady Reporting, we can level the playing field and give you access to the most powerful litigation support.  You don’t have to use a court reporting conglomerate that will treat you and your client like you’re only a number.  To our family, you’re family.  As a local, family-owned business we make sure that you get access to the services and resources you need, and the treatment you deserve. Through the NNRC, we partner with similar locally and independently owned court reporting firms across the country that we have personally inspected and worked with for many years.  They have the same high standards of quality that you expect from Cady Reporting here in Cleveland, with the same impeccable reputation in their communities.  We can set up court reporting with real time capabilities, video, subpoena services, trial presentation, videoconferencing and more with them, anywhere you need.  We can give you access to neutral sites to conduct your depositions in quality conference rooms.  All of these resources and more are yours with one click.  Avail yourself of the very best in litigation support so you can minimize your stress and focus on the job at hand.  When you are free to focus on the best representation of your clients, you can achieve greater personal and professional success.  We want to help you get a positive outcome and a winning case. Click here to read more. Click here to contact us, or here... read more
Blog Post Directory

Blog Post Directory

Sponsorship and Events Volunteering for the 2017 Cleveland Mock Trial for the CMBA Be Part of Something Hot – Immigration CLE Today Cady Delivers…Desserts! The Honorable Chris Hanwell Presiding… CMBA Green Initiative Event Sponsored by Cady Reporting 2013 Dress for Success Donation Drive Cady Reporting Sponsors OWBA Golf Out Sponsoring Happiness Volunteering for the Mock Trial Competition in 2016   Welcome to the Dining Room… Welcome to the Dining Room…Jerk Chicken Pasta     Outfit of the Day – Professional Fashion What Do I Wear to a Networking Event? Outfit of the Day – Summer Style Outift of the (Mon)Day – For a Successful Week   Health, Wellness and Professional Development Express Yourself Top Tips From a Court Reporter: Sleep 3 Easy Ways to Stay Organized at Work “I’ll Be There” – The Importance of Punctuality AppFacts – Fast Customer   Litigation Tips for Writing a Powerful Reply Brief Interview With A President – Part 1, Part 2 We, The Jury The President Raps (No, Not With a W…) Deposition in Deutschland? The Powerful Litigation Support You Need Court Reporters Tell Everyone What You’re Made Of With Three Little Letters What Do All Those Little Letters Mean?  ... read more
Volunteering for the 2017 Cleveland Mock Trial for the CMBA

Volunteering for the 2017 Cleveland Mock Trial for the CMBA

We had another fun and rewarding experience volunteering for this year’s Ohio Mock Trial!  District competition was held on January 20th of this year, and these were the Regional trials held on February 10.  We arrived around 11:00 a.m. and went through the security line at the Old Courthouse in Cleveland, Ohio.  I was greeted by Jessica Paine.  Jessica was smiling, energetic and organized as usual.  As an employee of the CMBA, she never fails to impress, accomplishing every task with an unfailing can-do attitude, contagious to everyone who has the privilege of working around her.  I’m not sure who else could organize and keep over 200 high-schoolers, plus staff and parents happy in such a way.  I was assigned to check in all of our volunteers.  It was a wonderful job as I got to see old associates and meet some new ones. (This is a shout-out to you Judge Markus!) Our volunteers were given a delicious lunch and went to their assigned courtrooms. The staff that assists each team helps them hone their skills – communication, analytical and courtroom are just a few of the skills that these students have the opportunity to showcase and improve.  All of the school teams (listed below) came prepared for a courtroom battle.  All of the team members were prepared in every way – from their professional outfits to their opening and closing arguments – every team should be proud of the way they handled their assignments.  Unfortunately, we couldn’t choose all of them to move on to the next round of competition in Columbus, but all of the scoring was close and... read more
Welcome to the Dining Room…Now Serving Jerk Chicken Pasta

Welcome to the Dining Room…Now Serving Jerk Chicken Pasta

Welcome to the dining room at Cady Reporting, where our staff masters the kitchen!  Much like court reporting, cooking takes preparation,  skill, and confidence.  Over the next few months, our court reporters and staff will show that their on point skills are well up to the task of both court reporting and cooking.  Stay tuned to the blog for more delicious recipes for all occasions you can master in your own kitchen. This recipe comes from one of our reporters, Katrina Dearborne.  Katrina says, “Almost ten years ago I went to lunch with a client. This was the dish I ordered. I analyzed it and kept tasting for flavor. After a few days went by I decided to try to replicate the recipe….this was before recipes were readily available online.  I made it and everyone in my family loved it. It became a favorite in my household.  I make mine a little spicy because we love spicy.”   Katrina’s Jerk Chicken Pasta Serves 4 Prep time: 10 min Cook time: 15 min Ingredients: 5 pounds chicken breasts, diced 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons jerk seasoning 1 pound dried bow tie  pasta 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 red bell pepper, diced 1 green bell pepper, diced 1 orange bell pepper, diced 1/2 medium onion diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup half and half 1/2 cup light sour cream 3 tbsp Parmesan cheese Instructions: Toss chicken with 1 1/2 teaspoons jerk seasoning. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions. Drain. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in... read more
Be Part of Something Hot

Be Part of Something Hot

…at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association beginning on Tuesday, February 14 at noon. So what will these talks look like? To start, the CMBA will have two or three lead speakers spend 15 or 20 minutes on introductory information followed by thirty to forty minutes of free form Q&A. The CMBA’s website states: “No, we won’t be catering to the left … or to the right. No, we won’t be offering the CMBA’s view on whether a policy announcement is good or bad. Yes, we will be giving people an opportunity to learn more about the legal news of the day in an environment that will enable us to discuss, debate and ultimately become better educated about the changes coming out of Washington D.C. and elsewhere – changes that will affect all of us.” The doors are open to all who wish to engage in civil discourse.   Learn more here.   Article written by Michelle Cady-Cook.  She is the Director of Marketing and part owner of Cady Reporting (a WBENC company).  She is a sustaining member of the Cleveland Association of Paralegals, and is currently serving as Chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Green Initiative Committee and Chair of the Follow Up Committee for the National Network of Reporting Companies (NNRC). She has been officially involved in the legal community for over 10 years.  Within the framework of Cady Reporting Services, she partners with locally owned court reporting firms across the country to continually improve the practice of litigation. Cady Reporting Services is located at 1468 W. 9th St. Cleveland, OH 44113.  Our court reporters and videographers personally serve the state of Ohio, and we daily schedule court reporters... read more

CLE Today

If you are a litigator and didn’t get the chance to attend the litigation CLE at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, yesterday, don’t miss the next one! The program was presented by  Vorys Sater attorneys Marcel Duhamel and Lisa Babish Forbes, both among the impressive group of Ohio Super Lawyers.  Mr. Duhamel presented on the topic, “Standing in Federal Class Actions”.  Several case studies referenced were Clapper v. Amnesty Int’l USA.  This wasn’t a class action case, but it has been cited in consumer class action litigation.  Two of the cases applying Clapper where standing exists were Galaria v. Nationwide Mut. Ins. Co., and Lewert v. P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc.  Two other cases sited that applied Clapper, but where standing does not exist were In re Horizon Healthcare Servs. Data Breach Litigation also Storm v. Paytime, Inc. in 2015.  The other case that had direct impact on consumer class action litigation was Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins (referred to as Spokeo, a data aggregator similar to consumer reports). The second half of the CLE was presented by Lisa Babish Forbes.  She presented on “State Law Issues” in Consumer Class Action Litigation.  The focus of the presentation was on the role of “injury-in-fact” in Ohio consumer class actions, and also the Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act (OCSPA) class action notice requirement.  The case Felix v. Ganley Chevrolet, Inc. was discussed, and some pertinent points from it. One such being that “We hold that all members of a class in class action litigation alleging violations of the OCSPA must have suffered injury as a result of the conduct challenged in the suit.”.  Also, “Plaintiffs... read more
Cady Delivers…Desserts!

Cady Delivers…Desserts!

On November 3, 2016 we had the distinct pleasure to support the Litigation and Women In Law sections of the CMBA during their Fall Social.  Attorneys from law firms all over Cleveland turned out to show their Pumpkin Spice Spirit!  The social was held at the Portside Distillery.  They had a wonderful beer and specialty cocktail list.  My personal favorite was the Womens Rea, clever right?  It tasted like a little squeeze of warm, fresh Fall in my glass.   To keep with our near and dear mission of supporting local business, Cady Reporting provided desserts for the event from several locally owned bakeries.  From Colozza’s in Parma, Ohio we provided lace cookies, lemon cannoli, mini cannoli (chocolate!) and other forms of sugary deliciousness.  And who doesn’t love a gourmet donut with their winter port?  Peace, Love and Little Donuts of Westpark provided two dozen donuts in an assortment that you had to see to believe.  Some were painted with layers of chocolate, some with fruity pebbles, but the maple bacon seemed to take the cake…or donut.  I declared it the winner when I heard an attorney say, “Is there a donut under there, or is it all bacon?!” before promptly picking it up and immensely enjoying it.  They even provided a dozen donuts that were gluten free!  Each sweet treat from both bakeries looked like a perfect piece of art and each tasted as good as it looked.   The reason that supporting these locally-owned bakeries is so important to us is because at Cady, we are a locally-owned family business.  Supporting local businesses similar to ourselves is only... read more
What Do I Wear to a Networking Event?

What Do I Wear to a Networking Event?

What message do you want to convey by your clothing at a networking event?  You want to tell other people that you are a successful, savvy professional.   There are several tips that can help you convey the exact message that you want. Wear something that makes you feel confident. When you feel confident, it just shines through. Wear one piece that is a “conversation starter” that invites people to easily open up a conversation with you. Lastly, keep it simple.  You have your own great style, don’t over think it too much!   Ÿ Wear something that makes you feel confident.   You definitely want to make a great appearance.  Maybe it’s that great new pair of shoes or that scarf you just ordered that makes your skin glow.  Whatever it is, you know that it rocks your outfit.  When you feel great, you exude confidence. Confidence makes the networking part so much easier.   Ÿ Wear a “conversation starter.”   People immediately assess each other as soon as they get into a room.  Intimidated? Don’t be! Use it to your advantage.  When someone looks at you, have them notice one unique piece in your outfit, it can make you stand out in a good way. Whether it’s a scarf, brooch, necklace or other piece, it is best if it has its own story to tell and holds some sentimental meaning to you. Don’t be afraid to share the story, it helps people get to know you and opens up doors to conversations…and conversations are what networking is all about!   Ÿ KISS – Keep It Simple Silly!... read more
Sponsoring Happiness

Sponsoring Happiness

Cady Reporting had the privilege of sponsoring the first Happy Hour event from the DRI (Defense Research Institute) group.  It was a women-focused event, and the ladies were such a fun group.  We enjoyed several hours of laughing, talking and networking. Many of the firms in Cleveland were represented and we enjoyed meeting everyone! DRI is the international membership organization of all lawyers involved in the defense of civil litigation.  They are the leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel. Membership in DRI provides access to resources and tools for attorneys.  They host 30 committees whose focus is to develop ongoing and critical dialogue about areas of practice.   Article written by Michelle Cady-Cook.  She is the Director of Marketing and part owner of Cady Reporting (a WBENC company).  She is a sustaining member of the Cleveland Association of Paralegals, and is currently serving as Chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Green Initiative Committee and Chair of the Follow Up Committee for the National Network of Reporting Companies (NNRC). She has been officially involved in the legal community for over 10 years.  Within the framework of Cady Reporting Services, she partners with locally owned court reporting firms across the country to continually improve the practice of litigation. Cady Reporting Services is located at 1468 W. 9th St. Cleveland, OH 44113.  Our court reporters and videographers personally serve the state of Ohio, and we daily schedule court reporters and other litigation support services through our partners in the NNRC.  The National Network of Reporting Companies is your personal connection to coverage wherever and whenever you need... read more
Express Yourself

Express Yourself

Who are you?  What role do you play? What do you represent?  Your thoughts and how you express them in the workplace can answer those questions for your coworkers and not leave a big question mark sitting at your desk.  You are a valuable part of your company, and by properly expressing yourself, you can show your team what value you really bring to the table and you can perform at optimum levels. . Why don’t more people tell us what’s on their mind?  Most think that keeping silent is the best way to get ahead, or win at office politics.  Some just want to survive with their current employer.  For many people, fear and insecurity silence them for good.  But what should an employee really be afraid of?  Perhaps it should be the others at the table defining your role and identity for you.  Maybe it should be not fulfilling your potential for being a rock star employee. Francesca Gino, an associate professor at the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets unit of Harvard Business School says, “Authentic self-expression at work leads to reduced turnover and increased performance and job satisfaction.” But, expressing yourself in the correct way might be the most important element to achieving your goals. When expressing yourself, striking a balance is essential.  If you keep silent, you risk going nowhere, but if you over-express you run the risk of ruining your reputation.  Managing yourself is key regarding how and when you say things.  Have the goal of  “assisting” not “attentioning”.  If your tone is warm and your words convey an open-minded attitude, it can help others speak... read more
Outfit of the Day – Summer Style

Outfit of the Day – Summer Style

Dressing like an adult every day can be hard… Don’t know what to wear to work tomorrow?  Start your week off right with an adorable and comfortable outfit for summer days at work.  The nice thing about this featured outfit of the day you can change out the skirt for any printed skirt that you own.  These are pieces that most women have a variation of in their closet.  Any printed skirt and high quality tee will work for this cute comfy yet dressed up outfit.  Since you want the skirt to be the focal point of your outfit, everything else should be kept simple and plain.  A medium length or pendant necklace would be the perfect piece to step up this outfit.  A pair of earrings and bracelet would definitely complete the look. When you are choosing shoes, you can stick to the nice comfy pumps, preferably ones in a solid color that match the basic colors in your skirt.  If your skirt is A-line, you can get away with flats, but a small heel will put a bounce in your step!  Simple and neutral summer make-up and a fast hairstyle will get you out the door looking perfect in no time!  You will be ready to face anything today throws at you – from depositions to trials and beyond.   Click on the image to enlarge it: Article written by Michelle Cady-Cook.  She is the Director of Marketing and part owner of Cady Reporting (a WBENC company).  She is a sustaining member of the Cleveland Association of Paralegals, and is currently serving as Chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Green Initiative Committee and Chair of... read more
The Honorable Chris Hanwell Presiding…

The Honorable Chris Hanwell Presiding…

Chris Hanwell, account manager for Cady Reporting Services had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer with the Cleveland Middle School Mock Trial Competition 2016.  He was kind enough to give us a few minutes of his time for a short interview about his experience.   M: Can you give us an overall description of your day? C: The day was great!  All of the middle school kids did an excellent job presenting their cases.  They were prepared and knew what they wanted to get across even at such a young age.  As the presiding “judge”, I was there to keep the trial moving and to rule on any objections that were made based off of a small list of objections that the students were able to use.  I didn’t rule on the outcome of the case, but rather I was there to provide a score based on overall performance and their ability to do things properly according to their rules.     M:What was the case about? C: The case that I sat in on was based on the book and movie “The Outsiders”.  The case was ultimately about the prosecution presenting their case against Pony Boy Curtis, a Greaser, trying to get him on a murder charge for killing one of the Socs (short for Socials).  The Defense of course was saying that it was self-defense as the Socs were attempting to harm Pony Boy and his friend by drowning them in the fountain in the park.     M: Describe your interactions with the kids, and their performances C: The students were all very polite and courteous.  During... read more
Volunteering for the Mock Trial Competition 2016

Volunteering for the Mock Trial Competition 2016

What a new and enjoyable experience it was to participate as a volunteer judge for the Cleveland Mock Trial!  I arrived early in the morning and went through security at the Cleveland Justice Center.  I was greeted by a smiling Jessica Paine.  Jessica is an accomplished organizer, working at the CMBA, and I am continually impressed by her ability to accomplish everything necessary with a big smile and a positivity that never falters.  I was assigned to courtroom 14A.  As I walked in and the lights illuminated the courtroom, I was transformed into an officer of the court.  Working around the legal field in the capacity of litigation support often puts me near and around the law, but not directly submerged into the role of official representative.  As I waited patiently for the  competitors and the other judges to arrive, I’m not going to lie, I imagined myself as a player in a television courtroom drama fighting for the rights of the victim!  I was snapped out of it as the high school students entered the courtroom, bustling with the excitement and pre-“trial” jitters of the competition that they were about to participate in.  One team was from Martin Luther King Jr. High School, and they were competing against The Cleveland School of Science and Medicine.  I went behind the courtroom to meet the judges that I would be participating with.  I had the privilege of judging the competition with the honorable Lauren C. Moore, a judge at the Cleveland Municipal Court and her son, Brian Siggers, a law student at Case Western Reserve.  Judge Moore is the coordinator... read more
Tips for Writing a Powerful Reply Brief

Tips for Writing a Powerful Reply Brief

“You Lie!” -Rep. Joe Wilson to President Obama During a 2009 Speech to Congress -Every Litigator Since the Dawn of Civilization When reading the Opposition’s Brief We’ve just read the opposition brief in our big case.  Now we are considering drafting our reply brief without including the four-letter words that recently echoed from our office walls. How do we start?  We need to envision the readers – the judge and the judge’s law clerk…   Read this fantastic article by Cleveland’s own David Mills, a top Federal Appellate Lawyer by clicking here.   David Mills is a federal appellate lawyer.  He had argued at the U.S. Supreme Court, obtaining a 9-0 decision in Ortiz v. Jordan.  He formerly served as law clerk to the current Chief Judge of the Sixth Circuit, R. Guy Cole, Jr.  More information is available at www.MillsFederalAppeals.com.  Most importantly, his self-drawn legal cartoons (Courtoons) are still up at www.courtoons.net.  He has been a CMBA member since 2002.  He can be reached at (216) 929-4747 or dm@MillsFederalAppeals.com   If you would like to read more about David Mills’ Supreme Court decision in Ortiz v. Jordan, see below and click the link at the bottom of the excerpt.   “It was about 1 p.m. on a Friday afternoon when Cleveland, Ohio sole practitioner David E. Mills realized he had just a few hours to keep a case alive. A colleague told him about a client looking for a lawyer to appeal her case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Mills, who went out on his own in 2008, took a look at the 6th Circuit opinion and quickly... read more
Interview With a President (Part 2)

Interview With a President (Part 2)

Jessica Kubiak is the Senior Paralegal in the Domestic Relations department of Phillips and Mille.  She also is the president of the Cleveland Association of Paralegals (CAP).  She was kind enough to sit down with me and tell me a little bit about herself and her paralegal profession.   Q: So how long have you been a paralegal?   A: 16 years   Q: So how did you find out about CAP?   A: That was funny!  In 2011 after I had gotten my certification, Christy Zeyer had emailed me and asked me to come and sit on a panel for certifications and then shortly after that they said, “Hey you should run for vice president” I didn’t want to get in over my head, but they all said that they would walk me through it and I went ahead and did it.  I became vice president, and have just gone from there.  I love it, I meet a ton of people.  I love having the events.  To me, being a paralegal is not just my job, it’s my profession and I’m proud of it.  I want to see this profession excelled, and see other people be proud of it, and really enjoy it.  So for me it’s not just, “oh, I’m a paralegal”, I am a paralegal, I am a professional and that’s how we want to be viewed.  So I’m all about that, I’m proud of my profession, and I want to make sure that others coming into the profession are aware of what it takes.  I think everyone should have high expectations of themselves when they... read more
Interview With a President (part 1)

Interview With a President (part 1)

Jessica Kubiak is the Senior Paralegal in the Domestic Relations department of Phillips and Mille.  She also is the president of the Cleveland Association of Paralegals (CAP).  She was kind enough to sit down with me and tell me a little bit about herself and her paralegal profession.     Q: So how long have you been a paralegal?   A: 16 years     Q: Where did you start out?   A: First job in a law firm was a small four person firm and they did all kinds of law.  I quickly found out that I did not like asbestos work.  I didn’t center my career on family law when I first started, but I got a taste of it. I graduated from Lakeland Community College with an Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies, and I am going to Cleveland State to finish my English Degree.   In my fist job, I got introduced to the CLAD system, because of all of the asbestos work at the time. I then went on to become a child support enforcement officer for 6 years.  That skill set helped me when I got my next job in a small law firm where I did focus on family law.   Being a child support enforcement officer taught me so many things.  I know the ins and outs of the system.  When I call over there, I know what screen they are looking at, I know the terminology, the guidelines, and all of that helps me get my job done.  Attorneys find that very useful because it’s not something that they generally are... read more
We, The Jury

We, The Jury

We, The Jury   “We the jury find the defendant…”   What will it be?  Guilty? Not guilty? In a criminal trial, a jury is charged with the responsibility of deciding whether, on the facts of the case, a person is guilty or not guilty of the crime they have been charged with.   Who can be selected as a juror in Ohio?  Jurors in Ohio are selected by random drawing from a list of registered voters/licensed drivers.  A new list is compiled each year.   Can I be a juror?  If you are a resident of the court’s geographical area, are over 18 and have not lost your right to serve.  (Jury service may be revoked by being conviced of certain crimes.)  Everyone who meets the criteria above can have the opportunity to be a juror.   What happens when I appear for my jury duty?  First you will be directed to an assembly room and most likely participate in a brief orientation.  You will also take an oath to fully and truthfully answer the questions.  See that oath by clicking here.  You will then be introduced to the case.  You will be asked questions to determine if you will be able to perform your jury duty with fairness and impartiality.  You will either be selected or dismissed, the choice is up to the attorneys and judges to decide.  If you are dismissed or excused from the jury pool, rest assured it is not personal.  The court simply wants to ensure that the jurors are able to evaluate each case as fairly as possible.   What kind of... read more
3 Easy Ways to Stay Organized at Work

3 Easy Ways to Stay Organized at Work

Organize your workspace Take a look at your workspace.  Can anyone see you over that small mountain of papers?  Do you really need that “Bang Head Here” paddle ball set?  Take a few minutes at the beginning of each day to get your workspace in order, that will set the tone for the rest of your day.  You can also take a few minutes before you leave the office at night to organize for the next day.  Put your paperwork in its place – do you have a system to store your paperwork with a weekly review to get rid of junk?  Use your technology wisely.  Store information like phone numbers and addresses in your phone or computer.  You can use apps like Dropbox, Depolaunch or the Cady Reporting repository to keep all of your documents at your fingertips and readily accessible.  With a clear and organized workspace you can have a productive day. Organize your time To keep your time at the office (or really anywhere) organized you first have to identify your goals.  What tasks do you need to have done?   What tasks would you like to have done?  Once all of your goals are identified, get your priorities in order! Which are more important, most time sensitive?  Block out time for each of your orders of business according to how long you think they will take.  Add a little bit of time to each time block to make sure you get everything accomplished. Organize your mind It is nearly impossible in today’s day and age, but to the best of your ability try not to... read more
AppFacts – Fast Customer

AppFacts – Fast Customer

Online review: 4/5 stars Price: Free   Fast Customer is an app for iPhone and Android phones that promises to save time and eliminate frustration by cutting through your time on-hold and getting the company you want to call you back when someone is available to speak with you.  No navigating menus or listening to bad jazz.  There are over 3,000 companies available.   Overall the app got great reviews on both the apple and Android platforms.  Users seemed to love the concept and the function of the app.  Some low ratings came from users who had issues reaching certain companies, as all companies are set up slightly differently.  But those complaints were few compared to the overall 4 and 5 star ratings.   Article written by Michelle Cady-Cook.  She is the Director of Marketing and part owner of Cady Reporting (a WBENC company).  She is a sustaining member of the Cleveland Association of Paralegals, and is currently serving as Chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Green Initiative Committee and Chair of the Follow Up Committee for the National Network of Reporting Companies (NNRC). She has been officially involved in the legal community for over 10 years.  Within the framework of Cady Reporting Services, she partners with locally owned court reporting firms across the country to continually improve the practice of litigation. Cady Reporting Services is located at 1468 W. 9th St. Cleveland, OH 44113.  Our court reporters and videographers personally serve the state of Ohio, and we daily schedule court reporters and other litigation support services through our partners in the NNRC.  The National Network of Reporting Companies is your personal connection to coverage wherever and whenever you... read more
Tell Everyone What You’re Made Of With Three Little Letters

Tell Everyone What You’re Made Of With Three Little Letters

 “Get certified because the better you write, the easier your job will be.”                                                                                           -Kristin Wegryn, RPR, RMR, CRR   There are many certifications that are available for court reporters.  But why should a court reporter become certified when they can do the same thing without a certification?   A professional certification defines you as a competent individual who cares about your profession and takes it seriously.  It demonstrates your commitment to your profession, and your willingness to invest in your own development. Those things help you remain competitive, employable and valuable.   When you are certified you gain acknowledgement for your skills, knowledge and expertise within the field of reporting.  Those few letters that follow your name will make a powerful statement about the capability that you bring to the table.   So what are those letters and what do they stand for?  The OCRA (Ohio Court Reporters Association) spells it out for us:   Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) Registered Merit Reporter (RMR) Registered Diplomate Reporter (RDR) Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR) Certified Broadcast Captioner (CBC) Certified CART Provider (CCP) Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS) Certified Reporting Instructor (CRI) Master Certified Reporting Instructor (MCRI) Certified Program Evaluator (CPE) Realtime Systems Administrator Trial Presentation Certificate Certified Manager of Reporting Services (CMRS) What do each of these certifications mean and what are the requirements? Click below to find... read more
Top Tips From a Court Reporter: Sleep

Top Tips From a Court Reporter: Sleep

“Get plenty of sleep” -Kelly Hill, 18 year reporter   When asked what her top tips for reporters are, this is just one of the tips that Kelly wanted to share with her colleagues.  That is great advice, not only for reporters but, for everyone. Why is sleep so important?  Sleep is essential to our mental, physical and emotional well-being.  It also can protect our quality of life and safety.   Sleep helps your brain work properly.  During sleep the neurons in your brain fire nearly as much as they do while you are awake.  So the hours that we rest are extremely important to many of our brain and cognitive functions.   When we are asleep our brain processes information and prepares for actions  .  In effect, we are making decisions while unconscious.  So the saying “sleep on it” has actual scientific validation.   Sleep also plays an important role in learning.  Dr. Matthew Walker, a Berkeley sleep researcher says “…sleep before learning helps prepare your brain for initial formation of memories. And then, sleep after learning is essential to help save and cement that new information into the architecture of the brain, meaning you’re less likely to forget it.”  As with most legal professionals, court reporters learn new things with every job they take, and their skills become a more deeply engrained part of them.  While you are sleeping, your brain actually learns and remembers how to perform physical tasks.  The brain stores information during REM sleep that can be particularly helpful for storing information related to motor tasks.  This is particularly helpful for court reporters, as their... read more
What Do All Those Little Letters Mean?

What Do All Those Little Letters Mean?

What does 225 WPM sound like? Can you type along?

A well qualified reporter is proud of their experience and education, and with good reason. To maintain the highest professional level of court reporting, reporters can earn certifications. These certifications are not taken lightly, they are earned by hard work and excellent skill in their field.

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Deposition in Deutschland?

Deposition in Deutschland?

Preparing for a deposition in Germany   “Blinder Eifer ist Feurer ohne Licht.”  Translated into English this German expression means “Zeal without knowledge is a runaway horse,” or in other words, uninformed enthusiasm will only lead to disaster.  Anyone who is preparing to take their first deposition overseas would certainly be enthusiastic, but to make sure that enthusiasm leads to success there are some important things you will need to place in your bank of knowledge.   If your deposition is taking you to Germany, you will need to be well-planned and well-scheduled as there are many necessary preparations that you’ll need to make.  If certain specific protocols are not followed, your deposition may be considered unauthorized and lead to criminal penalties.  The following are some noteworthy highlights from the process:   All depositions taken in Germany must take place at the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt. There is a mandatory non-refundable $1,283.00 scheduling fee due six weeks in advance of the deposition. Don’t reschedule!  That fee will be due each time you change the date. A Consular Officer will need to administrate the oaths for a fee of $50.00 each. A $309.00 per hour fee will be assessed for the first hour the administration of the oaths occurs, unless the consular needs to stay during the deposition, which will cost you $231.00 per hour. Do you need the closing certificate of the depositions? That will cost you $415.00. Bring your own power adapters for charging your iPad as no converters are available. No photocopier or fax machine is available, so make sure to have all copies of your... read more
Cady Reporting Green Initiative

Cady Reporting Green Initiative

You are invited to the first Green Family Fun Day, hosted by the CMBA’s Green Initiative Committee. Saturday, June 13 at 10 a.m. at the CMBA Conference Center.
Bring your family and friends to this FREE event, including complimentary:
Movie showing of “The Lorax” in the new CMBA movie theater with pizza, popcorn, games and prizes!

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2013 Dress for Success Donation Drive

2013 Dress for Success Donation Drive

Cady Reporting is proud to announce our 2nd annual Dress for Success donation drive In 2013, as a result of the wonderful generosity of Cleveland’s legal community, we collected hundreds of needed clothing items and nearly $1,000 in donations. This year we are looking to meet or surpass last year’s collections. We will be collecting at several Cleveland area law firms from May 16-24, 2014. If your law firm would like to participate, please contact Michelle Cady-Cook here. Our thanks goes out to our generous donors for making this possible! Click here for more information on participating in our Dress for Success donation drive!   article by Michelle Cady-Cook.  She is the Director of Marketing and part owner of Cady Reporting (a WBENC company) that covers litigation support work in the State of Ohio.  She is a sustaining member of the Cleveland Association of Paralegals, and is currently serving as Immediate Past Chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Green Initiative Committee and member of the CMBA Affiliate Working Committee.  Michelle chairs the Follow Up Committee for the National Network Reporting Company (NNRC). She has been officially involved in the legal community for over 10 years, and ‘unofficially’ involved for over 30.  Within the framework of Cady Reporting Services, she partners with locally owned court reporting firms across the country to continually improve the practice of litigation. Cady Reporting Services is located at 1468 W. 9th St. Cleveland, OH 44113.  Our court reporters and videographers personally serve the state of Ohio, and we daily schedule court reporters and other litigation support services through our partners in the NNRC.  The National Network of Reporting Companies is your personal connection to coverage wherever and whenever you need... read more
Cady Reporting Sponsors Ohio Women’s Bar Association Golf Outing

Cady Reporting Sponsors Ohio Women’s Bar Association Golf Outing

Cady Reporting to sponsor the Ohio Women’s Bar Association (OWBA) 2014 Golf Outing As a WBENC company, Cady Reporting was proud to sponsor the Ohio Women’s Bar Association (OWBA) 2014 Golf Outing at Stone Water Golf Course in Bay Village, Ohio. The weather was not exactly what a golfer would choose, but we were troopers through the sheets of rain and came out on par for 18 holes! Back at the clubhouse a wonderful lunch was served with drinks and dessert where we got to meet all of the golfers. Everyone had a great time and we hope for another wonderful turnout next year! *Picture from left to right: Chris Hanwell, Chuck Cady, Lauren Cady and Michele Ray – look at those outfits, completely on point! Click here to see the rest of the album on our Facebook page.           Photos and article by Michelle Cady-Cook.  She is the Director of Marketing and part owner of Cady Reporting (a WBENC company) that covers litigation support work in the State of Ohio.  She is a sustaining member of the Cleveland Association of Paralegals, and is currently serving as Immediate Past Chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Green Initiative Committee and member of the CMBA Affiliate Working Committee.  Michelle chairs the Follow Up Committee for the National Network Reporting Company (NNRC). She has been officially involved in the legal community for over 10 years, and ‘unofficially’ involved for over 30.  Within the framework of Cady Reporting Services, she partners with locally owned court reporting firms across the country to continually improve the practice of litigation.   Cady Reporting... read more


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FAQ: Do I Need a Specialized Medical Malpractice Reporter?

FAQ: Do I Need a Specialized Medical Malpractice Reporter?

Many attorneys have at one time or another wondered if they needed a court reporter who is specialized in the area of medical malpractice depositions.  The answer to that one is simple! Basically, any qualified court reporter should be able to take down testimony from any area of the law including fast and technical medical malpractice depositions.  At Cady Reporting Services in Ohio, we make sure each and every one of our court reporters is up to the task of difficult medical malpractice and any other technical deposition – even when writing real-time!  If you would like to work with one of our experienced and qualified reporters just call us at 888.624.2239 (CADY) or schedule by clicking here.   This article was written by Michelle Cady-Cook.  She is the Director of Marketing and part owner of Cady Reporting (a WBENC company).  She is a sustaining member of the Cleveland Association of Paralegals and is currently serving on the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Green Initiative Committee, the Affiliate Committee, and is Chair of the Follow-Up Committee for the National Network of Reporting Companies (NNRC). She has been officially involved in the legal community for over 10 years.  Within the framework of Cady Reporting Services, she partners with locally owned court reporting firms across the country to continually improve the practice of litigation. Cady Reporting Services is located at 1468 W. 9th St. Cleveland, OH 44113.  Our court reporters and videographers personally serve the state of Ohio, and we daily schedule court reporters and other litigation support services through our partners in the NNRC.  The National Network of Reporting Companies is your personal connection to coverage wherever and whenever you need...

Back to Class: Grammar Rules 101 – There, Their, They’re

No matter what school we attend or how long we had attended it, there are some things that we just don’t get right every time. Fortunately, these posts will not be examples of mistakes made in physics… http://cadyreporting.com/cady/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Speed_Bus_Jump.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. Hey, are you still their? No, I’m over they’re. Do those sentences grind your nerves a little? They should. There, their and they’re are not interchangeable. The information below will clarify the uses of each of these so that your writing is professional and pristine. There – place Their – possession They’re – posse (a group of words that hangs out together and makes a cool contraction) Examples: There: “No, the doctor was not there when the baby was born.” Their: “It was their car that caused the accident.” They’re: “They’re not going to settle, so please prepare for trial.” It is absolutely necessary for court reporters to use the correct grammar. If they did not, a transcript would basically be unusable. What if a court reporter’s transcript read something like this: “Their going to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. They’re are many exhibits to copy and there not going to happy about it.” Obviously, that kind of product from a court reporter is unacceptable. You want a transcript that is grammatically correct each time.  The very testimony of a transcript can be changed by using bad grammar. To ensure that your court reporter knows which way the grammatical apple falls, click...
Resource: Martindale-Hubble

Resource: Martindale-Hubble

Martindale-Hubble is a directory for finding and researching attorneys.  Listings may include client and AV Peer Review Ratings along with information like law firm and state bar admissions.  They also have their Legal Library, a database of over 85,000 documents regarding judicial decisions, statutes, regulations and more.  As a court reporting firm, we are not listed on the Martindale Hubble website but you can find all of our information to contact us below! Click: www.cadyreporting.com Call: 888.624.2239 (CADY)   Article compiled/written by Michelle Cady-Cook.  She is the Director of Marketing and part owner of Cady Reporting (a WBENC company).  She is a sustaining member of the Cleveland Association of Paralegals, and is currently serving as Chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Green Initiative Committee and Chair of the Follow Up Committee for the National Network of Reporting Companies (NNRC). She has been officially involved in the legal community for over 10 years.  Within the framework of Cady Reporting Services, she partners with locally owned court reporting firms across the country to continually improve the practice of litigation. Cady Reporting Services is located at 1468 W. 9th St. Cleveland, OH 44113.  Our court reporters and videographers personally serve the state of Ohio, and we daily schedule court reporters and other litigation support services through our partners in the NNRC.  The National Network Reporting Company is your personal connection to coverage wherever and whenever you need it....
Guest Author: Lighting the Career Path Through Mentoring and Championing

Guest Author: Lighting the Career Path Through Mentoring and Championing

Lighting the Career Path Through Mentoring and Championing by Guest Author Adrian D. Thompson of Taft, Stettinius & Hollister (Originally published in the CMBA Journal, March 2017) A Buddhist proverb states, “If you light a lamp for someone, it will also brighten your own path.”  Mentoring programs help young lawyers develop and learn new skills under the direction and advice of a seasoned expert, their mentor. Mentoring is a career development and talent retention tool.  The very act of mentoring brightens the career paths of both the person being nurtured through counsel, “the mentee,” and the person providing the counseling, “the mentor.” The law firm/employer itself, also benefits due to the enhanced communication between the mentor and mentee which ultimately supports the organization’s directions toward sustainable growth gained from enlightened participants.  Quality mentoring greatly enhances the mentee’s changes for success and the company’s ability to meet/exceed its goals and objectives.  Therefore, the importance and significance of a formal mentoring program cannot be diminished. Mentor Duties Mentor duties are to advise, motivate, coach, champion, inspire, teach and lead by example.  Mentors are more senior professionals in their careers and are battle tested.  Mentoring occurs when an experienced lawyer takes a personal interest in one with less experience and helps the junior lawyer learn and advance.  Mentors provide mentees with a brain to pick, and ear to listen, and a friendly push in the right direction.  As active listeners, mentors offer support, guidance and constructive criticism as appropriate.  Mentoring also provides the mentee with a leader to run to with questions.  Mentoring programs help to foster healthy work relationships by providing...
Resource: Lexis Nexis

Resource: Lexis Nexis

Lexis Nexis is a company used by many legal professionals around the world.  They provide legal, regulatory and business information and analytics for lawyers and legal professionals. Their main data center is right here in Ohio! They provide the following: Lexis Advance® Lexis Practice Advisor® Lexis Search Advantage® Shepard’s ® Citations Service LexisNexis® Legal News LexisNexis® Public Records Collection Lex Machina® Legal Analytics® graphics   According to Wikipedia, LexisNexis Group is a corporation providing computer-assisted legal research as well as business research and risk management services.[2][3] During the 1970s, LexisNexis pioneered the electronic accessibility of legal and journalistic documents.[4] As of 2006, the company has the world’s largest electronic database for legal and public-records related information.[5]   Their services are delivered via 2 websites that require separate paid subscriptions.   Article compiled/written by Michelle Cady-Cook.  She is the Director of Marketing and part owner of Cady Reporting (a WBENC company).  She is a sustaining member of the Cleveland Association of Paralegals, and is currently serving as Chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Green Initiative Committee and Chair of the Follow Up Committee for the National Network of Reporting Companies (NNRC). She has been officially involved in the legal community for over 10 years.  Within the framework of Cady Reporting Services, she partners with locally owned court reporting firms across the country to continually improve the practice of litigation. Cady Reporting Services is located at 1468 W. 9th St. Cleveland, OH 44113.  Our court reporters and videographers personally serve the state of Ohio, and we daily schedule court reporters and other litigation support services through our partners in the NNRC.  The National Network of Reporting Companies is your personal connection to coverage wherever...
Law Firms Must Harness the Competitive Advantage of Diversity to Evolve

Law Firms Must Harness the Competitive Advantage of Diversity to Evolve

In most industries, including law, the failure to develop new products is fatal. Economic development is driven by product development: New products create new opportunities, expand businesses, and forge industries.  However, as technologies make things more efficient, this cycle must be repeated to ensure that new people and ideas are continually engaged and employed.  Critically, continually delivering excellent and innovative products and expertise requires a breadth of insight that can only be created through diverse leadership.  Why?  Because insight into customer perspective requires leadership composition that mirrors ever-diversifying customer composition.             Numerous studies make clear that entities with more diverse workforces and, more importantly, leadership, out-perform their peers.  As reported by McKinsey & Company: [C]ompanies in the top quartile for gender or racial and ethnic diversity are more likely to have financial returns above their nation al industry medians.  Companies in the bottom quartile in these dimensions are statistically less likely to achieve above-average returns.  And diversity is probably a competitive differentiator that shifts market share toward more diverse companies over time.1                 This disparity can be directly traced to the competitive advantage inherent to diversity in developing new products and creating new lines of business.  And, like every industry, law firms must take advantage of diversity in order to effectively engage in new product development.  Our customers do not sign engagement letters with practice areas, they are investing in lawyers and expertise – these are our “legal products.”  However, to make sure that our products are attractive to our clients we must leverage the competitive advantage of diversity, specifically in firm leadership.  Leadership diversity creates diversity of thought,...

Resource: NNRC, the National Network Reporting Company

Resource: NNRC is your best resource for scheduling litigation support services throughout the country and all over the world. The National Network Reporting Company (NNRC) is one of the number one sources for litigators to get the most experienced court reporting professionals and the latest in deposition technology.  All over the United States and in many other locations around the world, litigators turn to their local partner for instant scheduling. As an organization of independently owned court reporting companies, we give you the coverage of a large corporation, but with the personal service of a local company where you’re more than just a case number. Just some of the services they provide all over the world are: Court Reporters with realtime and internet streaming capabilities Trial Presentation Conference rooms that are comfortable and fully equipped Videoconferencing Legal Videography Multi-District Litigation (MDL) Support High-Quality Expedited Transcripts If you are in need of litigation support services anywhere in the country, please contact Cady Reporting, your local NNRC partner.    ...
FAQ – What is Videoconferencing?

FAQ – What is Videoconferencing?

Many who are new to the arena of law wonder, what is videoconferencing?  Videoconferencing, also called video teleconferencing (VTC) is a method of taking a deposition when parties are in different locations.  Both parties are connected with high-tech sound and audio equipment.  Through today’s technology, we can connect more than just 2 parties, through “bridging” we can connect many parties together without anyone getting a security pat-down from the TSA.  For the deposition, a court reporter can be at basically any location to record the testimony with the agreement of all parties.  Although many services are technically free, they are usually highly insecure and sometimes very unreliable.  If you have any legal proceedings or depositions that need to be done via videoconferencing, a secure, monitored line of communication is always recommended.  Click here to see what happened during an extremely high-profile case IN the courtroom!  That was definitely embarrassing to counsel.  With the digital security breaches happening daily, it is very important to keep your client safe. At Cady Reporting our famous scheduler, Lori Puchalski has connected parties from down the street to around the world.  We even took a deposition where Lori and the court reporter came in at 2:30 a.m. for a videoconference connected to the Philippines!  Lori works hard to find the closest and most convenient locations for all parties.  Not every firm has the scheduling power of Cady Reporting, especially when it comes to videoconferencing for depositions. Take advantage of the power of Cady to do the least work and get the best result – literally working smarter, not harder. To read more about why you should...
Don’t Let This Courtroom Disaster Happen To You

Don’t Let This Courtroom Disaster Happen To You

By scheduling videconferencing over a secure connection instead of Skype, you can ensure that this will not happen to you.  Skype is free, but the old adage, “you get what you pay for” applies to this service.  Ask yourself, do you really want to depose someone using the same platform that Ashleigh uses to chat with her BFF while grounded? Probably not.  Give us a call and let us give you the professional platform that you deserve for your videoconference.  We can connect you to anywhere in the world safely and securely. By using secure videoconferencing instead of Skype you can avoid embarrassing moments, and Tweets such as, “I can’t believe someone is testifying via Skype…”(@OmarRang) and making the judge very unhappy, leading to her ask counsel to use another way to bring in the...
FAQ – How Fast Does a Court Reporter Type?

FAQ – How Fast Does a Court Reporter Type?

Many people wonder: “How fast does a court reporter take down testimony?” That is an excellent question! the simple answer is over 225 words per minute. The more in-depth answer is that a court reporter graduates with a minimum ‘writing’ speed of 225 wpm and 97.5% accuracy. The machine they use is combined with computer technology and a highly specialized form of shorthand, kind of like their own language. When a reporter graduates at 225 wpm, they continue practicing and increasing their speed.  Court reporting is a mentally demanding and rewarding profession. At Cady Reporting, our court reporters all say that they love the never-ending education that they receive on depositions.  We are proud of our entire reporting staff, they have a passion for reporting that comes through in their work, their attitude and desire to always deliver the best quality product. Do you have a question about court reporting?  Contact us and we will be sure to answer it! For more information on court reporting, check out our other articles: What Do All Those Little Letters Mean? Tell Everyone What You’re Made Of With Three Little Letters   Article written by Michelle Cady-Cook.  She is the Director of Marketing and part owner of Cady Reporting (a WBENC company).  She is a sustaining member of the Cleveland Association of Paralegals, and is currently serving as Chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Green Initiative Committee and Chair of the Follow Up Committee for the National Network of Reporting Companies (NNRC). She has been officially involved in the legal community for over 10 years.  Within the framework of Cady Reporting Services, she partners with locally owned court...


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