High-Tech Court Reporter Traveling Light

One of the court reporters I have the pleasure of working with, Veronica Thompson, wants to have as little as possible to carry to depositions and arbitrations  She now arrives at depositions carrying a little black backpack and no case.  When she arrives at a law office announcing “I’m the court reporter,” the receptionist/attorneys get scared and inevitably ask, “Where is your stuff?  We have a deposition!”  Veronica smiles, turns, and shows them her backpack.

Veronica uses a little Sony Vaio netbook/computer to run her CAT software on with a 2MB hard drive.  Her steno machine is a red LightSpeed from Stenovations.

Veronica uses Stenocast as her preferred output for realtime.  With a multi-USB hub, she can send out a realtime feed to Stenocast, has a back-up thumb drive for saving files, and her CAT software key. 

I know of two other court reporters in California using netbooks to run their CAT software. 

Upon interviewing Veronica, I learned that her disciplined practice is at the end of every job, she copies to a thumb drive the transcript, her LightSpeed dictionary, her main dictionary, and her job dictionary.  She goes home and uploads the transcript and dictionary to her large computer for editing.  Once she is done editing any job (or during the editing process) before turning off her large computer, she once again is disciplined enough to copy her edited transcript, her main dictionary, and her job dictionary to the thumb drive.  Then when she opens up her deposition netbook/computer she inputs the changes.  This procedure takes incredible discipline.  Veronica believes (and so do I) if a person skips a step, you will start forgetting what you have done and haven’t done which can be very dangerous.

One thing I love about court reporters is they are innovative, technical professionals.  Having the desire to be the best, have the best equipment, and be efficient will take anyone a long way.  Veronica is always pushing the technology perimeter.  (One day I might write about how she edits with her feet so she can hold her cat while she scopes/proofs.)

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4 replies
  1. Veronica Thompson says:

    I love my equipment. My Sony computer actually has 2mb of RAM and a 64g solid state hard drive. It came in a “shoe” box and also has a wrist strap so you can wear it like a bracelet (or a digital camera) weighing in at 1.4 pounds. It’s a nice computer.

  2. Aleece DePuey says:

    I actually have this same setup without the Stenocast as I am still a student. I put it together piecemeal, but I am so glad to see that I am on the right track with my thinking that traveling as light as possible is just as smart as writing as short as possible.

    Thanks for profiling this reporter. This really is the wave of the future.

  3. Trish says:

    Which multi-USB hub do you recommend? Which devices do you have plugged into your computer and which devices do you plug into the hub? Any problems arise at all? Thanks, Trish

  4. Rosalie Kramm says:

    I use a generic multi-USB hub (can’t remember name offhand and my stuff is in my trunk). I use the hub for Stenocast, but I practice before so I can get the ports correct for my CAT software. Tip: Plug your Stenocast box into an electrical outlet. If it runs off your computer, and your computer has a half-second of no juice, you will blue screen.

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