#1 Stuff Court Reporters Like - Making Copies

Have you ever wondered about court reporters?  Or more precisely, what court reporters like?  We'll, I don't just wonder -- I know -- because I am one and work with them all day long, every day.  Day in, day out.

Court reporters like to be asked to make copies.  Go ahead, just ask one.  At your next deposition say the following: Miss, can you make copies of these exhibits for me?  They love it, I promise!

After years of school, perhaps thousands of dollars spent on student loans, steno equipment and software, not to mention years spent working as a professional in the field, there is nothing a reporter would like to do more than make copies of exhibits.

They love to unstaple documents, lay them flat on the copier glass and press the button. One at a time if possible. No staple remover is required for the really good reporters.  A good old fashioned fingernail will do!  Manicure - shmanicure.

After a deposition the luckiest of reporters get to schlep to Kinko's or some local copy shop.  Hopefully there's a line and an incompetent worker there that will jam up the machine and crease the exhibits.  What's a curriculum vitae without a little tape on one corner?

Come on, People, am I alone in this?

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Todd Olivas

Todd Olivas is a court reporter and entrepreneur.
He founded TO&A in 2003.

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