Boss Certified Realtime Reporting attended the 2011 Annual Meeting and Installation Dinner for Broward County Bar Association
Boss Certified Realtime Reporting attended the Annual Gala on June 5th for the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Donna Kadosh, president and founder of Boss Certified Realtime Reporting, received the 2011 Job Creation “Driven” Entrepreneurial Success Award Recipient at the recent Hispanic Unity of Florida’s Inaugural Entrepreneur Summit.
“Donna and her company represent the characteristics the panel of independent judges were looking for in a successful entrepreneur who was able to grow her business,” said Josie Bacallao, president and CEO of Hispanic Unity of Florida. “Despite a difficult economy over the past several years, Ms. Kadosh was able to grow her client base and in particular, her employee base..”
Donna was one of three entrepreneurs selected to receive the Success Award based on employment growth, community involvement and contributions’ and business innovations. Founded in 1995, Boss currently employs more than 40 formally-trained stenographic reporters and supports such organizations as the Broward Bar Association, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber, Broward Women’s Alliance and Legal Aid of Broward County.
Based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Boss provides nationwide court reporting services for trials, depositions, mediations, arbitrations, conferences and meetings, as well as closed captioning. Conference room facilities are available throughout Florida. For more information about Boss, visit www.bossreporting.com or call 954-467-6867.
About Hispanic Unity
Founded 29 years ago, Hispanic Unity of Florida’s mission is to serve individuals and their families by empowering them to succeed in the United States. For more information, visit www.hispanicunity.org.
May 6, 2011
Boss Certified Realtime Reporting was nominated for the “Small Business of the Year Award” in the category of Established Small Business by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. Boss was recognized for its leadership, integrity and management in operating a successful small business, and for its contributions to the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and the business community.
April 29, 2011
Boss Certified Realtime Reporting participated in the suit drive sponsored by the Women’s Council and the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. Boss donated many suits and gently used business attire to Women in Distress who uses the donations for victims of domestic violence.
April 14, 2011
Boss Certified Realtime Reporting hosted an open house for Boss clients and fellow Broward County Bar Association Members at their main office on Las Olas Blvd. on April 14th, 2011. Boss Certified Realtime Reporting is the official court reporting agency for the Broward County Bar Association.
Field could grow as much as 25 percent by 2016
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Job placement is 100 percent for graduates of the country’s top court reporting schools, according to the National Court Reporting Association (NCRA). The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that court reporting jobs, which range from the courtroom to TV stations, will grow from 9 to 25 percent by 2016. Locally, instructor Debby Ross, CRI, FPI, of Sheridan Technical Center says training for court reporting careers at her school has become even more accessible to students due to their online curriculum.
“The court reporting curriculum is rigorous, but the career path offers many benefits and a great chance of landing a job,” she said. “Our online school offers the ultimate flexibility to anyone nationwide who wants to get the training.”
Sheridan, which is one of three technical centers in Broward County, is the only NCRA approved online school in Florida. Their sister school, Atlantic Technical Center, offers traditional classes. Ross says that enrollment in her program is growing and she expects that trend to continue as more people discover the benefits of this career path.
The positive job growth news counters the common myth that court reporting is being overshadowed by new technology. Just the opposite is true, according to Donna Kadosh, who owns Boss Certified Realtime Reporting and employs more than 40 stenographic court reporters.
“A trained stenographic court reporter remains the most reliable and accurate way to capture a proceeding,” she said. “As more lawyers discover the fallacies of recording devices and TV stations scramble to meet new closed captioning regulations, the demand for stenographers will only continue to grow.”
Kadosh explains that seemingly high-tech recording devices are much less reliable than traditional stenographic reporters. Some firms simply send someone to record the legal proceedings, and then send the digital files elsewhere, sometimes a foreign country, to have the transcripts prepared. If any parts of those recordings are unclear, important words could be omitted. Whereas, a stenographer can request clarification on the spot, and read back portions of the discussion upon request, either from a paper copy or real time digital translations.
In addition to the growing demand and reliability of professional court reporters, Kadosh points to the flexibility and solid income of the career. Most court reporters work as independent contractors, and can, therefore, work as little or as much as they want.
“I have team members who make anywhere from $50,000 a year to well over six figures,” said Kadosh. “I stress professionalism, good customer service, accuracy and responsiveness with my court reporters and it has paid off.”
The NCRA lists six certified court reporting schools in Florida, including Sheridan in Hollywood and Atlantic Technical Center in Coconut Creek. For more information, visit www.ncraonline.com.
Boss Certified Realtime Reporting, Inc. is based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and provides nationwide court reporting services for trials, depositions, mediations, arbitrations, conferences and meetings, as well as closed captioning. Conference room facilities are available throughout Florida. The firm was founded in 1995 and has more than 40 formally-trained stenographic reporters on its team. For more information about Boss, visit www.bossreporting.com or call 954-467-6867.
Boss Reporters Provide A Better Record
December 15, 2010
Donna also is concerned about a growing trend of law firms – many unknowingly — hiring individuals that call themselves court reporters yet are not trained as stenographic court reporters. Several court reporting agencies send in people to digitally record the proceedings. Those recordings are then sent to another group of people — often overseas — to transcribe the proceedings.
The Fort Myers online newspaper, Examiner.com, recently ran a piece about the changing face of court reporting. “A written record of an event lends itself well to later study, more so than audio or video,” states the article. “Then there is the fact that technology does go wrong sometimes.
A secret hearing related to the Oklahoma City bombing was recorded using audio, with no court reporter present. It was later found that the equipment was either not switched on properly or had malfunctioned, and the tape was blank. These kinds of incidents cannot be allowed to happen in a court. “
“All professional stenographic reporters require a stenographic machine, as that’s the backup,” explained Donna, who believes complaints are mounting in her industry. “Clients must start asking these critical questions: How are your reporters trained? Who handles the transcripts? What is the accuracy?”
“We are proud of the integrity of our organization and are determined to maintain our high-level of ethics,” she added.
The Boss Position on Ethics in Court Reporting
December 15, 2010
There’s a trend in the court reporting industry that is causing increasing concern at Boss Certified Realtime Reporting. As the industry becomes more competitive, some firms are opting for attractive “incentive” packages and client rewards in exchange for business. Legal administrators are being wooed by tempting gifts, ranging from I-Pads to gift cards, even cash to charities. One has to wonder how these “incentives” are being accounted for under the highly regulated Sweepstakes Laws monitored by the FTC.
According to Donna Kadosh, founder of Boss Court Reporting, despite the attractiveness of these incentives to some legal administrators, her agency is being firm regarding its long-standing policy against such practices. They instead choose to adhere to the Florida Stenographic Court Reporters Rules of Ethics. “We know, based on our 15 years of experience, that our clients choose us based on the professionalism, reliability and value pricing of our services,” she said. “Plus most of our clients follow the Association of Legal Administrators Code of Professional Responsibility, which strictly prohibits accepting gifts that may sway a decision about a particular vendor.”
The ALA Code encourages its members, in its section, “Responsibilities to those Outside the Legal Organization” to “Refrain from soliciting or accepting any fee, commission, gift, gratuity, discount or loan on behalf of oneself, family or friends, that may influence business decisions.”
Stenography vs. Digital Recording: Do You Know the Risks?
December 15, 2010
Law firms, city officials, companies, even private citizens who hire court reporters to record proceedings should be aware of the risks of hiring digital reporters versus trained stenographers. Many people – most often unknowingly – hire individuals who are not trained or experienced in the field of stenography.
So called “digital reporters” seem to represent a growing trend that is causing grave concern in the field of professional court reporting. They appear for meetings, hearings, trials and depositions armed with only a laptop to digitally record important proceedings. Much like a tape recorder, the digital reporter simply hits “record” on the laptop and can only hope the equipment is working properly. The digital file is then sent to a second party – often as far away as the Philippines – to transcribe.
In addition to taking business and jobs from the community, the practice of digital recording has numerous risks. For example, a properly trained stenographic reporter who hears a statement that is unclear will request both clarification of the statement as well as the speaker‘s identity. Someone who is simply operating a recording device is not trained to handle such situations and may not take the time to ask for statements to be repeated.
A stenographic court reporter also makes a hard copy record of the proceedings in addition to making a digital recording. The proceedings are simultaneously saved on internal memory and an external format. A professional court reporter also prints the proceedings out in stenographic format. This results in the proceedings being captured with three back-up methods.
Most importantly, “read backs” of requested portions of the record are available from paper or the realtime screen or digitally, providing a measure of safety found only with a realtime stenographically trained court reporter. With digital recordings, such read backs are dependent on the functionality of the audio recorder, as no stenographic notes are available as a reference.
Plus, when a third party transcriber is involved, especially one from a foreign country where English may not be the primary language, the risk of mistakes is higher. In these situations, any portion of the digital file that is not clear simply will be referred to as “inaudible” and/or omitted from the record. Substantial amounts of the record could be virtually eliminated from a single transcript.
Before hiring a court reporter, remember the importance of multiple and reliable backups, keeping jobs at home in the US and properly protecting important legal matters and proceedings.
RECORDING EXHIBITS: WHOSE JOB IS IT?
March 8, 2011
Did you know that it is the court reporter’s responsibility to mark all exhibits, maintain custody and control of all exhibits and annex them to all deposition transcripts, as stated in Rule 1.310(f) of the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure?
Attorneys have an obligation to make sure the reporter receives copies. Court Reporters have been trained not to leave a deposition without said exhibits, as they MUST be attached to all transcripts.
If you have any questions about this or any other procedure that you would like clarified, email us.
Chances are if you have a question, others might also.
THE DOWNFALL OF DIGITAL REPORTING
March 8, 2011
Imagine this scenario. A reporter enters the room with slick digital equipment and flips a switch. You begin questioning opposing counsel’s client, but that attorney doesn’t like your question. Suddenly, a seemingly innocent cough makes the answer fuzzy on the recording.
Unfortunately, the digital reporter in the room doesn’t have the training and/or experience to ask for the answer to be repeated or to capture the words through stenography. The result is a useless record of critical interrogatories.
Simple coughs, the shuffling of papers or other distractions are just a few of the techniques being used to render modern recording equipment virtually useless. Tricks are even being used with video equipment and lighting to make the person look guilty or ill prepared.
Considering these and other similar situations before hiring court reporters may make the difference between receiving valuable records and experiencing extreme frustration. At Boss Certified Realtime Reporting, all of the court reporters are certified stenographers, either Florida Professional Reporters or Realtime Professional Reporters, who are skilled at making sure each word of an important proceeding is captured.
By stenographically recording the proceedings, Boss reporters produce an accurate record because they are experienced and trained to stop and ask for clarifications where needed. In addition, this process allows for accurate read backs of any portion of the proceeding at any time.
“Sometimes, with our busy schedule, we forget to convey our appreciation for a job well done. We have been business friends for a very long time. My staff and I appreciate your professionalism, competency and expertise. Your transcripts are great and the speed of delivery is excellent. The reporters are friendly and competent. It is always a pleasure working with you.”
Joseph W. Ligman
Lingman Martin, P.L.
Attorneys at Law
Donna Kadosh was accepted as a new member of the Broward Women’s Alliance (BWA), a prestigious organization of women business owners, corporate executives and high ranking professionals. Members must hold the top position in their organization and demonstrate significant involvement in and contributions to the local community.
“We welcome Donna as one of our newest prominent members,” said BWA President Maria Soldani. “Donna exemplifies the kind of women in our group – successful, dynamic and determined to do what they can to make our community better.” Each year, BWA provides scholarships for women who have overcome a life challenge to pursue a college degree.