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You’ve Been Hacked!

Introduction You’ve been hacked! These are words no one wants to hear, but that are becoming increasingly common in our cyber-connected lives, both at work and at home. Not only are these attacks becoming more frequent, but the variety and cunning of those creating them are also increasing. Although protection against these attacks is also […]

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Introducing NALS 2014-2015 Board of Directors

Putting together a puzzle is tricky business. Not only do you have to make sure all of the pieces fit together, but you must also do so in order to form a larger picture. So is the business of putting together a slate of candidates for the NALS board. NALS received applications from many qualified […]

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Identifying & Ending Workplace Bullying Gains Momentum

By Emily Sneddon, Esq. Efforts are underway on several fronts to once again raise the standard of acceptable (and legal) behavior at work. The new area of concern is the elimination of workplace bullying. Quite frankly, if you are a workplace bully, your employment future does not look good. Some states have considered enacting some […]

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2013 Award of Excellence Recipient – Reba Peden, PP, PLS

By Allison Streepey, B.A., CRS, PLS (originally published in @Law – Winter 2013-14) “Outgoing, fun, friendly, serious, hard working, determined” are words used to describe Reba Peden, PP, PLS, the 2013 NALS Award of Excellence (AoE) recipient. It is easy to understand why. Reba has worked in the legal profession for over 27 years and […]

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Tips to Improve Law Firm Billing Productivity

By Loretta Ruppert,  Senior Director-Marketing LexisNexis Billing productivity is central to any law firm’s business model and viability. Whether you are an attorney or paralegal with billable requirements, or you work in an administrative or operational field like accounting or IT, the key to maximizing productivity boils down to enabling those with billable hour requirements […]

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The JOBS Act, A Year Later

By Alexander J. Davie, Esq. It has been almost a year since Congress passed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS Act), which was a law designed to ease the securities law burdens on startups and high growth companies raising capital. The JOBS Act is divided into six main sections called “titles.” This article examines […]

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VA Aid & Attendance: A Little Known Veteran Benefit

By Justin Elrod, Esq. James Ryan was a Private First Class in the Armed Forces during World War II. Ryan lost three brothers in the war, but he survived despite being in the middle of violent combat in Germany. Upon returning to the U.S., Ryan eventually married his high school sweetheart, Mary. They had three […]

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Does Contracting Compromise the Impartiality of a Court Reporter?

By Dawn M. Houghton O’Brien & Bails Court Reporting Within the last 20 years, a controversial practice has cropped up in the court reporting profession. Some court reporters have begun contracting exclusively with companies and organizations for large amounts of services. Many court reporters are against such contracting for ethical reasons. The trend is found […]

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Judgment

By Margarett Wilson, PLS The dictionary defines “judgment,” in part, as: The ability to judge, make a decision, or form an opinion objectively, authoritatively, and wisely, especially in matters affecting action. Good sense. Discretion. I have always heard it said that you either have good judgment or you do not—you cannot learn it. I agree […]

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Workers’ Compensation

By Janet Gordon, PP, PLS The Workers’ Compensation Act (WCA) is based upon a covenant: The employer provides workers’ compensation coverage without regard to fault and, in turn, receives immunity from lawsuit. This “no fault” concept provides an employee with compensation for injury, regardless of fault, if the injury occurs “in the course of” and […]

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