I am a 30-plus year seasoned court reporter looking to finish my career in the court system. I worked years as a freelance reporter so that I could be available for my daughter while she was growing up and attending pre-school, grade school, etc., and she wanted me there as a class mother. Now she's grown and I have a wealth of experience and knowledge and motivation that I would love to commit to the court system. I'm willing to start in the lower court and work my way up. I have been on the Case Catalyst system since 1995.
As you'll see from my experience below, I started out doing slip and falls and accident cases until I moved uptown and started doing commercial litigation. It was shocking at first the difference in firms and the length of depositions and the terms I had to learn for each different case. I will not bore you with all the depositions and arbitrations I've taken, but needless to say, I feel like a jack of all trades and a master of none. I've learned so many industry terms that your average layperson doesn't even know exists.
As a brief aside, my ex-husband was a specialist on the New York Stok Exchange for 38 years and ran many large stocks. When his friends got together with us, they would all sit around me and wanted to know what was the coolest thing I heard that week.
I know in your position you know what court reporters do. I can carry on about my achievements, but the proof is in the pudding. I'll take your union test.
I'd like you to know that I placed my resume on Indeed and on March 3, 2020 I was invited to the Kings County DA's office. When I got there, they told me I would test first, on their steno machine, and then if I passed the test I would get an interview. I had 90 minutes to type my notes. Please keep in mind, I've been writing with my laptop in front of me of me since 1995. I typed my notes in 25 minutes. After I was told I passed, I had an interview before a four-person panel. In conclusion, they said I'd hear from them. The following week I received an e-mail saying they would like me to meet the Executive Committee and offered a salary.. Then Covid hit. I know everyone's life has changed since the Coronavirus, but I am so hoping you will consider me for a position within Staten Island, New York or Brooklyn. I am happy to start as a provisional reporter. I just want to finish my career in one place. I've never been a reporter to jump around. If I was with an agency, I stayed for years, throughout mergers and whatnot. I want to add value to your group of reporters. I am always a half hour early to setup, find out who the players are for the day and any terminology that may come up. I'm not a traffic cop, I don't stop attorneys when they're or on a line of cross examination where they do not want to be stopped.
I know this is not a typical resume, but, sir, I'm trying to get your attention in hopes you will consider me.
Thank you so much.
With this agency, I knew the managing partner, Theresa Ventimiglia. I knew her from my days back at Esquire in the '90s. I felt she was a strong-effective manager. We respected each other's roles. After I took a little more than a year off for personal reasons, I reached out to Theresa and she put me right to work in New Jersey. Between EcoScribe and D'Amico, they kept me busy, but I started to tire of freelancing.
I met Marianne D'Amico in the '90s when we both worked at Esquire Reporting. We became friendly. We both worked in New Jersey. Marianne lived farther out, northwest Jersey, and the commute was very long. She decided to try her hand at opening an agency with the few clients she had. Marianne knew that I took the NJ CSR exam in 1992, so when she found herself in need of an extra reporter for a commercial job she would ask if I could help out. If I didn't have anything scheduled and the office could do without me, I would cover Marianne's jobs. This situation is still in place to this very day.
This is where I really learned, I believe, the proper way of dealing with depositions and arbitrations. When I first joined David Feldman they were not associated with Esquire, they joined forces years later and decided to go public, which was their downfall. But in the years at David Feldman the work was always exciting, difficult as well, but it seemed like every day you were working on a case that was news worthy. David Feldman had a roster of Who's Who of attorneys in New York. Everyday I met a challenge and I had to rise to the occasion. I learned so much from the variety of cases I took while working for this agency. I was very proud to say I worked for this agency.
This was my very first job out of school. I feel now this was the best way to start. My jobs were mainly either defendant or plaintiff depositions in car accident cases or slip and falls. These cases lasted no longer than an hour.
After a while of the plaintiff and defendant cases, we were sort-of thrown into parole hearings at Rikers Island. The days were long because a calendar of approximately 20 parolees a day awaiting their final parole hearing to determine if they would be held to their maximum term or a matter of months. I built up a lot of speed In these hearings because you always had a police officer as a witness, a parole officer, the inmate and an Administrative Law Judge. These hearings moved at a very fast pace. I did this for a couple of years. These hearings were also held in Manhattan Supreme Court, in Long Island City and sometimes at random really discreet holding facilities.
I passed the New Jersey Certified Shorthand Reporter's exam in 1992. I waited almost 10 years before I took the New Jersey CSR exam. I included my CSR card with my certificate number. I waited years to take the Jersey exam because I really didn't have an interest to work in New Jersey. At the time, New York had a union and the agencies were divided into union and non-union agencies. I took the union test as soon as I graduated Cittone and started working gradually off the union list.
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