On October 26th and 27th, the Speech to Text Institute will hold the first-ever “master’s class” for court reporting firms navigation the dynamics of a rapidly changing industry 

WAKEFIELD, MA – October 19, 2021 — On October 26th and 27th, the Speech to Text Institute (STTI) will be hosting the first-ever Firm Owners’ Academy. The 10-session online program is being billed as a master’s course for court reporting firm owners and management, guiding them on the intricacies of how to transition their businesses to high-functioning, multi-technology court reporting firms amid the significant market disruption that is taking place.”

“The world of court reporting hasn’t seen this much disruption since pen writers began switching to machines a century ago,” said STTI Executive Director Jim Cudahy. “While courtrooms began integrating digital reporting and voice writing decades ago, depositions had been somewhat immune to the changes until recently when an escalating shortage of stenographers, combined with the capabilities of digital reporting, voice writing, and now, automated speech recognition have compelled firm owners to adjust their business models. In the meantime, accelerated by COVID, firms have had to respond to the additional technological challenge of covering legal proceedings on a remote basis. Firm owners were looking for a place to get expert advice; STTI responded with the Firm Owners’ Academy.”

The Academy will be delivered in two half-days via Zoom with ten, 50-minute presentations delivered by experts from the field. Cudahy indicated that the concept of the Firm Owners’ Academy began when a number of firm owners approached him earlier this year looking for advice. “Once court reporting firm owners acknowledge the reality that the stenographer shortage means they need to change their business models,” said Cudahy, the next question is ‘how do I do it?’ The Academy is designed to answer those questions—how to recruit and train a hybrid workforce, how to integrate multiple technologies into a single workflow, how to sell new capture technologies to clients, how to navigate state rules and regulations. Once we got the content lined up, the firm owners really responded because this is a clear need.”.

Firm Owner Academy Industry Experts

Firm Owner Academy sessions will run from 10 am to 3 pm Eastern Daylight Time on October 26th and 27th, with sessions running for 50 minutes each. Expert faculty running these sessions include Christian Bonilla, Milestone Reporting; Jeff Cobb, Stenograph; Jim Cudahy, Speech to Text Institute; Kathy DiLorenzo, Planet Depos; Marybeth Everhart, Realtime Learning Systems; Neal Gross, Neal R. Gross & Co.; Janet Harris, Stenograph; Phil Kaufman, goDEPO Court Reporting; Jen Krueger, Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C); Raffi Maraliot, Verbit; Mike McDonner, Kentuckiana Reporters; Kelly Moranz, Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C); SueLynn Morgan, For the Record; Tony Sirna, Verbit; Steve Townsend, The RecordXchange; Caroline Wells, vTestify.

 About STTI

The Speech-to-Text Institute (STTI) is a non-profit organization formed by leaders from across the industry united in the belief that uncompromising quality should be a requirement for all speech-to-text enterprises and practitioners and that no single technology holds exclusivity on such quality. STTI believes that reliance on a fair and accurate record of legal proceedings is a fundamental component of our legal system. Today’s market requires the use of stenographers, voice writers, digital reporters and videographers, all with the ability to harness emerging technologies as they prove capable of serving a role in the uncompromising legal environment.