Court Reporters – Packing Your Steno Machine, Tripod And “Stuff”


The court reporters I work with in San Diego met for a Summit last week. On the agenda was a “show-and-tell.” The court reporters were asked to bring their court reporting gear to the meeting as if they were going to a deposition, arbitration or hearing.

The exercise was fascinating. The goal of almost every court reporter in the room was downsizing and getting the weight down. Two of the court reporters actually had wheeled their old bags into a luggage store, one to a Samsonite distributor and the other to Kohl’s, fully packed with steno machine, tripod, Stenocast gear, file folders for exhibits, et cetera, eyeballed new bags that might be suitable to carry their gear (with features such as fancy turning wheels, being lightweight), took out all of their gear and checked to see if it would fit in the new bag. As one of the reporters stated, “I just sat there on the floor of Kohl’s taking everything out of my old bag and packing the new bag to make sure everything fit.”

Two other reporters had bought their bags from Stenograph at a conference, and one of them was able to open her bag from a side zipper, and never had to lay her bag flat to unpack.

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