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Getting to Know Your Young Lawyers Section of the Nebraska State Bar Association

Getting to Know Your Young Lawyers Section of the Nebraska State Bar Association

In the most recent article of the Nebraska Lawyer, there was a section dedicated to getting to know the Young Lawyers Section Members of the Nebraka State Bar Assocition.  Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters's Geoff Thomas was one of nine Nebraska attorneys interviewed for the article.  Below is an excerpt from that article.

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Geoffrey S. Thomas, J.D., T.P.P., is a 2012 graduate of the Creighton University School of Law, and a certified Trial Presentation Professional, in charge of Business & Technology Development at Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters and Certified Legal Video, L.L.C., in Omaha, Nebraska. As the head of Business & Technology Development, Mr. Thomas’s focus is on researching and implementing new court reporting technologies, including videoconferencing, online repositories, synchronized videotaped depositions, and real-time technology to mobile devices. His certification as a Trial Presentation Professional takes him directly into the courtroom to assist attorneys with the creation and presentation of electronic exhibits, video, and other demonstrative evidence before the trier of fact. Mr. Thomas also assists with and facilitates jury focus groups and mock trial presentations.

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Article by Patrick E. McNamara

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Meet Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters and Certified Legal Video, LLC

Meet Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters and Certified Legal Video, LLC

An oldie, but a goodie.

 

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Reporter: Here begins the interview of John and Gretchen Thomas, owners of Omaha-based Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters and
Certified Legal Video, LLC, a top court-reporting firm which specializes in depositions, legal videography and video conferencing. The time is 12:52 pm. Today's discussion about the growth of the couple's 35-year-old company and the evolution of the court reporting profession is taking place at the firm's new offices at 1321 Jones St. Let the record reflect that Mr. Thomas, who organized Omaha's massive Corporate Cup road race from 1982 - 2009, is a court reporter and certified legal video specialist (CLVS), and that Ms. Thomas, a registered professional reporter (RPR) and certified real-time reporter (CRR), until recently, balanced duties as an official court reporter at the Sarpy County Courthouse with her duties at Thomas & Thomas. Since April 2011, she's been focusing all of her energies on the family business.

 

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Article by DanMcCann, The Daily Record

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Why Does One Become A Court Reporter?

It's Court Reporting & Captioning week, and today Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters and Certified Legal Video, LLC would like to share why John and Gretchen Thomas became a court reporters.  Although their stories are very different, it was court reporting that ultimately brought them together.

 

Why John Thomas became a court reporter:

 

"I was 100 percent influenced to becoming a court reporter by my court reporter brother, Roger. I admired roger and wanted a life in the courtroom like him. This desire gave me the dedication to make it through the rigors of reporting school and to obtain a job anywhere. Thats why I moved to Omaha not knowing anything about Nebraska. My brother changed my life."

 

Why Gretchen Thomas became a court reporter:

 

"I wish that I had a 'romantic' story to tell as to why I became a court reporter: You know, like someone who inspired me, a life-long dream, child prodigy ...
But no. I became a court reporter because I lived in a small town in Wisconsin, attended a very small high school, and had absolutely no idea what I was going to do after graduation. So at the suggestion of my English teacher and guidance counselor, I made a different kind of a list, the list of 'Jobs I do not want to have when I grow up.' I remember that it was an extensive list, but I only remember now that doctor, lawyer, teacher, nurse, fireman, clown, and unwed mother were part of the list. I don't know why.

 

Then one day during my senior year my dad told me about a friend of his who was a court reporter, Dale Braden. I checked out court reporting. It sounded very interesting. And it wasn't on my list! So I packed my small-town bags, followed in the footsteps of Mary Tyler Moore (after all, it was 1974), and moved to Minneapolis to attend Northern Technical School of Business, where I met my future husband and business partner. We both became court reporters, got married, raised three sons, lived happily ever after. I have LOVED my unexpected career. It has been stimulating and exciting and has afforded wonderful opportunities for our family, and I can see now that I had the romantic ending instead."

 

 

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2014 National Court Reporting & Captioning Week - February 16-22

2014 National Court Reporting & Captioning Week - February 16-22

February 16-22 recognized as National Court Reporting and Captioning Week

          Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters and Certified Legal Video, LLC has join second annual nationwide effort to recognize professionals, career opportunities in stenographic court reporting and captioning

 

The National Court Reporters Association, the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters and broadcast captioners, has announced that Feb. 16-22 has been deemed National Court Reporting and Captioning Week. The awareness week pulls together a nationwide effort to highlight the contributions of stenographic court reporters and captioners to society and to showcase the career opportunities that exist in the court reporting and captioning fields.

 

Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters is planning to get involved with National Court Reporting and Captioning Week in Omaha, Nebraska by joining the grassroots efforts to promote the profession and educate local communities about the value stenographic skills bring to today’s marketplace. John and Gretchen Thomas have been a stenographic court reporters for 37 years and are graduates of North Technical School of Business in Minneapolis, Minnesota. They joined the NCRA shortly thereafter and have earned nationally recognized credentials, including Registered Professional Reporter ("PRP"), Certified Realtime Reporter ("CRR"), and Certified Legal Video Specialist ("CLVS").

 

National Court Reporting and Captioning Week lets us celebrate what makes our field unique. Stenographic court reporters have been around for a hundred years, and we’ve embraced technology which has allowed us to expand into captioning for television and for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.  Court reporting and captioning is a great example of traditional skills employing the latest in high-tech to provide cutting-edge services in the litigation arena and in captioning. Our profession is a great career choice because skilled court reporters and captioners are in high demand. National Court Reporting and Captioning Week will be marked with promotional events and marketing nationwide, including a grassroots social media campaign, presentations at high schools across the country about court reporting and captioning career opportunities and community demonstrations such as producing transcripts of veterans’ oral histories. Stenographic skills translate to a multitude of career options—including court reporting, live-event captioning for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, captioning for broadcast and specialized videography—and the strong marketplace demand means court reporting offers an abundance of long-term career opportunities. Court reporting is consistently ranked as one of the top career options as it offers both flexibility and significant income potential. Court reporters and captioners are able to begin a career without a traditional four-year college degree, and these highly trained professionals experience the continuous professional growth associated with an in-demand career.

 

For more information, visit NCRA.org. Career information about the court reporting profession—one of the leading career options that do not require a traditional four-year degree—can be found at CareersInCourtReporting.com. 

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Thomas and Thomas Family Business Perfect Fit for Son Geoff

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Geoff Thomas wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with his life. That is, not until his junior year at the University of Minnesota, when he took a political science class with Professor Timothy R. Johnson.

“He was an amazing professor; a political science expert on the Supreme Court,” he said. “His class spurred me into going to law school.”

Actually the law and the legal system have always been a significant part of his life. One might go as far to say that it was alluring on a subconscious level.

His mother, Gretchen, is a registered professional reporter and CRR certified realtime reporter, and his father, John J. Thomas, Jr., is a court reporter and certified legal video specialist. Both founded and own Thomas & Thomas Court Reporters and Certified Legal Video, the state’s No. 1 court reporting firm.

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Article by Julien R. Fielding, The Daily Record

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