Halloween Poetry

Did you know Edgar Allan Poe was stationed at Fort Moultrie, SC from 1827 to 1828?  His brief stay on Sullivan’s Island inspired some of his most popular literary works.  In celebration of All Hallows’ Eve, we share one of his poems that our staff enjoys.





Spirits of the Dead

By Edgar Allan Poe, “Tamerlane and Other Poems,” 1827

Thy soul shall find itself alone
’Mid dark thoughts of the grey tomb-stone;
Not one, of all the crowd, to pry
Into thine hour of secrecy.

Be silent in that solitude,
Which is not loneliness — for then
The spirits of the dead, who stood
In life before thee, are again
In death around thee, and their will
Shall overshadow thee; be still.

The night, though clear, shall frown,
And the stars shall not look down
From their high thrones in the Heaven
With light like hope to mortals given,
But their red orbs, without beam,
To thy weariness shall seem
As a burning and a fever
Which would cling to thee for ever.

Now are thoughts thou shalt not banish,
Now are visions ne’er to vanish;
From thy spirit shall they pass
No more, like dew-drop from the grass.

The breeze, the breath of God, is still,
And the mist upon the hill
Shadowy, shadowy, yet unbroken,
Is a symbol and a token.
How it hangs upon the trees,
A mystery of mysteries!

Meet Our Resident Greenville, SC Reporter

Nisha Gordon was born in Tucson, Arizona. After working for ten years as a hospital health unit secretary, she decided to change professions, studying judicial court reporting at GateWay Community College in Phoenix. She graduated in 2012.

Soon after, this life-long Arizonan moved with her husband and three children to his home state of South Carolina. “The most surprising thing about South Carolina is the rollercoaster weather!” she says. “I was told that it hardly rains and that the snow doesn’t stick — if it DOES snow. Now I hear that this year has been unusual as far as the rain and snow. It beats the 115-degree heat I’m used to!”

Nisha, Greenville, SC Resident Reporter

Since arriving here in late 2012, Nisha has become one CompuScripts busiest reporters, covering Greenville/Spartanburg, Rock Hill, Columbia, and every place in between. She’s covered depositions, hearings, and legislative committee screenings. “I love it all,” she says, “but depositions are my favorite because you never know what you’re going to hear.”

What has been the most important on-the-job lesson for Nisha? “No matter how easy a job may seem, it can end up unpredictable,” she says. “You never know how a witness is going to perform or if your equipment is going to fail, so it’s important to stay as professional as possible under any situation to produce the best record.” She credits CompuScripts president Deborah Dusseljee with helping her hone her skills. “Many people aren’t as fortunate,” Nisha says, “so it’s important to have a mentor who cares and has time to help you with the big and little problems.”

When she’s not traveling across her new home state, Nisha enjoys spending time with her family and crafting. “Kids grow up so fast, so getting mommy time in is important to me. I’m also a Hobby Lobby junkie. I love knitting and have recently attempted sewing.” She’s also had an opportunity to sample South Carolina’s famous barbecue sauces. “Vinegar-based is my favorite. My husband is a great cook, and I can probably count on one hand how many times we’ve gone out to eat since relocating. He really does make the best barbecue!”

Legal Video Services Update

CompuScripts Legal Video Services has added high definition iPad and document camera Picture in Picture capture to its legal video offerings.

iPad Image

iPad Litigation Technology

iPads are becoming a part of an attorney’s arsenal in a deposition setting, and there’s no wonder as to why. An iPad can store a large number of documents and make them readily available to the attorney for presentation to a deponent.  Capturing what’s on the iPad during a deposition can be a challenge; however, the screens often are smudged with fingerprints and are not glare-free.  Much of the quality of the image can be lost in a traditional setting.

No fingerprints or glare issues when employing the newest offerings from CompuScripts Legal Video Services.  Aside from improved picture aesthetics, CompuScripts’ wireless capture of an image presented on any iPad screen without using a camera adds power to a litigator’s options when locking down and/or impeaching a witness’s testimony. The iPad image can be seamlessly joined with a deposition camera for a Picture-in-Picture presentation or presented by itself without any picture-in-picture window.  Virtually any iPad application, including many iPad trial presentation apps, such as TrialPad or TrialDirector for iPad, can be captured in full clarity and detail.  These images can be captured for presentation on wide screen or traditional standard definition displays. The captured video can also be delivered for standard definition presentation, making them easy to integrate with trial presentation software. If a hardwire Ethernet connection to the web is available, a live webpage can also be captured in full detail as seen on an iPad.

A document camera can be substituted or added to a deposition setting as well. CompuScripts Legal Video Services uses a high definition document camera to make sure text details can be preserved to the greatest extent possible.  Analog documents and exhibits can be captured with or without a picture-in-picture of the witness, and then prepared for traditional presentation utilizing a DVD or for high definition presentation using a computer.

CompuScripts Legal Video Services continues to offer standard definition capture and presentation of video depositions. We’ve added high definition video depositions, along with the integration of iPad capture and document camera capture, to provide a higher quality service to our clients.  We can, in addition, offer videosychronized versions of standard and high definition videos for computers or your iPad and can convert high definition video to play properly using traditional DVD media.

Please contact CompuScripts for additional information concerning your legal video questions. We’ll be happy to discuss the ins and outs of adding these services to your depositions and will customize them to meet your exacting needs.

Ode to Yesteryear

In honor of Court Reporting and Captioning Week, we travel back in time with the stenotype.  Pictured here is one of the many machines in the personal collection of Deborah Dusseljee, president of CompuScripts, Inc.

1927 Master Model Four by The Stenotype Company

This version, the 1927 Master Model Four, was made by The Stenotype Company, La Salle Extension University, and delivered to the Kewanee Business School in Kewanee, Illinois, between 1929 and 1944.  Referred to as the “workhorse of the 1930s” by The Gallery of Shorthand in Islip, New York, the Master Model Four came to prominence when it was used during the 1935 trial of Bruno Richard Hauptmann for the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh’s infant son.  The use of the stenotype during “The Trial of the Century” brought the machine into the mainstream of court reporting.

Almost 80 years later, CompuScripts leads the way in technology supporting the legal professional.  We’re dedicated to making the legal process more efficient by utilizing realtime transcripts, streaming text, teleconferences, video conferences, on-site and mobile video depositions, video editing, repository services, and other technologies that impact the legal industry. Our court reporters and legal videography professionals are all highly trained and are committed to providing our clients with speedy, accurate and high-quality services.


Turn the Page


“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.”

                                                       T.S. Eliot

CompuScripts looks forward to new words on a fresh page.  Be sure to ask us about iPad technology in the conference room for great results in the courtroom.

Tips for Scheduling A Court Reporter

At CompuScripts Court Reporters, we understand the time demands on the legal professional.  There are witnesses to interview, documents to draft, and research to conduct.  So when it’s time for you to schedule a court reporter, whether a realtime court reporter with text streaming or a traditional stenographer, we want you to be able to do so quickly.  The easiest way to schedule a court reporter or legal videographer is to use our Online Scheduling.  You will be asked to fill out some details about the deposition such as time, location, and requested turnaround.  To bypass form fields with basic information about your deposition, you can simply attach the deposition notice.  CompuScripts will confirm your request by email within one business day.  But sometimes you may need to schedule a court reporter with less than a business day’s notice.  Here’s what you need to know when you schedule a court reporter by phone.

Book Online

Book Online Now

First, the basics.  We will need your contact information, name, phone number, and email address, as well as the date and time of the deposition.  We can schedule your court reporter, deposition videographer, video conference and/or teleconference.  We’ll also need your firm name, plus the name of the noticing attorney.

Next, we’ll need the precise location of the deposition.  Does your location have any particular concern, such as a security checkpoint, second floor location with no elevator, or remote parking?  If so, let us know.  CompuScripts’ professional team is dedicated to providing dependable, accurate and timely services in any location within the State of South Carolina. We have resident reporters in the Myrtle Beach, Florence, Greenville, Rock Hill, Charleston, Beaufort, Columbia, Lexington, and Chapin.  CompuScripts also networks with similarly-situated firms worldwide to accommodate clients when their litigation requires travel out of state or around the globe.

We’ll also need the case caption, the witness name, and the date by which you need the transcript.  CompuScripts has a regular turnaround goal of ten business days for deposition transcripts. Daily and expedited services are always available for an additional fee.  You may also request a rough draft of your transcript when you schedule your court reporter.  When requested, realtime reporters can stream realtime drafts to you there in the conference room or out to a remote site.

Finally, do you need a video of your deposition?  Let CompuScripts schedule your videographer.  Our NCRA or AGCV certified videographers can assist you with preserving your witness’s testimony on video.

CompuScripts wants the scheduling of your court reporter to be the easiest thing you do all day.  By having the necessary information at your fingertips, you can rest easy knowing your reporter will be on site and ready to start when you are.

Pink Fundraisers in Our Community

CompuScripts cheers for our Paralegals and Legal Assistants in their support of Pink fundraisers.  Be sure to join in their efforts.  Tomorrow the Palmetto Paralegal Association has a team participating in the Walk for Life benefiting the Palmetto Health Breast Center, and October 19th the Charleston Association for Legal Assistants has a team racing in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

CompuScripts in Community

The Videoconference: What Not to Wear

Columbia Videoconference Center, hosted by CompuScripts, Inc., understands the importance of your videoconference.  Expensive litigation expenses can be eased by employing videoconferences for depositions, expert witness collaborations, conferences among counsel, and attorney/client meetings.  Your travel schedule can be reduced, thereby increasing your productivity.

Make Sure Your Bling Doesn't Go Bing

None of this matters if your business attire detracts from the business at hand.

So just like a popular pair of TV stylists, CompuScripts has developed its own guidelines for what not to wear when taking part in a videoconference.  Our high-quality HD environment ensures that your meeting will not be overshadowed by your wardrobe if you follow a few simple rules.

  1.  Dress professionally, but comfortably.  Heavy layering is for camping, and participants in your videoconference may be distracted if you’re constantly removing or replacing your jacket.  Make sure that the weight of your clothing is seasonally appropriate and comfortable for the length of the videoconference.
  2.  Avoid black, white, and red.  A black suit or dress absorbs light, washing out your appearance.  A white shirt or blouse, on the other hand, reflects light, projecting a glare on your face.  And red creates a glow, similar to that of a Halloween pumpkin.  Your best bets for an HD videoconference are blues, grays, pastels, and solid-color neutrals.
  3. Beware of small patterns and shiny fabrics.  Pinstripes and small plaids may flicker on screen, as will any fabric with sheen.  If you’re not sure about a necktie or scarf, plan on arriving early and bringing two or three to test.  Our experienced staff can help you make the right decision.
  4. Leave the large jewelry at home.  Oversized earrings, tie clips, or cufflinks may sparkle in the light, distracting participants in your videoconference.  Also, bracelets and necklaces may jangle, interfering with the audio.  Let modesty be your guide when choosing your accessories.

Columbia Videoconference Center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and we offer free, onsite parking.  Our downtown location makes us convenient to the Columbia business community, the South Carolina capitol, the University of South Carolina, and several major interstate highways.  You may schedule online or by phone, and, of course, CompuScripts, Inc. can arrange a court reporter if desired.

If you have any additional questions regarding your videoconference wardrobe, Maurine, Columbia Videoconference Center coordinator, will be glad to answer them.  We never want your business to be obscured by your business clothes.