BENEFITS OF JOINING THIS PROGRAM
EXPERT SUPPORT & RESOURCES by retired California CSR, RPR
WHO CAN BE THE REPORTER?
3 - 6 apprentices for simultaneous Q&A sessions of mock depositions spring and fall 2023 at BerkeleyLaw, California. Dates TBA.
Experience being the reporter of record at multiple mock depositions. See Reporter page above for details.
Watch Sierra Zanghi nail her Reporter's Admonition (beginning at 2:45 minutes with Judge Proudfoot's introduction):
"Good morning, Your Honor. Good morning, everybody. My name is Sierra Zanghi. I will be the court reporter on the record today. I am a court reporter candidate in the State of CA. As a reminder, it is my legal and ethical duty to capture the record and make sure that we are taking down everything accurately today and to defend that record. So, I'm sure that Her Honor will be interrupting if she needs to, but I will also be interrupting if for any reason or for whatever reason I'm not able to hear or understand what is being said. So if you hear my voice or if you see me waving my hands, please just take a moment, we'll clarify and then we'll move on. All right. With that, thank you very much, Your Honor, and we'll proceed."
What Judge Proudfoot said immediately following Sierra's admonition resulted in law students being conscientious of making a clear record.
Watch Chandler's admonition at 41:26:
"Thank you, Your Honor. My name is Chandler Alvino, and I will be relieving Sierra. Everyone's pace has been great so far, but just as a reminder, I will be speaking up if I cannot hear or understand anyone. Thank you."
Watch Shai's admonition at 1:48:12:
"Thank you, Your Honor. My name is Shai Stevens. I am your third and final reporter for the day. Again, just to reiterate, my job is to capture the record. If at any time I cannot hear or understand what is being said, I will interrupt briefly for clarification of the record. That is all."
As a result of Judge Proudfoot's support, Sierra, Chandler, and Shai were able to capture the record without a single interruption, even when Chandler reported expert witness testimony by two fast-talking law students!
Why Mock "Woman"? Is this program only for women? NO!
Hello! I am Ana Fatima Costa, retired California CSR and RPR (in red, above). In 2019, I was told students nicknamed me "Mock Woman" because my name is hard to pronounce. I loved it and bought this domain! In 2020, my team named themselves "Mock Squad"!
My 41-year legal career comprises being a freelance court reporter; manager of the San Francisco office of a national court reporting agency; sales executive for two global reporting agencies; litigation secretary; and office administrator for a forensic psychiatrist.
Since 2008, I have coached hundreds of court reporting students and both newly licensed and experienced court reporters throughout the world to speak up for the record at in-person and remote mock and real depositions and trials.
My apprentices have assisted hundreds of high school and law students and lawyers to be more aware of the record they are making at mock depositions and trials online and throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley.
—Mock depositions and trials of 2L & 3L law students online and at UC BerkeleyLaw, fall/spring semesters, Berkeley
—Mock depositions at John F. Kennedy University College of the Law, Pleasant Hill
—Mock depositions at UC Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco
—Mock trial annual competition online and at San Francisco Superior Court and UC Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco
—Mock trial annual national competition online and at Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco
—Mock expert witness depositions for Cornerstone Research, San Francisco
—Mock trials at Circle of Independent Learning Charter School, Fremont
—Mock trials at Alameda Community Learning Center, Alameda
—Mock expert deposition workshops for junior and senior associates at Cooley LLP, Palo Alto and San Francisco
—Mock deposition skills training for 2nd year associates at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Palo Alto
All participants at these events learn crucial practical skills:
(1) As required by the Court Reporters Board of California, "the fundamental duty of a court reporter is to protect the record, including interrupting if the accuracy of the record is jeopardized." Apprentices speak up when they cannot hear or understand what is said, thus providing a "reality check" to law students and lawyers that their spoken words are being captured and will be transcribed.
(2) Apprentices later produce rough drafts or final transcripts of the proceedings - useful tools for all other participants to improve their performances questioning and defending witnesses as attorneys of record or providing expert testimony.
Unlike shadowing a working reporter, my student apprentices are the Reporters of Record. They ...
... achieve a deep understanding of the legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities of working reporters.
... find their voice, gain self-confidence, and feel empowered to speak up for the record and their needs.
... develop crucial skills in the safety of a mock event and learn from their mistakes without fear of losing their licenses.
... learn how to state their Reporter's Admonition (see GGU video below) before swearing in witnesses; speak up/interrupt for the record; mark exhibits; and produce transcripts.
Besides my expert guidance, support, resources, and templates, I provide coaching, breathwork, and other tools that help apprentices gain self-awareness and self-confidence, release stress, and learn how to face any challenge that arises in their careers.
For more information about me, see www.AnaFatimaCosta.com,
Home page: Student reporter Jennifer Franklin capturing and protecting the record at one of six Spring 2022 BerkeleyLaw mock depos.
Are You Ready to be a Reporter of Record? page: Former student reporter Ross Eitzen at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati.
Spring 2023 BerkeleyLaw Mock Depos: Nine student and licensed apprentices at the BerkeleyLaw Spring 2022 mock depositions: Steno writers Tara Ocana; Marie Schuetze, California CSR No. 14445 (who flew from Los Angeles); Martha Lemons; Patricia Harley; Jennifer Franklin; Jeanette Ireland, CSR 9562; Steph Cole (who flew from San Diego); Stephanie Rhinehart; and voice writer Rebecca Larsen.
Directly above (from left): Apprentices Esther Au, Tricia Holmes, Pamela Piehler, and Sally Hume at the 2019 San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association mock trials at San Francisco Superior Court. Photo by SFTLA Executive Director Juliette Bleecker.
*Internship credit provided per California Code of Regulations, Title 16, Division 24, Article 2, Section 2411(h).
All photos on this website taken by Ana Fatima Costa unless otherwise indicated. All rights reserved.