Eppley reporters travel to Cuba for historic Gitmo military trials

Eppley Court Reporting has fielded a team of court reporters for the upcoming military trials of detainees imprisoned at the Marine base in Guantanamo Bay. The military commissions, as the trials are called, involve suspects charged in the USS Cole bombing in Yemen and the 9/11 attacks in 2001. It is the stated Mission of The Office of Military Commissions to “provide fair and transparent trials of those persons subject to trial by Military Commissions while protecting national security interests.” Learn more about these important hearings here.

Eppley seminar details novel path to DoD contract

Eppley Court Reporting is responding to the court reporting world’s keen interest to learn the details of the widely discussed Department of Defense initiative that puts court reporters

front and center at the historic military trials of Gitmo detainees. Lorene Eppley Hunt and Nancy Varallo have been invited to describe the complexities of assembling, qualifying, and deploying an elite team of court reporters to provide stenographic services at Gitmo. Candidates must pass tests, obtain top-secret clearances, and prepare extensively for this unique assignment. Lorene and Nancy have been engaged in recommending to the Government appropriate technology and then selecting the equipment, arranging team members’ travel and housing, and (of course!) wading through seemingly endless Government documentation.

Seminar schedule:

  • April 21, 2012, Massachusetts Court Reporters Association, Cape Cod, MA
  • June 30, 2012, Florida Court Reporters Association, Clearwater, FL
  • August 12, 2012, National Court Reporters Association, Philadelphia, PA

Eppley provides pro bono services for law students

Neil Leifer, Esq., instructor of a trial advocacy class at Northeastern Law School in Boston, asked the court reporters at Eppley Court Reporting for help, and he got a resounding yes. Leifer’s co-instructor, Marnie Goldrick, describes how Neil runs the class:

“It’s a hands-on class. In a nutshell, he has essentially set up a fact pattern that will be used during the semester. The class is divided into plaintiff and defense counsel, and they will do discovery, take and defend depositions, create oral arguments, and take the case to mediation. There are friends acting as the mediators and the witnesses, but he needed stenographers for the depositions so the students will have a chance to review the transcript afterwards.” When asked, Eppley’s reporters were eager to help.

Eppley volunteers for the Library of Congress Veterans History Project

Lorene Eppley Hunt helped interview World War II veterans at Quabbin Valley Healthcare in Massachusetts the Veterans History Project, a unique project of the Library of Congress to capture and preserve an oral record of veterans of our country’s wars. These interviews are organized, recorded and transcribed by court reporters, the transcripts filed at the Library in Washington, DC. “The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.” Learn more about the project here.