Report me and my cause aright
Hamlet, Act V, Scene 2

  The Catchline


Volume XXII, No. 1 October 2003


Like the rest of you, I have returned to the real world after spending five days with the only group of people who understand (and appreciate) what I do for a living it was exhilarating. Our annual conference is our opportunity to network, to ask questions of other reporters, to learn some new tricks and perfect some old, and to relax and enjoy the company of colleagues who over the years have become friends. I would be remiss if in my first official writing as president of the ARJD I did not thank Frank Wagner for stepping up to the plate last year and filling a vacancy to serve as our president. None of us who know Frank are surprised he would take on the responsibility or that he would do a masterful job in planning our annual meeting in Portland, Oregon. Thanks also go to Chris Fallon, the chair of last year's education committee, for a wonderful education program. I hope that I and the other officers and committee chairpersons can do as well next year in New York City.

I appreciate the confidence you have shown in me by selecting me as president of the ARJD, and I am looking forward to working with the other officers for the upcoming year - Ed Jessen, vice-president; Barbara Kincaid, secretary; and Tim Fuller, treasurer. The following members have agreed to chair committees: Cliff Allen will chair the education committee; Kathryn Bann will remain as chair of the membership committee; Shauna Thomas remains as chair of the nominating committee; Andy Ashe remains our Web-site guru; and Scott Henwood remains as chair of the electronic publishing committee. As those of you who were at the Portland meeting know, Lloyd Hysan has indicated that he would like to step back from his role at chairperson of the site selection committee and turn that duty over to another member. We appreciate all Lloyd has done for the ARJD over the years, and to ease our pain he has agreed to retreat gradually from the site selection process. For now Lloyd will remain chair of the site selection committee, and Wilma Grant has graciously volunteered to be a member of the committee, where she can learn from the master. Thank you, Lloyd, for your many years of dedicated service and the expertise and sound judgment you bring to every decision relating to site selection.

Before leaving for Portland, the site of this year's annual meeting, I felt somewhat overwhelmed with the tasks both professional and personal that had to be completed before a week-long absence. At some point during the long days leading up to the conference I thought (as I'm sure at least some of you did) that perhaps it wasn't such a good idea to be leaving office and home for an extended period. When I expressed my concerns to a friend, her response was, "You always say that before you go, but you're always glad you went." She was right.

The conference began unofficially on Wednesday night with a dinner Frank arranged at Jake's Famous Crawfish House. Although Frank and Carol were unable to attend because of another commitment, those of us who ate at Jake's enjoyed a wonderful meal apparently no matter what we ordered. Our large group broke into several small tables, resulting in much table hopping (I thought the wait staff was going to put Scott to work), but I heard no complaints about the quality of the food. After passing through four time zones in two days, I was pushing myself to stay awake for the 7 p.m. P.S.T. (9 p.m. Central time) reservations, but no one, at least at our table, fell asleep.

Thursday's educational program began with a talk on computer security by Dr. Craig Searles, a computer specialist with the federal government, followed by a roundtable discussion led by Andy Ashe, chair of the Web site committee on the results of the Web site survey conducted by the committee. The discussion generated some wonderful ideas for improving our Web sites. The session on computer security was followed by a presentation by Professor Richard Wydick of the University of California, Davis, School of Law on "gentle editing." It appeared from the group's answers to Dr. Wydick's exercises that we are well versed in the art of editing how gently we edit is another story entirely. Thursday evening was another dinner arranged by Frank at the Porto Terra Tuscan Grill, where the manager is the grandson of Justice William O. Douglas; he promised to regale the group with stories of his grandfather. Some of us opted to take advantage of "First Thursday," a Portland tradition in which the art galleries are open late and people stroll the Pearl District looking for bargains.

Friday took us to Salem for a tour of the Oregon Supreme Court and the Oregon Legislature, which was in its record 201st day of the session, and still no budget. Mary Bauman, publications supervisor for the Judicial Department of Oregon, led the tour. Chief Justice Wallace P. Carson of the Oregon Supreme Court entertained us with his wit and charm and his knowledge of the inner workings of both the Oregon court system and the Oregon Legislature. We ate lunch at J. James Restaurant in Salem (do you detect a pattern? This group doesn't miss a meal), then boarded the buses for the return trip to Portland. Friday night was a reception at the Pittock Mansion, a grand old house. The grounds were especially beautiful, and it was only after we left that I read the pamphlet and realized that the grounds had been re-landscaped by Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect of such notable gardens as Central Park and the gardens at Biltmore.

After a productive business meeting Saturday morning, we had the afternoon to ourselves. Some members and spouses enjoyed a shopping excursion to Portland's Saturday Market; others took advantage of the time to rest and recoup. Saturday evening was a dinner/dance cruise aboard the Portland Spirit. We have all been sworn to secrecy as to exactly what happened onboard, but rumor has it that many members of our organization were actually DANCING! (I understand Carol even has pictures, which, for a small price, she is willing to burn.)

Sunday was a day with no organized activities, but there were several informally organized or disorganized activities. A group of us took a trip along the Columbia River Gorge for brunch at the Dolce Skamania Lodge, organized by Frank and Carol. From brunch, some went to see Multnomah Falls, and Lloyd, Elaine, and Wendell and I went to Mt. Hood to visit Timberline Lodge, built in the 1930's as a WPA project. Lloyd tricked me into getting on a ski lift and we were taken near the top of the mountain (I think we were near the top my eyes were closed), where there was actually snow. I toyed with the idea of moving my permanent residence to Mt. Hood, just so I wouldn't have to get on the ski lift for the trip back down, but I closed my eyes, gritted my teeth, and fell into the lift. Once back on safe ground, we headed for the hotel.

After a brief but informative meeting on Monday morning, we all went our separate ways energized by the experience and by the time spent, both at work and at play, with our colleagues. In his President's Message in February, Frank wrote: "[I]f you don't leave Portland with your heads full of knowledge and inspiration and your tummies full of salmon, it won't be our fault!" Our heads and our tummies were full when we left, Frank. Thanks to you and your lovely bride Carol and to Chris for a job well done. A special thanks also goes to our friends at West Group for hosting the hospitality suite and for hosting the other events sponsored by West Group; to our friends at LexisNexis, who hosted several events; and to the new kid on the block, Loislaw, who also hosted an event.

Our Association recently celebrated a milestone anniversary 20 years. It is a good time to look both at where we've been and at where we are heading. As president this year I would like to develop a plan to document and preserve the history of the ARJD. Last year, as president, Frank devoted significant time to increasing our membership, and it was refreshing to see some new faces at the annual meeting; I hope the new members got as much out of our annual meeting as I did. I realize that many states are experiencing budgetary problems, but I believe that if someone in the reporting or editing business attends one of our meetings, he or she would realize that the benefits of attending the meeting greatly outweigh the costs. We already have great plans in place for next year's annual meeting, which will include the Second International Symposium on Law Reporting that will be held on Friday, July 30, 2004, and will be sponsored jointly by the reporter's office for New York and the ARJD. I plan to continue the membership drive Frank initiated and hope to fill your heads and your tummies in New York City next year.

The fall executive committee meeting will be held in Washington, D.C., at the Supreme Court of the United States on Thursday afternoon, November 6, 2003, and Friday morning, November 7, 2003. All members are invited to attend. I look forward to seeing you there.

Bilee Cauley


As Bilee Cauley stated in her President's Message, the Fall Executive Board Meeting will be held on November 6 and 7 in Washington, D.C. at the United States Supreme Court. The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 6, and adjourn about noon on Friday, November 7. All members are welcome and are encouraged to attend the meeting.

ARJD Business Meeting

Portland, 2003

Rather than duplicate those aspects of the Portland meeting so ably described in the President's Message by Bilee Cauley, this report summarizes other business considered and acted upon at the ARJD's 2003 Annual Meeting in Portland.

Treasurer's Report

Treasurer Tim Fuller reported the balance in ARJD accounts on June 30, 2003, was $14, 693.06. The balance forward on July 1, 2002, was $11,316.04. The financial condition of the association was reported as very sound.

Site Selection for Annual Meetings

Arrangements for the 2004 ARJD Annual Meeting in New York City were reviewed. The venue will be the Roosevelt Hotel on Madison Avenue at 45th Street. Lloyd Hysan, with assistance from Andy Ashe, inspected six hotel properties before concluding that the historic Roosevelt Hotel, which has recently been completely restored to its original splendor, offered the best combination of reasonable prices, good facilities, and appropriate accommodations.

In conjunction with the 2004 Annual Meeting, the ARJD will host the Second International Symposium on Official Law Reporting in the Roosevelt Hotel on July 30. The symposium will be directed by Gary Spivey and the New York Law Reporting Bureau. Scheduled participants include Judith S. Kaye, Chief Judge, State of New York; Lou Andreozzi for LexisNexis; Brian Hall for West; Anne Roland, Registrar, Supreme Court of Canada; and Robert C. Williams, Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales. Also participating as speakers will be Frank Wagner, Gary Spivey, Andy Ashe, William Hooks, and Ed Jessen.

The site for the 2005 Annual Meeting will be London, England. Lloyd Hysan has been working with the David Green Organization, which specializes in ARJD-type meetings throughout the United States and 16 foreign countries. Lloyd noted that Carol Ellis has been, and will continue to be, invaluable in helping assess possible venues in the London area and otherwise assisting with preparations for the ARJD's first intercontinental meeting. Scott Henwood's eloquent parliamentary urgings were a key element to the ARJD's making the decision to reflect its international membership by meeting in the mother country of common law.

For 2006, Kansas City was favorably discussed as a meeting site, although other sites are still being considered and a final decision has not yet been made.

Membership Report

Kathryn Bann reported on membership recruitment efforts over the past year. Frank Wagner reported on some special recruitment efforts he made during his presidency that focused on the unique benefits of active involvement in the ARJD. After discussion of several ways in which ARJD membership had been beneficial on different issues in several jurisdictions, the consensus that seemed to emerge was that the work and problems of reporters are unique and solitary within each of our jurisdictions, and the ARJD is the forum that brings us together to address what really ends up being common work and problems. The annual meeting, therefore, affords a singular opportunity to build friendships and camaraderie that time and again have proven to be invaluable to us as we confront issues and problems within our jurisdictions.

Several first-time attendees at the annual meeting were acknowledged (e.g., Phaedra Kalicki, Nevada; Dan Anselmo, Michigan; and Edith Lavin, California).

ARJD Web Site

Andy Ashe reported on the status of the ARJD Web site, hosted by Washburn University. Various ideas for enhancing and more fully utilizing the Web site were raised and discussed.


Sheila D'Ambrosio reviewed issues concerning publication of The Catchline since responsibility for editing and production was transferred to California after Judy Ronningen's retirement from the United States Supreme Court in September 2002.

Henry C. Lind Award

A nomination was submitted and approved for the Henry C. Lind award. This award is bestowed upon an individual who has made a significant contribution to the improved reporting of judicial decisions or the preservation of historic court records. The award is named, of course, in honor of the ARJD's founder and first president, who was Reporter of Decisions for the United States Supreme Court from 1979 to 1987. Past recipients are Justice Harry Blackmun, United States Supreme Court (1989), Edgar Bellefontaine (1991), Bryan Garner (1994), and Judge Abner Mikva (1999). The Honors Committee will communicate with the nominee to determine if presentation of the award can be made at the 2005 Annual Meeting in New York City.

-Ed Jessen

A Matter of Style

Louis Menand has written a seven-page review of the 15th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style that appears in the October 6, 2003 issue of The New Yorker. His conclusion should warm the heart of every legal editor:

"Some people will complain that the new 'Chicago Manual' is too long. These people do not understand the nature of style. There is, if not a right way, a best way to do every single thing, down to the proverbial dotting of the 'i.' Relativism is fine for the big moral questions, where we can never know for sure; but in arbitrary realms like form and usage even small doses of relativism are lethal. The 'Manual' is not too long. It is not long enough. It will never be long enough. The perfect manual of style would be like the perfect map of the world: exactly coterminous with its subject, containing a rule for every word of every sentence. We would need an extra universe to accommodate it. It would be worth it."

The main library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building.

-Thanks to Wilma Grant


As of August 9, 2003, 41 members of the Association of Reporters of Judicial Decisions have paid their dues. If you have not already paid your dues, please take the time to do so now.

A warm welcome is extended to our newest members: Edith V. Lavin, Supreme Court Attorney, Supreme Court of California; Richard Beaudoin, Legal Editor, Federal Court of Canada; and Phaedra Kalicki, Assistant Reporter, Nevada Supreme Court.

Please encourage your staff members to join our association. If you have any suggestions regarding new members, please let me know.

-Kathryn M. Bann

A million thanks to Denise Lynch, staff attorney at the California Supreme Court, who, with a few seemingly effortless keystrokes, designed this issue of the newsletter. Special thanks also to Ana Heltsley, who fixed our mailing labels!

- Editor

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Association of Reporters of Judicial Decisions

President: Bilee Cauley
Reporter of Decisions
Alabama Appellate Courts

Vice-President: Edward W. Jessen
Reporter of Decisions
Supreme Court of California

Secretary: Barbara Kincaid
General Counsel, Law Branch
Supreme Court of Canada

Treasurer: Tim Fuller
Reporter of Decisions
Washington Supreme Court

The Catchline
Editor: Sheila D'Ambrosio
Supreme Court of California
350 McAllister Street
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Vol. XXII, No. 1 October 2003

Photos from the ARJD's 21st Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon are available on line.