November 2012 – ICRA Member Jahnene Admire

1.  Name:

Jahnene Admire

2.  Freelance or Official or Captioner/CART:

Freelance court reporter with M&M Court Reporting, Boise, Idaho

3.  Location:

Magic Valley, Idaho (Jerome)

4.  Three to five things we don’t know about you:

  1. I do archery, targets only.
  2. I’ve ski-dived.
  3. I learned how to drive a John Deere tractor this year.
  4. I don’t know how to drive a standard.
  5. I do athletic pole training/resistance training.
  6. I am a fish in the water.  I wish I had gills.

5.  Hobbies:

Swimming, learning to like water-skiiing, jet-skiing, cooking, shoe shopping

6.  Family:

I am the oldest. My brother is six years younger than me.  We are two peas in a pod — I’m the brains; he’s the muscle.  I’m the go-getter; he’s laid back.  My mother passed away in 2007 from cancer.  She was my concrete floor; it has been very hard to be without her.  My stepfather is my dad.  He has been and is a wonderful mentor in my life.  He married a marvelous, loving, spunky woman who immediately became and is to this day my mom.  My favorite thing about her is hearing her singing away in the kitchen in the mornings.  Several family members are deaf and/or hard-of-hearing, and so American Sign Language has been a part of my life.

7.  Worst job:

No names….My witness was a Chinese scientist with top and bottom braces, HEAVY accent.  All other parties to the case were over the phone.  I could not understand him…By page 6 and numerous interruptions, informing the parties I could not understand the witness, I stopped the deposition and informed the parties I could not do it.  I simply could not understand the witness.  Through discussion with the parties and the witness’s boss, we ended up completing the deposition by conducting it like a Spanish deposition.  The witness’s boss acted as an interpreter, and I wrote to him and only him.  But here I was, sitting next to the witness who is speaking English (that I don’t understand) and the “interpreter” speaking English SIMULTANEOUSLY to the witness.  Most difficult job I’ve ever done.

8.  Best job:

I think the one that sticks out the most to me is one I did a few years ago where I had eleven, twelve attorneys in the room.  It was an all-day depo.  About half the attorneys participated in asking questions.  I knew about half of them; the other half I had never met before.  It was a good day.  The attorneys were very thoughtful towards me when objecting or interrupting and making sure I knew who was talking.  To me, this was a good job because I walked away that day feeling good about myself, my ability to do my job.  That was my first time with that many attorneys in the room…I was terrified when I first walked into that room….I walked away knowing I did it.  That was a great feeling.

9.  Most interesting job:

I actually can’t think of an “interesting” job, none stick out to mind.  I can think of one, but I don’t know that I’d call it “interesting.”  I remember one case that was a divorce.  The couple had been married over 40 years, had grown children.  And what they were fighting over was silverware and China.  I thought that was odd thing to argue over.

10.  Favorite vacation, either trip or spot:

I don’t have a particular spot…I am happy and content when I’m around water, whether that be a lake, river, pool…I love being in the water.