Planet Depos Leadership Team
Lisa A. DiMonte, RMR-CMRS | Chief Executive Officer
Lisa has more than 38 years of experience in the court reporting industry with a proven track record of implementing effective case management tools which allow legal teams to focus on their case instead of managing the details of depositions. Lisa has trained and managed thousands of court reporters and support teams around the world and is committed to delivering best-in-class court reporting services at competitive prices with impeccable customer service whenever and wherever the need arises.
Kathy DiLorenzo, RDR-CRR- CBC-FAPR | Director of Court Reporting
Kathy is a recognized leader in the court reporting industry with more than 35 years of experience, including dedicating over 20 years of her illustrious career to the National Court Reporters Association, culminating as its President. Kathy is responsible for the recruiting, vetting, onboarding and continuing education of Planet Depos’ talented team of professional court reporters.
Jodi Harmon, RMR-CRR | Director of International Depositions
Jodi has more than 34 years of court reporting experience, including 10 years as a resident of Asia covering depositions and arbitrations in Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, with specialization in intellectual property cases filed in U.S. District Courts and the International Trade Commission. Jodi founded American Realtime Court Reporters in Japan in 2004, which was acquired in 2012 by Planet Depos.
Jade King | Director of International Arbitration
Jade is a long-term resident of Asia, with broad experience throughout the entire region (including Hong Kong, India, Japan, mainland China, Mongolia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand). This experience includes covering trials with up to 30 realtime connections and daily delivery at Hong Kong’s High Court, Singapore’s Supreme Court, and providing live captioning for stadium audiences of up to 14,000 in Australia and Hong Kong. Jade has covered hundreds of international arbitrations at various arbitration institutions, under the auspices of multiple arbitral bodies and rules.
Darlene Williams, RPR-CMRS | Professional Development Specialist
Darlene has 28 years of active reporting and 3 years in an administrative support function. Beginning in 2002, she held Certified Shorthand Reporter licenses in California, Arizona and Nevada, providing realtime reporting in complex litigation matters. Darlene’s primary roles are managing quality assurance, as well as supporting court reporting students and interns.
The mission of Planet Institute is to assist court reporting students in the transition from graduation to a practicing deposition court reporter. Planet Institute provides the vocational support to bridge the gap for court reporting students and recent graduates with one-on-one mentoring and professional development for motivated applicants. As longtime supporters and active participants of the National Court Reporters Association and of various state and regional court reporting associations, we recognize the hard work and dedication of court reporting programs and their instructors to prepare our next generation of reporters. We also realize that the next phase of education and assimilation into the profession is our responsibility as stakeholders in the court reporting industry.
As we ourselves were extremely fortunate to have personal contact with court reporting mentors in the early days of our careers, we realize the impact that early guidance and professional nurturing can have on a young professional’s career. Not unlike other institutes of higher learning, much of the training of court reporting students has shifted to online programs, thus creating a significant need for mentoring, guidance, and professional development. From preventing early exit from the profession to setting a new court reporter on the path to a highly successful and fulfilling career, a mentor takes on the role of educator, motivator, and professional advisor.
The successful applicant will produce transcripts from shadowing assignments, with intensive review and follow-up by our Professional Development Specialist, with special emphasis on content, formatting, research and reporting ethics and procedures. Several students have successfully progressed through the beta program and are now working reporters, with continued oversight, and several others are currently enrolled.
Who can apply to Planet Institute?
Participants of Planet Institute are students who are working on final speed requirements for completion of a program or new professionals who have recently graduated (within 6 months).
What are the requirements to enter?
- Must be proficient with CAT system
- Must pass entrance exams (spelling, vocabulary, error-spotting)
- Complete online application
- Provide letter of reference from instructor or working reporter
- Personal interview
What are the benefits of enrollment in Planet Institute?
- Shadow a professional certified court reporter in your local area or a location of your choice
- Demonstrate your competency and readiness for a career in court reporting
- One-on-one mentoring for skills development, research tools and techniques, reporting procedures, transcript preparation, and professional development
- First-year NCRA Professional Dues for successful completion of the program
- Career opportunities with Planet Depos anywhere in the U.S. and abroad
Kathy DiLorenzo, Director of U.S. Court Reporting, was interviewed by Ari Kaplan about the creation of Planet Institute, the trends that influenced its creation, the goals of the program, and where the court reporting industry is headed, among other topics. You can hear the entire interview here.