Connect Series: Meet Ari Sebo, our Legal Documents Director!

Ari is Reportex’s legal documents director, ensuring all of our digital products meet our signature level of quality. In addition to focusing on transcript quality control, Ari prepares all of Reportex’s appeal products and electronic documents such as e-appeals, e-binders and transcript bundles.

As well as being fluent in French, Ari plays the violin and viola and enjoys donating to local food banks and animal rescue organizations. She’s also a film and television buff!

We recently asked Ari a few questions. Here’s what she had to say:

What do you find most interesting about being a legal documents director at Reportex?

It’s interesting how many different forms a transcript can take and the many jobs and many hands it takes to complete one correctly. I perform a variety of tasks each day such as transcript quality control, assembling appeal books, records or transcripts, creating transcript bundles (which are court transcripts with attachments hyperlinked and bookmarked for easy access), training, proofreading, writing and editing.

Did you find this career, or did it find you?

I started out in the legal editing field as a proofreader after taking the Proofread Anywhere course. I had proofread generally — editing books, articles and websites — but I hadn’t worked specifically with legal transcripts, so this course helped me learn the skills I needed to be proficient working with PDF court transcripts. I worked mostly with American court reporters at the time, so when I started with Reportex, there were style, terminology and formatting differences with Canadian transcripts. I learned how to use computer-aided transcription software, and then I never looked back. CAT software is complex and robust, so I’m always learning new tricks and tips to make work easier.

At Reportex our core values of team, mentorship, equality, community and industry are central to what we do. Which of these values resonates most strongly with you and why?

Definitely team. I work with such a wonderfully talented group of people. Everyone is always willing to lend a hand, and we are all always learning new tips and tricks and sharing them with each other to make our work lives easier. Everyone I work with at every level is awesome. I also can’t say enough about Reportex leadership. It is amazing to work with such caring, insightful people. I learn so much from them and from everyone I work with every day. I couldn’t ask for a better team to be a part of.

Do you prefer to read books, magazines or blogs? And what are your top three?

I read a lot of websites. I’m always searching for things. I like checking the Apple News and Google News apps on my phone as well as social media. I also like to borrow e-books and audiobooks from the library using the hoopla library app. I read so much during the day at work that after hours I will usually read shorter texts. But I can never give up reading non-fiction books. I love learning.

Cats? Dogs? Or both?

All animals are great. I live with a pug and a clowder of cats (most are rescued), so I love them all. I hope to always live with animals. They’re the best.