Meet Our New Communications Team

We are pleased to introduce our new communications team, Benjamin Jaffe, Kenneth Katz and James Salandro. One of their focuses will be facilitating and moderating AAERT’s Facebook group, posting articles of interest and using their expertise to answer questions in the forum. They will also be monitoring the group discussion to ensure that the feedback is constructive and is advancing industry professionalism. Eventually, they will migrate and invite members to a private group that is currently under development.

For the past five years, Gail Armstrong has served as the communications committee chair. Gail was conferred the Wagner-Fuss Award two years ago for exceptional volunteer time over the past five years.  We appreciate the great amount of time she has spent posting articles and creating fruitful discussions. Thank you Gail!

Benjamin Jaffe

Benjamin Jaffe is the Manager of Digital Training and Development for BlueLedge, a legal classroom. In his role at BlueLedge, he spreads the careers of digital court reporting and legal transcription by helping students get AAERT certified. Before joining BlueLedge, Ben was the Manager of Legal Technology at Orange Legal, a legal support company based in Orlando, Florida. As the Legal Technology Manager he oversaw the departments of Digital Court Reporting, Legal Video, Trial Technology and eDiscovery. Before coming to the legal industry Ben worked as a manager, director, producer and videographer for broadcast television stations and video production units in Florida and Washington D.C.

Ben has been an AAERT member since 2018 and is a Certified Electronic Reporter (CER) as well as a Florida Professional Reporter Instructor (FPR-I) from FCRA.

Get to know more about Ben by reading some of his articles: 
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/two-truths-lie-court-reporting-benjamin-jaffe/  
https://www.legalmanagement.org/2019/november-december/columns/5-innovative-legal-support-careers

Ken Katz

Ken is an independent contractor with Veritext Legal Solutions, and has been a digital reporter for almost a year. He recently earned his CER certification in Jan. 2020. In his free time, Ken loves to practice watercolor painting techniques as well as photograph out and about in New York City.  

James Salandro

James started in the electronic reporting field in 2006. Since then he has served clients ranging from the State Department, Department of Defense, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the United States Congress, Executive Office of the President, Department of Health and Human Services, Federal Communications Commission, National Institutes of Health, Department of the Treasury, and various agencies of the District of Columbia. Serving some of these clients required the holding of a security clearance. He has also managed and trained reporters and proofreaders. 

James currently works in client services for a family-owned court reporting agency in the Washington, DC area.