We have an exciting lineup for the ICRA Conference this summer! See the attached agenda.
Due to health issues with the instructor, the Realtime Boot Camp scheduled for our July conference has been canceled. Because it is short notice, Stenograph has graciously offered to send Cindi Lynch (previously Hartman) to give Caseview/Catalyst classes for the conference. You have all probably heard of Cindi. She is one of the most popular trainers for Caseview/Catalyst and highly sought after. And we get her all day, Saturday, July 16, 2016!
For all those who are not on Caseview/Catalyst, we also have an exciting concurrent seminar scheduled with Marybeth Everhart of Realtime Coach. She will present classes about Online Testing, Realtime Coach, Gadget Goodness, and Windows 10.
This year’s conference will be held at the Grove Hotel in Boise. Rooms are set aside for our conference attendees at a special rate, so book them now! Ask for the Idaho Court Reporters Association rate. Don’t forget we will have the famous realtime contest on Friday night, July 15, 2016. Get your fingers ready!
We’ve all heard the phrase, my expert can beat up your expert. We’ve heard how one expert will say 2+2=4, and then the opposing expert says, well, that isn’t exactly right. 2+2=4, sometimes. So I guess the point is that you can make statistics read any way you want and have them interpreted any way you want. However, there are a few statistics that can’t be argued with too much. During the 2016 Court Reporting & Captioning Week, I believe it is necessary for Court Reporters and Captioners alike to think about the statistics regarding our profession, and how those numbers may affect us in the future. The average age of court reporters throughout the nation is 51. The demand for court reporters over the next five years is going to increase to approximately 1,500. The number of court reporters retiring in the next five years is approximately 5,100. Therefore, there will be a gap in the court reporting profession in the next five years of 3,500 to 4,000 reporters. I can only imagine that the demand for captioners will be at least that large or larger with the demand for internet captioning.
So I feel that it is imperative that we, as court reporters and captioners, talk to students, young adults, or people looking for a second career about court reporting and captioning. I know that many of our members already pursue students and others to open the discussion regarding reporting and captioning, but this week we should double our efforts. As we all know, this is a great profession. Many people are intrigued by the machine and things we hear and see. You never know who that person may know that might be interested in court reporting or captioning.
So, once again, let’s pursue these conversations and double our efforts to keep court reporting and captioning front and center in our conversations and be proud of what we do. Enjoy what you do, and enjoy Court Reporting and Captioning Week February 15th to February 21st, 2016.
Keith M. Evans, RPR, CSR
2016 Official Court Reporter Conference
January 25 & 26, 2016
Red Lion Hotel Boise Downtowner, 1800 Fairview, Boise
Congratulations to Brook Nunn from Boise who recently passed both the Certified Broadcast Captioners certification and the Certified CART Providers certification. Great job, Brook! We applaud your great dedication to our profession!
Congratulations to our own Andrea Couch!! She won second place overall in the Pacific Northwest Realtime Contest sponsored by Associated Reporting, Inc., held at the Tri-State Conference in October. The realtime contest was attended by reporters from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Andrea missed first place by .3%! Her overall translation was 98.4%. The contest consisted of a 225 wpm Q&A and a 200 wpm Literary, each five minutes long. Great job, Andrea. Way to represent Idaho!
Seeking all court reporters who donated their time to take oral histories in the past.
Please email Susie Headlee at firstname.lastname@example.org and send her the following info:
- The name of the interviewee (person whose oral history was taken).
- The narrator (the person who actually sat down and asked the questions).
- The name of the Court Reporter, and the date and place the oral history was taken.
- The status of the transcription, i.e. is it completed? Do they need to “tweak” it a bit? Do they need to complete it?
Susie is compiling a master list of everyone who has contributed oral histories and would like to know if the transcripts have been finalized or not. Thank you all again for donating your time in this endeavor working with the Idaho Legal Historical Society.
Looking for CEUs? Want to show off your realtime skills? Update your software knowledge? Spend time with colleagues and friends?
Congratulations to Rachelle Cahoon for receiving the New Professional Reporter Grant from NCRF. What a great accomplishment! The Journal of Court Reporting has an article about Rachelle. Here is a quote from that article:
“NCRF awards the annual New Professional Reporter Grant to a reporter who is in his or her first year of work, has graduated within a year from an NCRA-certified court reporting program, and meets specific criteria, including a grade point average of 3.5 or above, a letter of recommendation, and active work in any of the career paths of judicial (official/freelance), CART, or captioning. Cahoon, a graduate of the College of Court Reporting, Hobart, Ind., is the 11th recipient of NCRF’s New Professional Reporter Grant. She was nominated by Annie Cook of Tucker and Associates in Boise and was described as a “powerhouse” who is expected to become an amazing realtime writer.”
Here’s a link to the full article.
If you’re one of our northern members, or would just like to take a drive up to beautiful Coeur d’Alene, please join us for our July 25 ICRA Board Meeting. We’ll be having lunch at the Dockside Restaurant, at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 South 2nd Street (765-4000) at 12:30 p.m.
One topic of discussion will be our joint Conference with Washington and Oregon set for October, 2015.
Looking forward to seeing everyone!
There will be an ICRA Board meeting on Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. to discuss ICRA business and the conference to be held in Hood River, OR in October.
Please feel free to participate. Looking forward to visiting with you!
Keith Evans, ICRA President
At the Pocatello business meeting held March 7, 2015, we discussed the upcoming conference October 23-25, 2015, in Hood River, Oregon. Once again we will put on a realtime contest, modeled after the NCRA realtime contest, on Friday night. The seminar will start on Saturday with Ed and Nancy Varallo as our main speakers! Plan now to join us and network with your fellow reporters from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. If you have any ideas for vendors to display their wares, please let us know via email. Make plans to join us in Hood River in October!
Come take a little drive, have some lunch, and enjoy great company at the ICRA Board Meeting in POCATELLO next Saturday, March 7, 2015, 12:30 p.m. at Ruby Tuesday’s. We’ll be discussing out awesome upcoming tri-state conference (Washington, Oregon and Idaho) set for October in Hood River.
Hope to see you there!
Sue Wolf ICRA Secretary / Treasurer (208) 287-7690 email@example.com
Celebrate “Court Reporting & Captioning Week 2015”
NCRA has announced that National Court Reporting & Captioning Week, to be held Feb. 15-21, as a way to recognize the efforts of its stenographic court reporters and broadcast and CART captioner members. Court reporters work hard every day to help people access the U.S. legal system, while CART captioners give access to conferences, calls, educational classes, and television broadcasts to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. It is in their honor that NCRA has declared a national week to champion their ongoing efforts.
NCRA’s public relations campaign will highlight the career options available to those who graduate from a court reporting program. Organizers anticipate that a combination of the official legislative recognition of National Court Reporting & Captioning Week, public relations and marketing, and member and state involvement, will significantly boost awareness efforts for stenographic court reporting and broadcast and CART captioners.
HOW CAN YOU CELEBRATE?
Visit the crTakeNote.com website for an array of resources and tools that can be used to help celebrate the profession. In addition, NCRA has also made available a member toolkit on the NCRA website (NCRA.org/awareness) that includes materials for presenting court reporting and captioning as exciting job opportunities for students, press release templates, social media–appropriate logos and banners, and more. Make plans today to get involved and support National Court Reporting & Captioning Week.