About Washington Court Reporters Association
The mission of the Washington Court Reporters Association (WCRA) is to promote the profession of court reporting. It is the objective of this professional association to maintain a membership base composed of court reporters, Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART), and captioners whose values are consistent with the ethical standards promulgated by the NCRA Code of Professional Ethics. WCRA represents its members in the state legislature on issues impacting court reporting, CART, and captioning.
All members are encouraged to obtain the highest professional certificates available in the state of Washington and nationally. Additionally, WCRA, through its committees, task forces, and Executive Board offers its members conferences and seminars to keep current with state-of-the-art technology affecting the profession of court reporting.
As WCRA’s new president, I’d like to tell you a little bit about myself. I’m Wendy Raymond. For those of you who don’t know me, I have worked as a freelance reporter for the first nineteen years of my career and took an official position in Whatcom County in Bellingham, Washington four years ago. I also have owned a small court reporting firm in Bellingham for the last ten years, so I feel I have a varied and unique perspective in representing our membership’s interest in the upcoming year.
We will be concentrating our efforts this year on student recruitment and getting more licensed reporters certified in our state to address our shortage of court reporters.
As always, our legislative committee will be diligently keeping an eye on Olympia for anything that may impact our profession so we can effectively deal with any issues that may arise.
The Department of Licensing will be scheduling a stakeholders meeting in the upcoming months so please watch for that announcement. We will need to have a strong presence there. Our input regarding Washington’s equal terms provisions and how DOL is addressing them is vitally important to our profession.
Court Reporting and Captioning week will be upcoming in February and we hope to get great participation from our membership to highlight the profession we all love.
Please save the date for our Spring Seminar, which will be held at Green River Community College on April 21, 2018.
We have a wonderful group of people on our Board this year and I am looking forward to working with them to accomplish our goals for our membership. Please feel free to contact any of us if you have any questions or concerns in the upcoming year or if you’d like to see where you can donate some of your time or resources to serve on a committee, make a presentation to prospective students or help us to further our collective goals.
Wendy S. Raymond