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.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our WCRA members and others who took the time out of their busy schedules to attend the recent Department of Licensing stakeholders meeting May 22nd. There was a full discussion on future testing for court reporting students and our DOL Testing Committee along with our Board will be working with the DOL and NCRA to come up with new and more frequent testing methods to get new reporters out working and filling the shortage of reporters in our state.
The DOL also brought up the topic of firm licensure. For those who are not familiar with what firm licensure would entail, it would require court reporting firms to be licensed here in Washington. That means court reporting firms would be under the auspices and regulatory authority of DOL and would be required to abide by the same RCWs, WACs, and court rules that apply to all certified court reporters here in Washington. For several reasons — the largest one being that this legislative effort would be promulgated by DOL rather than WCRA — your WCRA board of directors is in support of DOL moving this forward. WCRA’s legislative chairs will be forming a committee to work in conjunction with DOL and others to craft firm licensure language in the hopes of enacting new laws to hold court reporting firms accountable in the same way as CCRs are in this state. WCRA and DOL will keep our members informed and updated as this legislative action progresses.
Our Spring Seminar at Green River College was a great success! It was attended by a good number of students and licensed reporters alike and we had the opportunity to interact and support our student reporters. It was an educational day for all and we had wonderful raffle items donated by many generous members and vendors. There were a lot of happy winners!
There is quite a bit of excitement about our upcoming Fall Convention, which will be September 28th-30th, in Winthrop at Sun Mountain Lodge! It’s a beautiful and scenic destination with many outdoor activities available. This is a new venue for WCRA and we are hoping members will enjoy it. We will be having a new game centered on court reporting trivia at our welcome reception to earn CEU credits and will be presenting the Court Reporting Documentary – For the Record by Mark Greenburg also. We will release our speaker list in the upcoming months, so you can plan to attend! Here are some links so you see what the lodge has to offer as well as Winthrop: https://www.sunmountainlodge.com and http://www.winthropwashington.com.
We are sending two Board members to the upcoming NCRA convention in New Orleans to represent us and network with other state associations and NCRA to gain further education and information to serve our membership. We are looking to follow up in person with our previous discussions with NCRA CEO Marcia Ferranto concerning contracting, hyper-gifting, and other concerns raised in our discussion.
Being President so far this year has been a valuable learning experience for me in our profession and in life. I am striving to give back to our membership and to forward our agendas. I’ve gained a new respect for WCRA and I am hopeful that our members have too. We have a great team.
“If you can wake up every morning loving what you do, help and inspire others around you to be better than they were yesterday, then you know you’re doing something right in business and in life.” – Ashley Bodi, Co-Founder Business Beware.
Wendy S. Raymond, CCR