Governor Declares February 11-18
Court Reporting & Captioning Week
Local Court Reporting Students Work with Law Students
The Green River College court reporting students have participated in Professor Clark’s Essential Lawyering Skills course for the last four years. This workshop affords the students a wonderful learning opportunity by being lead reporters during the mock depositions that are taken in the afternoon. During the exercise, they get to share their knowledge of taking depositions with the law students to assist the law students in understanding the deposition process.
The court reporting students also participate in other mock deposition exercises at Seattle University School of Law, as well as participating in the mock trials for the Attorney General’s Office in Olympia. Getting this practical experience is crucial to bridging school learning with real-world application.
Also present was Ron Cook, the Washington State Speed Champion, to share his knowledge and real-time skills.
Read more in Professor Clark’s blog post here.
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.
When we show up in Olympia, our concerns are listened to. We have a good reputation. WCRA members have accomplished that through years of volunteer involvement, of hiring lobbyists when we need to, and by having legal counsel to guide our efforts. No other association, state or national, does this at our state and local level. We made sure to be at the hearing on HB 1111 to advocate for reporters. WCRA is present in Olympia for every stakeholders’ meeting with the Department of Licensing. We are the association that has worked at the legislature and Supreme Court to protect the consumer of legal services from unequal terms. Our members have set up booths at bar association meetings and sent letters and articles to their publications to explain the contracting issue. All of these things cost money as well as time. Your dues and attendance at conventions and seminars fund the activities that WCRA undertakes to promote and protect Washington CCR’s. We represent all reporters, both freelance and officials. If you can only join one organization, we hope you make the choice to join WCRA. You receive much more than CEU’s. You’re investing in the future of our profession.
Thanks to all of you for your membership and support of WCRA. If you have ideas or want to volunteer, we’d love to hear from you! It takes all of us to keep our profession strong.