NCRA raises visibility of court reporting profession at ABA Techshow

VIENNA, Va., April 20, 2015—The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters, broadcast captioners, CART providers, and legal videographers, showcased the latest in court reporter technology with demonstrations of remote realtime when it joined more than 125 exhibitors at the recent American Bar Association’s (ABA) annual Techshow Conference and Expo, held April 16-18 in Chicago.

NCRA’s exhibit at the ABA Techshow, as well as a number of other venues throughout the year, is part of the efforts by its National Outreach Committee to increase the visibility of the court reporting profession and the high-quality services NCRA members’ offer. This is the third consecutive year the association has exhibited at the ABA Techshow. The event drew more than 1,500 attendees.

“Each year NCRA’s National Outreach Committee chooses several events its members feel provide a high-value venue for continued outreach and to raise the awareness of the overall health of the profession. Events like ABA’s Techshow lets us showcase what we do, demonstrate the technology we use, and provide a better understanding to external audiences about the services court reporters and captioners offer,” said NCRA President Sarah Nageotte, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, an official court reporter from Jefferson, Ohio.

Members and volunteers who hosted the association’s booth provided realtime demonstrations and the opportunity for attendees to learn more about the strict Code of Ethics NCRA members abide by. Attendees also learned more about the many resources the organization offers, such as continuing education for its members, and the NCRA Sourcebook, which provides a comprehensive listing of member court reporters, captioners, CART providers, and legal videographers. The volunteers also highlighted the fact that the profession is in need of more students and that in some markets can offer salaries as high as six figures.

NCRA volunteers who staffed this year’s booth included: Stephanie Battaglia, RMR, CRR, Hinsdale, Ill.; Nancy Bistany, RPR, Morton Grove, Ill.; Kathie Grove, RPR, CRR, CLVS, Wheaton, Ill.; LeAnn Hibler, RMR, CRR, CCP, Joliet, Ill.; Melanie Humphrey-Sonntag, RDR, CRR, CCP, St. Charles, Ill.; Cathy Rajcan, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, Wheaton, Ill.; Sandi Rocca, RMR, CRR, Hinsdale, Ill.; and Donna Urlaub, RMR, CRR, Chicago, Ill. Other volunteers included Stephen Goethals and Kimber Russell who are affiliated with PlanetDepos, a court reporting firm with offices in Chicago and around the world.

“These events provide NCRA members with the opportunity to sell the profession and the services we offer. It is exciting to introduce people to how we work in today’s marketplace especially if they have never considered what the profession is about before,” Nageotte said.

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