NCRA raises visibility of court reporting profession at ABA Techshow

VIENNA, Va., April 1, 2014—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 nearly 150 exhibitors at the recent American Bar Association’s (ABA) annual Techshow Conference and Expo, held March 27-29 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.

“NCRA’s continued outreach to promote the overall health of the profession is of utmost importance, and participating in events like ABA’s Techshow is the perfect venue for us to showcase what we do, demonstrate the sophistication of the technology we use today, and overall raise the visibility of the profession to external audiences,” said Melanie Humphrey-Sonntag, RDR, CRR, CCP, a freelance reporter from St. Charles, Ill., and a member of NCRA’s National Outreach Committee. “By doing this, NCRA is providing assistance to many of our reporters in the trenches.”

The recent ABA Techshow, which attracted about 1,800 attendees, was the second time NCRA has hosted a booth staffed by member volunteers. In addition to offering realtime demonstrations, the booth also provided a platform for volunteers to talk with attendees about the code of ethics NCRA members abide by, the association’s continuing education requirements, and many of the resources the organization offers including the NCRA Sourcebook, which provides a comprehensive listing of court reporters, captioners, CART providers, and legal videographers who are members of NCRA. 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 joined Sonntag at this year’s booth included: Nancy Bistany[MR1] , RPR, an official court reporter from Morton Grove, Ill.; Kathy Cortopassi, RMR, CRR, CBC, CCP, a captioner from Crown Point, Ind.; Kathie Grove, RPR, CRR, CLVS, a freelance reporter and legal videographer from Wheaton, Ill.; Cathy Rajcan, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, a freelance reporter from Wheaton, Ill.; and Maria Winn, RPR, CRR, a freelance reporter from Morton Grove, Ill.

“When we attend these events, we are not vendors. We have nothing to sell but the profession and the services we offer, and for that reason, I think we are always well received by attendees. Many people came by the booth several times to ask additional questions or to share stories involving reporters they had worked with,” Sonntag said.

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About NCRA

The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) is internationally recognized for promoting excellence among those who capture and convert the spoken word to text for more than 100 years. NCRA is committed to supporting its more than 18,000 members in achieving the highest level of professional expertise with educational opportunities and industry-recognized court reporting, educator and videographer certification programs. NCRA impacts legislative issues and the global marketplace through its actively involved membership. Forbes has named court reporting as one of the best career options that do not require a traditional four-year degree and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the court reporting field is expected to grow by 14 percent through the year 2020. For more information, visit