Lori A. Wells, TCRA President
Now that the holidays are behind us, let’s direct our attention on nominations for the 2015-2016 officers and Board of Directors. Since the inception of TCRA back in 1949, there have been many dedicated professional court reporters who have served on the board. Perhaps you are familiar with some of those wonderful
As I sit here writing this message, I can count off the top of my head seven individuals in my local area who have served on the board. These seven individuals dedicated a great deal of their time and talents ensuring TCRA thrived in oversight of the court reporting profession.
Do you know someone who would be a good candidate? If so, please fill out the Candidate Nomination Form for TCRA Officers and Board of Directors for 2015-2016. The nomination form must be received on or before March 30, 2015.
Per Article VIII, Section 1, of the Bylaws, “All officer nominees must have been a member of the Association for two years and have served six months on a committee prior to being eligible for nomination. All Director nominees must have been a member of the Association for one year and have served six months on a committee prior to being eligible for nomination.”
Another topic that needs to be addressed is any Bylaws change(s) that a professional member may want to submit. If you are a professional member and would like to make a proposed Bylaws change, please submit the Bylaws Resolution Form to the Bylaws Committee on or before March 1, 2015, for review.
After review by the Bylaws Committee, the proposal will be published by the Bylaws Committee for membership’s review no less than 30 days prior to the annual business meeting at the convention in downtown Nashville. This year’s convention will be held June 5 -7, with the annual business meeting taking place June 6.
“If you believe in others and give them a positive reputation to uphold, you can help them to become better than they think they are.”~ John C. Maxwell
The Tennessee Court Reporters Association (TCRA) was founded in 1949. Our association is a volunteer organization made up of an Executive Board and, also, comprises two Directors from each of the three divisions of our state.
Per our current bylaws:
The members of this Association shall strive to establish and maintain a proper standard of proficiency in the profession of court reporting, to establish and maintain a proper standard of professional ethics, to promote friendly interaction and good feeling among the members of the Association, to promote enactment of just and equitable laws upon the subject of court reporting, to protect the public against the imposition of incompetent and unethical court reporters, and to promote by all proper and lawful means, and consistent with the public interest, the legitimate interests of professional court reporters in the State of Tennessee.
Tenn. Code Ann. § 20-9-604 established the Tennessee Board of Court Reporting (TBCR). According to the TBCR website: Beginning July 1, 2010, court reporters must be licensed to engage in court reporting in the state of Tennessee. This board will issue court reporter licenses, conduct disciplinary inquiries for ethical violations, ensure completion of continuing education requirements and maintain a registry of court reporters.
Your TCRA Board has always and will continue to bring our members the most current and up-to-date court reporting information and news available as we receive it. As our members are aware, our avenues of communication are varied: annual conventions, regional seminars, e-blasts, website, quarterly newsletters, Facebook page, and Twitter! Our state association can boast and be proud that we are one of the few state associations in the country that is so technologically advanced.
The TBCR was established to prescribe the qualifications of court reporters and to issue licenses to persons who demonstrate their ability and fitness for the licenses. If anyone has a question about licensure, continuing education guidelines, reporting guidelines, inactive status, or reporter complaints, your questions must be directed to the TBCR.
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