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Software Training Seminar

Your TCRA Education Committee is proud to present a software training seminar in Nashville on February 28th!

This hands-on learning event is open to all court reporters looking to enhance their skills and to learn about new features in their court reporting software. Such an awesome opportunity to build confidence and competence in your editing and realtime capabilities! Training classes will be conducted using the latest version of software.

The success of all of our events depends on the generosity of our members and break sponsors. If you wish to donate to help offset the costs of our snacks and beverages, there's an option on the online registration form to do so. Thanks in advance!


When: February 28, 2015

Time: 8:30 Registration

Location: National College, 1638 Bell Road, Nashville, TN | 615.333.3344

CEUs:  .7 CEUs

Agenda:  Click Here for Agenda

Trainers: Melissa Smith (Eclipse) and Stephanie Faulkner (Case CATalyst)

What's Covered: Eclipse and Case CATalyst

Door Prizes:

Free Chance to Win a 2015 Annual Convention Registration





           Free Chance to Win an iPad Mini

                   *iPad Mini donated courtesy of Lynette Mueller*  






Extra Chances to Win - $25

Registration Fees: 

Early Bird Registration ends at 5 p.m. 2.15.15

Member Early Bird - $150; Nonmember Early Bird - $175; Students - $75; Member Registration (after 2.15.15) - $175; Nonmember Registration - $200


New Membership Promotion

With the holidays behind us and the beginning of a new year, your TCRA Board and the Membership Committee have a new promotion starting today. We like to think of this new program as a New Year/New You offer! Be the best you can be by joining your professional state association and take advantage of our online learning opportunities at the same time.

The new membership drive works like this:

1. New members, sign up now and receive two of our online seminars FREE.

2. Existing TCRA members, renew your 2015 membership early and receive two of our online seminars FREE.

3. This is a time-sensitive offer and valid through February 28, 2015. All test answers must be submitted by 5.31.15.

4. Sign up now!

NOTE:  LCR license renewal is June 30, 2016.  If you wish to take our online seminars, your results will be graded and forwarded to the TBCR expeditiously.   
Members and nonmembers are now able to view TCRA's online seminars and earn CEUs.   The video seminars are approximately 90 minutes in length, which allows LCRs to earn .15  CEUs for watching the video and taking a short test with a passing score of 70% or better.   The CEUs earned by passing a test via TCRA will also allow you to be awarded CEUs by the Tennessee Board of Court Reporting.  
ADDITIONAL NOTE:  Online seminars are from past conventions.  Participants who have attended past seminars and received credit for same during said convention are not eligible to receive credit for these online opportunities. More seminars coming soon!

We know you will do great things in 2015 and happy learning!


TCRA Board and Membership Committee


President's Message

Lori A. Wells, TCRA President









We are facing shortages throughout the United States. Many are reaching retirement age. The importance of mentoring court reporting students and new professional court reporters is immense, but the importance of student recruitment is dire.

I have always heard that the best advertisement is by word of mouth. I am requesting that TCRA members spread the following word: Court reporting students needed ASAP.

Since brick-and-mortar court reporting schools are phasing out and online schools are becoming the norm, I feel that one-on-one interaction is more vital than ever before.

Fellow court reporters, please take time out of your busy schedule to talk frequently, in the utmost encouraging tone, about this wonderful profession. Remember when you were in court reporting school and wondered “What in the heck have I gotten myself into? This is far more difficult than I anticipated.”  But you did not quit. You kept going, taking one day at a time.

I am certain your court reporting instructor was like mine, offering words of encouragement and was your number-one fan.

When I was in my 200 word-per-minute Q&A class, I was stuck for a year and was wondering if I was even cut out to be a court reporter. I was really concerned. My family kept asking “When are you going to graduate?” I was even contemplating pursuing a different career.

What kept me focused on a court reporting career is my sweet and tireless instructor’s continuous words of encouragement, my stubbornness of not throwing away all the time, energy, and money I had invested, and, most of all, attending both a TCRA convention and an NCRA convention.

Those conventions changed my thought pattern. It gave me the shot in the arm I so desperately needed. It lit a fire in my belly, so to speak. I could not wait to get to school the following Monday morning and pass that dang 200 word-per-minute Q&A. What inspired me so was the professional court reporters at both TCRA and NCRA’s conventions who shared their stories and did not hesitate to offer briefs and phrases to help me get over that proverbial hump I had been climbing the prior several months. 

I instantly realized that these wonderful court reporting professionals were more akin to family members rather than future business competitors. It really warmed my heart, and still does to this day.

Needless to say, I wrote down every brief and phrase offered and listened to every war story anyone was willing to share. I passed my 200 word-per-minute Q&A test within a couple of months and, to my amazement, I was able to pass my 225 word-per-minute Q&A test with three months thereafter.

I know for a fact that the reason I was able to accomplish so much in such a short period of time is because of those kind court reporting professionals taking the time to speak with me and sincerely caring that I make it through school and become a part of the court reporting family.

When people ask me what I do for a living, I am very proud to say “I am a court reporter.” They find it fascinating. And I always tell them the need we have for new students and how rewarding this career is.

Please remember to pat yourself on the back and spread words of encouragement to court reporting students, new court reporting professionals, and also those who are looking for a career path, either for their first time or their second time around.

As I stated earlier, we are facing shortages throughout the United States. Many are reaching retirement age, so we have got to be proactive in recruiting and being able to fill those positions. Please begin now in spreading the word.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Happy Holidays!




TBCR vs. TCRA - What’s the Difference?

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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