As a member or guest of TCRA, your input is a valuable part of the process. We welcome your comments and suggestions. If you wish to send us written correspondence, the mailing address is P.O. Box 135, Brunswick, TN 38014. Telephone inquiries, please call 901.388.8151.
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TCRA is happy to report that the first classes of the A to Z Program have been successfully completed in our state. Thanks to Alpha Reporting, Elite Reporting, Gibson Reporting, Morgan Reporting and Tennessee Captioning for taking the lead and being such an integral part to the success of this program. I can personally speak on behalf of Alpha Reporting who had 7 of their students, upon completion, express their desire to take the next step of enrolling in a court reporting program. As a matter of fact, after only 3 weeks of being involved in the program one student went ahead and enrolled and is well on her way to joining the ranks of this exciting profession known as court reporting.
When given the opportunity to be a guest speaker at one of the A to Z classes, the look of excitement and eagerness that I saw on the faces of the students confirmed with me that we all need to give a little of our time to share what we already know, and that is that this is a wonderful profession that has been good to us and may be just the profession that someone is looking for.
If you are interested in being a guest speaker or for that matter starting a class, please reach out to NCRA or one of the leaders of the classes here in our state and help bring awareness, while at the same time help solve the issue of a tremendous shortage of court reporters across the country.
To further advance the court reporting profession, this past week I was asked to be a guest speaker at the University of Memphis’ Legal Studies program about the career of court reporting. It was amazing to see the number of students that had never even heard about our profession. If an opportunity like this should cross your path, please step up and speak up. We can all do our part by spreading the word of this awesome career and help to recruit new talent to carry on our profession for many years to come.
TCRA President 2017-18
P.S. Please make sure to mark your calendar for the upcoming TCRA annual convention on June 1st and 2nd at the Four Points Sheraton at Brentwood. Your convention committee is hard at work planning for another successful convention. Looking forward to seeing you there.
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.