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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!





TCRA Members,

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, your TCRA Board and the Membership Committee want to say thank you for being a member of your state association!

Association, {noun} ~ an organization of people with a common purpose and having a formal structure.

Individually, we all have our own weaknesses and strengths; but, together, we can reach great heights. So, thanks for being a dedicated member. Our TCRA members are the foundation and backbone of our association.

One of the goals of this year's Board is to grow our membership numbers in order strengthen our association so that we can achieve even greater heights. We are asking for your assistance and requesting that you play a major role in this effort. 
TCRA would like to extend a time-sensitive special program and challenge for our current members.  The program is called Earn FREE 2015 TCRA Membership Dues!  Take advantage of this special program, save money, and continue to enjoy all the benefits of association membership.  How can you get your 2015 membership dues of $75 for free?  Look below for the program details.

1. Call, email, and reach out to your colleagues and ask them to join your state association.
2. Promote and raise awareness to colleagues about the many benefits of TCRA membership.
3. Ask your colleagues to sign up today (it's easy) .
4. Tell your colleagues that you are ecstatic to endorse them for membership.
5. For each new member you recruit that signs up for membership, you earn $15 off your 2015 TCRA membership dues!  There is no limit to how many rebates you can earn -- the sky is the limit!  If you sign up five of your friends, your 2015 membership becomes free.
6. If you earn in excess of five rebates and are a Tennessee CCR participant, apply those rebates to your CCR renewal.
7. Our Administrative Director will email the rebates earned by you.  It is the responsibility of the member to request rebates be applied when renewal time comes around next May.
8. No carryover rebates will be granted for 2016 membership dues and beyond.
9. No refunds will be given if you earn more than the amount of the 2015 membership dues or CCR renewal fees, if applicable.
10. This offer ends on January 1, 2015.
We know you will do great things to strengthen our association by welcoming new members.
Thanks so much for your continued support!


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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