IN MEMORIAM: Cathleen M. (Annis) Burnham

Cathleen M. “Cathi” (Annis) Burnham passed away unexpectedly at the age of 59 at her home in Warwick, R.I., on Dec. 24, 2017. Cathi was instrumental in organizing the Rhode Island Shorthand Reporters Association, keeping its members apprised of upcoming seminars and events. Following in the footsteps of her aunt, Beulah Dixon, Cathi became the owner and operator of Allied School of Court Reporting, where she taught many students from Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. More importantly, though, Cathi was known for her big heart. Members became part of her family, and she ensured that each and every one knew that her door was open for advice, guidance, and support. Cathi was truly an integral part of the court reporting profession.

Menck appointed to fill vacant Board of Directors seat

NCRA’s Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Karyn Menck, RDR, CRR, CRC, a captioner and agency owner based in Nashville, Tenn., as a Director on the Board. Menck, who’s been an NCRA member since 1985, has served in many capacities for the Tennessee Court Reporters Association, including currently serving on its board. She has also been involved with NCRA committees, including serving as co-chair of the Certified Realtime Captioner Certification Committee. Menck will fill the seat left vacant after Robyn Hennigan, RPR, CRI, resigned earlier this month, and she will serve through the 2018 Convention & Expo in accordance with the Constitution & Bylaws of NCRA. The Nominating Committee will slate a fourth director for a two-year term (to complete the unexpired term of Hennigan) when it announces nominees in 2018.

The JCR Awards recognize innovative business strategies and more

The JCR Awards offer the perfect way to showcase innovative and successful business strategies from the past year. For the third year, the JCR staff is seeking stories that bring to life new and inventive ways that NCRA members change the way they do business, serve their communities, and help promote the professions of court reporting and captioning.

Nominations are currently being sought for several subcategories, such as best-in-class stories for: Marketing and customer service; Leadership, teambuilding, and mentoring; Use of technology; Community outreach; Service in a nonlegal setting; and Court Reporting & Captioning Week (2017) initiative. In addition, NCRA is looking for a group and an individual who show excellence in more than one category for an overall “Best of the Year” award.

Any current NCRA member in good standing, with the exception of students, may be nominated for these awards. Court reporters, captioners, videographers, scopists, teachers and school administrators, and court reporting managers are all eligible for nomination as well as groups, such as firms, courthouses, or court reporting programs. Self-nominations are accepted. More information about specific criteria for each of the categories is available on the JCR Awards Entry Form.

To enter, submit a written entry to the JCR between 300 and 1,000 words explaining the strategies implemented and why they were successful. Ancillary materials, such as photos, may also be submitted with the nomination. Nominations will be considered based on the best fact-based story. Please be prepared to offer documentation, verifiable sources, or other assistance as needed to be considered for these awards. The stories of the finalists will be published as featured articles in the March 2018 issue of the JCR.

Nominations are due by Oct. 31.

Read about the winners from 2017 and 2016.

NCRA member in the news

JCR logoThe Fresno Bee (Calif.) posted an announcement on June 4 about NCRA member Lesia Mervin, FAPR, RMR, CRR, CRC, earning the Certified Realtime Captioner certification. The announcement was prompted by a press release issued by NCRA on Mervin’s behalf.

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Announcing the winners of the JCR Awards

The JCR Awards were created as a way to highlight the innovative and forward-thinking practices of NCRA members and to recognize how court reporters, captioners, and legal videographers are leading the profession. These individuals and organizations are being recognized as being the best-in-class for the noted categories.

 

Individual member of the year

Community outreach; Leadership, team-building, mentoring; Promoting the profession

Doreen Sutton, RPR
Scottsdale, Ariz.

Service in a non-legal setting:

Deanna P. Baker, RMR
Flagstaff, Ariz.

Use of technology:

Jen Krueger, RMR, CRI, CPE
Parma, Ohio

Use of technology – school:

Jay Vettickal, CRI
College of Court Reporting
Hobart, Ind.

Leadership, teambuilding, and networking:

Robin Nodland, RDR
Portland, Ore.

Karen Ruud, CRI
Madison, Wis.

Community outreach:

Aimee Goldberg
Minneapolis, Minn.

Court Reporting & Captioning Week initiatives (2016):

A new category for the JCR awards recognizes contributions made in conjunction with the NCRA’s 2016 Court Reporting & Captioning Week, which was held Feb. 14-20. The JCR Awards acknowledge actions taken from Nov. 1, 2015, through Oct. 31, 2016. This new category elicited several nominations, creating a three-way tie.

Cuyahoga Community College Captioning and Court Reporting Program
Parma, Ohio

Los Angeles County Court Reporters Association
Los Angeles, Calif.

Erminia Uviedo, RDR, CRR
San Antonio, Texas

SCAM ALERT: Hotel piracy alert for all NCRA Convention-goers

Please be aware that fraudulent companies are contacting NCRA Convention & Expo delegates about room reservations at Planet Hollywood Hotel and Convention Center. This is a scam. These companies are not affiliated with NCRA or Planet Hollywood. While they might offer an initial rate lower than the contract we have with the hotel, they have additional fees and hefty change and cancellation penalties – and there is no guarantee they will actually have a room for you. Please contact the NCRA office by email at meetings@ncra.org or by phone at 800-272-6272 if you receive solicitation for hotel or exhibit services. It is helpful if you have the name and phone number of the solicitor.

Local court reporting firm owner elected to NCRA leadership

The Wausau Daily Herald posted a press release on Nov. 25 issued by NCRA announcing that Christine J. Willette, RDR, CRR, CRC, of Wausau, was installed as the Association’s 2016-2017 President-elect in early August during the NCRA Convention & Expo held in Chicago.

Deposition horrors!

JCR publications share buttonIn honor of Halloween, JD Supra Business Advisor posted a blog on Oct. 27 that features several humorous horror stories from the deposition room. The blog was written by Suzanne Quinson of Planet Depos.

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NCRA offers chance at Kindle Fire for early membership renewal

By Jennifer Late

Members who renew their NCRA memberships in October are offered an additional enticement: the chance to win a Kindle Fire. Members who renew before Nov. 1 will automatically be entered into the drawing and the winner will be notified by the NCRA membership department.

Members benefit by renewing early. It’s green; less mail to you. It’s clutter-free; fewer reminder emails to your inbox. It’s beneficial; your benefits are not interrupted. Member benefits continue to include:

  • A listing* in both the print and online versions of the NCRA Sourcebook
  • A subscription to the JCR magazine and the JCR Weekly
  • Multiple certification programs with online skills tests designed to make you more money
  • Access to discounted group insurance programs through Mercer for personal liability and errors and omissions
  • Member pricing to can’t-miss networking and educational events at the NCRA Convention & Expo (Aug. 10-13, 2017) and Firm Owners Executive Conference
  • First-class online educational opportunities

Last year’s lucky winner of the early membership renewal Kindle Fire was David E. Preston, a participating member and freelance reporter from Seattle, Wash. “Membership in NCRA has always been important to me as a freelance reporter because the Association fights for our profession in ways I, as a sole proprietor, cannot,” said Preston. “The all-around support I receive from NCRA has been an underpinning of my business, and the Association keeps us relevant as a profession.”

NCRA will continue the early membership renewal drive in November

NCRA members who renew their 2017 memberships in November will be eligible to win an NCRA Online Sourcebook Premium Plus listing for one year. The winner will also be announced in an upcoming issue of the JCR Weekly newsletter.

Renewing is easy and available online at NCRA.org/renew. Members can expect to receive their membership card via email within approximately two weeks of renewing if they have a valid email address and have not previously opted out of Constant Contact email messaging.

Jennifer Late is NCRA’s Membership & Marketing Manager. She can be reached at jlate@ncra.org.

* Registered, Participating, and Associate members are eligible for this benefit.

Oneida County court reporter sheds light on court reporting profession

NCRA member Lynn Penfield, RPR, CRR, an official court reporter from Harshaw, Wis., was featured in a story posted by WHFW-Channel 12 on Sept. 20. In the piece, Penfield talks about how she entered the profession.

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