William Greenley posthumously honored with NCRA 2016 DSA recipient

Late court reporter from Sacramento, Calif., becomes 55th to earn national award

 CHICAGO, Aug. 5, 2016 — The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters, broadcast and CART captioners, and legal videographers, today bestowed its highest honor, the 2016 Distinguished Service Award, posthumously to past member William Greenley, who was a seasoned freelance reporter, official court reporter, and firm owner from Petaluma, Calif., at a special awards ceremony during its annual Convention & Expo held Aug. 4-7 in Chicago, Ill. Greenley’s wife, Willy, accepted the award for her late husband, who passed away in October 2015.

NCRA’s DSA recognizes the distinguished work and service by an individual member for the benefit of the court reporting profession, including service to NCRA as a member, a committee member, a director, or an officer of the association. Other displays of distinguished work include contributing to the JCR, service at the state or local court reporters association, or in the field of public relations or public affairs. Award winners are nominated by their peers and are recognized at NCRA’s Convention & Expo.

“It’s really hard to express properly how we feel,” said Greenley. “I met Bill in 1968. He was just back from Viet Nam, waiting to finish his tour of duty. That same year we married and moved to southern California, for him to go to college. A friend’s sister told him about court reporting and how some people completed school in two years. He thought it was worth a try, and in less than two years he passed the California Shorthand Test.”

Greeley added that after retirement her husband spent time taking care of and being the best Papa to his two granddaughters, Mina and Lani. He also got very involved in volunteering at Jack London state park near their home and in playing tennis.

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About NCRA

The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) is internationally recognized for promoting excellence among those who capture and convert the spoken word to text for more than 100 years. NCRA is committed to supporting its more than 16,000 members in achieving the highest level of professional expertise with educational opportunities and industry-recognized court reporting, educator and videographer certification programs. NCRA impacts legislative issues and the global marketplace through its actively involved membership. Forbes has named court reporting as one of the best career options that do not require a traditional four-year degree and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the court reporting field is expected to grow by 14 percent through the year 2020. For more information, visit NCRA.org.

NCRA member showcases opportunities in court reporting

Local television station KSHB Television,  Johnson County, Kan., aired a story on Aug. 2 featuring NCRA member Cindy Isaacsen, RPR, an official court reporter from Olanthe, about careers in court reporting. “We are the record,” said Isaacsen, who serves as president of the Kansas Court Reporter Association. “Everything we write is the record, whether it goes to Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court.”

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NCRA announces the 2016 class of Academy of Professional Reporters Fellows

The members of the 2016 class of Academy of Professional Reporters Fellows will be honored at an award luncheon being held Aug. 6 during the 2016 NCRA Convention & Expo at the Chicago Hilton, Chicago, Ill., Aug. 4-7. This year, six NCRA members have been inducted as fellows of the Academy of Professional Reporters, which recognizes recipients for their outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience.

“Membership in the Academy of Professional Reporters is by nomination only, so to be granted fellowship is a high point in a reporter’s career,” said Mike Nelson, CAE, Executive Director and CEO of NCRA. “Criteria for being accepted include exhibiting outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in the field of shorthand reporting, as well as having been active in the practice of reporting for at least 10 years. In addition, candidates for fellowship are required to have attained distinction as measured by such activities as the publication of important papers, creative contributions, service on committees or board, and teaching.”

The 2016 class of Fellows are as follows:

  • Nancy J. Hopp, RDR, CRR, CMRS, is a freelancer from St. Louis, Mo., with more than 38 years of experience. She served for many years on Illinois’s Certified Shorthand Reporter board and has also served on numerous NCRA and Illinois Court Reporters Association (ILCRA) committees and task forces over multiple decades. She served several years as NCRA’s Midyear Conference Chair and has had a longstanding role as a contributing editor to the JCR. She was awarded ILCRA’s Distinguished Service Award in 2000.
  • Lisa A. Knight, RDR, CRR, is a freelancer and former official from Littleton, Colo., with more than 32 years of experience. She has been a prolific author and committee volunteer for NCRA, especially with regard to technology, frequently serving as a committee chair or co-chair. In the 1980s, Knight pioneered one of two computer-integrated courtrooms in Arapahoe County, Colo., and was instrumental in bringing realtime awareness to the Denver metro area’s legal community. She has also served extensively for the Colorado Court Reporters Association (CCRA) and has received nearly every award that association gives, including the Distinguished Service Award in 2002, the Presidential Award in 1998, and the Court Reporter of the Year Award in 1996.
  • Kimberley A. Neeson, RPR, CRR, CRC, is a freelancer and firm owner from Toronto, Canada, with more than 35 years of experience. In various leadership positions for the Chartered Shorthand Reporters’ Association (CSRA) of Ontario, including three terms as president, she has championed realtime and other stenographic technologies while campaigning against the implementation of digital audio recording in Ontario courts. In addition to appearing before various committees and media outlets, she has also published articles for the JCR and numerous other local and national publications. She was awarded Life Membership in CSRA in 2009, “in recognition of her outstanding activism and significant contributions to the profession.”
  • Alan Peacock, RDR, CRR, CRC, is a broadcast and CART captioner from Mobile, Ala., with nearly 30 years of experience. He has been generous with his time, serving the Alabama Court Reporters Association (ACRA) as a board member and officer, NCRA as a member of several captioning-related committees, and the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities as an advocate and educator for the profession. He also holds an associate degree in interpreting and is a member of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Supporters of his nomination called him inspirational, yet approachable. He was awarded ACRA’s Distinguished Service Award in 2011.
  • Jennifer L. Schuck, RDR, CRR, CRC, is a CART captioner from Scottsdale, Ariz., with 23 years of experience. In addition to serving on numerous CART captioning-related committees for NCRA and the Arizona Court Reporters Association (ACRA), she also serves on the advisory board of Gateway Community College’s court reporting program. She frequently makes presentations for NCRA, ACRA, and Intersteno, and she regularly provides pro bono CART services to a range of organizations, including NCRA and her local chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America. She is a frequent competitor in speed and realtime contests and has placed in the top three internationally several times over the past decade.
  • Kathryn R. Sweeney, RMR, CRR, is a freelancer from Acton, Mass., with more than 27 years of experience. She served on the Massachusetts Court Reporters Association (MCRA) board for eight years, including two years as president, and she served for an impressive 17 years as a Chief Examiner for NCRA testing before brick-and-mortar testing ended in 2015, at which point she served as a beta tester for the new online testing platform. She has presented very popular CRR Boot Camp sessions aimed at preparing reporters for realtime certification for NCRA, MCRA, and other state court reporting associations. Nominators described her as upbeat, with a can-do attitude and a hands-on approach to leadership.

IN MEMORIAM: NCRA mourns the loss of three members

NCRA mourns the loss of three members: Carole Bartkowicz, RPR, CMRS, a freelance court reporter from Elmwood Park, Ill.; Kelly Ann Powers, RMR, an official court reporter from Kaukauna, Wis.; and  Stuart Simen, RPR (Ret.), Los Angeles, Calif.

Technology advances restore entertainment experience

NCRA member Kathy Cortopassi, RMR, CRR, CRR, a broadcast captioner from Crown Point, Ind., was recently featured in a July 21 article by the Chicago Post-Tribune. In addition to talking about her career, Cortopassi explained how she uses captioning to assist audience members of a local theater who are deaf and hard of hearing.

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Tennessee court reporting firm leverages technology with realtime reporting capability

The Tennessee-based court reporting firm, Elite Reporting Services, announced in a press release issued on July 19 that it now offers realtime reporting to make depositions easier for clients, court reporters, and the courts.

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California court reporter recognized for certification

The East Bay Times posted a story on July 19 about NCRA member Monyeen L. Black, San Ramon, Calif., who recently earned the Registered Professional Reporter certification. The story was generated by a press release issued on behalf of Black by NCRA.

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Pittsburgh court reporter Constance Lee announces debt-free business initiative

Constance Lee, RPR, of Constance Lee & Company, a court reporting firm based in Pittsburgh, Pa., recently shared insights into running a debt-free business in a press release issued July 15. According to Lee, the first stage to running a debt-free business is understanding why you’d want to run a business without debt.

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Las Vegas court reporting firm announces promotion

Depo International, a court reporting firm with a presence in Las Vegas, Nev., Minneapolis, Minn., and Chicago, Ill., announced in a press release issued July 15 that former office manager/videographer Irina VanDePol has been promoted to executive director of the Las Vegas branch. VanDePol has been affiliated with the company for five years.

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Sacramento court reporter Accuracy-Plus focuses on Web conferencing to provide better client benefits

In a press release issued July 15, Accuracy-Plus, Sacramento, Calif., owner Lori LeRoy notes that she has seen an increase in business requests for Web conferencing to better assist clients with connecting multiple parties to a case. According to the press release, the best way to capitalize on this rising request is to apply best practices to the Web conference, select the right Web conferencing software, and choose the right audio equipment and structure an efficient meeting.

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