Sutton notches pro Fellowship

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyThe Town of Paradise Valley Independent and the Scottsdale Independent both reported on Aug. 30 that the National Court Reporters Association awarded Doreen Sutton, FAPR, RPR, fellowship in the Association’s Academy of Professional Reporters. Sutton is a freelance court reporter and firm owner from Scottsdale, Ariz., and NCRA Vice President. The stories were generated by a press release issued by NCRA on Sutton’s behalf.

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Fellowship of Academy of Professional Reporters nominations open

fellows1NCRA is currently seeking nominations for its Academy of Professional Reporters. Nominations are due Dec. 15. Fellows represent the pinnacle of excellence among NCRA members. They are individuals who are a credit to the reporting and captioning professions and embody the highest level of professional ethics. Their support of the profession can be seen in their activity in professional associations at the state or national level or through a number of other venues. If you know of such a person who has not been named to the Academy, now is your chance to recognize his or her contributions to the profession. View the full criteria and download a nomination form at NCRA.org/Fellows.

Nominations for NCRA’s Academy of Professional Reporters due Nov. 30

The 2015 Fellows class is recognized during the NCRA Convention & Expo

The 2015 Fellows class is recognized during the NCRA Convention & Expo

Induction into the Fellows of the Academy of Professional Reporters represents the pinnacle of excellence among NCRA members who are inducted. Nominations for members for the class of 2016 close Nov. 30.

“Members of the Academy of Professional Reporters are individuals who are a credit to the reporting and captioning professions and embody the highest level of professional ethics,” said NCRA Executive Director and CEO Mike Nelson, CAE. “Their support of the profession can be seen in their activity in professional associations at the state or national level or through a number of other venues.”

To become a Fellow of the Academy of Professional Reporters, candidates must have actively practiced reporting for at least 10 years and have attained distinction as measured by performance. For more information about membership requirements and to download a nomination form, visit NCRA.org/fellows.

“I was in shock when I found out I had been nominated and selected to be a Fellow,” said Linda S. Hershey, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, a CART and broadcast captioner from Chattanooga, Tenn. Hershey was inducted into the 2015 class of Fellows. “It is a humbling experience when you find your career has been affirmed by your peers,” said the 40-year veteran.

Sue A. Terry, RPR, CRR, a freelance reporter from Springfield, Ohio, and a member of NCRA’s Board of Directors, said being inducted into the 2013 Fellows class will always be one of her fondest memories of her professional career.

“I have been in awe my entire career of the dedication and knowledge that every Fellow I’ve met exemplifies. If you know someone who deserves this honor, please don’t assume that someone else will do the job of nominating them,” said Terry.

She said she encourages others to be part of bestowing on other members one of the greatest professional honors they will receive, by nominating a fellow reporter they feel deserves such admiration.

“Receiving a Fellowship is something I will cherish for many years to come, and it is a great professional distinction. Be part of giving someone else that opportunity,” she said.

Inductees to the 2016 class of Fellows of the Academy of Professional Reporters will be recognized during the Awards Luncheon at 2016 NCRA Convention & Expo being held Aug. 4-8 in Chicago, Ill.

Dom Tursi honored with Santo J. Aurelio Award for Altruism

TursiLong-time NCRA member Dom Tursi, CM, was named recipient of the Santo J. Aurelio Award for Altruism during a special awards luncheon held at the Association’s 2015 Convention & Expo held July 30-Aug. 1 in New York City. Members of the 2015 class of the Academy of Professional Reporters, NCRF intern scholarship winners, and Bonni R. Shuttleworth, CRI, CPE, recipient of the 2015 CASE Award of Excellence, were also honored at the luncheon, along with Josephine Nosker, Tracey Tracy, Angeli English as the winners of the CASE essay scholarship.

The award is presented by the NCRF and is given to a working court reporter with more than five decades of experience who has given back to the profession and to the court reporting community with no expectation of any reward.

Tursi, an official court reporter from Central Islip, N.Y., has worked as a freelance reporter, an official court reporter, and a videographer. He has also been a partner in a firm, opened his own firm, founded a court reporting school, taught court reporting, provided closed captioning for clients, and reported proceedings in at least a half-dozen countries. Tursi is also the author of a number monographs and has served in many capacities at the local, state, and national levels, logging thousands of volunteer hours on behalf of court reporting.

A long-time supporter of the profession and students, he has shared his expertise as a seminar presenter for his state association and law firms, and as a lecturer and mentor to countless students. He is also a national and multi-state winner of numerous speed contests in Literary, Legal Opinion, and Q&A, and has also provided live dictation numerous times for NCRA for the RPR and other tests.

As part of NCRA’s People to People program, he served as an ambassador to China in 2007 and is credited with creating a true respect between the American and the Chinese court reporting communities.

In September 2010, he opened the Gallery of Shorthand in his own courthouse, a museum-like venue that showcases the history of the court reporting profession. The museum and its collection of artifacts are considered to be that of Smithsonian quality.

2015 class of Fellows of the Academy of Professional Reporters honored

During a special awards luncheon held Fri., Aug. 1, during the 2015 NCRA Convention & Expo in New York City, eight association members were recognized for their induction into the Fellows of the Academy of Professional Reporters.

“Membership in the Academy of Professional Reporters is by nomination by your peers only, so to be granted fellowship is a high point in a reporter’s career,” said NCRA Executive Director and CEO Mike Nelson. “Fellows represent the pinnacle of excellence among NCRA members. They are individuals who are a credit to the reporting and captioning professions and embody the highest level of professional ethics. Their support of the profession can be seen in their activity in professional associations at the state or national level or through a number of other venues.”

The 2015 class of Fellows are:

  • [R.] Douglas Friend, RDR, CRR, a firm owner from Portland, Ore., with nearly 40 years of court reporting experience;
  • Linda Hershey, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, a CART captioner from Chattanooga, Tenn., with nearly 40 years of court reporting experience;
  • Tami Keenan, RPR, CPE, an official court reporter from Battle Creek, Mich., with more than 26 years of court reporting experience;
  • Lisa Nagy-Baker, RDR, CRR, a firm owner from Youngstown, Ohio, with more than 36 years of court reporting experience;
  • Robin Nodland, RDR, CRR, a firm owner and freelance reporter from Portland, Ore., with 35 years of court reporting experience;
  • Darlene Parker, RPR, a captioner from Reston, Va., with more than 40 years of experience;
  • Cathy Phillips, RMR, CMRS, a freelance reporter from Ocala, Fla., with more than 24 years of court reporting experience; and
  • Carol Studenmund, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, a firm owner and captioner from Portland, Ore., with 30 years of experience.

Fellowship in the Academy of Professional Reporters is a professional distinction conferred upon a person with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in the field of shorthand reporting. Candidates for Fellows are required to have been in the active practice of reporting for at least 10 years and to have attained distinction as measured by performance (which includes publication of important papers, creative contributions, and service on committees or boards, teaching, and other activities that support the profession).

2015 class of Fellows of the Academy of Professional Reporters announced

NCRA has announced the 2015 class of Fellows of the Academy of Professional Reporters. The recipients will be recognized during an Awards Luncheon at the NCRA Convention & Expo in New York City being held July 30-Aug. 2.

The 2015 class of Fellows are:

  • Douglas Friend, RDR, CRR, a firm owner from Portland, Ore., with nearly 40 years of court reporting experience;
  • Linda Hershey, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, a CART captioner from Chattanooga, Tenn., with nearly 40 years of court reporting experience;
  • Tami Keenan, RPR, CPE, an official court reporter from Battle Creek, Mich., with more than 26 years of court reporting experience;
  • Lisa Nagy-Baker, RDR, CRR, a firm owner from Youngstown, Ohio, with more than 36 years of court reporting experience;
  • Robin Nodland, RDR, CRR, a firm owner and freelance reporter from Portland, Ore., with 35 years of court reporting experience;
  • Darlene Parker, RPR, a captioner from Reston, Va., with more than 40 years of experience;
  • Cathy Phillips, RMR, CMRS, a freelance reporter from Ocala, Fla., with more than 24 years of court reporting experience; and
  • Carol Studenmund, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, a firm owner and captioner from Portland, Ore., with 30 years of 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 NCRA President Sarah Nageotte, RDR, CRR, CBC, an official court reporter from Jefferson, Ohio. “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 boards, and teaching.”

 

NCRA recognizes the 2014 class of Academy of Professional Reporters Fellows

NCRA recognized the 2014 class of Fellows of the Academy of Professional Reporters during the Saturday Awards Luncheon at the NCRA Convention & Expo in San Francisco.

The 2014 class of Fellows are:

Carole A. Bartkowicz, RMR, CMRS, from Chicago, Ill., a court reporter for 45 years;

Donna S. Cascio, RDR, CMRS, from Somerset, Pa., a court reporter for 40 years;

Ronald L. Cook, RDR, CRR, from Seattle, Wash.;

Nancy C. Davis, RPR, (Ret.) from St.  Louis, Mo., a court reporter for nearly 50 years;

Sandra A. German, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, CRI, CPE from Alberta, Canada, a court reporter for more than 25 years;

Patricia K. Graves, RDR, CRR, CCR, from Monument, Colo., a court reporter for 35 years; and

Viola Zborowski, RMR, CRR, from Long Valley, N.J., a court reporter for 32 years.

“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 Jim Cudahy, 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.”

In Memoriam: Vivien Ruth Spitz

The Houston Chronicle recently reported that Vivien Ruth Spitz, RMR, passed away earlier this month. Vivien was a Fellow of the Academy of Professional Reporters of the National Court Reporters Association and was the Chief Reporter of Debates in the United States House of Representatives from 1972 to 1982. Vivien also reported the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials in Germany from 1946 to 1948. She was honored for this work, which she spoke about worldwide, as well as her continued efforts in Holocaust awareness and bioethics.

Note: Previous publications had Vivien’s name misspelled. This has been corrected where possible.

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A portrait of Vivien Spitz reporting the Nuremberg Trials which hangs in the NCRA headquarters. The portrait portrays Vivian with a steno machine, although she was a pen writer.

From left, Nuremberg Trials defendant German Navy Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz, unknown translator, Nuremberg trial Judge Michael Musmanno, and court reporter Vivian Spitz

From left, Nuremberg Trials defendant German Navy Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz, unknown translator, Nuremberg trial Judge Michael Musmanno, and court reporter Vivien Spitz

 

Fellows nominations closing soon

NCRA is currently seeking nominations for its Academy of Professional Reporters. For 38 years, fellows have represented the pinnacle of excellence among NCRA members. They are individuals who are a credit to the reporting and captioning professions and embody the highest level of professional ethics. Their support of the profession can be seen in their activity in professional associations at the state or national level or through a number of other venues.

“Most of us give back to the profession on some level, whether it’s mentoring a student, speaking to classes, participating in our state and national conventions,” said Mary Cox Daniel, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP and 2011 Fellow.  “Being selected as a Fellow means you’ve done those things over a long period of time.  It feels pretty great to be recognized by your peers!”

If you know of such a person who has not been named to the Academy, now is your chance to recognize his or her contributions.  View the full criteria and download a nomination form here. Nominations are due Nov. 30.

NCRA Announces 2012-2013 Academy of Professional Reporters Fellows

2013 NCRA Fellows

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 10 2013 — The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters and captioners, today announced that 11 of its members have been awarded fellowships in the Academy of Professional Reporters, which recognizes recipients for their outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience. The announcement was made during a special awards luncheon held at NCRA’s Annual Convention & Expo, held in Nashville, Tenn., Aug. 8-11.

Fellowship in the Academy of Professional Reporters is a professional distinction conferred upon a person of outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in the field of shorthand reporting. Candidates for Fellow are required to have been in the active practice of reporting for at least 10 years and to have attained distinction as measured by performance (which includes publication of important papers, creative contributions, service on committees or boards, teaching, and so on). They are nominated for membership by their peers.

“Fellowship in the Academy of Professional Reporters reflects a member’s deep commitment to the court reporting profession and is a true reflection of the respect they have earned from their peers,” said Jim Cudahy, NCRA executive director and CEO. “This year’s inductees, as with past inductees, recognize that this honor is also a true testament to all they have achieved in their professional careers as court reporters, captioners, CART providers, and legal videographers, and all they have given to their profession.”

The 2012-2013 Fellows are:

  • JoAnn Betler, a court reporter from Huntington, WV., who holds the professional certifications of Registered Diplomate Reporter (RDR), Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR), Certified Broadcast Captioner (CBC), Certified CART Provider (CCP) Certified Program Evaluator (CPE), Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS);
  • Deanna C. Boenau, a court reporter from Sarasota, Fla., who holds the professional certifications Registered Diplomate Reporter (RDR), Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR), Certified Broadcast Captioner (CBC), and Certified CART Provider (CCP);
  • Laura P. Brewer, a court reporter from Los Altos, Calif., who holds the professional certifications of Registered Diplomate Reporter (RDR), Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR), Certified Broadcast Captioner (CBC), and Certified CART Provider (CCP);
  • Lillian M. Freiler, a court reporter from Orwigsburg, Penn., who hold the professional certification of Registered Merit Reporter (RMR), and Certified Manager of Reporting Services (CMRS);
  • Mark T. Kislingbury, a court reporter from Houston, Texas, who holds the professional certification of Registered Diplomate Reporter (RDR), and Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR);
  • Kerry J. Lange, a court reporter from Sioux Falls, S.D., who holds the professional certification of Registered Merit Reporter (RMR);
  • Adam D. Miller, a court reporter from Middletown, Del., who holds the professional certifications of Registered Professional Reporter (RPR), Certified Reporting Instructor (CRI), and Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS):
  • Holly Moose, a court reporter from Sausalito, Calif., who holds the professional certifications of Registered Diplomate Reporter (RDR), and Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR);
  • Lynette L. Mueller, a court reporter from Germantown, Tenn., who holds the professional certifications of Registered Diplomate Reporter (RDR), and Certified Realtime Reporter;
  • Linda Sturm, a retired court reporter from Columbus, Ohio, who holds the professional certifications of Registered Diplomate Reporter (RDR), Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR), Certified Broadcast Captioner (CBC), and the Certified CART Provider (CCP); and
  • Sue A. Terry, a court reporter from Springfield, Ohio, who holds the professional certifications of Registered Diplomate Reporter (RPR), and Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR).