Examiners and also Sharon Cahill and Shaun Higgins for their service on the Board of Examiners Subcommittee…more on that in a bit. And thank you to the entire Board. They are a great group of reporters who share a refreshing enthusiasm for our profession, and I’m excited to see what we can accomplish for KCRA this coming year. I truly admire each and every one of them.
So what’s this subcommittee I’m speaking of?
As you know, transcript copy sales have been a topic of conversation since the implementation of the State’s e-filing system. Copies of transcripts are able to be printed as soon as it’s uploaded. The Board of Examiners recommended a page increase to the Supreme Court to recompense the lost copy sales. The Supreme Court denied that motion, and a subcommittee was formed to evaluate official pay across the state. You may have received a survey at the beginning of October inquiring about your transcript income. KCRA has tried to aid the subcommittee’s understanding of court reporting by providing each subcommittee member with the Gold Standard presentation booklet that was presented to the Supreme Court in 2015.
I want to thank KCRA for sending me to the NCRA Annual Convention in Vegas. It was a great opportunity to network with other reporters across the country and the world. I came away with the impression that we as a group are making headway with getting students interested in our field again, but there is still a long road ahead. As you may know, NCRA unveiled its pre-theory steno A to Z Program last year. Since then over 150 people have gone through the program, and over 50 have gone on to enroll in a court reporting school. Those interested in court reporting can take the pre-theory sessions for eight weeks as they learn the steno machine from A to Z FOR FREE on a loaner machine. At the conclusion of pre-theory, participants have a deep knowledge base and understanding to make informed decisions about enrolling in court reporting and captioning school, thereby assisting our schools with increased enrollment of highly qualified students and hopefully decreasing the dropout percentages of students who find steno is not for them. Cindy Isaacsen and Helen Embery are in the midst of their first A to Z class in Johnson County, and there has been public interest across the state, especially the Wichita area.
Before the end of the year, I challenge you to recruit a student into the profession. The KCRA website has some ideas and tools to help get you started if you’re interested in attending a career fair or demonstration. Go under Careers > Students. You’ll also find a list of the current programs in Kansas. Even better, if you’re interested in teaching an eight-week A to Z Program, click here for more information. Whether you’re hosting an A to Z Program, attending career fairs, or promoting the profession in some other manner, log your activities by clicking here and go to “Submit NCSA State Challenge online form.” KCRA is in competition with other associations across the country, and we’ve even upped the ante this year. The KCRA member who logs the most activities in the NCRA/NCSA challenge by attending the most career fairs, court reporting and captioning demonstrations – basically anything promoting the profession – will win a $200 Visa gift card. Just make sure you log your activity under “Kansas Court Reporters Association” as the organization. The only way we can ensure our future is to develop it ourselves.
Have a happy and safe Halloween!
Dani Murray, CCR, RPR, CRR
KCRA President 2017-2018
It always seems to me like we never get enough of the 60 degree fall weather. We’re not eased into the cold temperatures, and October comes and goes too fast. It has been an extremely busy month. Between covering two dockets, chasing a nine-month old around and making sure she doesn’t eat dog food, throw in a KCRA Board meeting and then a big Supreme Court deadline, I’m ready for time to slow down a bit and I need more caffeine.
I want to take this opportunity to thank our volunteers and committee members. A special thanks to Cindy Fenton and Molly Kujawa. They are putting together what will be a fantastic convention in Manhattan next June. Mark your calendars for June 7-8, 2018, at the Bluemont Hotel. I also want to praise Sheila Lyons and Jen Olsen for their work on the Board of