Please see the attached announcement for an opening for a position as an official court reporter in Washington, Benton/Franklin County.
We will be holding a Board meeting at Ruby Tuesday’s in Pocatello on Saturday, October 15, 12:30 p.m.
It will be a great chance to touch base with our eastern Idaho reporters and fill you in on our awesome seminar we’re planning for Sept, 2017, with Wyoming and Montana, being held in Jackson, WY. Such a beautiful location!
Really looking forward to catching up with everyone.
Sue Wolf, Secretary-Treasurer
What a great turnout for happy hour at the Owyhee Plaza the other night! Let’s do it again soon!
CALLING ALL BOISE REPORTERS! Come relax after work, enjoy a glass of wine (or other refreshing beverage), and get to know your fellow reporters!
When: Thursday, September 8th from 5:00-7:00pm
Where: The Owyhee, 1109 Main Street, Boise, Idaho
We hope all of you in the Boise area can join us! Spread the word to your fellow reporters. We look forward to seeing you all there!
Patty Terry, Idaho CRA VP
Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming Court Reporter Conference
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
September 15-17, 2017
This is one conference you won’t want to miss!
Marybeth Everhart with Realtime Coach has graciously offered ICRA a discount in conjunction with her presentations at the ICRA conference this past weekend!
Thousands of reporters worldwide are using Realtime Coach (RTC) to improve their skills & pass certification exams. As a benefit of ICRA membership, you can join the ranks of RTC users at a discount! If you’re not a member, please join now to take advantage of this discount! Use the coupon code ICRA2016 to receive a free upgrade from the Pro membership to the Ultimate membership ($120 savings per year).
But act soon because the coupon code expires July 31st.
We received several comments from folks wanting to attend both Marybeth’s sessions and Cindi’s sessions, but obviously couldn’t be in two places at once, so we took care of that for you!
On Sunday, our wonderful speakers will be repeating two sessions each from Saturday. This has also increased potential CEUs to .9…whoohoo! (Please note, you may not attend duplicate sessions and receive CEU credit for both.)
ALSO….our room block deadline has been extended to Tuesday, June 28th.
Official Court Reporter
Hon. Jonathan Medema
It’s that time once again, and we’re really looking forward to seeing each and every one of you.
Looking for CEUs….got it. Offering .6 CEUs, .5 PDCs for the realtime contest, and .25 PDCs for one of the sessions.
Looking for awesome CaseCatalyst instruction…got that too. Cindi Lynch, one of Stenograph’s premier instructors, will be facilitating the Case sessions.
Looking for realtime tips and strategies, including how to pass the CRR….got you covered with Marybeth Everhart.
Want to show off your realtime skills….we’ve got the Realtime Contest on Friday evening.
How about networking with your friends and fellow reporters…..yup, that too. There’s the reception Friday evening, lunch on Saturday, dinner Saturday evening, fun run/walk Sunday morning.
So, what are you waiting for! You’ll find the agenda, registration form, and speaker information at the top of the the website page.
Be sure to call The Grove Hotel (208-333-8000) directly and ask for the ICRA special block rate of $125 per night. ROOM BLOCK CLOSES JUNE 24TH.
Questions? Shoot them back to me and I’ll get you an answer ASAP.
ICRA Secretary / Treasurer
We have an exciting lineup for the ICRA Conference this summer! See the attached agenda.
Due to health issues with the instructor, the Realtime Boot Camp scheduled for our July conference has been canceled. Because it is short notice, Stenograph has graciously offered to send Cindi Lynch (previously Hartman) to give Caseview/Catalyst classes for the conference. You have all probably heard of Cindi. She is one of the most popular trainers for Caseview/Catalyst and highly sought after. And we get her all day, Saturday, July 16, 2016!
For all those who are not on Caseview/Catalyst, we also have an exciting concurrent seminar scheduled with Marybeth Everhart of Realtime Coach. She will present classes about Online Testing, Realtime Coach, Gadget Goodness, and Windows 10.
This year’s conference will be held at the Grove Hotel in Boise. Rooms are set aside for our conference attendees at a special rate, so book them now! Ask for the Idaho Court Reporters Association rate. Don’t forget we will have the famous realtime contest on Friday night, July 15, 2016. Get your fingers ready!
We’ve all heard the phrase, my expert can beat up your expert. We’ve heard how one expert will say 2+2=4, and then the opposing expert says, well, that isn’t exactly right. 2+2=4, sometimes. So I guess the point is that you can make statistics read any way you want and have them interpreted any way you want. However, there are a few statistics that can’t be argued with too much. During the 2016 Court Reporting & Captioning Week, I believe it is necessary for Court Reporters and Captioners alike to think about the statistics regarding our profession, and how those numbers may affect us in the future. The average age of court reporters throughout the nation is 51. The demand for court reporters over the next five years is going to increase to approximately 1,500. The number of court reporters retiring in the next five years is approximately 5,100. Therefore, there will be a gap in the court reporting profession in the next five years of 3,500 to 4,000 reporters. I can only imagine that the demand for captioners will be at least that large or larger with the demand for internet captioning.
So I feel that it is imperative that we, as court reporters and captioners, talk to students, young adults, or people looking for a second career about court reporting and captioning. I know that many of our members already pursue students and others to open the discussion regarding reporting and captioning, but this week we should double our efforts. As we all know, this is a great profession. Many people are intrigued by the machine and things we hear and see. You never know who that person may know that might be interested in court reporting or captioning.
So, once again, let’s pursue these conversations and double our efforts to keep court reporting and captioning front and center in our conversations and be proud of what we do. Enjoy what you do, and enjoy Court Reporting and Captioning Week February 15th to February 21st, 2016.
Keith M. Evans, RPR, CSR
2016 Official Court Reporter Conference
January 25 & 26, 2016
Red Lion Hotel Boise Downtowner, 1800 Fairview, Boise
Congratulations to Brook Nunn from Boise who recently passed both the Certified Broadcast Captioners certification and the Certified CART Providers certification. Great job, Brook! We applaud your great dedication to our profession!
Congratulations to our own Andrea Couch!! She won second place overall in the Pacific Northwest Realtime Contest sponsored by Associated Reporting, Inc., held at the Tri-State Conference in October. The realtime contest was attended by reporters from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Andrea missed first place by .3%! Her overall translation was 98.4%. The contest consisted of a 225 wpm Q&A and a 200 wpm Literary, each five minutes long. Great job, Andrea. Way to represent Idaho!