Court reporting is an honorable profession with an illustrious past and an exciting future. With the rapid advancement of technology, court reporters are needed even more today than when the Sumerian scribes began preserving the record in 3500 B.C.
Today’s court reporters are highly trained, tech-savvy guardians of the record who are able to stream realtime* over the web simultaneously to parties participating in depositions at locations all over the world, and to provide broadcast captioning or CART voice-to-text instant visual displays of breaking news, seminars, sports, conferences and other events for hard-of-hearing persons. No machine, electronic recording or app can replace a live court reporter!
The path to being a court reporter requires courage, perseverance, focus, endurance and flexibility. Through my reporter-of-record internships, court reporting students and new reporters learn how to…
- Feel CONFIDENT in your writing, editing, proofreading and transcribing skills
- Overcome the #1 challenge of all working reporters — speaking up — to get a verbatim record
- Navigate the myriad challenges in your education and career feeling self-confident and capable
- Release fear, anxiety, worry, and stress through transformative, scientifically-proven techniques
Qualified court reporting students who write at 180+ words per minute participate in mock deposition and / or mock trial events and learn practical skills that are not taught in school. This valuable service benefits all participants: law students, attorneys, experts, and future and new reporters.
LEARN HOW TO
- Be the reporter of record (not shadowing)
- Speak up to ensure the integrity of the record
- Mark exhibits
- Produce rough drafts
- Manage stressful situations and personalities
- Case files & Participant lists
- Case dictionaries
- Sample transcript templates
- Protocol / Guidelines
- Group and individual coaching
- One-on-one transcript reviews
Individual and group coaching provide insights, tips and solutions. Effective coaching processes help you to build resilience and gain confidence. See my Coaching page for more info!
Reporting Students and New CSRs/RPRs: Are you ready to expand your skills in a real-life setting?
9TH ANNUAL DEPOSITION SKILLS INTERNSHIPS – PALO ALTO, CA
Ana took the National Court Reporters Association’s RPR exam** one week before the Court Reporters Board of California‘s CSR exam*** and passed all legs **** of both exams on her first attempt. Twenty years after freelancing in court and depositions, she managed the San Francisco office of a national court reporting firm before transitioning into sales for ten+ years, where she managed three of the largest class action cases in the world. In 2008, she began offering internships to court reporting students throughout the greater Bay Area at mock depositions and mock trials, in collaboration with trial lawyers, law firm administrators and law school professors. Court reporting (CR) students eagerly travel from as far away as the East Coast to participate at these mock events! Ana is committed to helping CR students and court reporters master the art of steno writing and feel confident in the performance of their duties, as well as educating the legal community they serve about reporters’ crucial role as impartial guardians of the record. More about Ana’s work HERE and on LinkedIn and Facebook.
* Realtime is the instant transcription of a reporter’s shorthand into English, visible on attorneys’ standalone computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones.
** Registered Professional Reporter
*** Certified Shorthand Reporter
**** “Legs” refer to the required portions of court reporting exams: (1) writing dictation on a steno machine, and (2) Written Knowledge Tests [WKTs] — English; grammar; punctuation; legal and medical terminology; ethics; and the government and civil codes governing court reporting services. The CSR and RPR exams require different WKTs, speeds and transcription accuracy percentage rates in order to pass. See the links above for more information.
Photos and graphics copyright Ana Fatima Costa. All rights reserved. Photo of former student and new reporter Sarah Seitz, CSR No.14175, top left (ACLC mock trials). Photo of student Nancy Dasovich, middle right (SFTLA mock trials). Graphic of Sumerian Scribe from The Gallery of Shorthand.