President's Message

alt OUR FIRST SIX MONTHS

Today, April 11th, marks the half-way point of my term as president, so a brief bit of reflection is in order. What have we done so far? We’ve built a stronger relationship with the schools in California through visiting nearly every school and attending career fairs. Increased the number of student members and mentors. Increased the number of students on CCRA committees. Held a wildly successful BOOT CAMP. Held a Mock CSR and have another one scheduled for shortly before the next test. Have had a table at each CSR test, one in Sacramento and one in LA, supporting the test takers. Have been to CRB board meetings. Had our first ever Legislative Reception in Sacramento. During National CART and Court Reporting Week, we made a motion to include CART and Captioning Reporters as full voting members of CCRA, which will be voted on by our membership in Palm Springs at the annual convention. In Sacramento, we have supported the initiative or Reggie Jones-Sawyer to have a full, independent audit done of the Administrative Office of the Courts. The audit was approved last month and will take place this year. We have also had reporters who were affected by the Placer County contracting takeover testify at an Assembly Judicial Committee hearing on a bill to stop the practice of contracting out services in the courts, AB 2332 (Wieckowski). Their testimony was persuasive and helpful in getting the proposed bill moved out of the Judiciary Committee and on to its next step, which is Appropriations. We have also been working with shareholders to defeat the newly resurrected preliminary hearing bill AB 2487 (Wagner), which was pulled from its first hearing date, a sign that there is much opposition to the proposed language. And we are also in the process of working to change the proposed language in AB 2006 (Wagner), a bill that would allow a recording in place of a deposition transcript at trial.

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CCRA Legislative Reception

On Monday, March 24, 2014, CCRA held a legislative reception at Mayahuel restaurant in Sacramento. In attendance were state legislators, legislative staffers, past and present CCRA board members, court reporters from the Sacramento courts, the NCCRA, several students, and a judge.

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CCRA's Mock CSR

To help students prepare for the upcoming CSR exam, CCRA will be offering Mock CSRs and WKTs (Written Knowledge Tests) throughout the state on Saturday, June 21, 2014. Come join us in this practice test for your success.

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CCRA's New Online Continuing Education

CCRA is proud to offer four Webinars in its new Online Continuing Education Section.  Industry icon, Margie Wakeman, Wells produced two Webinars that are exclusive to CCRA: Could There Be More Dashes in this Transcript? and Why Can't They Speak in Complete Sentences? are currently available on the CCRA Website.  A third exclusive Webinar from Margie will be offered in the near future.  In addition, two CCRA-produced Webinars are available: A Reporter's Guide to Civil Court! and Embrace Change: Educate, Implement, Perform.  These Webinars are on demand and have been pre-qualified for CEUs by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA).  CCRA members pay only $40 per Webinar (nonmembers pay slightly more) and there is also a money-saving package price for all three of Margie's Webinars.  Please click here for more details about these wonderful online tools.

 

CCRA’s Official Reporter Resource Listing

Are you looking to get your name out there for lawyers and court reporting firms to report civil trials? As a firm owner, are you looking to hire a court reporter in your area to cover civil trials? CCRA has compiled the resource for you. This Official Reporter Resource Listing will be distributed to courts and bar associations. CCRA will actively promote this resource listing to bar associations and courts throughout the state.

It’s not too late to sign up and add your name to the Official Reporter Resource listing.

CCRA is an association that promotes the connectedness of reporters. We pride ourselves on having a vision that joins the interests of ALL court reporters.