New CCRA Member Benefit - 10% off Stenovate

CCRA is excited to announce a new benefit available for our members. Are you looking for a resource to help manage your work product more efficiently? Stenovate is the answer! They have created a platform that allows you to track deadlines for your transcript, as well as collaborate with support professionals as scopists and proofreaders in order to keep your workload under control. This is why CCRA and Stenovate have joined hands to offer an exclusive discount:  10% off Stenovate subscription for the duration of your CCRA membership.  Use the code CCRA10 when registering with Stenovate to activate your discount today!
Thank you Stenovate for supporting our profession!

November 2020 CCRA President's Message

Greetings to all of you, CCRA members. The time has come for us to begin thinking of holiday celebrations that we anticipate through nearly the entire year. I wish for all of you a happy, healthy, and joyous holiday season. Though we are still in the midst of obstacles imposed by the pandemic we are currently facing, I encourage all of you to hold on to the best bits of our upcoming holidays. Let us focus on the happiness we find from connecting with friends and family along with an abundance of kindness through giving and sharing with one another.

Most importantly, please be sure to take good care of yourself in order to maintain mental and physical wellness. It is quite easy to become overwhelmed during this time of year; so remember to take time for activities that will bring you peace and calm. Even a brief phone call with a friend can be invigorating. Reach out to one another and connect during this time of year.
Though we have many things that can cause us distress, we have so much more to be thankful for. I am thankful for having a “family” of CCRA members that allows me to feel connected to a community greater than just myself. As a profession, we can also be thankful for our ability to continue working and supporting ourselves through a time where many are facing difficulties in finding or keeping employment.
It is true that there are people around us who are less fortunate. What can we do to spread feelings of joy and goodness to those within our reach? You can, of course, volunteer with local organizations to help those in need. Have you also shared the gift of a new career for those looking to make a change? Now is a fantastic time to spread the word about our A to Z programs taking place that give a hands-on preview of our wonderful profession.
Together, we can find love, light, peace, and prosperity. You just have to know where to look for it. The easiest place to begin is within your own heart. Share that feeling with all around you, and I guarantee this can be the best season yet.
Happy Holidays to all of you!
Mike Hensley, President
California Court Reporters Association

CCRA S Corp Filing Resource Exclusively for Members

As advised by CCRA’s employment attorney during our AB 5/Labor Code webinars, there is an advantage to court reporters establishing an S Corp in order to maintain your independent contractor status. CCRA is excited to unveil an exclusive members-only benefit providing easy options to become an S Corp.  We have partnered with attorney Daniel L. Olsen to create a process that will make your transition to an S Corporation seamless!  

Members-Only Pricing

  • $499 Do-it-Yourself Packet
  • $1,750 Full-service S Corp filing by Daniel L. Olsen (Regularly $2,500)
  • Need extra advice? – Members receive a reduced fee to consult with attorney Daniel L. Olsen for the special member rate of $225 per hour (Regularly $350 per hour)

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About Daniel L. Olsen

Focusing on strong communication skills, proven legal strategies and good old fashion hard work has established Attorney Daniel Olsen as one of the best lawyers in Northern California. This strong work ethic has resulted in Dan being named multiple times to Sacramento Magazine’s Top Attorneys list.

Born in Concord, California, Dan is a lifelong Northern Californian who has called Sacramento home for the last two decades. His hard work and dedication to education has allowed Dan to proudly say he is an alumnus from three top academic institutes in California, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, UC Davis, and De LaSalle High School in Concord.

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Not a member of CCRA?  Join now to take advantage of this exclusive benefit!

CCRA is pleased to announce the launch of our educational series regarding Dynamex/AB5/Labor Code Section 2750.3

As part of our member education component to tackle AB5 and its related Labor Code issues, the CCRA Board of Directors has engaged attorney Karen Tynan to lead our members through a comprehensive educational series that will leave you fully informed about the new Labor Code. (Click here for Karen Tynan's bio.)

The first piece is a two-part podcast explaining AB5 and the nuances of the new California Labor Code which implements the ABC test for employers and employees. Part 1 is a broad overview of AB5 and the ABC test. Part 2 is a more in-depth analysis of the application of the ABC test to the many types of work that CCRA members perform in California. Karen does an excellent job of outlining AB5, what it means for California stenographers, and the areas of our work we may need to examine and adjust to be compliant with the new law.

Click here to download the handouts that complement the podcast

Members - Click here to access the podcasts (member login is required)

Non-members - Click here to join CCRA now so you can unlock this valuable information
and listen to our podcasts

We hope you enjoy the podcasts! Let us know what you think by e-mailing us at: [email protected]. CCRA has created this email address specifically to hear feedback from our members. Let your voice be heard on this very important issue! We will use the feedback to formulate the outline for our in-person member meetings with Karen, one to be held in Northern California and one to be held in Southern California. We will announce the dates of these forums soon!


What's next?  Two webinars by Karen Tynan that dovetail with the podcasts and take a deeper dive into Labor Code Section 2750.3 will be released soon! Join CCRA now so you don't miss a beat!

Have further questions? Karen Tynan has offered a CCRA member discount so you can consult directly with her on your specific Labor Code questions. Karen can be contacted at [email protected].

Thank you,
CCRA’s Board of Directors

Thank You for Donating to the CCRA A to Z Fund!

Dear CCRA Members, I'd like to personally thank everyone who donated to CCRA’s A to Z program during Court Reporting and Captioning Week 2020! Through your generous donations, we have raised $1,400 that will be used exclusively to fund our A to Z programs in California. Your dollars will directly contribute to getting more students into court reporting school and helping them become working stenographers in California, and for that you should be proud! We are incredibly grateful for your support!

Part of my presidential mission is to hold 25 A to Z programs this year, and that's why I set our A to Z fundraising goal at $3,000. Please help us reach this goal. While CCRA has amazing volunteers that teach our programs and awesome sponsors that provide food and locations, real dollars are still needed to print the lesson materials, advertise for the programs, tune up those steno machines, and make sure every program meets CCRA's standard of excellency!

The A to Z program provides a FREE six-week program to teach each participant the steno alphabet, familiarize them with our machine, and showcase exactly what a career in stenography can offer. We ARE making a difference. We ARE increasing steno enrollment statewide. No matter the amount, every dollar helps! Please donate today!


If you cannot donate financially, we'd love to have you join us as a volunteer at our next location! Please e-mail us at: [email protected]

Steno Strong,


Sandy M. Walden, President
California Court Reporters Association