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!

October 2020 CCRA President's Message

To all the members of CCRA, thank you for the trust you have placed in me to serve as your President.  I am honored to join the long legacy of leaders before me, and I am eager to carry us forward into the days and months ahead.

2020 has undoubtedly been a year filled with unprecedented circumstances.  We have been faced with challenges that no one would have anticipated.  Through these difficulties, and with the right perspective, we can still find a source of optimism that can carry us through. 

CCRA has been actively advocating and educating for 110 years.  Our main focus is to serve you, our members.  CCRA represents all aspects of the stenographic profession.  There is room for all who have dedicated their time and effort to acquiring the skill of stenography.  In fact, inclusion of such a diverse range of specialties makes us stronger than any adversary that challenges us.  Together, we will be unstoppable.  We need everyone to join together to help us reach for the greater good for us all.

Those that serve as your Board of Directors are actively and eagerly listening in order to hear your voices.  We also have opportunities for you to serve our profession.  If you have a passion for service, there is absolutely a place for you to fulfill that desire.  Use your voice.  Speak up.  We are listening.  The Board of Directors will be having its first meeting, virtually, November 7th and 8th.  Members are welcome to attend to see how the association works for you and so that you can communicate your needs to us directly.

I believe that all of us are capable of achieving any success that we can imagine.  We can do this as long as we support any dream we have with the action and effort necessary to bring that dream into reality.  I believe that we are powerful, and with the right use of the resources around us, that power is unstoppable and limitless.  I believe that even in adversity, we can find commonality.  It will require compromise, but I know that there is a common ground for all of us to stand on side by side. 

The year ahead of us will not be without its challenges.  To that, I say, “Bring it on!”  When we dive into difficulty, that is our chance to truly grow.  We will face those challenges head on, and we will turn them into victories.  We will celebrate our successes.  Mistakes will be made, but we will learn from them in order to alter course and proceed with vigor.

I look forward to the year ahead of us with great excitement.  I am thrilled to be in the company of dedicated, thoughtful, and inspirational individuals who serve as your board of directors.  I am humbled to be amongst our members who dazzle, impress, and astound others every day.  I am proud to be your President. 

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for allowing me the privilege to be of great service to you all.

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