President's Message

We did it! The Legislature has approved $10 million to fund family law court reporters in our state. We await the Governor’s signature.  During my first Presidency back in 2008, CCRA was fighting yet another ER bill that would have allowed electronic recording in family law courts.  It was at that time that CCRA first proposed bill language to the legislature that would require court reporters in family law proceedings.   Since then, essentially over the last ten years, our lobbyists have worked hard to educate the legislature, who now see the value in the “gold standard” of court reporting for the sensitive cases heard in our family law courts.  This is a big win for family law litigants who so desperately need a record, and CCRA is proud to be their champion!

CCRA is working hard alongside the CRB to pass AB2084, which would require state court reporting firms to register with the CRB.  This bill, of great import to freelancers and firm owners, will level the playing field so that all firms operating in California abide by the same rules and regulations. 

Our CART/Captioning Committee has been working hard and having fun at various fundraising events!  Most recently the committee hosted a Paint and Sip event in Sierra Madre (I think we have some budding artists among us!) and partnered with the Hearing Loss Association of America at the Walk4Hearing in Long Beach.  Both events were a blast and helped our committee raise funds to ensure that our hard of hearing community is provided CART services. Keep an eye out for our next event and join us!  

Last but not least, please join us this October at CCRA’s 108th convention!   Registration is now open, so get your room early and sign up for the early bird special.  This year we will be at the beautiful Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Palm Desert October 5th through 8th.  While learning skills to help you excel in your career, take advantage of the networking opportunities this convention provides!  Nowhere else can you meet officials from around the state, freelancers with their plethora of knowledge about our job, CART/Captioners who fulfill the much-needed ADA-required service to our citizens in the hard of hearing community, and the future of court reporting – our students.  Come enjoy the company of your peers while you hone your skills, re-energize, and refresh your love for this profession!  I can’t wait to see you there!

Carolyn Dasher, CSR, RPR, CMRS