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Humans Still Essential to Legal Proceedings: A Court Reporting Comeback

As more and more industries make the push toward automation, there’s one industry that is finding it still needs the human touch: the legal industry. The United States is facing a shortage of court reporters. In fact, a 2014 report from Ducker ...

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How to Become a Court Reporter

Court reporters are important to our legal system. The skill they bring to the table literally writes history. If you’re looking to type (or talk) your way to a new career, these are some hard and fast details on how you can become a court ...

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Voice Writing Program Graduate – Traci Riney

Traci Riney was a stay-at-home mother of three when a Brown College of Court Reporting commercial caught her attention. After graduating from our voice writing program Traci began her career working in the Atlanta Superior Court. Get started on ...

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Staff Spotlight: Ciarra Oduka – Director of Career Services

While searching for her next career move, Ciarra Oduka discovered a job posting for the director of career services position at Brown College of Court Reporting. “I wanted to find out more about court reporting,” Oduka says. “Not a lot of ...

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Alumni Spotlight: Niki Robinson – Voice Writing

Niki Robinson always wanted to be a court reporter. It didn’t happen right away, however. A native of Tallapoosa, Georgia, her first career was in accounting. During that time, court reporting remained in the back of her mind. When the timing ...

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FAQs about Court Reporting

You’ve likely seen a court reporter portrayed in a TV show or movie. You might think to yourself, “There must be more to it than typing really fast and reading back snippets when called upon.” And you would be right. Court reporters are a class ...

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Why Court Reporting? Career Outlook and Other Information

What if you could have a career where you were in charge of creating the official records of depositions, court trials and even state and local legislatures? As it turns out, you can. Court reporters play a crucial part in America’s legal ...

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The Importance of Proofreading in Court Reporting

Court reporters are responsible for creating a written record of what happens in the courtroom. Whether they use the voice writing or stenography method, they use a form of shorthand that makes it possible for them to transcribe more than 200 ...

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Alumni Spotlight: Caryn Broome

Caryn Broome signed up to join the United States Air Force as an air traffic controller right out of high school.  “I scored highly in certain areas,” Broome says of an assessment she took prior to enlisting, which suggested she’d be good at ...

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The Evolution of Court Reporting

The court reporting profession has come a long way since the ancient Sumerians began using cuneiform to keep records. Today’s court reporters use a form of shorthand that was brought to the United States in 1893 by John Robert Gregg. Since that ...

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Alumni Spotlight: LeToi Conner

LeToi Conner’s court reporting journey began in Jacksonville, Florida, when her mom encouraged her to sign up for classes.  She then made her way to Atlanta, where she enrolled at Brown College of Court Reporting.  Conner made her decision based ...

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How Do Jurors Use Transcripts in a Court Case?

A court reporter’s job is to transcribe the proceedings of the courtroom. Whether they use the more traditional method of stenography or the increasingly popular voice writing method, the words they transcribe will eventually become the official ...

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Top 3 Skills You Learn from Court Reporting Training

What is court reporting? Simply put, court reporting is transcribing a written record of what is said and done in a courtroom and other legal settings. Court reporters transcribe the official record of the proceedings. They do this in a couple ...

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Faculty Spotlight: Bonnie Lee

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English, Bonnie Lee decided to become a paralegal. Twenty years later, the courtroom was like a second home to her. At the urging of a friend, she entered a court reporting program and earned an associate ...

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Job Search Tips for Court Reporters

The job search process is a vital part of finding your first job as a court reporter and also of advancement within the profession. For many people, finding a job is easier said than done. To help you achieve your dream of becoming a court ...

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Alumni Spotlight: Beebe Farrell

Beebe Farrell’s youngest child was eight when Beebe decided to go back to school. When she was younger, Farrell had wanted to be an attorney, but decided it would take too much effort at her age (in her late 40s). The next best thing, she ...

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Alumni Spotlight: Shermaine Williams

For 13 years, Shermaine Williams was a bank manager/vice president. She did an about-face, decided to change careers and studied at Brown College of Court Reporting. “Work-life balance is very important to me,” says Williams, a 2015 graduate. ...

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California Votes for Voice Writers to Practice as Licensees

For the first time in the state’s history, California voted to allow voice writers to transcribe what happens in courtrooms. California has long prided itself on using only stenotype keyboards for court reporting. On September 17, the Court ...

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Alumni Spotlight: Traci Riney

Traci Riney was a stay-at-home mom of three. She saw a commercial on TV one day that featured a lady in court who was holding a mask to her face. Riney was curious about what she was doing – which appeared to be work – so she contacted the ...

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