ABI Reporter – March 2020


ABI Reporter – March 2020

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  • News Show Highlights the Work of Court Reporters
  • Stenographers – We’re Everywhere!
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From the President


When you look at it, it’s a pretty amazing service that reporters provide: You record the legal proceedings, writing as fast as people talk.  You weather the stress when people talk on top of each other, cut each other off, use technical jargon, or speak with heavy accents.  You then provide verbatim transcripts, which are used for legal arguments, the decisions which oftentimes create new law and shape the future of our society’s standards.

Thank you for being there every day!  I hope this issue helps you with your job.


Sheila Atkinson-Baker

News Show Highlights the Work of Court Reporters


On February 20, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow expressed her thanks to court reporters, saying: “It is really hard to get detailed, perfect court transcripts turned around same day so that we in the news media can read from them on the same day that court proceedings happen.”

During the segment, Maddow discussed the work of court reporters with colleague Lawrence O’Donnell. He noted the stenographers “are just miracle workers in the way they capture every word.”

“We are happy that Ms. Maddow took a moment to recognize the talents of court reporters,” said NCRA President Max Curry, RPR, CPE. “We were aware of Ms. Maddow’s admiration for the transcripts she uses regularly and the appreciation she has shown many of our colleagues working in the courts over the years. But we are so appreciative of her taking the time to recognize our hard work on national television, so that more people can recognize the importance of the official record in courts as well as the role stenographers have in protecting the public interest.” Curry also sent a letter of thanks to Maddow and MSNBC.

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Stenographers – We’re Everywhere!

By Margary Rogers

The board of the Maryland Court Reporters Association proved that stenographers are everywhere on February 15 during Court Reporting and Captioning Week.

We promoted court reporting and stenography at the largest mall in the state of Maryland, Arundel Mills (owned by Simon Property Group), where around 5,000 shoppers visit on an average Saturday and 291,667 shoppers visit each week.

I thought about doing a court reporting pop-up at Arundel Mills back in December 2019, but holidays got in the way. Meanwhile, the MCRA had a board meeting February 1, and we were brainstorming 2020 events and activities. The board consists of President Valerie Dawson, RMR, an official reporter in Salisbury, MD.; President-elect Ronda Thomas, RPR, CRR, a freelance reporter from Catonsville, MD.; Treasurer David Dawson, RPR (Ret.); Secretary Margary Rogers, RPR, CRI, an official court reporter in Washington, D.C.; and Board Member Cindy Davis, RPR, an official court reporter from Annapolis, MD.

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