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NVRA advances the understanding, practice, education and professional standards of verbatim reporters, CART providers, broadcast captioners and related professions by promoting ethical behavior, professional development, and educational opportunities.

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National Verbatim Reporters Association

National Verbatim Reporters Association

NVRA and its members congratulate the following professionals who earned their sought-after certifications February 11, 2018, in Little Rock, and will from this point forward be known as: Sandra Arwood, CVR Karen Dean, CVR Tammy Franklin, CVR-CM Denise Halasey, CVR-CM, RVR Rebecca Carroll Ross, CVR-M, RVR Sarah Flynn, CVR-M, RVR Caryn Broome, CVR-M-CM, RCP, RCP-M

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National Verbatim Reporters Association

National Verbatim Reporters Association

The admins of this group welcome school and other educational announcements, postings of career opportunities, discussions of products useful to members of our related professions, where those products can be found, and at what price. It is helpful that those postings include web addresses and other identifying material so we all have the necessary information to locate the subject being discussed.

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Claudia Owen

Claudia Owen

Dragon Professional 15 full version only on sale until 2/28/18. So if you're planning on getting it, get it now and save 50 percent. No, I don't make any money on it, never have. Just want you guys to have a good price. Hugs to all.

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Robin Harris Arrington

Robin Harris Arrington

Georgia reporters... Verbatim Court Reporters, Inc. needs great reporters ASAP!! We are a busy, reporter-owned firm and our business is booming. We have so much to offer ... GREAT pay, respectful scheduling, fantastic clients, and so much more. Come be part of a growing team where you are valued and appreciated. Full-time, part-time, and overflow will be considered. Email: verbatimcourtreporters@gmail.com for more info.

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Bill Parsons

Bill Parsons

Please read the below comments of Shirley Houston, leading court reporter in the United States and Texas, on the 2017 NCRA board maintaining neutrality in the Virginia Court Reporters Association campaign to have a court reporter anti-contracting law passed by the Virginia legislature. Shirley Houston has held many important offices nationally in NCRA and in the Texas Court Reporters Association and was honored to be made a Fellow by the NCRA in 1990. A Fellow of the Academy of Professional Reporters is a professional distinction conferred upon a person of outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in the field of shorthand reporting. Shirley has been a Director for NCRA and Texas. She received the Altruism Award for NCRF, the DSA Award for NCRA and has been Chair of the National Court Reporters Foundation. She is in the TCRA Hall of Fame and been the recipient of the DSA and the Above and Beyond Award. The comments of Shirley Houston on NCRA's neutrality on contracting are as follows: "Please know that I am not wanting to remain neutral on the contracting issue. " I am against NCRA not speaking up AGAINST CONTRACTING. "Contracting first has almost destroyed our profession and now it is destroying our association. Many reporters want contracting to end that are having to work for the contractors to make a living. They cannot even sign a petition because the contracting firms might not hire them for the next job. "I do believe the multicopy case specific cases are ethical so long as all sides are charged the same and treated the same. I have had many friends that have had to sell their firms to contracting firms. Luckily, I did not have to do that because money has never meant as much to me as ethics. "In the early 70s, NCRA was probably 9,000 members. We decided to get an executive director . We then hired our executive director in 1974 and we probably were about 11,000 members at that time. We added continuing education which was a wonderful addition. "No one could have cared more about NCRA in these years than I have and almost everyone that knows me will tell you that. That is why I am so distressed that NCRA is not backing the state associations as they should be. I have always believed in belonging to all associations -- local, state and national. Each one holds a special place in our legislative endeavors which to me is the main purpose of each association -- to keep us in business and to be certain we keep our profession ethical. "Our Executive Director is new and is following the orders of our officers and directors. I do hope the Executive Board will again meet and go back to caring about its members like it has in the past. "I want to say I belong to an association I can be proud of, and if it is true what I am hearing right now, then I can't say I am proud of NCRA at this time. "I would urge each member that signed a petition to not jump ship but to stay in there so you can vote the officers and directors out of office that will not fight contracting. "Each officer should have to state their opinion on contracting before they are voted on this year. Then you can make your decision of who to vote for. "It will take about three years of solid effort to eliminate the association of the officers or directors that do not want to follow the guidelines of the majority. "I have seen our association when it was less than 10,000 and finally grew to around 35,000. We are now reaching the bottom to where we are even going to be able to afford an Executive Director. "Please let's join together and continue to fight contracting. It is not good for the individual reporter, small business owners or the legal profession. Thanks for listening." Shirley Houston, CSR, RPR, CLVS, Fellow 713-622-8656 shirleyhouston1@comcast.net

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