Midwest Litigation Celebrates National Court Reporting & Captioning Week

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Lisa Herder, Director of Business Development Midwest Litigation Services, Midwest Trial Services lherder@midwestlitigation.com (314) 644-2191

ST. LOUIS, MO., February 11, 2013—Midwest Litigation Services has joined the National Court Reporters Association in celebrating the week of February 17th-23rd, deemed “National Court Reporting and Captioning Week.” The awareness week pulls together a nationwide effort to highlight the contributions of stenographic court reporters and captioners to society and to showcase the career opportunities that exist in the court reporting and captioning fields.

“Despite the myriad advancements in technology, court reporting still remains the state-of-the-art means for capturing the spoken word and translating it to text, said Debbie Weaver, President of Midwest Litigation Services in St. Louis. “Court reporters and captioners not only serve the legal system and provide the captions you see on TV screens but also enable deaf and hard-of-hearing people to more fully participate in the daily information flow of life.”

“As highly technical career options, stenographic court reporting and captioning require an intricate blend of skill and knowledge,” said Tami Smith, president of NCRA and a court reporter for the 37th Circuit Court in Battle Creek, Mich. National Court Reporting and Captioning Week will be marked with promotional events and marketing nationwide, including a grassroots social media campaign, presentations at high schools across the country about court reporting and captioning career opportunities and community demonstrations such as producing transcripts of veterans’ oral histories.

For the past three years, the court reporters and staff of Midwest Litigation have volunteered their time and professional skills to capture for posterity the oral histories of Missouri’s war veterans. These transcripts contain thousands of important personal histories, preserved at the Library of Congress, which would otherwise have been lost.

Midwest Litigation Services is making available on its website a free pamphlet, “Making the Record,” which contains practical information about realtime reporting, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and a variety of tips to help attorneys make a better transcript. To obtain the booklet in PDF format, visit www.midwestlitigation.com and click the link under “National Court Reporting Week.”

For more information on the week’s activities, visit www.NCRA.org. Career information about the court reporting profession—one of the leading career options that does not require a four-year degree—can be found at www.CareersInCourtReporting.com.

About Midwest Litigation Services Headquartered in St. Louis, with ten additional regional offices and over 250 nationwide affiliates, Midwest Litigation Services provides comprehensive court reporting and transcription services, litigation management, trial technology and support, and mediation.

About NCRA The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) is internationally recognized for promoting excellence among those who capture and convert the spoken word to text for more than 100 years. NCRA is committed to supporting its more than 19,000 members in achieving the highest level of professional expertise with educational opportunities and industry-recognized court reporting, educator and videographer certification programs. NCRA impacts legislative issues and the global marketplace through its actively involved membership. Forbes has named court reporting as one of the best career options that do not require a four-year degree and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the court reporting field is expected to grow more than 5 percent in the coming years. For more information, visit NCRA.org.

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