Sep 282017



Georgia Certified Court Reporters Association

runningGaining the Edge Conference

November 4, 2017

Emory Conference Center Hotel
1615 Clifton Road NE – Atlanta, Georgia 30329


Dessa VanSchuyver, CVR – Unleashing the Dragon!

Dessa Van Schuyver, CCR has been a practicing court reporter since 2001.  She started using realtime software in 2002.  In addition to being a working court reporter, Dessa is a continuing education provider for the National Verbatim Reporters Association teaching Dragon Naturally Speaking and EclipseVoX.  Dessa has taught Dragon to court reporters all over the country and at the NVRA national convention.

Carolyn James – Yoga – A Primary Tool for Court Reporters

“Carolyn James is  Louise Hay Certified Workshop Facilitator and Life Coach, Inspirational Speaker and Author.  She holds a Bachelors degree in Human Services and Mental Health Counseling, and is a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher.  Her work stems from her mission to help others reawaken to their spiritual magnificence and live their best lives.  Through coaching, leading workshops, and speaking she purposes to spread an uplifting and life changing message into the lives of everyone she encounters.  As a yoga teacher, she endeavors to return others to the wholeness that is their divine birthright and natural state.


Carolyn is also the author of two self-published books, “Letters to My Daughters,” and “From 0-60 in 21 Days-Thoughts to Accelerate You Toward Purpose.”  Both are inspirational guides – the former for young girls, the latter for women.


Ms. James aspires to continue writing, speaking and leading workshops in an effort to continually speak into lives and allow others the audacity to dream.  Her motto is LIVE YOUR LOVE, and MAKE YOUR MARK, and her desire is to model this for the world.”


CAT Training – AudioScribe, CaseCAT, Eclipse and ProCAT


CAT Tips and Tools from the top four CAT vendors/trainers.

Art Cochran – The Dirty Dozen:  Twelve English Rules That Will Change Your Life


Art Cochran has been teaching grammar and punctuation at Brown College of Court Reporting since 1989.  For more than 20 years, he has offered annual continuing education seminars for Georgia reporters, and he has conducted classes on punctuation and grammar at a number of GCCRA, GSRA, and NCRA conventions.  When he isn’t teaching, he continues his own education by proofreading the transcripts of several reporters.

Art’s presentation will include:  The Dirty Dozen:  Twelve English Rules That Will Change Your Life.  Basically, it will consist of 12 English rules that will change your life.

Maxine & Richie Bursky – The Evil Vampire Court Reporter


Maxyne Bursky, BA, RPR, CRR, CCR has been a court reporter for more than 40 years. She and her husband, Richard, also a court reporter, have freelanced out of the Atlanta area for the past six years. They are Certified Professional Performance Coaches and have mentored many court reporting students. Maxyne has worked as a freelancer in New York and Florida as well as in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York for several years, so she has an understanding of reporting practices both in and out of court.

She has written “Talk to the Hands,” a humorous, practical guide for the newbie reporter that provides easy, yet comprehensive ways to navigate the world of court reporting that are almost never taught in schools. It encourages and welcomes a nervous newcomer to this exciting field, and helps them feel more like a veteran.  The “TERM-inator “ outlines terms of art one can expect in cases dealing with medical, construction, real estate, legal terminology, expert testimony, etc.  “Way Off The Record” is Maxyne’s newest book, featuring the most unusual (and sometimes downright bizarre) professional assignments that a group of leaders in our field have consented to contribute. If you think you’ve heard it all, listen to them!

Maxyne lectures on the joy of court reporting to steno and voice students, and young professionals in many states. She is also a participant in the Virtual Mentor program sponsored by the NCRA. She is the founder of Hallyboy Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing library books and supplies to Title I public elementary schools, and has been actively involved in animal rescue for over 20 years.


Pavon Bohanan, CCR – DON’T GO IT ALONE:  How the Right Mentor Inspires Professional Success


PAVON BOHANAN has worked as a certified court reporter for the last 22 years in three states, both as with an agency and as an official.  Her agency, North Georgia Court Reporting, serves counties in metro Atlanta and North Georgia.  As a mentor, she works closely with reporters at every stage of professional development.


Let’s face it:  we all need help now and then.  Court reporting is exhilarating work, but it can also be discombobulating, and even downright scary.  Whether you are new to the business of court reporting, have a little experience, or possess quite a bit of courtroom know-how, the right mentor can motivate you to dance further, faster, and with greater confidence as you not only meet, but surpass, your goals.  In this workshop, participants will explore how the mentor-mentee relationship can inform professional life, enrich personal experiences, and truly be a win-win for both mentee and mentor.


Caryn M. Broome, CCR, CVR-M, CM, RCP – Captioning

When Caryn Broome went to Brown College of Court Reporting back in 2010 to start a career in court reporting, they showed her and her husband the two realtime methods available: stenography and voice writing.  When Andy realized the second method was dictating into a mask, he said, “You mean she can get paid to talk?  She’ll do that one.”  And what started as a joke between them two of them turned into a career and passion that she has pursued ever since.  Now nearly seven years later, Caryn holds four certifications, three for court reporting and one for CART Captioning, and is GCCRA’s past president and NVRA’s current treasurer.

While occasionally Caryn takes a deposition on behalf of the Deaf/Hard of hearing, it is CART Captioning and mentoring that keeps her busy these days.  She believes that voice writing is a key element to being able to caption the world and is working with both GCCRA and NVRA to continue training and mentoring others in this exciting field!

Vickie Wiechec – Captioning in the Courtroom


Vickie started her court reporting career in the late ‘90s as a machine writer in Massachusetts and Connecticut after attending Springfield Technical Community College.  Her family moved to Georgia and in 2001 she began working as a freelance and official court reporter, serving in the Dublin Judicial Circuit in the Superior Court.

In mid-2014, she added the skill set of CART/Captioner after traveling to Tampa, Florida to study with Christine Ales at Caption Endearvors.  She provides broadcast captioning and CART Captioning services (remote and on-site) for the d/Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities in many settings, including the courtroom.

Vickie has served two terms with the Georgia Board of Court Reporting and has served on the National Verbatim Reporters Association and currently serves as President of the Georgia Certified Court Reporters Association.  She is an AudioScribe trainer and provides training both at the state and national level as well as speaking at public events on the topics of court reporting and CART Captioning.

Click HERE to register!



May 222017
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Official Court Reporter

Conasauga Judicial Circuit

Murray and Whitfield Counties


Position Description:

Provide verbatim reporting of judicial and administrative proceedings.  

Provide accurate and timely transcripts of court proceedings as required by law.

Maintain notes and recordings of all reported court proceedings, identifying records by date, judge, case title and other identifying information.

Maintain all exhibits admitted into evidence in any reported proceeding.


Minimum Qualifications:

All applicants must be licensed and certified by the State of Georgia.  Applicants may be either a voice writer or machine writer.  A minimum of 3 (three) years of experience in court reporting is required in a courtroom setting.  Certifications by a national court reporting organization and experience with the use of digital court reporting equipment is a plus.


Miscellaneous Requirements:

Applicants will be subject to a criminal background check.  Occasional irregular work hours may apply.


Pay and benefits:

Per Diem for all criminal and civil trials and criminal and civil non-jury days; requested and required transcripts and a monthly travel allowance of $140.00.

Furnished office and supplies.


Send Résumé, letter of interest and an example of a work product to:

Brad Butler

Court Administrator

P.O. Box 1066

Dalton, Georgia 30722-1066

Mar 072017



  1. Set a goal – Remember, if you don’t set a date,                                         A3    a goal is just a good idea.

Is your goal to become a better voice writer or machine writer?

Is your goal to move toward realtime?

Is your goal to provide your judge and/or attorney a realtime feed?

  1. Break your goal down into smaller parts.

The goal to cleaner writing, whether voice or steno, is to clean up your custom words/dictionary.  Just a few minutes daily can make a world of difference!

Go through your custom words/dictionary and clean up words that aren’t coming up correctly.

What conflicts do you need to resolve?  How is your number conversion?

When you finish your day, review your work.  See where you can make changes, either through correction or just writing it a different way.  One or two changes daily, will help.

  1. Every day do three things that bring you closer to your goal


What three things can I do today that will bring me closer to my goal?  Keep track of this.  Keep yourself accountable.

Connect with people who have similar goals.  Find a friend/buddy who is wanting to achieve the same type of goal.  This will help you to keep yourself accountable.


If you want to achieve a goal, look for the people who have paved the way.  Reach out to those people.  Most times, people will give you free advice or point you in the direction you need to go to achieve your goal.

Sign up for seminars/classes/training that can help you reach your goal.  Usually, you can find these classes at your state and national court reporting associations or through your CAT software vendors.

Remember:  Invest in yourself; you are the best thing going for you!

Author:  Vickie Wiechec.  Go to Facebook Page, Voice Writing Technologies, for information on upcoming training and seminars.

Mar 072017

Something to think about . . .

Like you don’t have enough to think about in this multi-tasking profession, how many of you obsess over punctuation while producing your transcripts?


                   Yes, it’s important.


                   Yes, it’s time consuming.


                   Yes, it’s necessary.


How much time in total do you spend on this one task?

There are Facebook pages you can go to and ask your punctuation questions, and you will get many different answers sometimes.  Choose the one that quotes a rule for you, if one does.  You will probably need to use this resource from time to time when what you’re trying to punctuate just doesn’t fit with any of the rules.  But you know that once you’re on Facebook, you’re not usually just going to ask a punctuation question and get back to work! A2

Here are three simple suggestions that might cut down on your “obsessing” time:


  1. Follow the basic rules that you have learned.   

Use consistent references for court reporting:

School punctuation manuals, Lillian Morson, Gregg Reference Manual.


  1. Run-on sentences are always a problem. 

A simple rule to follow in breaking up run-ons is:

Something doing something is a sentence. In light of the way people speak, you have to begin

sentences with words like and, or, because, so, you know.


  1. Those situations where the speaker has poor grammar, false starts, improper word usage is always a problem. 

Since you have to work with what they have said, just be consistent in the punctuation.  Readability is

important so being consistent with the way you punctuate that speaker will help the reader.


These three things will cut down on the time you spend on this!

Author:  Colette Wayda, CCR

Nov 152016
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Working Title COURT REPORTER (State Court)
Position Information This position is assigned to the State Court of Cobb County. This position requires a license as a Certified Court Reporter issued by the Board of Court Reporting of the Judicial Council of Georgia.
Salary $17.55 to $27.51 per hour
Grade Code 49
Position Number 1080001
Essential Duties Stenographically types spoken words of technical and complex court proceedings, incorporating appropriate ancillary services needed to produce and preserve a verbatim record for review and/or appeal.

Translates, edits, researches and produces transcripts of court proceedings utilizing state of the art technology.

Re-edits materials to accomplish desired changes, such as correcting and defining non-translations and mistranslations.

Verifies factual elements to ensure accuracy utilizing various reference materials, e.g., dictionaries, directories, atlases, newspapers, books, law case reports, library services, legal citations systems, judges, attorneys, law clerks, other reporters.

Records, secures, marks and attaches all physical and documentary exhibits admitted during proceedings; reproduces and/or accurately describes all evidence and attaches to both original transcripts and copies; coordinates return of evidence with Clerk’s Office.

Responds to transcript requests, cross-referencing logs, schedules and data to ensure proper reporter is contacted for precise transcript production.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

FLSA Status Non-Exempt
Hours worked per week (include over time) 40
Department Code 220
Department Name State Court
Unit Code 9435
Unit Name DIVISION 1, POST 1
Position Type Full-Time
Job Category Court Administration
Internal or External External-Open to Public
Minimum Qualifications Completion of vocational / technical court reporting curriculum; supplemented by two years previous experience in court reporting; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Requires Certified Court Reporter (CCR) license issued by the Board of Court Reporting of the Judicial Council of Georgia

Physical Requirements While performing the essential functions of this job the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and lift and/or move up to 10 to 20 pounds. While performing the essential functions of this position the employee is rarely exposed to disagreeable environmental factors
Posting Number 00506 (TR)
Posting Date 11/09/2016
Open Until Filled Yes
EEO Statement Cobb County is an equal opportunity employer.

Cobb County Government does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in employment or the provision of services.

Employment Notice Federal law requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities. Please contact us if you require accommodation to apply for a position. If you need assistance, please contact us at 770-528-2541

Cobb County Government is a smoke-free environment for all employees.

Cobb County Government is a Drug-Free Workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion and post-accident testing.

Quicklink for Posting
Oct 212016


Court Reporting Students – WE WANT YOU!  We want to help you establish the networking connections you need for a successful court reporting career.

Court Reporting Students – WE WANT YOU! We want to help you establish a firm foundation of ethics, transcript preparation and best practices for a successful court reporting career.

Court Reporting Students – WE WANT YOU! We want to help you stay abreast of cutting-edge technology to prepare you to be most successful in your court reporting career.

And to back this up, GCCRA is offering a discount attendance rate (no CE’s provided) for YOU to attend our 2016 The Real Deal Conference at the Wyndham in Peachtree City, Georgia.

This is what one student had to say about one of our conferences she attended last year:

As a student, I made a point to attend as many court reporter gatherings as I was allowed to and the benefits were amazing.  There is so much to learn from working court reporters and no matter where you are at in your studies, the information offered will be extremely valuable to you.  I encourage everyone to try to make their way to the GCCRA  Conference.  You won’t regret it.


~ Charlie Stamey, CVR, CCR


For more information on how to register click HERE

Mar 252016
Carley Adamson

GCCRA is pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 scholarship award!

The Georgia Certified Court Reporters Association (GCCRA) is pleased to announce the winner of our 2016 Horace Webb Scholarship Program in service to the realtime court reporting students or graduates in the state of Georgia.

As a leader within the court reporting field, GCCRA recognizes that you have many opportunities to become involved in organizations and activities once you begin this exciting career.  GCCRA encourages this winner to start their career off with a gift of financial aid for studies and a one-year membership into GCCRA!  Your study of realtime court reporting evidences your commitment to professional development and your desire to network with other reporters, who share your enthusiasm, interests, and goals.

People may ask:  So who is Horace Webb?  Horace L. Webb was the inventor of the stenomask – the device that allows voice reporters to repeat back what is being said while their voice is silenced so that one is not able to be heard in the courtroom or deposition setting.  So what did this winner receive?

  • To start with, the recipients are given membership, either student or full, to GCCRA, the only reporting organization in Georgia that fully allows all methods of takedown into their association with full voting privileges!
  • The award recipients will be encouraged to attend GCCRA board meetings to further network with industry leaders and working reporters!  
  • Another gift to further their career in court reporting are a $500 payment to a reporting program or school (payment made directly to school – and in this case, Brown College of Court Reporting)
  • Free NVRA or NCRA Study Guide (in this case NVRA) and a voucher entitling the recipient to one CVR or CCR Workshop (in this case CVR), one online written examination, and one dictation skills test (pre-registration required)


I know, I know — announce the winner already!  The Board of Directors of GCCRA would like to announce the 2016 winner of the Horace Webb Scholarship, Carley Adamson.  Congratulations Carley!!!!

Sep 182015

 Keeping It Real…Err…Realtime!

By Cynde Gregory


beeWhether you’re a “newbee”,  with just a little court reporting experience, a “worker bee” who knows the business from the inside out, or a “king-or-queen bee” who runs an agency, the one-day GCCRA Keeping It Realtime Conference held at the Wyndham Peachtree Hotel and Conference Center in Peachtree City on October 16 is one you don’t want to miss.


The conference not only offers 10 CE credits, a chance to network, see old friends and make new ones, it also presents a motherlode of hands-on information any court reporter can use.  Court reporting students are welcome with open arms, and GCCRA makes it easy on those who are learning the trade by offering student pricing. And for our members, early bird registration offers even more savings.  Don’t forget that both the membership fee, conference fee, and all associated expenses are tax deductible!

Click here for more info!

Track 1 & 2 (8-10 a.m.) will tackle realtime skills and the newest software releases with the industry pros.

Diving deeper finds Track 3 & 4 (10:15-12:15) revealing the depths of your software. For both sessions, remember your computers and voice equipment!

After lunch, Track 5 (1-2 p.m.) collections attorney Richard Parsons explores how to gracefully (or forcefully) convince late-payers to cough up the cash in a timely manner.

Track 6 (2:15-4:15) presents “The Back Story,” an interview with criminal attorney Kirby Clements.  His credits include Court TV, Nancy Grace, CNN, MSNBC, and a host of other news and television programs in which he has been consulted on his legal expertise.

After a quick snack, Track 7A (4:30-6 p.m.) explores the fascinating world of cold case investigations with Sheryl McCallum.

A second workshop offered in the same time slot, Track 7B with Caryn Broome, Angie Matthews, and Vickie Wiechec offers “The Art of Voice Writing,” realtime accuracy from simple craft to elegant art.

Want your money’s worth?  Stick around for the day’s final session, Track 8, from 6-7:30 to learn how tax and accounting guru Debbie Snelling can help students, reporters, and agency owners save hundreds or thousands of dollars by staying on top of deductions and credits.

GCCRA invites all busy bees to attend our fall conference.  Click here to register, and “bee” sure to attend!