Court Reporting: The Sexiest Underrated Job in America

The glamorous ladies of Buell Court Reporting

Written by Lauren N. Lawrence, RPR

August 17, 2020

Weíve all heard about the court reporting shortage. Youngins arenít rushing off to court reporting school like they used to.†

But why?

The debate rages on, but at the end of the day, it boils down to a simple fact:

People donít think court reporting is sexy.†

Itís time we call this ďfactĒ for what it is…

 

GIF from the tv show


Let the record show that court reporting is actually the sexiest underrated job in America, and it’s time the world knows it.

Here are the top three myths about court reporting, debunked:

 

Myth #1: Court reporting is boring

Hollywood has cast court reporters as old ladies in the corner of the room, eating soup at their steno machines.†

Ethel Beavers, the court reporter from the tv show, Park and Rec

Court Reporting is so much more than what Hollywood depicts. Pictured: Ethel Beavers from the tv show, “Parks and Rec”


Sure, who doesnít love a nice cup of soup? In reality though, court reporting is so much more.

The technology (not depicted above). The fascinating depositions. Strutting in high heels and a business suit across the 25th floor of a global law firm! A court reporter’s life and work are exhilarating.†

Not to mention the vital role that court reporters play in our country.†

Attorneys are seen as dynamic, interesting characters. But guess who sits at the head of the conference table, surrounded by attorneys, during depositions?†

Thatís right, baby:† The court reporter.

Proceedings canít even begin without the stenographer present. That type of influence is the opposite of boring. Itís sexy.

 

Myth #2. Court reporters are weirdos

OkÖ so maybe we are a little weird. But who isnít!?†

People tend to look at court reporters like they are speaking a different language. And in fact, they are speaking a different language, or at least writing in one (at over 200 words per minute, we’ll add).†

Knowing a second language makes you more intelligent, and nothing is sexier than a big brain.

 

Myth #3. Court reporting isnít glamorous

We straight-up disagree. Have you seen those court reporters who write from the red carpet? Since when are The Oscars not sexy?!

Court reporters at the Oscars in 2017

2017 Oscars Reporting and Scoping Team (Source: The Journal of Court Reporting)

 

Need more proof?

Just check out this sexy shot from Buell Court Reporting in Seattle, Washington:

Buell court reporting glamour shot

The glamorous ladies of Buell Court Reporting in Seattle, WA. Top row, left to right: Patsy Jacoy, Anita Self, Leslie Sherman, Melonie Rainey, Kim Dore-Hackbarth, Tia Reidt, Molly Dore. Middle row: Kore Siegel, Lisa Buell, Elizabeth Harvey, Connie Holton. Bottom row: Ryan Sullian, Kate Hamilton.

 

It just goes to show you that court reporters are not a bunch of old ladies with sensible shoes.† Theyíre amazing, hard-working professionals that capture Every. Single. Word.†

Hereís a message to all the Millennials and Generation Zers out there: Court reporters are bringing sexy back.†

Interested in Court Reporting?†Check out the National Court Reporter Associationís†A to Z Program. Already a sexy court reporter?! Get organized and deliver your transcripts faster when you†sign up for Stenovate.

 

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Built for Individuals or Transcript Teams

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