WCRA Pro Bono Program


The Wisconsin Court Reporters Association for a long time has been giving back to the community with the WCRA Pro Bono Program.  There are individuals around the state who are in need of a verbatim record, and they cannot always afford the court reporting services they may need.  In an effort to help our community, we developed the WCRA Pro Bono Program to assist indigent people so they can have the necessary reporting services.

In 1986, in response to a real need for pro bono reporting services in Wisconsin, Colleen Reed spearheaded the effort to organize reporters willing to volunteer their time and talents. As a result, she has received awards from the Wisconsin Court Reporters Association, the Volunteer Lawyers Project, Outstanding Pro Bono Participation Award, and the Legal Assistant Committee of the State of Wisconsin. 

Kelly Powers led the program when Colleen Reed's term ended.   WCRA's Pro Bono program has, in the past, received an award of recognition and appreciation from the Dane County Bar.

If you are an attorney or individual in need of court reporting services, please contact the Wisconsin State Bar Association.  Once it is confirmed you qualify for pro bono services, please visit the Wisconsin Court Reporters Association website at www.wicourtreporters.org. 

Please review the Wisconsin Court Reporters Association Pro Bono Program Guidelines.  The guidelines will explain in further detail the pro bono program. 

Pro Bono Program Guidelines - WCRA.pdf

Also on the website is a list of volunteer reporters.  These are individuals located around the state who are willing to donate their time to provide reporting services.  Look through the list and find an individual located in or near the area you require the service and contact the reporter.  All arrangements will be worked out between the scheduling party and the volunteer reporter. 

If you have any comments, concerns, or questions about our association, or you would like additional information about court reporting as a profession, please contact us at president.wcra@gmail.com.

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