“The Wisconsin Court Reporters Association is committed to achieving the highest level of professional standards when capturing the spoken word.  Educational enrichment and technological advancement are vital in maintaining the honor and integrity of our profession while serving the public and judicial system.”  

Adopted in April 2013

President's Message

by Sheri Piontek

As I embark upon my presidency of WCRA, I will embrace every task I am asked to do with the utmost diligence, thoroughness, and, most importantly, keeping our members informed through our newsletter, website, and e-mail blasts.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the outgoing board members:  Susan Kay, Lynette Swenson, Margo Lucas, and Andrea Reichle.  You ladies brought a great deal of knowledge to the board and our members, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!  It has been a pleasure getting to know you.  On behalf of WCRA, I would like to welcome our new board members:  Michelle Gudex, Melissa Stark, Paulette Norby-Knoll, and Jackie Rupnow.  Please read their profiles on the website and in this newsletter to learn more about them personally!

As officials, we had a challenging state budget process this last go-around.  Our board and members spent a tremendous amount of time and energy going to courthouses to talk to officials, speaking at public sessions, and meeting with legislators.  We succeeded in accomplishing our task with the help of our association’s attorney, WCRA’s lobbyist, and NCRA’s lobbyists.  The most important thing I learned through this whole process was communication!  

With that in mind, one of my main goals during my presidency is to continue to maintain contact with our legislators to try to increase the State Public Defender’s budget for payment of officials’ transcript invoices.  We need everyone’s participation:  reporters, judges, and lawyers.  The State Public Defender Office has expressed that they need to hear from people other than Public Defenders about the necessity of increasing this budget.  Hopefully we can achieve this goal for the next budget.

Of equal importance is ensuring that all vacant officialships get filled with live reporters.  As statistics have shown, many reporters will be retiring in the next five years.  You probably have seen on the website and through e-mails that we have had the most job postings ever.   I urge you to reach out to reporters in your area and see if they are interested in these positions, perhaps transition from a job-share position into a full-time position.  Our students can’t seem to get out of school fast enough to meet the demand.    

WCRA conventions are very expensive to put on for our members, so my goal is to offer affordable conventions with ample CEU points.  I am very excited about our spring convention, as the convention committee tried to incorporate these ideas in the best way for our members!  

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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