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President's Message September 2018
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President's Message
by Geoffrey L. Hunt, AAERT President

 

I hope all of our members had a good summer. It is a time we all enjoy and spend time with friends and family. With Labor Day behind us, it is time to turn our attention to the business at hand. Fall is a busy time in the court reporting profession. Congress is back in session, the court dockets fill up, and the deposition conference rooms are booked.

For AAERT it is a busy time as well. A quick look at our website and you will see that we have multiple testing opportunities this fall. If you are considering certification and taking any of our tests, it is important to review the resources we have available on our website. Preparation is a KEY to passing these rigorous tests. Keep Educating Yourself for success.

For the next ten months, our management team, your board of directors, and committee chairs will be working together promoting and advancing the electronic reporting and transcription profession.

The Certification Committee is looking forward to a busy testing season. There is more interest in our certifications than ever before. New national companies are lining up to certify their reporters and transcribers.

In a profession where many of our members are independent contractors and working from home, our Communications Committee continues to keep the information stream flowing. To many of us, it is the only link available to our profession and our membership. I encourage you to participate in our social media platforms for professional development and networking purposes. You can also earn CEUs by contributing to this newsletter, Sound Bytes.

The Government Relations Committee made great progress this past year. The 2018-2019 legislative season is upon us. You can assist us by monitoring your local courts and state legislatures for rule changes affecting court reporting and transcription. For more information as to how you can help, contact Rick Russell our Government Relations chair.

The educational process in our profession, which ultimately benefits our clients and our membership, falls on many levels. The increasing demand for qualified reporters and transcribers is widely known. We have discussed the supply and demand problems for court reporters and transcribers in the past. The schools currently training court reporting students are failing to meet the demand. The question that needs to be answered is, “where will the reporters and transcribers come from?” My response is, more schools and more educational programs need to be created to teach the ER methodology.

To accomplish this task, I am creating an Educational Alliance of professional court reporting educators. Its role is to establish ER curricula in schools and to teach electronic reporting and transcription that meets AAERT’s standards, goals, objectives, and procedures. The capstone goal is to graduate hundreds of fully trained students a year.

To launch this process, I have worked closely with industry leaders in composing an open letter to the court reporting community. It is the first salvo in introducing ourselves to a court reporting community that is being adversely affected by staffing shortages. It is an invitation to learn more about AAERT and how we can assist them with creating educational programs teaching ER.

AAERT has made great strides over the past 25 years. Building any structure includes initiation, planning, and execution. In the same manner, AAERT drew the blueprint, constructed a solid infrastructure, and executed the plan. AAERT continues to build the profession. I invite you to participate in the educational process. Introduce AAERT to your courts, firm owners, and attorneys and ask them how we can help.


Geoffrey L. Hunt, AAERT President

geoffhunt@huntreporting.com


 

 

 

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