Local Court Reporter Marty Herder Contributes to New Book
Court Reporter Survival Guide features heartfelt collection of stories for professionals and students
The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters, broadcast and CART captioners, and legal videographers, today announced that Marty Herder, a freelance court reporting firm owner of AZ Litigation Support in Phoenix, Az., www.CourtReportersAz.com, is a contributor to the recently released book Court Reporter Survival Guide: School Success Stories, a collection of essays and tips about making it through court reporting school written by freelancers, officials, CART captioners, and current students.
“This collection is a true Chicken Soup for the Soul type book that offers advice and insight from the only people who really understand the ins and outs of court reporting: other court reporters and captioners,” said Jim Cudahy, executive director and CEO of NCRA.
“Professional court reporters engage in a rigorous training that includes both educational components and skill development-much like learning to play a new instrument-with a high degree of skill and accuracy. As such, court reporters share a common pride and sense of accomplishment for having completed their professional training. This collection serves as a good reminder to court reporters that despite the sometimes difficult road to earning their place in this unique profession, the ultimate achievement of becoming a ‘keeper of the record’ was worth it,” Cudahy added. According to a recently released report by Ducker Worldwide, demand for court reporters will exceed supply within five years, yielding a nationwide shortage. By 2018, there will be 5,500 new court reporter jobs available in the United States. Further, the average starting salary for court reporters is $43,000. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the growth rate for court reporting salaries is expected to increase by 14 percent through the year 2020. The softcover book – which includes the eight chapters: Superheroes in Training; The Road Less Taken; Motivation; Learning to Juggle; Lean on Me; Practice, Practice, Practice; Testing Our Limits; and A Few Extra Briefs – is filled with rich content direct from the trenches. Insight and advice range from small snippets to essays that recalled the inspiration offered by friends, family, and mentors, as well as coping with the anxiety created by drills, tests, and hours of practice each day. The book also contains numerous testaments from contributors sharing the many benefits, rewards, and opportunities court reporting has offered them.
Herder is one of more than 60 of working court reporters, CART captioners, and students to have provided input. The content is often humorous and always thoughtful, and it includes an abundance of motivation for any reader.
“I was very fortunate that a respected professional reporter was selfless enough to mentor me at a very young age. I get so much out of paying it forward, and strive to live by Rotary International’s motto of ‘Service Above Self’,’” said Herder, the immediate past president of the Arizona Court Reporters Association.
He currently serves as the Arizona Delegate for the National Committee of State Associations, as well as current president of the Arizona Litigation Support Court Reporters in Phoenix.
The Court Reporter Survival Guide: School Success Stories is available for purchase from NCRA’s online store. For the full 2013-2014 NCRA Industry Outlook Report, or to learn more about the court reporting profession visit crTakeNote.com, or visit NCRA.org for career information about the court reporting profession-one of the leading career options that do not require a traditional four-year degree.
About NCRA The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) is internationally recognized for promoting excellence among those who capture and convert the spoken word to text for more than 100 years. NCRA is committed to supporting its more than 16,000 members in achieving the highest level of professional expertise with educational opportunities and industry-recognized court reporting, educator and videographer certification programs. NCRA impacts legislative issues and the global marketplace through its actively involved membership. Forbes has named court reporting as one of the best career options that do not require a traditional four-year degree and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the court reporting field is expected to grow by 14 percent through the year 2020.
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