Texas Court Reporters Association 21 years experience

My career as a scopist in a court reporter's world began by typing transcripts off tapes of dictation in 1985. Once I taught myself to read the stenographer's notes, I advanced to notereading until computerization hit the industry. Anyone who is familiar with the trade and old enough might remember the old dedicated Xscribe V that came out soon thereafter. The edit station alone was a hefty $7,000; but wanting to be able to work at home, I opted to go for the expenditure. I've never looked back at that decision. Since then I've worked with many reporters all over the country and even added the Baron Oz system to expand until the companies merged and CaseCatalyst by Stenograph replaced both systems. Currently I'm using Version 7.05, along with a Sanyo transcriber, my tools of the trade. It's hard to believe I've done this work for 24 years, and I'm sure even I would be shocked to know how many pages have been turned out, transcribing everything from car wrecks to fire claims to expert chemists or industrial hygienists, orthopedists, every kind of litigation imaginable. Though my work has been predominately from the free-lance reporters, I've also done federal, criminal, and civil trial transcripts, as well as proofreading, and even for a while did the final corrections and printing, too. But for the last few years I've slowed down a bit and have been scoping almost exclusively for one reporter who keeps me as busy as I want to be most of the time; but if a reporter finds herself, or himself, in bind, I do my best to help them get the work out and meet the deadline. Even though there have been no traditional benefits, all the rewards of self-employment has left me eternally grateful to the reporters and this profession.

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