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TEXAS DEPOSITION REPORTERS ASSOCIATION

"There are uses to adversity, and they don't reveal themselves until tested... difficulty can tap unexpected strengths."  Justice Sonia Sotomayor

A Message from TEXDRA's President

My name is David Ross. I assumed the mantle of President of TEXDRA on September 1. Please accept my apology that it has taken me this long to formally introduce myself. As one of the thousands of Harvey’s flood victims, I have had to dedicate much of my time to our recovery.

Let me say first that I am humbled to serve in this position, and I would be less than truthful if I didn’t admit that I am a little intimidated. It is an awesome responsibility, and our previous president has set the bar very high. I will endeavor, though, to ensure the standards set by our past president are maintained.

First, allow me to give you a little personal history. I served four years in the United States Army, from 1967 to 1971. Upon my discharge from the military, I enrolled in McMahon College of Court Reporting and began my career in 1973. I then joined a small firm in New Orleans before moving to Miami. I returned home to Houston in 1975, working for a couple of firms before striking out on my own in 1980 when I formed Ross Reporting Services, which I operated until my retirement in 2014.

My retirement, however, was short lived. I was invited to join a group of reporters who were committed to addressing the many problems facing court reporting, focusing their attention on freelance issues. Out of this group, TEXDRA was formed. Although I had heard some of the names, I met many of these people for the first time when I joined the group. I quickly realized this was not an ordinary group of reporters. I had joined a group of reporters that were highly intelligent, knowledgeable, experienced and single-mindedly committed to improving conditions for freelance reporters.

While it may appear that things have been somewhat quiet since the JBCC voted to recommend the elimination of the one-third rule, I can assure you that TEXDRA’s board has been very busy. As we await the decision of the Court on the JBCC’s recommendation, your board has begun working diligently on a series of issues we believe are important to the freelance community, and we will roll those out as the planning matures.

TEXDRA is an organization formed and dedicated for the purpose of addressing the issues important to freelance court reporters. On behalf of the Board, I want to thank you for placing your confidence in TEXDRA. We will continue to work hard to earn your continued trust.

Thank you. I look forward to representing you and TEXDRA the next two years.

Sincerely,

David Ross

President



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TEXDRA'S Membership Drive is currently under way!  Sign up or renew now for membership through August 31, 2018!  Our efforts to represent the freelance court reporting community in Texas are gathering steam, and there's no association better positioned to represent YOUR interests and strive for advancement on issues unique to freelance court reporters and court reporting firms in Texas.  We are developing new member benefits, plans to address the reporter shortage, and forming our strategy for the next phase of our drive to level the playing field in Texas; 2019 is the next legislative year, and we will be well prepared!   

Please, RENEW OR BECOME A NEW MEMBER NOW!

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On Thursday, July 27, Alvin Community College's Board of Regents met to decide the fate of ACC's renowned court reporting program.  TEXDRA's president spoke at that meeting in an attempt to present a business scenario to the board that would convince them to keep the program open by increasing enrollment and graduation rates.  The proposal we put forth was that they consider incorporating voice training alongside the present stenographic training, giving current and prospective students more options and increasing revenues by attracting more students to the program.  Unfortunately, the suggestion was not enough to convince them, and they have voted to close the program down, using a "teach-out" time frame of two years.  Our profession is losing yet another school, which is bad enough, but to lose one of Alvin's standing in the court reporting community nationwide is disastrous.  It is time for new ideas and new strategies; our profession's continued existence depends on it!  It is time to define ourselves and our profession by our TALENTS, not by the tools we use.  We are a crucial and integral part of the judicial system and we cannot fail.  Let's put our heads together, roll up our sleeves, and get to work!  We are 100% committed to addressing this critical issue.  Please continue to watch this site and our Facebook group for updates.

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TEXDRA is an association for Texas Certified Shorthand Reporters and Court Reporting Firms founded on the core principles of integrity, transparency, advocacy and teamwork.  We pledge to serve our profession with honesty and hard work, and we will work closely with other associations whenever possible to recruit, train and mentor students, lobby in Austin on important issues and challenges that face us all, improve relations between us and the people we serve, and educate the judiciary and the public about the vital role we hold as impartial guardians of the record.  If you're not already a member, please visit our Join Us page to join now.

TEXDRA's Mission:  To represent the professional and business interests of Texas freelance Certified Shorthand Reporters and Court Reporting Firms through advocacy, education, communication and transparency, while promoting the advantage of working with trained professionals who capture the spoken word in judicial proceedings and provide services to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, and to foster better awareness of their value to the judicial system and the public.


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