Wisconsin Court Reporter Chris Willette is Appointed as a Director of the National Court Reporters Association

Oct 21, 2010, 17:15 ET from National Court Reporters Association

VIENNA, Va., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Christine J. Willette has been appointed to the office of Director of the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), a 20,000-member association representing court reporters and providers of captioning and realtime transcription services for the legal, broadcasting, business, government, and educational communities throughout the United States (www.ncraonline.org). Willette works as a freelance court reporter and is the owner of Willette Court Reporting, LLC in Rothschild, Wisconsin.

Willette has been an NCRA member since 1984 and holds the Registered Professional Reporter (RPR), Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR), and Certified CART Provider (CCP) credentials. Realtime and CART reporting allow stenographic court reporters to filter their traditional shorthand through a translation program to appear almost instantaneously on a video screen or monitor, which allows those who are deaf or hard of hearing to participate equally in such activities as legal proceedings, classroom lectures, and television broadcasts. Indeed, stenographic court reporters serve as the backbone of the live-broadcast captioning, a specialty that has drawn particular interest in recent weeks after President Obama signed the Communications and Television Accessibility Act.

Willette has a long history of volunteer service to the court reporting profession, having previously served on the governing board of the National Committee of State Associations within the court reporting community as well as on NCRA's freelance "community of interest," on its Midyear Conference Committee, and on the Nominating Committee for the same Board of Directors she now joins. Willette also is the past president of the Wisconsin Court Reporters Association (WCRA) and has served on a number of its committees and task forces.

SOURCE National Court Reporters Association