Kimberly Xavier installed as Vice President of Public Relations of the Texas Court Reporters Association
October 6, 2017 - The Texas Court Reporters Association (TCRA), the state’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters, broadcast captioners and CART captioners, has announced that Kimberly Xavier has been sworn in for a one-year term as Vice President of Finance. She will be assisting the current President of the association as they lead the Board of Directors that represents Texas Court Reporters from every part of the state.
Xavier, from Arlington, Texas, is a Texas Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) and has worked as a court reporter for 23 years. She also holds professional state certifications as a Texas Certified Realtime Reporter, Texas Merit Reporter, and Texas CART Provider. In addition, she holds multiple national certifications. Xavier is currently the Official Court Reporter for Honorable Gracie Lewis in the Criminal District Court No. 3 in Dallas County, Texas.
“I am excited to be chosen to represent Texas Court Reporters this year and I welcome the opportunity and challenge of assisting in educating the public about this amazing career field. Court reporting has been more than just a job for me all these years, and I cannot imagine doing anything else for 20-plus years,” said Xavier.
She graduated from Center High School and attended court reporting school at Austin Court Reporting Institute in Austin, Texas and Brown Court Reporting Institute in Longview, Texas.
“The Vice President of Public Relations and all board members of the Texas Court Reporters Association are volunteers committed to ensuring that we live up to our mission statement by serving the court reporting community through education and advocacy,” says Elizabeth Faulk, Executive Director of TCRA. “Texas Court Reporters are required to pass one of the most challenging licensing exams in the nation in order to provide services in the legal arena, and many reporters go on to receive advanced certifications. Our members are highly skilled and technologically advanced.”
Texas Court Reporters are licensed by the Supreme Court of Texas and must write a minimum of 225 words per minute with 95% accuracy to gain a license to work in the state of Texas. Court reporters are also trained in the use of the latest technology to provide realtime reporting which allows them to produce an immediate transcript of the spoken word by using a steno machine connected to a computer that instantly translates spoken word to text.
For more information about the Texas Court Reporters Association and a list of court reporting schools in Texas, visit www.tcra-online.com. Career information about the court reporting profession — one of the leading career options that do not require a traditional four-year degree — can be found at crTakeNote.com.
The Texas Court Reporters Association (TCRA) was established in 1939 and is recognized for promoting excellence, maintaining high standards in court reporting in the state of Texas, and impacting legislative issues 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. To obtain more statistical data on court reporting, contact the National Court Reporters Association or visit NCRA.org.