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Texas DA worried that court reporters make more than attorneys

In journalism, it is said a dog biting a man isn’t news. What is news? When Man Bites Dog.

In other words, unexpected things end up in the headlines.

That’s why a newspaper/website in Wichita Falls, Texas reported this story recently:

'DA troubled attorneys making less than court reporters'

Here’s how the story starts: (Times Record News)

Wichita County District Attorney Maureen Shelton told the commissioners court Monday that it was troubling that seasoned attorneys in her office make less than a court reporter with a year and a half experience.

 The story says 10 attorneys make less than court reporters in the DA’s office and the the DA finds it frustrating, primarily because:

... she goes out and speaks to schools and events telling kids to strive for higher education. Then, to have a situation where more education did not necessarily mean more income was troubling, she said.

The story says assistant DAs with seven years experience make just less than $60,000, while  court reporters “with minimal education or experience” make $70,980.

Could be worse
If the DA in Wichita Falls -- most famous as one of the places the movie “The Last Picture Show” was set -- thinks it’s bad that court reporters make more than attorneys, it could be worse.

In some parts of Massachusetts, courthouse janitors make more than new assistant district attorneys. (Above the Law

Others who can make more than assistant DAs in The Codfish State include:

•Switchboard operators

•Session clerks

•Law librarians 

•And, of course, court reporters.

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access to highly skilled and experienced court reporters where and when you need them.

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If you'd like additional help finding court reporting professionals anywhere else in the U.S. call Huseby at 800-333-2082.

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Interested in Breaking into the Austin Court Reporting Industry?

Court reporting in Austin is a great industry to work in. According to, the average salary for an Austin court reporter is nearly $47,000 - not to mention the fact that U.S. court reporting employment as a whole is expected to grow by 18% through 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

However, whether you're just starting out, or are looking to change your field mid-stream into court reporting, launching a new career can be scary - especially if you're not even 100% certain it's right for you.

So how can you make sure Austin court reporting is a career path you should pursue? Here are some ideas to help you.

Do Your Homework Into Austin's Court Reporting Industry

Spend some time researching the Austin court reporting industry. For instance, check out job boards and law firm "career" web pages to see what kinds of opportunities are available and whether they sound interesting to you.

Talk to an Austin Court Reporting Professionals

Reach out to court reporting professionals in Austin. You can find many of them simply by using a search engine, connecting with them via LinkedIn, or asking your network of family, friends, and colleagues if they know any court reporters in Austin.

Once you have a decent list of contacts going, call or email each one and tell them you're interested in breaking into the Austin court reporting industry. Then ask them whether they'd consider talking to you about their experiences.

While you may get a few rejections, many people love talking about themselves and will happily tell you their thoughts and offer some guidance, as well. This is highly valuable information because it's coming from people who know first-hand about the Austin court reporting industry.

You can ask them questions such as:

  • What's your favorite part of being a court reporter in Austin? Least favorite?
  • What's an average day like for you?
  • How did you break into the Austin court reporting industry?
  • Did you go to school for court reporting?

After you interview each court reporter, make sure to send a "thank you" note or email. If you do end up pursuing a career path in court reporting, these contacts may serve you well in the future, so it's important to leave a positive impression.

Enroll in Court Reporting Classes in Austin

If you're still not sure whether court reporting in Austin is right for you, sign up for a class. While it will be a bit of an investment in terms of time and money, you'll walk away from it knowing whether the field is really right for you.

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California State Assembly passes bill that establishes funding for court reporter services, sends to Senate

California state capitol building in Sacramento. Photo via Flickr Creative Commons. California state capitol building in Sacramento. Photo via Flickr Creative Commons.

A bill in California that would allow trial courts to negotiate with cities and counties throughout the state to establish funding for court reporter services is headed to the state senate for a vote.

The bill, authored by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) and sponsored by the California Court Reporters Association, passed through two committees and then was passed by the California State Assembly.

The bill says it “would authorize each trial court to establish a Reporters' Salary Fund for the payment of the salaries and benefits of official reporters, as specified.”

According to the CCRA, “While the state budget doesn't seem to be getting better, the CCRA board of directors and legislative committee are committed to finding legislative solutions to help ensure court reporter services for California trial courts.”

CCRA says it is the only state association that has two lobbyists in Sacramento working on behalf of court reporters, including freelance, official and CART reporters.

Huseby California locations husebyhHuseby has a vigorous presence in California, recently expanding with mergers and acquisitions. With expansion to San Diego, Fresno, Sacramento, Dixon, Napa and Fairfield, Huseby has court reporting offices in eight California cities.

See more on our California locations here.

If you are in these areas or anywhere in California, give us a call at 1-800-333-2082 to schedule services at any of our locations worldwide.

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