Plaza College celebrated Court Reporting & Captioning Week for the first time from February 10-17. Students, faculty, and staff enjoyed games, guest speakers, and other events focused on the importance of court reporting and captioning throughout the week.
Festivities began on Monday with a presentation on realtime streaming by Geoff Sandvik from Stenograph. He explained this new feature offered by Case Catalyst software. Tuesday during College Hour, students participated in court reporting games, from Jeopardy to assembling puzzles of steno machines, as well as a raffle. At 6 p.m., Criminal Court Reporter Amelia Moller spoke to students about her journey as a court reporter. She answered many questions from students concerning freelancing, CART reporting, and working in criminal court.
On Wednesday, a student mock trial was held on the Commons at noon and 6 p.m. Both court reporting and paralegal students participated as lawyers, witnesses, court officers, and jury members, and court reporting instructor Reid Goldsmith acted as judge.
Guest speaker Eric Allen, Supreme Court Reporters Union President, spoke to court reporting students on Thursday. He emphasized the importance of not only practice but also resilience and never hesitating in work or life. Allen also gave tips for improving speeds and reviewed the variety of career opportunities available in the field, which was a perfect introduction to Thursday evening’s open house on the Commons with representatives from various court reporting agencies.
Thank you to everyone who participated and helped plan the events!