February 16-22, 2014 has been proclaimed to be National Court Reporting and Captioning Week
This is a challenging and beneficial career. Reporting touches many facets of our lives: if you're involved in the legal system, reporters are taking down testimony in depositions and in the courtroom; if you're watching a live event, they're providing captions on the tv or megatron; if you're hearing impaired, they're providing CART services in church, at the theatre, in the classroom or on conference calls.
Reporters have been involved in preserving and recording experiences of our veterans, which are then submitted to the Library of Congress. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the reporting field is expected to grow in the coming years because of our aging population. It is consistently ranked as a top career option in terms of flexibility and income potential. But the numbers are dwindling and there is a pressing need to get more people into the field.
If interested in pursuing this as a career, taking the necessary courses, or more information, please contact Madison College in Madison or Lakeland College in Cleveland, Wisconsin.
Legal Assistant / Paralegal Definition Adopted
In July 2002 the NALS Board of Directors adopted the following definition of a 'legal assistant/paralegal,’ as also adopted by the ABA. The current definition reads as follows:
'A legal assistant/paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible.'