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Buell is pleased to announce that one of our own court reporters, Liz Harvey, is serving as president of the Washington Court Reporters Association (WCRA) for the 2015-2016 term! Liz, who previously served as the association’s vice president, is working to advance WCRA’s mission of promoting and supporting the court reporting profession in Washington State.

Liz’s focus during her term will be to advocate for the court reporting profession, including crucial rule changes pending before the Washington State Supreme Court, as well as WCRA’s Resolution to Preserve Impartiality. Most recently, she and her team have been working with the Department of Licensing in Olympia regarding proposed changes to WAC 308-14-130 Standards of Professional Practice to strengthen and enforce the existing rule requiring that court reporting services be offered on equal terms to all parties. In the last legislative session, WCRA also worked with the legislature and the Board of Judicial Administration on the passage of SHB 1111, making sure to include the very important distinction between court reporters and transcribers.

WCRA offers continuing education seminars for court reporters, including hosting annual fall and spring conventions, as well as mentoring the next generation of court reporters in Washington State.

“Our legislative team is committed to ensuring that our concerns are heard in Olympia,” Liz said. “It’s important that we continue educating legislators about important issues that affect litigators, our citizens, and the future of our profession. WCRA is one of the most active associations in the country in pursuing this goal.”

Liz joined Buell Realtime Reporting as a court reporter in 2005. She began her professional career in Tacoma as a freelance court reporter. At Buell she has covered complex, multi-party depositions, as well as hearings, arbitrations, and public meetings.