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  • March 14, 2020 9:15 AM | Anonymous

    The Texas Supreme Court has released its First Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster in response to Governor Abbott's disaster declaration earlier today, Friday, March 13, 2020. This Emergency Order gives all Texas courts (civil and criminal) the authority to modify or suspend any and all deadlines and procedures.

    Most importantly to our profession, while the emergency order is in effect, it authorizes anyone involved in any hearing, deposition, or other proceeding of any kind -- including but not limited to a party, attorney, witness or court reporter -- to participate remotely, such as by teleconferencing, videoconferencing, or other means.

    Please CLICK HERE to download the full Emergency Order. The Order is in effect until May 8, 2020, unless extended by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

    We will continue to keep our members informed as things develop.

    We implore our members to take this situation seriously and to please stay safe and healthy. Thank you so much for your membership in TEXDRA and for your support of our profession!

  • April 02, 2019 8:01 PM | Anonymous


    TEXDRA is very happy to report to our members that TEXDRA and TCRA have reached an agreement on language in HB 1619 and that this important bill now has TEXDRA's full and unwavering support.  We'd like to thank TCRA for their hard work in crafting the bill and also thank Representative Leach, Chairman of the House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee and the bill's sponsor, for his time and attention.  Thanks also to TEXDRA's lobbyist, Keith Oakley, for his help.  Most importantly, we thank our members for their generosity and support.  You may download TCRA and TEXDRA's joint statement by clicking here.

  • December 01, 2018 1:21 PM | Anonymous

    An Open Letter to Texas Freelance CSRs from President David Ross:

    On November 29th, the American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers (AAERT) sent an open letter to the legal community promoting their Electronic Recording (ER) services. They tout their “Certified Electronic Reporters” as being a solution both to the shortage of reporters in our state as well as a cost-saving measure for attorneys. Additionally, AAERT has filed two bills for consideration in the upcoming legislative session to allow ER to be used in grand jury proceedings. While their current legislative efforts are concentrated on the courtroom, AAERT is making inroads into our profession as a whole, and it’s a threat we cannot allow to go unaddressed.

    Here is the letter AAERT sent out yesterday. There are many issues facing Texas Freelancers, and TEXDRA remains committed to advocating for you on all fronts. However, we can’t do this alone. It’s going to take all of us coming together to be victorious. If you’ve already joined us, we thank you and ask you to please consider donating funds to help us financially combat this advancing threat. If you’re not a member, we’d ask you to join us today as we fight for each and every one of us.

    Please join TEXDRA and advocate for your profession and your peers today. Thank you.


    David Ross

  • October 23, 2018 1:22 PM | Anonymous


    On July 14, 2018, TCRA and TEXDRA leadership met at the Texas Trial Lawyers Association Building in Austin, Texas, to discuss how we might jointly move our profession forward.

    The meeting was positive, relations were good, and a wide range of issues were discussed. Though no decisions were made, we were able to identify many of the common problems with which the profession is confronted. We agreed to continue the dialogue in an effort to work together to jointly address the many challenges facing the reporting profession, and, where applicable, bring other stakeholders into the process to assist in accomplishing our goals.

  • April 05, 2018 11:35 AM | Anonymous

    TEXDRA's initial fundraising drive for Project Steno has concluded and was a resounding success!! Many sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of the generous donors that made this happen. Have you heard about Project Steno's efforts?  In a nutshell, Project Steno is designed to help promising new reporting students, recruited through the A to Z Program, with their court reporting school tuition.  As we all know, WE NEED MORE REPORTERS!  The shortage of court reporters is critical, and we're taking action.

    TEXDRA recently concluded our first A to Z class, and there are many more classes happening statewide.  We need to help these bright new students achieve success!  Please watch this site and our Facebook page for additional updates very soon or  on Twitter.

  • March 01, 2018 2:09 PM | Anonymous

    Greetings!  At the Court Reporters Certification Advisory Board (CRCAB) meeting on Tuesday, 2/27, the chair, Judge Sowder, appointed a five-member subcommittee tasked with revising and updating our UFM.  This revision process is the last "legacy" task passed down from the CRCB a few years ago.  The process will be the same as that undertaken for the Code of Professional Conduct review, with the same committee members.  TEXDRA suggested the addition of association representatives - one from TEXDRA and one from TCRA - be appointed to the subcommittee as well.  Judge Sowder and staff were receptive to the idea, and staff attorney Scott Gibson is looking into whether that is permissible and will let us know at the next Advisory Board meeting, which has yet to be scheduled.  TEXDRA president David Ross has reached out to TCRA's president to suggest the two associations collaborate on the UFM review and revision process, and we hope for a successful and efficient process to effect long-overdue updates to the UFM.  We will keep our members up to date as things develop.   If you have questions or suggestions, please e-mail TEXDRA at UFM@texdra.org.  We're listening!  Thank you.   

  • February 06, 2018 12:22 PM | Anonymous

    To our membership:

    We have begun the process of gearing up our effort to modernize the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure in the attempt to have them recognize the intrinsic value of the reporter to the judicial process and afford some level of protection for the court reporter. To that end, we have met with TEXDRA’s attorneys and laid out our goals, and they have begun the process of crafting language to accomplish those goals. These are very ambitious goals and will certainly be met with significant resistance from some quarters. This endeavor will require both the moral and financial support of the membership and will be very difficult and expensive with no guarantee of success. However, a very smart man recently reminded me that you lose 100% of the battles that you do not fight. We have promised you that we will take on this struggle, and you have made it clear that is what you want. We thank you for your confidence and support. We will provide updates of the process as it develops.

    David Ross, President, TEXDRA

  • January 21, 2018 10:11 PM | Anonymous

    Greetings: It has been a while since our last update. We have been patiently awaiting some action by the Supreme Court. As you know, the JBCC has forwarded to the Supreme Court their recommendations for the Court Reporters’ Code of Ethics. We had expected a fairly quick decision from the Supreme Court; however, as is evident, that did not occur. The new ethics rules have been on the Supreme Court’s agenda on three separate occasions. For a variety of reasons, our particular item was not taken up. The good news is that the matter is on the agenda for Tuesday, January 23. Hopefully, the Court will provide us a positive outcome at that time. The moment we learn anything, we will notify you. Much of TEXDRA’s actions moving forward will be determined by what the Supreme Court ultimately decides regarding the ethics proposal. Consequently, in consult with our attorney, we have made a strategic decision to hold off on any efforts to modernize the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure until after the Supreme Court has acted on the ethics rules. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

  • October 05, 2017 10:18 AM | Anonymous

    My name is David Ross. I assumed the mantle of President of TEXDRA on September 1. Please accept my apology that it has taken me this long to formally introduce myself. As one of the thousands of Harvey’s flood victims, I have had to dedicate much of my time to our recovery.

    Let me say first that I am humbled to serve in this position, and I would be less than truthful if I didn’t admit that I am a little intimidated. It is an awesome responsibility, and our previous president has set the bar very high. I will endeavor, though, to ensure the standards set by our past president are maintained.

    First, allow me to give you a little personal history. I served four years in the United States Army, from 1967 to 1971. Upon my discharge from the military, I enrolled in McMahon College of Court Reporting and began my career in 1973. I then joined a small firm in New Orleans before moving to Miami. I returned home to Houston in 1975, working for a couple of firms before striking out on my own in 1980 when I formed Ross Reporting Services, which I operated until my retirement in 2014.

    My retirement, however, was short lived. I was invited to join a group of reporters who were committed to addressing the many problems facing court reporting, focusing their attention on freelance issues. Out of this group, TEXDRA was formed. Although I had heard some of the names, I met many of these people for the first time when I joined the group. I quickly realized this was not an ordinary group of reporters. I had joined a group of reporters that were highly intelligent, knowledgeable, experienced and single-mindedly committed to improving conditions for freelance reporters.

    While it may appear that things have been somewhat quiet since the JBCC voted to recommend the elimination of the one-third rule, I can assure you that TEXDRA’s board has been very busy. As we await the decision of the Court on the JBCC’s recommendation, your board has begun working diligently on a series of issues we believe are important to the freelance community, and we will roll those out as the planning matures.

    TEXDRA is an organization formed and dedicated for the purpose of addressing the issues important to freelance court reporters. On behalf of the Board, I want to thank you for placing your confidence in TEXDRA. We will continue to work hard to earn your continued trust.

    Thank you. I look forward to representing you and TEXDRA the next two years.


    David Ross


  • August 29, 2017 3:54 PM | Anonymous

    Many of us have been devastated by the flooding in Texas as a result of Hurricane Harvey. TEXDRA has established a committee to facilitate aid to our fellow reporters in need, regardless of affiliation or practice. This assistance will be "behind the scenes," and you may remain anonymous if you wish. We are not asking for money but will gratefully accept gift cards. If you have any equipment that you can spare to help, please email us; you can download a donations checklist here. If you have suffered a loss and need help, please email us; download a recipient checklist here.

    TCRA has set up a GoFundMe to assist reporters in need - please click here to donate now. Let's all work together to help our colleagues affected by this terrible disaster.

    Text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation to the Red Cross.

    Text UWFlood to 41444 to donate to the United Way Flood Relief effort.

    Download a Red Cross volunteer form here to assist with local relief efforts.

    Tips on Next Steps if You've Been Affected in the Disaster: Download Here

    Click here for an article with more resources.

    Please continue to keep all of those affected in your thoughts and prayers, and reach out to TEXDRA by emailing help@texdra.org if there is anything we can do for you or if you have more ideas on how we can help.

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