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The Speech to Text Institute (STTI) Announces Departure of its Founding Executive Director

JUNE 1, 2022 – STTI today announced the departure of its inaugural executive director, Jim Cudahy. Cudahy conceived of STTI and built consensus for its formation. He led the organization through its first three years of operations with great skill and hard work. He has accepted a position with another association outside of court reporting. The Board thanks Jim for what he has done and wishes him only the best in his new role.

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June 1, 2022

Chicago Paralegal Association Interviews Jim Cudahy

Recently, Nathan Ciulla of the Chicago Paralegals Association (CPA) interviewed STTI’s executive director Jim Cudahy about his career, STTI, and the future of digital court reporting. For the full video, visit CPA’s website,, and for more on STTI visit our website and follow us on socials!

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March 14, 2022

Solutions to the Court Reporting Problem in the Land of Lincoln

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” So said the most prominent person ever to come from the state of Illinois, Abraham Lincoln. It thus is fitting that the “Land of Lincoln” is the setting for discussion and, no doubt, debate about how the age-old profession of court reporting is evolving in response to market forces.

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February 16, 2022

A Dire Court Reporter Shortage? Depends On Who You Ask

The nationwide court reporter shortage has drummed up a contentious debate in the legal industry over how big a problem it is.
Over the past few decades, the number of court reporters across the country has been in decline, threatening a key foundation of the U.S. court system and making it more difficult for legal matters to go through.

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January 21, 2022

Speech to Text Institute Unveils Firm Owner Academy

On October 26th and 27th, the Speech to Text Institute (STTI) will be hosting the first-ever Firm Owners’ Academy. The 10-session online program is being billed as a master’s course for court reporting firm owners and management, guiding them on the intricacies of how to transition their businesses to high-functioning, multi-technology court reporting firms amid the significant market disruption that is taking place.”

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October 19, 2021

Court Reporter Agencies Are Betting on Remote Reporting Well Beyond the Pandemic | Legaltech News

Efforts by some court reporters to stop the industry’s reliance on remote technology may prove to be futile. Court reporter agencies and industry observers said the pandemic made many corporations, attorneys and courts believers in remote court reporter proceedings despite opponents’ concerns. Still, while some saw the pandemic accelerated the acceptance of remote court reporting, opponents aren’t going down without a fight.

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August 18, 2021

Stenography Dropouts Find Ample Opportunity in Budding Digital Court Reporting Market

Some court reporters might be fighting against the digitization of their profession, but low court reporter graduation rates are also a major threat to their industry.

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February 11, 2021

Speech-to-Text Institute forms board of directors to aid with transformational time for court reporting

The technology-induced upheaval of the court reporting industry was already well underway when the Wakefieldbased Speech-to-Text Institute was established in the summer of 2019. Then, the COVID-19 pandemic hit, bringing with it a new normal of remote court proceedings and…

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September 17, 2020

Speech-to-Text Institute Unveils 11-Member Board of Directors

WAKEFIELD, Mass., USA – September 10, 2020 – The Speech-to-Text Institute (STTI), a non-profit that seeks to unify and bring collaboration and standards to court reporting, unveiled 11 industry leaders and luminaries that have agreed to serve on the organization’s inaugural board of directors. STTI members include businesses and practitioners from across the speech-to-text industry, including businesses and practitioners that come from stenography, voice writing, digital reporting and videography backgrounds.

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September 10, 2020

Court Reporter Organization Proposes to Ban Fellows From Advocating Non-Stenographic Methods

Advocating for digital reporting or other non-stenographic reporting methods could cost you a fellows title, according to a proposed amendment from the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA). Critics say the amendment will intimidate court reporters from leveraging new technology, but the NCRA argues it’s trying to limit bad-mouthing from high-ranking members.

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June 25, 2020

Dog Barks, Zoom Conferences: Court Reporters’ New Normal Working Remotely

For now, all court reporters are working from home with lighter caseloads. But industry observers say recent regulatory updates and the popularity of video conferencing may accelerate court reporting in the long-term.

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May 11, 2020

Stenographers Try to Maintain Courtroom Continuity While Dealing With a Profession in Flux

Two current points about the business of court reporting intertwine fruitfully: The work pays well, and there is a significant, ongoing need for those who excel at it, both in Virginia and across the country.

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February 29, 2020

Why the Court Reporting Business Will Never Be the Same

It was May 2012, and I was in the midst of the final interview to become the executive director of the National Court Reporters Association. I was running through a PowerPoint presentation that outlined what I saw as the priorities for the organization over the next five years.

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February 14, 2020

Virginia Lawyers Weekly: Court Reporting Licensure Fails in Virginia

The impact of the rapid and steady decrease in the number of stenographic court reporters will be significant. To layer a new license requirement on court reporters during a period of transition would amount to unnecessary and self-imposed confusion.”

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February 6, 2020

‘Too Risky’: National Court Reporters Association Pushes Back Against Digital Reporting

The NCRA alleges that a lack of certification and the possibility for altered audio makes digital court reporting “dangerous,” but proponents argue there is little difference between digital and in-person court reporting.

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January 27, 2020

Loss for Words: Stenographer Shortage Prompts Industry to Seek Out Different Solutions

Business is booming for Chris Willette, a stenographer and the owner of Willette Court Reporting in Wausau.

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December 5, 2019

New Group Addresses Decline in Court Reporters

The court reporter industry is experiencing a stenographer shortage nationwide, with a gap of more…

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November 11, 2019

The Speech-to-Text Institute Unveiled; Seeks To Unify and Bring Collaboration, Standards To Court Reporting Business

The court reporting business has a new industry organization that was announced today. The Speech-to-Text Institute (STTI) is a non-profit organization that seeks to help lead an industry that is experiencing fundamental, transformative changes.

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October 21, 2019

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