Stenograph’s featured person this month is Leisha Hendrix
Why did you decide to enter the court reporting profession?
After having our second child, my husband encouraged me to pursue court reporting because I was interested in the legal profession, good with computers, and liked being challenged.
What is your favorite thing about being a court reporter?
I enjoy providing realtime to my judge. This allows me to continually strive to enhance my skills, writing speed, and accuracy in order to provide a readable, live text of all court proceedings.
Were there any hurdles you had to overcome in your career?
There have been many hurdles to overcome beginning with my first court reporting school terminating our court reporting program after having finally completing the two years of prerequisites and beginning our theory class.
I have always tried to meet any challenge head-on. I try to stay focused on moving forward and finding a positive resolution to any situation.
What advice would you give to new court reporters?
Embrace realtime! Realtime is our present and our future! Providing outstanding realtime will bring you better job opportunities and more income.
Invest in yourself by learning your CAT software and using it to its fullest capabilities. There are so many features in our CAT software that can be utilized to assist in producing a transcript that most users don’t even know about. The more proficient you are with your CAT software, the less time it will take you to produce an outstanding transcript, thereby allowing you time to do the things you want (or accept more jobs).
Never be afraid to ask someone if you need help or need a question answered. The only dumb question is the one you didn’t ask.
What was the strangest case you have worked on?
I can’t think of a “strange” case. I have always worked in court and have reported criminal, civil, family law, death penalty, juvenile proceedings, and probate. There have been cases over the years that I will never forget mostly because I can still visualize the photos of the victims of violent crimes.
What do you like to do outside of court reporting?
I love spending time with my husband and our two grown sons. I have a passion for tennis. I “surf” with our sons (they surf, I try). I enjoy hiking at Torrey Pines State Beach. I like to ride my bike, cook, read, watch live theater, watch movies, and take my “granddog” on walks.