Kimberley A. Neeson, RPR-CRR-CSR-CCP-CBC
President, Neeson & Associates
Court Reporting and Captioning Inc.
Why did you decide to enter the court reporting profession? Close to completing my high school education, I was looking into various careers in law. Unfortunately newly-called lawyers at that time (1980) were not being employed. My aunt knew someone who was a court reporter, and I met her and thought that this might be a great career for me…and it certainly has been!
What is your favorite thing about being a court reporter? I love the fact that I am constantly learning new things – not only from a technology perspective as a still-working court reporter and firm owner, but also with regard to the type of cases I provide services to. Additionally, I get to work with a lot of smart people – lawyers, judges, and business leaders – and a continual flow of learning is the result.
Were there any hurdles you had to overcome in your career? I think my biggest challenge is trying to do everything – be a top-rate court reporter, business owner, mother of two – and continue to look after myself. Court reporting is a demanding job, and it can easily overtake your life in many ways, most especially time. So I’ve found ways to conserve my time – but writing better, writing smarter, investing in good quality tools of our trade, always using a scopist/proofreader, and hiring people to help me do things around the house so that the time I do have outside of actual reporting can be devoted to other interests and people.
What advice would you give to new court reporters? Never close any doors. Network as much as you can, because you never know where this profession can take you. Be open to new opportunities, to meeting others in your profession, and to continually keeping abreast of what’s happening in our profession.
What was the strangest case you have worked on? Not really a strange case, but I’d say the most important case I’ve ever done is an inquiry into a wrongful conviction case that stemmed back to the late 1950s. The name of the case is Stephen Truscott. At the end of the process I participated in, he was found to be innocent. He spent about half a century trying to prove his innocence, and one of the pivotal points of the inquiry was based on looking at the old trial transcripts. They were of excellent quality and it again brought home to me how important our role is as guardian of the record!
What do you like to do outside of court reporting? I love to work out with my trainer, ski, snowshoe, golf, ride my bike, walk along the beach with my Great Dane, Tank, and to cook and entertain.