Two-score and seven (give or take) years ago, our predecessors brought forth an association for freelance court reporters,
and they named it Shorthand Reporters of Washington.
Roughly 20 years later, the name was changed to Freelance Shorthand Reporters Association.
Since our inception, based on the original documents contained in our archives, court reporters have dealt with the same or
similar issues we are dealing with now: ER in the courtroom, page density, contracting, quality control, just to name a few.
One of SRW/FSRA's main objectives was to obtain advertising for its members in the King County Lawyers' Directory. And
although it was in the era of martini lunches and smoke-filled bars, surely I jest when I refer to it merely as a "drinking club,"
since a careful review of the records indicates that the members even back then were proactive and concerned about the
integrity of their profession.
Although we've thus far been a relatively small association, in the early days under SRW, we had members from as far away
as Spokane. Most of our original members are retired or have passed away but included outspoken reporters who some of
you may still be familiar with: Rick Rogers, Karen Larsen, Sharon Smith, Diane Attleson, Bob Webber, Eileen Polhamus,
Mary Tevis, Elmer Groshong, Orin Gray.
Approximately two years ago, FSRA members voted to change our name to WFSRA, and we officially became a nonprofit
corporation in the state of Washington. With the advent of the relatively new CEU law, we discovered a new purpose
for our existence.
Today, we are here before you, reaffirming our allegiance to our fellow freelance shorthand reporters of Washington by
our Mission Statement, which is: To facilitate the advancement of our profession by providing opportunities for networking,
promotion, and continuing education.
Welcome to our site! We look forward to seeing more of you in the future.