February Featured Court Reporter: Helen Yarbrough RPR CCR

  Start Date: 11/6/2001 How did you...


Helen-001-150x150Start Date: 11/6/2001

How did you begin your career in court reporting?

I began my reporting career in what seems like another life. I was very young and was offered a job as a hearing reporter for the Commonwealth of Virginia ABC Board. Like the other reporters at the ABC Board at that time, I was a pen writer, using the type of shorthand that consisted of those squiggly pen strokes that I learned during high school.

What brought you to Cook and Wiley?

After several years at the ABC Board, I left that position and pursued a couple of other careers. Then I enrolled in court reporting school and learned machine shorthand. When I completed my education, I took a position with a small firm in the area and very much enjoyed my association with that firm.
I had always considered Cook & Wiley to be the premier court reporting firm in Richmond. When I had the opportunity to work with Cook & Wiley, I didn’t hesitate taking the offer and have never looked back. My prior opinion of Cook & Wiley has only changed in that now I consider it to be the best firm in Virginia.

What interesting or memorable moment have you experienced while court reporting?

I don’t know that I have one single event that stands out during my career. What I love is that each day is different – different case, different people, different location, different challenge, different learning experience – and those things keep the job interesting.

What advice would you give a new court reporter?

This is a truly special and rewarding profession; however, it can also be very trying and stressful. Don’t expect too much of yourself at the beginning. It will take some time, but you should learn not to be too hard on yourself. You do not have perfect days every single day.

Where can we find you when you’re not working?

When I’m not working, which seems to be on rare occasions, I like to be at a warm beach, listening to the ocean and just enjoying the down time. And I try to find time for some form of exercise on a daily basis.


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