Rachel worked in customer service and freelance writing throughout her young adulthood. After randomly picking up a transcription gig in 2016, she learned of stenography and was instantly hooked. In the fall of 2017, she enrolled at Green River College to pursue a career as a court reporter.
During her tenure at Green River, she served in various roles in the Court Reporting Student Association, including editor of the student newsletter and president. As she increased in speed, she accompanied her class to Seattle University’s mock depositions, during which she took down the record and produced transcripts for law students. In the fall and winter of 2020, she interned with B&A Litigation Services, shadowing court reporters and gaining real-world experience. She earned her RSR certification and got her Washington CCR license in November 2020. She graduated with her AA in court reporting in 2021.
In January of 2021, Rachel started full-time with B&A, primarily taking car accident depositions. Through the years, she continued to improve her skills, and in December of 2022, she earned her RPR certification, which required passing three speed tests (literary, jury charge, testimony) and a written knowledge test. Congrats, Rachel!
Today, she works for us full-time taking depositions, hearings, and EUOs. She enjoys the support and camaraderie she gets from the team at B&A. Court reporting can be a very isolating job, especially in the age of COVID, and knowing the office staff is there to support her has eased some of the growing pains that come with being a new reporter.
In her free time, Rachel plays on a weekly competitive pinball league. She has been with her team since 2015, and they have won three championships during that time! She also enjoys going to concerts, taking care of her growing plant collection, and getting out on the water when the weather is good.
Rachel is looking forward continuing to build her skills so she can earn her next certification. She also hopes to find more time for writing in 2023.