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Bill introduced to increase wages for court reporters and recorders

Michigan State Rep. Nate Shannon (D-Sterling Heights) introduced House Bill 5046 on Wednesday. This legislation would give Michigan court reporters a raise for the first time in almost 40 years.

Court reporters and recorders transcribe court hearings for use in both civil or criminal court cases. A reporter is a shorthand reporter, or a voice writer. A court recorder transcribes electronically. Michigan’s transcript rates are one of the lowest in the nation.

This legislation would increase the amount a recorder or reporter would receive from $1.75 to $3.75 per page on original transcript and 90 cents per page for each copy. Legislation to change circuit court reporter pricing has not been implemented since 1986.


Associations gather for ‘Taste of Diversity’ event

The Oakland County Bar Association (OCBA), along with partnering affinity bar associations, will gather with colleagues at the biennial Taste of Diversity cocktail reception on Thursday, October 19, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Great Lakes Culinary Center in Southfield, celebrating the diverse and multi-cultural legal profession in a festive atmosphere with great food and friends.

The evening will feature hors d’oeuvres as well as the presentation of the Leon Hubbard Community Service Award and the Michael K. Lee Memorial Award. The Taste of Diversity is sponsored by the OCBA Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  

Partnering bar associations include:

• Armenian-American Bar Association

• Black Women Lawyers Association of Michigan

• D. Augustus Straker Bar Association

• Detroit Bar Association

• Hispanic Bar Association

• Incorporated Society of Irish-American Lawyers

• Jewish Bar Association of Michigan

• Macomb County Bar Association

• Michigan Asian Pacific American Bar Association

• Michigan Judges Association

• National Arab-American Bar Association -Michigan

• Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office

• Women’s Bar Association - Oakland Region of WLAM

• Women Lawyers Association of Michigan - Wayne Region

Cost to attend is $50 or $40 for new lawyers (P82500+), students, admin assistants, and paralegals.  Tickets for Taste of Diversity are available for purchase by visiting www.ocba.org and clicking “events.”  For additional information about the event, contact the Katie Tillinger at 248-334-3400.


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