The second annual Monyeen Black Memorial Grant was awarded to Rose Detloff, RMR, CRR, a freelance court reporter from Tucson, Ariz. The announcement was made at a special awards luncheon held during NCRA’s Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla.
The $1,000 grant honors the memory of NCRA member Monyeen Black, RPR, CRR, a deposition reporter and agency owner from Paso Robles, Calif., who passed away in January 2021. She was certified in California and owned MBreporting in San Ramon. The grant was established to aid new professionals who have passed either their RPR or RSR certification.
Applications for the grant require that candidates be a current member of NCRA, have passed either the RPR or RSR certification, be in their first one to two years of court reporting or captioning, provide a letter of recommendation, and answer a short essay question.
Detloff has been employed by Buell Realtime Reporting based in Seattle, Wash., since December 2021. In answer to the 2022 essay question, “How, when, and why did you realize that a career in court reporting was right for you?” Detloff wrote:
“Growing up, I was told that a career should be something you are good at, passionate about, and with high earning potential. For most of my life, I did not think there was an accessible career out there that hit all three of those marks. Court reporting changed everything. I switched my major seven times in college, and as I began my final semester without a clue about the future, court reporting could not have come at a better time.
“I learned a long time ago to trust my gut feelings and signing up for a free introduction class to steno was a strong one. Some basic research about the career was enough to make me feel like I had struck gold. Interested in the legal field? Check. An English and grammar lover? Check. A musical background? Check. For the first time, I had stumbled across a career that seemed suited for me rather than me trying to become suited for it.”
According to Lisa Buell, RPR, CRR, CRC, owner of Buell Realtime Reporting, Detloff has been a textbook example of the perfect way for a newly certified court reporter to begin their career.
“While accurate transcripts are the backbone of our profession, Rose excels in all aspects of working as a deposition reporter. She has demonstrated clear knowledge of all local deposition and transcript review rules, communicates effectively with our office regarding the schedule and order information, and has every transcript turned in on time,” said Buell.
For information about this grant and other Foundation offerings, contact Jill Parker Landsman, NCRF manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.