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Ana Fatima Costa, Costa Coaching & Consulting Contract, San Francisco Bay Area. As a subject matter expert in the field of court reporting, published author, certified coach, and speaker, I provide my professional expertise, management acuity, marketing, and communication skills to organizations and individuals. My experience includes freelance shorthand reporting, managing the San Francisco office of a global court reporting agency, sales account executive for two global reporting agencies, litigation secretary, and office administrator for a forensic psychiatrist / expert witness. Since 2004, I have shared my knowledge of court reporting services and technologies in presentations at law firms; legal secretary associations; court reporting associations; court reporting, paralegal, and law schools; and the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF). As a certified coach since 2011, I have offered coaching and consulting services to court reporting firms, court reporters, students, and other professionals, and have presented workshops about powerful scientifically-proven tools participants can use to transform internal and external conflict into clarity, harmony, and connection by naming their feelings and needs. In 2008, I introduced court reporting students and newly licensed reporters to capture and protect the record at mock depositions and trials in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley, in collaboration with litigators, law professors, attorney associations, law firm administrators, and private organizations. See below CCC-Mock Events for more details. My articles on a variety of topics have been published by the Bar Association of San Francisco; San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association’s The Trial Lawyer magazine; Legal Secretaries, Inc.’s The Legal Secretary magazine; and California Court Reporters Association’s CCRA Online e-zine. Some articles have been republished or shared in other legal magazines and on National Court Reporters Association’s online journal, TheJCR.com.

We are STENO. This is why we are still here.

The February 2021 Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump was a significant example of the critical work done by America’s stenographers. Ana Fatima Costa broadens our awareness about her profession whose members have been providing immediate transcription of the spoken word via cutting-edge CAT technology known as “realtime” (from shorthand to English) since the 1960s. Costa describes how her colleagues work diligently as guardians of the record in a challenging, stressful job capturing the spoken word in high-profile events, providing verbatim, accurate, official transcripts for Congressional hearings, in deposition rooms, at trials, arbitrations, and for captioning services used by media organizations.

Subjects: Congress, Court Resources, Courts & Technology, Government Resources, KM, Legislative, Litigation Support