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Robert Short, CSR, International Deposition Reporter


Robert Short, CSR, International Court Reporter

Robert Short, CSR, learned the Roberts Walsh Gonzalez theory fifteen years ago.  He completed the program in fewer than two years.  He is now an international deposition reporter who has taken depositions all over the world, including: many countries in South America and Africa, Japan, China, and several countries in the Middle East. In this picture, he was speaking to students at South Coast College about his fascinating work.


Rachael Moore, CSR, learned the Roberts Walsh Gonzalez theory, qaulified in less than two years, and passed the Certified Shorthand Reporter Examination in California on her first attempt.  Rachel is currently a reporter with Jilio, Ryan, and Associates.  She is currently reporting a deposition in New Zealand.  Rachael started the court reporting program immediately upon graduating from high school.  She earned an award at graduation for completion of her program in record time.  Congratulations, Rachael, on your accomplishments.

Doug Unger, CSR — Hired as Captioner at VITAC

Doug Unger, a recent graduate from South Coast College, passed the Certified Shorthand Reporter Examination (CSR) and has been hired by a major captioning company.  Doug distinguished himself at South Coast College for his expertise in writing the Roberts Walsh Gonzalez theory.  He is undoubtedly one of the best realtime writers that South Coast College has produced.

Brittany Silva, CSR — Twenty-year-old Passes the CSR Examination

Congratulations to Brittany Silva, CSR.  Brittany graduated in 2011 in three years instead of four from Northwood High School.  She enrolled immediately at South Coast College and qualified to go to the State licensing test at 19.  While awaiting test results, Brittany completed the 260 wpm skill level and passed the Certified Shorthand Reporter Examination (CSR) on her first attempt.

Brittany’s secret is that she writes everything out.  She said that even a beginning theory student could read her shorthand notes for the 260 wpm tests that she passed to receive her skill card at that level.  Her other secret is that she stayed at school for 16 hours a day either in class or practicing.  Hard work pays. off!!

Brittany Silva, CSR

Whitney Valadez Kumar, CSR One Out of Three Who Passes CCRR Test

One of Three Who Passed the CCRR

Congratulations to Whitney Kumar, CSR, CCRR, who was one out of three who passed the California Certified Realtime Reporter (CCRR) Examination.

Whitney is a graduate of South Coast College who writes the Roberts Walsh Gonzalez theory.  Whitney surprised everyone by attending the Realtime Workshop at South Coast College last summer.  Whitney went through South Coast College in a short period of time and passed the CSR Examination on her first try.  She has been an official reporter in Los Angeles courts and now works independently as a reporter.  The CCRR is a test to see how well a stenographer can keep the record in realtime.  A stenographer not only has to be able to write accurately against a personal dictionary to translate words but also has to make a distinction between one-word or two-word choices, homonyms, and other English grammatical choices.  The test also grades off for punctuation errors.  Therefore, the text has to punctuated.  When asked why Whitney who is already a great writer was taking the Realtime Workshop, she said that she felt she needed to have dictation at 200 wpm because one tends to lose the ability to do sustained writing after working in court.  The test is given at 200 wpm.  Congratulations, Whitney.  You proved that you are  a great writer!

For more information about Whitney, visit:  Whitney.

Todd Olivas, CSR, Agency Owner, Guest Blog #1

Todd Olivas, CSR, Agency Owner

How Not to Make the Mistakes I Made as a Court Reporting Student

It’s been ten years since I’ve been licensed as a CSR.  Yes, a whole decade has elapsed since my time in court reporting school. So I thought it might be appropriate to look back at some of my experiences (and mistakes) and share those with you over the course of some guest blogs here on the RobertsWalshGonzalez website.

Tip #1 – Be Consistent

I don’t know about you, but many times during my court reporting school experience, I thought I had it all figured out.  It would happen right after completing a speed or passing a test.  I would get complacent and, the truth be told, a little lazy.  Okay, a lot lazy.  My entire path through school was subsequently a series of quick bursts followed by coasting.  Pass a test or two, then slack off for a few weeks… then hit the gas for another burst, then relax for a spell.  I enjoyed 170s so much, in fact, that I spent one full year “visiting” that speed.  And the crazy cycle would continue. 

Things don’t have to be that way.  And I’ve learned it is a rather inefficent distribution of energy.  When driving a car, for example, don’t you get better gas mileage if you apply consistent and even pressure on the gas pedal rather than “gunning” it and then slamming on the brakes in the nick of time?  It’s the same thing with court reporting school.  The best way to survive court reporting school, and my #1 tip on the subject, is to be consistent in your efforts throughout.  If you come to school every day in the beginning, keep it up even (or especially) as you begin to advance through the speeds.  If you can practice a couple hours per night during theory, then don’t slack off when you’re in speed building.

Be consistent and you’ll not only finish the program on time or before but feel less “burned out” by the experience.

Todd Olivas is a court reporter and agency owner.  He can be reached through or Riverside Court Reporting.

Guest Blog — Carol Nygard, CSR, and Agency Owner

CSR, Agency Owner, Past President of CCRA

Carol Nygard, CSR, Agency Owner and Past President of the California Court Reporters Association, shared her views on  how web streaming has totally changed her outlook on court reporting. 

Although I’ve been reporting for almost 35 years on a daily basis and love my job, streaming has added a new element.  I’ve always enjoyed doing interactive real-time. 
It’s like playing a video game against yourself during the deposition and seeing how much higher you can score until your untranslates become almost nonexistent. 
Web streaming adds the additional adrenaline rush when you know that other attorneys or experts are somewhere else in the United States or maybe even the world watching your real-time writing in order to participate in the proceedings.  What can I say?  It’s a rush!  I love it!
Carol Nygard Drobny
Carol Nygard & Associates
2295 Gateway Oaks Drive
Suite 170
Sacramento, CA  95833
COMMENT by Jean Gonzalez:
Carol Nygard, CSR, is one of the leaders in embracing the technology that will ensure the demand for the court reporter in the future.  What she is doing is exciting and is giving us a preview of what court reporting will be like in the future.

Todd Olivas, CSR, Agency Owner — Guest Blog #2


Todd Olivas, CSR, Agency Owner

 The Secret of Court Reporting or Anything in Life is “Only One Thing”

Tip #2 – Make School Your “One Thing”

In the movie “City Slickers”, Billy Crystal’s character Mitch has this profound conversation with Jack Palance, a curmudgeonly old cowboy:

Curly: You know what the secret of life is?
Mitch: No, what?
Curly: This. (holds his finger up)
Mitch: Your finger?
Curly: One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and everything else don’t mean [anything].
Mitch: That’s great, but what’s the one thing?
Curly: That’s what you’ve got to figure out.

Curly never explains what his “one thing” is.  But that’s not the point of the conversation or the movie in general.  I believe the “one thing” he is talking about is not any specific, actual thing like – “be kind to others” or “go green” or “wash behind your ears” — but rather that there is only room for one “one thing” in your life. Applying that theory to the microcosm of your court reporting school career, there is only enough space for school to be your one thing. 

Let me back up just a sec.  When I attended South Coast College I crowded lots of things into my life.  These were all good things, I might add, like starting a business, being in a rock band, writing a screenplay, writing for a newspaper column, selling custom T-shirts, wearing Spandex.  And while those activities were important to me,  they competed for my time.  I hate to admit it but practicing on my steno machine or even coming to class suffered due to my diverse interests.  It wasn’t until I really buckled down, started setting aside my hobbies and distractions and proactively deciding – on a day-by-day basis – to make school my “one thing,”  that I completed the program.

Questions to ask yourself:

What distractions do you have? 

What hobbies and pet pursuits are encroaching on your main goal of becoming a court reporter?

What  are some ways you can intentionally make school your “one thing?”

Todd Olivas is a court reporter and agency owner.  He can be reached through or San Bernardino Court Reporters.

COMMENT By Jean Gonzalez

Not only did Todd recognize that he had to focus on one thing and practice in that one area, but he learned what practice is.  Many times students spend a great deal of time on what they think is practice, but they are not really practicing.


Candice Guerra, CSR

Candice Guerra, CSR, learned the Roberts/Walsh/Gonzalez theory, completed the court reporting program, and qualified to take the California CSR Examination in 13 months.  To our knowledge, Candice holds the record for the shortest completion time for users of this theory.  If anyone knows of someone who beats this record, please contact

Kaitlyn Lancaster: Becomes a CSR at 19

Kaitlyn Lancaster, CSR


Update:  Kaitlyn Lancaster, graduate of South Coast College, learned the RobertsWalshGonzalez theory and just recently finished her speedbuilding classes in 14 months.  She qualified and sat for the June 2010 CSR Examination and passed on her first attempt.  If you know someone who has completed speedbuilidng in record time using the RobertsWalshGonzalez theory at another school, please send us a photo to  Note that Kaitlyn has been hired by Jilio, Ryan, and Associates Reporting Agency.