Saturday, May 27, 2017

Spencer C. Rodgers: Enemy of “professional parasites”

The conscience of the newly emerging profession of official court reporting in the last quarter of the 19th century, Spencer C. Rodgers, expressed disgust for the “bare faced swindlers” who advertised to teach shorthand writing in “six easy lessons.” He argued that court reporting should become a state-licensed profession and that it should be respected as a “sister profession” to lawyers.

Additional information about Rodgers and the origins of official court reporting in the U.S. can be found in Guardians of the Record, which can be purchased by clicking on its cover in the right hand column.

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