Ethics First

Paradigm Reporting & Captioning was founded in Minnesota in 1998 by seven Minneapolis court reporters who came together because of their shared professional values and love of the court reporting profession.  When those values were threatened in the 1990s with the emergence of court reporting firms entering into contracts that financially favored one party in a lawsuit over another, Paradigm President Jan Ballman fought at the Minnesota State Legislature to ban the practice, and those efforts resulted in the current state law that requires court reporters to disclose to all parties in a lawsuit any exclusive contract they hold with any party in the case.

Because Paradigm was founded in order to take a stand against the ethical issues of the day in our industry, many of which still remain, ascribing to and participating in the National Court Reporters Association’s ETHICS FIRST program is something in which we take great pride and for which we have much enthusiasm. ETHICS FIRST members promise to maintain the highest level of professionalism and ascribe to the National Association’s Codes of Ethics.   Since doing so is voluntary, this indeed is an important and prominent distinction, as it should be noted that (a) not all court reporting firms choose to do so and (b) not all court reporting firms qualify to participate in the program.