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Santo J. Aurelio Award for Altruism

Mr. Dom Tursi, CM, is the most recent Santo J. Aurelio Award recipient.

NCRF’s most prestigious award, the Santo J. Aurelio Award for Altruism, is given to a working court reporter with over 25 years of experience who has given back to the profession, and to the community, with no expectation of any reward.   

The 2015 recipient, Dom Tursi, exemplifies those characteristics.

Long-time NCRA member Dom Tursi, CM, was named recipient of the Santo J. Aurelio Award for Altruism during a special awards luncheon held at the Association’s 2015 Convention & Expo held July 30-Aug. 1 in New York City.

Tursi, an official court reporter from Central Islip, N.Y., has worked as a freelance reporter, an official court reporter, and a videographer. He has also been a partner in a firm, opened his own firm, founded a court reporting school, taught court reporting, provided closed captioning for clients, and reported proceedings in at least a half-dozen countries. Tursi is also the author of a number monographs and has served in many capacities at the local, state, and national levels, logging thousands of volunteer hours on behalf of court reporting.

A long-time supporter of the profession and students, he has shared his expertise as a seminar presenter for his state association and law firms, and as a lecturer and mentor to countless students. He is also a national and multi-state winner of numerous speed contests in Literary, Legal Opinion, and Q&A, and has also provided live dictation numerous times for NCRA for the RPR and other tests.

As part of NCRA’s People to People program, he served as an ambassador to China in 2007 and is credited with creating a true respect between the American and the Chinese court reporting communities.

In September 2010, he opened the Gallery of Shorthand in his own courthouse, a museum-like venue that showcases the history of the court reporting profession. The museum and its collection of artifacts are considered to be that of Smithsonian quality.

Past Award Winners

2015 - Dom Tursi, CM
2014 - Not awarded 
2013 - David Jackson, RDR
2012 - Irv Starkman, RPR, FAPR
2011 - Karen Yates, RPR, CRR, CBC, CCP, FAPR
2010 - June Otte, RPR
2009 - James Bouley, RDR, FAPR
2008 - Jan Garnett Lopez, RPR
2007 - Heywood "Woody" Waga, RMR, CRR, FAPR
2006 - Barbara Johnson, RPR, CPE, FAPR
2005 - Judith G. Werlinger, RMR, CRR, CMRS, FAPR
2004 - Glyn Earl Poage, RDR, RMR, RPR, CRR
2003 - Nancy Patterson, RPR, CRI
2002 - Harry J. and Florence M. Foster
2001 - Shirley Houston, RPR, CLVS, FAPR
2000 - Robert H. Clark, RPR (Posthumously)
1999 - Frank O. Nelson, RPR, CLVS

About the Award

In 1996, Mrs. Josephine C. Aurelio gave NCRF a generous donation to honor her husband's lifetime of altruistic endeavors. NCRF established the Santo J. Aurelio Award for Altruism, and each year, beginning in 1999 at NCRA's Centennial Convention, one altruistic person devoted to the court reporting profession will receive this honor.

                                                                         Updated 10/14/2015