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Ellie Corbett Hannum Named NCRA 2013 DSA Recipient

August 9, 2013

NCRA DSA Award Recipient, Ellie Corbett Hannum

Ellie Corbett Hannum (left) receives NCRA's 2013 Distinguished Service Award
from NCRA Immediate Past President Tami A. Keenan (right).

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 9, 2013—The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters and captioners, today bestowed its highest honor, the 2013 Distinguished Service Award (DSA), to veteran member and court reporter Ellie Corbett Hannum, of Unionville, Pa., during the Premier session held at the 2013 Annual Convention & Expo, being held Aug. 8-11, in Nashville, Tenn.

NCRA’s DSA recognizes the distinguished work and service by an individual member for the benefit of the court reporting profession, including service to NCRA as a member, a committee member, a director, or an officer of the association. Other displays of distinguished work include contributing to the JCR, service at the state or local court reporters association, or in the field of public relations or public affairs. Award winners are nominated by their peers and recognized at NCRA’s Annual Convention & Expo.

“The Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor our association bestows upon a member, and having worked side-by-side with Ellie over the years, it was particularly meaningful for me to present it to her,” said Merilyn Sanchez, RMR, RPR, CRR, and FAPR, a court reporter form Phoenix, Az., who presented the award to Hannum.

Hannum, a court reporter for more than 33 years, holds the professional certifications of Registered Professional Reporter (RPR), Registered Merit Reporter (RMR), and Certified Manager of Reporting Services (CMR). She is also a certified LiveNote Reporter. For nearly 32 years, she served as owner and president of Corbett Reporting before it was acquired by Veritext. She is currently affiliated with the Mid-Atlantic division of Veritext.

“Among her professional achievements, Ellie is a recognized presenter by several groups and continues to educate the community and to associate herself within the professional organizations in court reporting,” said Jim Cudahy, NCRA executive director and CEO.

“Her experience and knowledge in court reporting have contributed to the development of many software applications used in the court reporting industry today. In addition, her selfless volunteering of time and energy to so many philanthropic and community organizations is a testament to what the coveted Distinguished Service Award represents.”

Active at the national level, Hannum has served as a member and as chair of NCRA’s CMRS Committee. She also served as a member of its Nominating, Strategic Planning Meeting, and Judicial Advocacy committees. She served two terms as chair of the National Court Reporters Foundation (NCRF), as well as a three-year term as a Trustee.

At the state level, Hannum is a two-time past president of the Delaware Court Reporters Association, and has served on many of its committees and task forces.

Other professional involvement includes membership in the Baron Users Group including service as vice president and president. In addition, she served as editor of Buggie, the group’s member publication, and continues to contribute articles to it and other court reporting-related publications. She also served on the Supreme Court of Delaware’s Task Force on Court Reporting Certification.

Active in her community, Hannum has served on numerous charitable boards, including as secretary to the board of directors of Social Venture partners, a philanthropic organization, and as secretary of the board of directors for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Delaware.

Hannum holds membership in Wilmington Women in Business, the Governor’s Club and Governor’s Circle; the Women’s Republican Club of Chester County, Pa.; Friends of Chester County Hospital; and numerous other charitable groups. She is also a past secretary of the Centreville School in Centreville, Del., that is dedicated to teaching children with learning disabilities.