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Laurel L. Eiler, Brentwood, Tenn., honored with 2021 Santo J. Aurelio Award for Altruism

Laurel L. EilerRESTON, Va., Aug. 3, 2021The National Court Reporters Foundation (NCRF), the philanthropic arm of the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), presented the 2021 Santo J. Aurelio Award to Laurel Eiler, FAPR, RDR, a court reporter from Brentwood, Tenn. NCRA is the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters, captioners, and legal videographers. The announcement was made at a special awards luncheon held at NCRA’s Conference & Expo held July 29-Aug. 1 in Las Vegas, Nev.

The Aurelio Award is given to a court reporter with more than 25 years of experience who has given back to the profession and to the court reporting community with no expectation of any reward.

Eiler holds the nationally recognized professional certification of Registered Diplomate Reporter (RDR). She is also a member of the Fellows of the Professional Academy of Reporters (FAPR). She began her career in court reporting in 1987, after graduating from the Sarasota County Technical Institute in Sarasota, Fla. In 1991, she was a founding partner of Accurate Court Reporting in Nashville, Tenn., where she continues to work as a freelance court reporter.

At the national level, Eiler has been a member of NCRA since 1996 and has served in numerous leadership positions including as a three-term Director and as 2002-2003 President. She also served as a member of NCRA’s Ethics First Task Force and was actively involved in a number of national legislative initiatives, including the Training for Realtime Writers Act, which responded to the unfunded mandate created by the 1996 Telecommunications Act requiring live captioning of all television programming by the year 2006. The initiative has resulted in successfully

securing millions of dollars in funding for the training of realtime reporters. She also has presented nationally and at the state level on a variety of topics and has led legislative workshops.

Eiler has been a member of the Tennessee Court Reporters Association (TNCRA) since 1994, serving as vice president in 1994-1995 and president from 1995-1996. She has also served on and chaired the Association’s Legislative Committee. In 2000, Eiler served as the legislative grassroots coordinator for a successful initiative that passed important conflict-of-interest legislation on the consent agenda of the state House and Senate. In 2008 and 2009, she served as co-chair of the Legislative Committee that worked through two sessions and successfully passed the Court Reporters Licensure Act into law, creating a professional board of responsibility for court reporters. She also served on the Licensing Board Advisory Committee that set up implementation of the board. In 2009 and 2010, Eiler successfully brought another initiative to reinforce the conflict-of-interest language in the law in the face of efforts by insurance lobbying groups that resulted in its removal.

Eiler is credited for playing a key role in revitalizing TNCRA. In addition to writing the Association’s monthly newsletter, she also reinstated and co-chaired TNCRA’s Annual Convention Committee and worked with nationally recognized speakers, aided in rebuilding membership, led the restructuring of the board of directors, and spearheaded the updating of its bylaws and constitution.

Active in the community, Eiler is a past member and chair of the St. Josephs Peninsula Beach Advisory Committee in Gulf County, Fla., and an original member of the organization’s political action committee. She also served as a member of its Public Relations and Marketing Subcommittee and worked closely on the development of the website. Other involvement included writing community outreach newsletters, daily blogs tracking beach restoration projects, and developing strategies to bring together the community and obtain support from elected officials and county residents.


The court reporting and captioning professions offer viable career choices that do not require a four-year college degree and yet offer good salaries, flexible schedules, and interesting venues. There is currently an increasing demand for more reporters and captioners to meet the growing number of employment opportunities available nationwide and abroad. Court reporters and captioners rely on the latest in technology to use stenographic machines to capture the spoken word and translate it into written text in real time. These professionals work both in and out of the courtroom recording legal cases and depositions, providing live captioning of events, and assisting members of the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities with gaining access to information, entertainment, educational opportunities, and more.

To arrange an interview with a working court reporter or captioner, or to learn more about the lucrative and flexible court reporting or captioning professions and the many job opportunities currently available, contact

About NCRA

The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) has been internationally recognized for promoting excellence among those who capture and convert the spoken word to text for more than 100 years. NCRA is committed to supporting its more than 14,000 members in achieving the highest level of professional expertise with educational opportunities and industry-recognized court reporting, educator, and videographer certification programs. NCRA impacts legislative issues and the global marketplace through its actively involved membership.

Forbes has named court reporting as one of the best career options that do not require a traditional four-year degree. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the court reporting field is expected to grow by 7 percent through the year 2028, faster than the projected employment growth across all occupations. According to 247/, the court reporting profession ranks sixth out of 25 careers with the lowest unemployment rate, just 0.7 percent. Career information about the court reporting profession—one of the leading career options that do not require a traditional four-year degree—can be found at NCRA

About NCRF

As a charitable organization, the Foundation relies almost solely on tax-deductible donations, the majority of which come from NCRA members and associated businesses. To donate, or for information on NCRF’s programs, visit NCRA/, or call 800/272-6272, ext. 126.