We had the good fortune of connecting with Jacqueline Love-Worline and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jacqueline, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I was born in Oakland, California and raised in Los Angeles. I like to call myself a real Cali Girl for Life. Although I love living and working in Texas now, I am extremely proud to hail from California because I believe it is a city rich in culture and spirit and I have many fond memories of my life while in California from the 80s and 90s. I am also equally proud to live, work and play in Dallas. Texas is a growing and thriving state, one of which I am pleased to be a part of. My parents were both from Louisiana and my father was a pastor, so we moved several times as he pastored various churches throughout the country, but by the time I was born, we had settled in California. My upbringing was rooted in the church, and there is where I learned that I loved God, I loved to sing, and that I had the gift of administration, which is a spiritual gift that transcends over into the secular world in many ways. I assisted my father with all of the church administration, typing most of his sermons for him, preparing miscellaneous church paperwork and keeping my father’s office well organized. I’ve always enjoyed administration-type work and so when a friend of mine from high school mentioned she was going to court reporting school in our senior year of high school, it immediately clicked in my spirit that this was the future for me. Ultimately, I discovered that I had a real passion for stenography, and I picked it up easily, graduated court reporting college — which was no easy feat — then successfully passed the California Certified Shorthand Reporter’s Examination at 225 words per minute in 1993 and began an amazing career that exposed me to many different people from all walks of life. My background being raised with a spiritual life and being taught to respect all people, as well as the many hours I spent typing and assisting with church business, I believe shaped me into the person and the business professional that I am today. Court Reporters, also known as stenographers, must be neutral parties so that the proceedings can move forward with trust and accuracy. That’s why I took an oath to do my job to the best of my ability. I am not present during a legal proceeding to judge the facts; In fact, I am there to preserve the written record and I value and respect the role that I play in the legal system. I am grateful for my past, and look forward to my future as a Texas stenographer. This industry stands for accuracy, professionalism and integrity. We are the silent keepers of the record and our contribution to the legal system is priceless. I am proud to represent the past, present and future of stenography.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
As a Certified Shorthand Reporter in Texas, I have enjoyed many perks, overcome many challenges, and have listened to and written some of the most jaw-dropping, riveting, sad, and joyful moments that anyone can have when it comes to a career. When I decided to pursue stenography, I had no idea the life stories I’d write. I am no longer surprised when I meet someone who has a very unique career, as I have taken down witness testimony from people who do all kinds of odd and interesting things for a living. I still get excited when I know I have a job coming up because I know my days are very unpredictable and that my skills will be challenged daily. Everyday, my ability to keep up with the spoken word — sometimes at 300 words per minute — will be tested. My court reporting education, in order to get to this point, encompassed everything from medical and legal terminology to business law, to the actual skill itself, and the quest to write at least 225 words per minute and higher. One of the challenges yet to be overcome in this industry is the lack of public knowledge about the perks of stenography and training involved, in order to gain a desire to consider it as a viable career. Our court reporting associations are working hard to change this, and I am doing my part as well by posting positive and current information about stenography and how technology has actually improved stenography, on my Instagram page StenoLoveDiary. I have surprisingly discovered a curiosity about stenography from others that excites me and makes me hopeful that certain perceptions about stenography are changing for the better. One of the ways I have hoped to do my part in showcasing stenography in a more positive light is by creating my Instagram page StenoLoveDiary. Even the name tells it all: I love stenography and I want the world to know why. Stenography has allowed me to travel, raise my children and put them through college, and enjoy a nice quality of life. I have worked very hard for these perks, however, but I was raised to believe that hard work has its benefits. I also grow daily in this career which therefore enables my brand to grow in quality. I am proud of the product I produce at the end of a legal proceeding and I know that I am in a unique position to do my part in making a difference in the life of those involved.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting the beautiful city of Dallas, I’d definitely take them to see the entire city atop Reunion Tower. The sight of this sprawling metropolis is awesome! Then we’d have dinner at the restaurant inside the Tower while enjoying the view and our amazing view. Another great place to visit here in Dallas is the beautiful Dallas Arboretum. This floral sanctuary is great for taking selfies and admiring the many different variety of flowers and plant life the earth has to offer. Afterwards, a quick trip downtown to the Farmer’s Market makes a great place for lunch and shopping!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The professional that I am today is due to the support, mentorship and training of many people. I owe my superb stenography training to Bryan College of California and The College of Court Reporting in Indiana. Our profession could not survive without our awesome and hardworking associations who fight daily on our behalf to keep our careers thriving, the Texas Court Reporters Association and the National Court Reporters Association and The Dallas Court Reporters Association, of which I currently have the honor of serving as a Board Member. My court reporting mentors are without a doubt some of the most intelligent, professional, skillful and amazing stenographers I have ever met, and I could not have risen to the level that I have without them. A special thanks and shoutout goes to the California firm that gave me my start, Owner Barbara Demery-Gillam, Texas CSRs Vielica Dobbins, Abby Guerra, Kim Xavier and Andrea Reed. Thank you, colleagues, for contributing to my success in this industry.