Official Court Reporter, Katie Schroeder Honored for Distinguished Career

The Second Judicial Circuit is proud to recognize former Official Court Reporter, Katie Schroeder for her distinguished career spanning 26 years of service to the Second Judicial Circuit. Reporter Schroeder officially retired at the end of 2022, serving her last day in Court on December 30. She was recently honored for her dedication and commitment to the administration of justice throughout the Second Circuit.

A graduate of Southern Illinois University, Katie Schroeder began her employment with the Circuit on January 6, 1996. While she initially served as a per diem Reporter, she was hired as a full-time Official Reporter in 2002. She began her court assignments in Hamilton County and was then transferred to Jefferson County. The Second Circuit is comprised of twelve counties, Crawford, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jefferson, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash, Wayne, and White, and Schroeder has worked in each of the twelve.

Official Court Reporters are tasked with the responsibility of making a verbatim record of all testimony in a court proceeding, and, upon request, producing a written transcript of the proceeding. Reporters must be excellent grammarians and spellers, and must be adept at vocabulary – particularly legal, medical, and technical terminology. In an average day, a reporter may transcribe between 30,000 and 50,000 words.

Second Circuit Chief Judge Melissa A. Morgan recognized Schroeder and stated, “Katie Schroeder has shown exemplary service to our court system throughout her career. Her strong work ethic and professionalism distinguish her as one of the best, and it has been my privilege to work with her over the years. As Chief Judge, I personally called upon Katie to serve as a mentor to other reporters and she embraced that role. Her leadership and commitment to her colleagues and the court will be missed. On behalf of the Second Circuit, I extend our congratulations to her in her retirement.”
Court Reporter Supervisor Amy Scott also added, “It has been a pleasure to work with Katie. She was very dedicated and always eager to help out wherever she was needed. Her absence will be difficult to fill, but on behalf of the Court Reporters of the Second Circuit, we wish her well in her retirement.”