CompuScripts Court Reporters would like to introduce you to our Resident Lowcountry Reporter, Heather Curlin. While she’s not a South Carolina native, Heather has been covering the coastal areas of the state long enough to be an expert on the region — and wielding a hammer!
CCR: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where did you grow up, and how did you end up in South Carolina?
Heather: I was born in West Memphis, Arkansas, but with my dad being an air traffic controller, we moved a lot when I was growing up. I’ve lived all over the South, including Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Texas. When I was older, I moved to Dallas to attend court reporting school. It’s there that I decided I could no longer be landlocked and live in the brutal heat without being near the ocean. Charleston looked like a quaint yet fun place to live, so I just picked it and moved here. I’ve now been in Charleston longer than I’ve lived anywhere else, and I consider it my home.
CCR: How did you decide to become a court reporter?
Heather: When I was younger, I got a job as an administrative assistant/liaison between the partners and the reporters for a large court reporting firm in Memphis. I knew what a stenographer was, but that was about it. After working there for a while, I decided that it looked like a really interesting career path, so I took it.
CCR: What professional designation do you hold?
Heather: I am a Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) with the National Court Reporters Association.
CCR: Without mentioning specifics, what type of work have you reported?
Heather: I have reported everything from basic personal injury to medical malpractice to asbestos litigation to construction defect cases.
CCR: What is your favorite type of work to report?
Heather: I love construction litigation. After 14 years, I almost feel like I know how to build a house!
CCR: As our Resident Lowcountry Court Reporter, what are some of the towns and cities you’ve covered for CompuScripts?
Heather: Hilton Head, Bluffton, Beaufort, Charleston, Georgetown, Myrtle Beach, and everything in between.
CCR: What are your favorite Lowcountry spots in which to work?
Heather: Outside of Charleston, I love Beaufort. It’s such a cute little town on the water, and it’s filled with lovely people.
CCR: Let’s say that a friend is coming to South Carolina for the first time. As a tour guide, where do you take them?
Heather: As a transplant, I’ve had no shortage of visitors and have played tourist time and time again. I like to take people on carriage rides through downtown Charleston. It’s a good way to beat the heat(ish) and cover a lot of ground so you can decide what you want to come back to on foot. If at all possible, I like to take people for a boat ride and enjoy the creeks and barrier islands. Of course, everybody wants to go to the beach, so I don’t even have to suggest it. I prefer Folly Beach. It has a shabby-chic feel to it, and I love that about it.
CCR: When you’re not working, what do you do for fun?
Heather: When I’m not working as a court reporter, I’m usually working in the yard or just enjoying quiet time with friends and family. I’m an avid reader, and I think that helps me in my job a lot. I also have a new puppy named Penny that has stolen my heart. Lots of things are still a first for her, so I have a lot of fun taking her around to new places.
CCR: What is it like to work for CompuScripts?
Heather: I love working for CompuScripts. Debbie Dusseljee and the support staff are the nicest people you’ll meet. I know I can count on them, and I like to think they know they can count on me. I feel proud to represent such a professional firm that works hard to stay cutting-edge and offer our clients the best services possible.
CCR: What do you like best about CompuScripts?
Heather: The thing I like most about CompuScripts is how in touch they are with what’s new and hot in the technology world. As someone who shies away from technological change, it’s so great to have their encouragement and knowledge base to work from.