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2015 NCRA Convention & Expo

Convention Agenda - Thursday, July 30

7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Registration Open

Room location: TBD

8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Pre-convention intensive vendor workshops (Earn 0.7 CEU for each workshop)


Advantage Software/Eclipse

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Get an in-depth guide through many of the newest features in Total Eclipse, Bridge Mobile and the Passport Touch, as well as a walk-through of some of the best options that you may have missed but you definitely need to know! Please leave your writer at home, but bring your laptop and roll up your sleeves.


Presenter: Julie Samford is a former Court Reporter and has been an Eclipse certified trainer for 14 years.




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Please join Cathy Logan for this informative workshop. Learn all of the new features in Winner2015 including our new number conversion, remote editing, and the all new auto columnar indexing. We will also setup for litigation support using the iPad and our new CasePad software. Please bring your software, machine, and iPad if you have one.


Presenter: Cathy Logan is a proven sales and training leader. Providing rock solid experience in professional sales and business development experience including direct selling of court reporting software & devices since 1993. Consistent record of exceeding sales quotas by delivering formal sales presentations and providing training on the use of products. Established relationships with Attorneys, Judges and Court System Personnel.



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This course is for reporters who want to take their Case CATalyst skills to the next level. Learn to customize the features of Case CATalyst 16 and become familiar with features that enable you to translate more accurately, spend less time editing and perform production tasks more efficiently. Learn the ins and outs of Case Prep, AudioSync and CARTView. No equipment is required as detailed handouts with step-by-step instruction will be provided. However attendees are encouraged to bring their laptop loaded with CATalyst 16 on it.


Presenter: Cindi Lynch is the Training Program Manager for Stenograph. Her credentials are: Manage Training Agent Program: Qualify/certify new Training Agents; provide resources for new software releases. Determine curriculum/standards for new agents. Evaluate efficacy of Training Agent program. Write/publish Training Agent newsletter.


8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Certified Reporting Instructor (CRI) Orientation, day 1 (day 1 + day 2 = 1.3 CEUs)

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Become a better teacher, coach, and mentor, whether you’re in the classroom or in the field. During two days of intensive, interactive instruction, you’ll learn about successful teaching methods, communications tactics, and student coaching strategies. You’ll also gain insight into the adult learning process and develop a deeper understanding of curriculum design and development.


Presenter: Dr. Jen Krueger has been a long-time member of NCRA. Starting her career in 1977, she attained her RMR and CRI certifications. Jen worked in the freelance industry for many years before focusing her talents on teaching and court reporting. With degrees in adult education and curriculum technology, Jen went on to earn a Ph.D. in instructional design.


8 a.m. -  3 p.m.
Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC) Workshop, Day 1 (Day 1+2+3 = 1.2 CEUs)


Prove you’re on the cutting edge. Join our presenters as they guide you on your journey to become a Certified Realtime Captioner. This three day workshop will help you explore and take advantage of the growing number of opportunities becoming available to realtime captioners. Day one of this workshop will focus on a general overview of captioning, transitioning from legal reporting and dictionary maintenance and briefs. Day two of this workshop will focus on prepping for captioning, troubleshooting and professional standards and guidelines. Day three of the workshop will focus a day in the life of a captioner, the various streaming platforms and organization for the captioner.


Presenters: This workshop will be hosted by an esteemed board of panelists all CBC, CCP certified and broadcast captioners that currently work and lead our industry in the world of CART and Captioning.

8:30 - 11 a.m.
NCRA Annual Business Meeting

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Take an active role in your association.


The annual membership meeting of the association provides each member the opportunity to directly participate in the governance of NCRA. Hear reports from NCRA leaders, elect new officers and directors, vote on bylaws amendments and other important issues, and contribute to vital association business. You do not have to be registered for the convention to attend. Eligible voting members will check in and receive a ballot and information starting at 8 a.m.

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Realtime Systems Administrator Workshop, day 1 (day 1 + day 2 = 1.0 CEU)

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Firm owners, freelance reporters and official reporters: improve your professional marketability by taking the first step in obtaining a certificate as a Realtime Systems Administrator. This seminar will focus on all aspects of realtime hookups and litigation support that rely on realtime connections, including cutting-edge wireless realtime. Learn how to quickly troubleshoot realitme issues based on real-world scenarios. Explore all aspects of connectivity from serial communication to more advanced networking concepts. Learn how to hook up your client or jedge to the many vendors that provide realtime technology.

Presenters: James Woitalla, RDR, CRI, FAPR. Jim is an industry leader in the court reporting industry and an NCRA Fellow with many years of realtime technology experience.


12 - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch on your own
12 - 5 p.m.
Expo Hall open

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1 - 2:30 p.m.
National Realtime Competition

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Test your realtime skills against some of the best in the industry.

The National Realtime Competition consists of two legs of five minutes each: straight matter at 220 wpm and a two-voice dictation at 225 wpm. To qualify for a leg, contestants must have an accuracy score of 95 percent or better; the best combined score wins the championship. To enter, you must be an RMR, RDR, CRR, CBC, or CCP, and an NCRA member in good standing. Qualifiers can earn 0.25 PDCs per leg once every three-year cycle. Logistics require that we know in advance how many people will be participating. On-site registration is not permitted. Realtime contest results will be announced at Saturday's Awards Luncheon. A separate fee is required for the competition.

2 - 5 p.m.
National Committee of State Associations (NCSA) Meeting

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Take the pulse of NCRA's state affiliates.

The National Committee of State Associations (NCSA) serves as the liaison between NCRA and its affiliated associations. NCSA delegates and alternates discuss resolutions as well as issues affecting court reporters across the nation. Registration opens at 1:15 p.m. for delegates and alternates. Observers are welcome at 2 p.m.

6 - 6:30 p.m.
"Only New Once" First-Time Reception

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Celebrate your first convention!

If this is your first NCRA convention, we want to make you feel welcome! Please join the NCRA Board of Directors and the NCRF Board of Trustees, who will greet you, answer your questions, share stories from past conventions, or just raise a glass and celebrate as you join the biggest event in the court reporting profession.


6:30 - 8 p.m.
Opening Reception in Expo Hall

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Welcome to NYC! Join your fellow attendees in the exhibit hall and meet old and new colleagues from around the country. Set the tone for your time in NYC, and join us for drinks and light appetizers. NCRA and NCRF information booths are open.