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2016 Convention & Expo Agenda - Thursday, August 4

Agenda - Thursday

Daily Agenda

7 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

Registration open

Location: Stevens Salon A, lower level

8 a.m.–4:15 p.m.

Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC) Workshop, Day 1

CEUs: Day 1+2+3 = 1.2

Location: Boulevard C, 2nd floor

Presenters: Hosted by an esteemed board of panelists who are all CRC-certified and broadcast captioners

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 on a day in the life of a captioner, the various streaming platforms, and organization for the captioner.

8:30–11 a.m.

NCRA Annual Business Meeting

Location: Waldorf, 3rd floor

Take an active role in your association. The Annual Business 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.

Note: Members need to cast their votes regarding bylaw amendments and contested elections via their phones, tablets, or computers. Free WiFi is available in the hotel lobby. Voting begins two hours after the close of this Annual Business Meeting.

8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Pre-convention Intensive CAT Vendor Workshops

Ticketed event

CEU: 0.7 for each workshop

Advantage Software/Eclipse

Location: Williford C, 3rd floor

Presenter: Julie Samford

Welcome to Eclipse 7! We’ll go over the many amazing features that are new in Eclipse 7, such as the multi- channel audio, PDF creation with embedded exhibits, mini-transcript production, and much, much more. Get some hands-on experience with just how easy it is to have a scopist editing your realtime job before the attorneys even see it. Learn the latest in Bridge Mobile as well as how to use the extra keys on the Passport Touch to unlock some very easy shortcuts and briefs. See you there!


Location: Williford A, 3rd floor

Presenter: Cindi Lynch

Join Cindi Lynch, Stenograph’s training program manager, and learn how to make the most of the exciting new Case CATalyst Version 17 features. Then, take your Case CATalyst edit skills to the next level and learn how to work with greater ease and efficiency than ever before.

No equipment is required in the morning session. After lunch, attendees who wish to try the realtime techniques taught in the afternoon session may find it helpful to bring a laptop with the most current version of Case CATalyst installed and their writer. Reporters who prefer not to bring equipment will still benefit from the class; detailed printed handouts with step-by-step instructions will be provided


9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Realtime Systems Administrator Workshop, Day 1

CEU: Day 1+2 = 1.0

Location: Astoria, 3rd floor

Presenter: James Woitalla, FAPR, RDR, CRI

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 realtime 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 judge to the many vendors that provide realtime technology.

12–1:30 p.m.

Lunch on your own
12–5 p.m. and
6:30–8 p.m.

Expo Hall open

Location: Stevens Salon A, lower level

1–2:30 p.m.

National Realtime Contest

Location: Marquette, 3rd floor

Test your realtime skills against some of the best in the industry. The National Realtime Contest 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, contestants must be a RMR, RDR, CRR, or CRC and an NCRA member in good standing. Qualifiers can earn 0.25 PDC per leg once every three-year cycle. Logistics require that we know in advance how many people will be participating. The deadline for registering for the contest was July 29. On-site registration is not permitted. Realtime contest results will be announced at Saturday’s Awards Luncheon. A separate fee is required for the contest


2–3 p.m.

Coffee break with exhibitors

Location: Stevens Salon A, lower level

2–5 p.m.

National Committee of State Associations (NCSA) Meeting

Location: Waldorf, 3rd floor

Take the pulse of NCRA’s state affiliates. 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” Reception

Location: Normandie Lounge, 2nd floor

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 and captioning professions.

6:30–8 p.m.


Opening Reception in Expo Hall

Ticketed event

Location: Stevens Salon A, lower level

Welcome to Chicago! Set the tone for your time in the Windy City, and join your fellow attendees for drinks and appetizers in the Expo Hall. Meet old and new colleagues from around the country, and visit with vendors.

Please note that all sessions and/or times are tentative and subject to change.


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