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2014 NCRA Convention & Expo

Convention Agenda - Thursday, July 31

Thursday Convention Agenda

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

Room location: Yosemite Foyer, Ballroom Level

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Pre-convention intensive vendor workshops (Earn 0.7 CEU for each workshop)

Advantage Software

Room location: Yosemite B

Please join Julie Samford for an in-depth, easy-to-follow tour of the latest features in Eclipse and the all-new Bridge Mobile. Learn about the features and exactly how to implement them into your daily routine. Don't miss the opportunity to learn Eclipse 6! You will fall in love with Eclipse all over again. Please bring your Eclipse laptop, your writer, and a power strip.



Room location: Union Square 13

Join Larry Hunt, owner and president of AristoCAT Development Corp., for an interactive training session designed to increase your knowledge of the AristoCAT software. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions at any time, offer tips and tricks that other attendees might find helpful, and suggest software enhancements. Attendees are also encouraged to bring a laptop, a writer, and realtime cables.


StenoCAT (by Gigatron)

Room location: Union Square 16

Join 20-year StenoCAT veteran Rick Louie for an intensive vendor training session. The StenoCAT vendor training session will focus on a wide range of realtime topics.




Room location: Union Square 5-6

This seminar will answer all your questions and cover all of the new features in Winner 11. You will learn how to: permanently dock your panels in realtime, set up your virtual seating chart, use the new SpeakerTokens for names etc., use on-the-fly auto naming, replace a word on the fly, use dual-channel audio recording, and create excerpts in order to keep your steno and audio intact. We will also look at the punctuation table, auto complete for editing, Mark Kislingbury's AutoBrief reminders, the new setup for your indexing needs, and much more.



Room location: Continental 1-3

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 15 and become familiar with features that enable you to translate more accurately, spend less time editing, and perform production tasks more efficiently. No equipment is required because detailed handouts with step-by-step instruction will be provided; however, attendees are welcome to bring a laptop loaded with the most current version of Case CATalyst 15.



Room location: Union Square 15

This seminar is designed to teach Windows as well as editing shortcuts to save time and to implement realtime commands. Implementing realtime commands and realtime macros will result in formatted rough drafts and less editing after the job. Please bring your writer and computer for hands-on learning.

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

Room location: Yosemite A

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, communication 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. You'll leave this workshop with the knowledge you need to be an effective realtime reporting instructor. What's more, you'll have the opportunity to put your newly-honed skills to the test in interactive role-playing sessions based on various classroom scenarios. Candidates who complete both the CRI Orientation and the accompanying assignments will receive the CRI Certification.

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

Room location: Plaza A

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)

Room location: Franciscan A

Master realtime hookups and position yourself as an expert on legal technology.

Firm owners, freelance reporters, official reporters and IT professionals: Improve your professional marketability, as well as your technical proficiency, by taking the first step in obtaining a certificate as a Realtime Systems Administrator. This day-and-a-half 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, including LiveNote, CaseViewNet, Summation, Bridge, Denoto, Visionary, Speche, and Teleview, to name just a few.


The course curriculum will include: computer basics lexicon, ports/device manager, general familiarity with Windows 8, connectivity basics serial communication, Bluetooth, networking, serial products LiveNote, summation, CaseViewNet/ CaseView II, Bridge, Denoto, Visionary LiveFeed Direct, 1360 Studios Transcript Manager Pro, Streaming products: LiveNote Stream, Speche, Teleview Visionary, LiveFeed Remote and TextStream, and troubleshooting scenarios.


Comprehensive manual

Not only will you receive all the benefits of attending this informative workshop and 1.0 CEU, but you will also receive a comprehensive manual that includes all the subject matter that will be covered, which will help prepare you for the practical examination. Attendees will receive a thumb drive that contains the manual as well as vendor and product information.


Important information

A separate fee is required for the workshop and/or exam. No social event tickets are included. You must attend the entire workshop to earn CEUs. Workshop attendees who may want to follow along on their personal computer system during the workshop may bring their laptop, but this is by no means mandatory. There will be time allotted before each daily start for setting up the systems. For those taking the exam, it will be necessary for you to bring your CAT system and writer into the testing environment.

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

Room location: Grand Ballroom

NCRA and NCRF information booths are open.

12 - 5 p.m.
Realtime Resource Booth

Room Location: Booth 715 in the Expo Hall, Grand Ballroom

Realtime questions? Book a private session with realtime experts.

Book a one-on-one 30-minute session with one of NCRA’s realtime experts who will be on hand to address your realtime questions and challenges. Streaming, troubleshooting, software and a sample Realtime Systems Administrator test station are examples of what can be addressed by our realtime experts. It’s the best source to get answers to your questions and prepare you to be able to troubleshoot any hookup glitches that you may encounter on your realtime job.  You’ll rest easy and go to your realtime jobs with confidence.  


The private 30-minute session will cover troubleshooting issues that arise during the setup of a CAT computer through and including a successful feed to one or more realtime browsers. There is a minor cost of $25 per private session.

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

Room location: Franciscan CD

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. The deadline for registering for the contest is July 17. 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

Room location: Plaza B

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

Room location: Yosemite C

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

Room location: Grand Ballroom

Welcome to San Francisco! 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 California, and join us for drinks and light appetizers. NCRA and NCRF information booths are open.