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2015 NCRA Convention & Expo

Convention Agenda - Thursday, July 30

7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Registration open
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Pre-convention intensive CAT vendor workshops (earn 0.7 CEU for each workshop)

Advantage Software/Eclipse:

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.

Presenters: Julie Samford and Jeremy Thorne. Julie Samford is a former court reporter and has been an Eclipse-certified trainer for 14 years. Jeremy Thorne is the Director of Research and Development for a number of products available from Advantage Software, including Eclipse CAT software, AccuCap closed captioning software and Bridge Mobile.


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. She manages the training agent program, qualifies and certifies new training agents, provides resources for new software releases, determines curriculum/standards for new agents, evaluates efficacy of the training agent program, and writes and publishes the training agent newsletter.

Registration required for these workshops. Ticketed event.

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

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.-4:15 p.m.
Certified Realtime Captioner 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 on 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 who are all CBC and CCP certified and broadcast captioners who currently work and lead our industry in the world of CART and captioning.

8:30-11 a.m.
NCRA Annual Business Meeting
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Realtime Systems Administrator Workshop, Day 1 (Day 1 + 2 = 1.0 CEU)

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 judge 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
1-2:30 p.m.
National Realtime Competition
2-5 p.m.
National Committee of State Associations Meeting
6-6:30 p.m.
"Only New Once" First-Time Reception
6:30-8 p.m.
Opening Reception in Expo Hall

Ticketed event.