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2015 NCRA Convention & Expo

Convention Agenda - Friday, July 31

6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Registration open
7:15-8:45 a.m.
Concurrent seminars (earn 0.15 CEU for each seminar)

REALTIME TRACK: You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know – Ethically Speaking – This session will discuss the addendum to the Code of Ethics for captioners, both CART and broadcast. Over the past year, the task force has been tackling different ethical situations that CART captioners face. Come learn what the outcome has been.

Presenter: Linda Hershey, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP. Linda has been a court reporter since 1975. In 1987, she provided the first CART in the courtroom in the state of Tennessee. Since then she has been providing CART in various venues, including the classroom, religious services, funerals, SHHH/HLAA meetings, conventions, and theater captioning.

JUDICIAL TRACK: The Power of a Positive Attitude – This session covers the science behind attitude and how it directly impacts our performance as court reporters and how court reporters can achieve goals, specifically in court reporting like passing tests to obtain new credentials or how to meet life goals. You will also learn the impact of attitude and how to change your focus on obtaining a positive attitude in addition to life strategies for maintaining a positive attitude.

Presenter: Meredith A. Bonn, RPR. Meredith is an official senior court reporter with the Seventh Judicial District assigned to Monroe County and the Supreme Court in Rochester, N.Y. She began her court reporting career by working almost 10 years as a freelance reporter. She has been working as an official since 2000 where she continues to serve in an official capacity.

BUSINESS TRACK: The Paperless Future is Here – Join Sandy VanderPol, Anthony Frisolone and Jason Meadors for an interactive training session designed to enable you to create a paperless future now. The seminar will include topics such as when to use digital versus e-signatures; how to safely store your transcripts and exhibits in the cloud; and how, when, and where to back up all your systems. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions at any time and offer tips and tricks that other attendees might find helpful.

Presenters: Sandy VanderPol, RMR, CRR, FAPR, Jason Meadors, RPR, CRR, and Anthony Frisolone, RDR, CRR, CBC, CRI, FAPR. Sandy brings more than 35 years of experience. During this period of time, she has earned a reputation of providing stellar service in all aspects of deposition reporting. Prior to providing services as a freelance reporter, Sandy was a firm owner and a working reporter for Phillips & Associates and Bunch & Associates, specializing in training reporters on technology and marketing those technologies to litigators. Throughout her career, Sandy has presented at seminars to both reporters and attorneys focusing on the technological side of reporting and how to best use this technology in their litigation practice. Jason Meadors, RPR, CRR, the President of Meadors Court Reporting, LLC, has reported for over 30 years through the Marines, State District Court, and in private practice in Fort Collins, Colorado. Anthony is a highly experienced court reporter working in the New York City area since 1994. Currently, he is an official court Reporter in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Since 2000, he has been active in teaching and mentoring students and new professionals.

8 - 8:45 a.m. | 11:15 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Expo Hall open
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Certified Reporting Instructor Orientation, Day 2 (Day 1 + 2 = 1.3 CEUs)

See previous description on Thursday.

8 a.m.-5 p.m.
CLVS Production Exams
8 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
Student Seminar Program, Day 1
  • 8–8:45 a.m.: Welcome and orientation
  • 9–11 a.m.: Premier Session and Installation of NCRA’s Board of Directors
  • 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.: NCRF's Corrinne Clark Professionalism Institute Presents: Dress for Court Reporting Success – NCRF is proud to partner with Macy's - Herald Square in unveiling NCRF's "Corrine Clark Professionalism Institute."  Designed specifically with students and new professionals in mind, this seminar will demonstrate how to create a powerful business brand with your attire; build a classic, timeless wardrobe; and quickly transform business attire into eveningwear.  Macy's, along with a panel of firm owners, will discuss the importance of professional image.  Then we'll take a sneak-peek at the hottest fashions coming out of NYC this fall!  All attendees are eligible for a Macy's Gift Card and Macy's By Appointment raffle.  
    Presenters: Jan Ballman, RPR, CMRS; Ellen Grauer; Lisa DiMonte, RMR, CMRS; Rick Levy, RPR; Candace Ward, Macy’s
  • 2:30–4 p.m.: Meet the NCRA Board of Directors
  • 4:15–5:45 p.m.: What I Didn’t Learn in Court Reporting School – Career Day Edition. Class comes to session with reporters Kensie Benoit, Clay Frazier, and Chase Frazier for the ultimate career day. Whether you dream of becoming a deposition reporter, a court official, a CART provider, or you’re undecided, prepare yourself for an in-depth exploration of entry-level reporting, covering the perks of each discipline and also the pitfalls associated therewith.
    Presenters: Kensie Benoit; Clay Frazier, RMR, CRR; and Chase Frazier, RPR, CRR.
8-9 a.m.
Coffee break with exhibitors in Expo Hall
8 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
Certified Realtime Captioner Workshop, Day 2 (0.4 CEU) (Day 1+2+3 = 1.2 CEUs)

See previous description on Thursday.

8 a.m.-5 p.m.
CLVS Seminar, Day 1 (Day 1 + 2 = 1.3 CEUs)

Day one of the CLVS Seminar provides attendees with a general overview of what it means to be a legal videographer. Faculty will cover the use of video in the legal system, components of a deposition recording system, and video and audio equipment. Experienced legal videographers are not required to attend this session.

Presenters: Various faculty members of the CLVS Council

8:30-11:30 a.m.
Realtime Systems Administrator Workshop, Day 2 (Day 1 + 2 = 1.0 CEU)

See previous description on Thursday.

9-11 a.m.
Premier Session: Keynote Presentation and Installation of Officers (0.1 CEU)

Ticketed event

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Concurrent seminars (earn 0.15 CEU for each seminar)

REALTIME TRACK: New and Upcoming Captioning Legislation and Regulations – Please join a panel of individuals involved in NCRA’s recent legislative and regulatory actions taken with Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and strategic alliances related to broadcast captioning. Hear from industry leaders as well as NCRA’s Director of Government Relations on what has occurred over the past year and what new laws and regulations can be expected on the horizon.

Presenters: Amy Bowlen, RDR, CRR, CBC, FAPR; Adam Finkel; Darlene Parker, RPR; and Carol Studenmund, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP.   Amy is the Manager of Realtime Captioning Training at VITAC.  She worked as a freelance court reporter for eight years before transitioning into the field of realtime captioning in 1989.   Since 1989, she has been employed by VITAC in various positions.  She served in a supervisory position and as the Manager of Realtime Captioners before moving into her current position as the Manager of Realtime Captioner Training. Adam Finkel joined NCRA in August 2010 and currently serves as the Director of Government Relations. Darlene Parker has been court reporting since 1974, and she began her career as an official at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. After 10 years of reporting, she joined the National Captioning Institute as a realtime captioner. She was only the sixth person in the country to provide realtime captioning.  Carol founded LNS Captioning in 1993 - along with Robin Nodland - as a sister company of LNS Court Reporting, which Carol and Robin founded in 1987.  Carol has worked for 22 years to make LNS the top captioning firm in the Northwest and a business with an unwavering dedication to its clients.

JUDICIAL TRACK: Tough Love with Depoman – Join Mike Miller for a frank and in-your-face assessment of the current state of freelance reporting. Topics will include best practices, proofing techniques, and using your software to help minimize errors. Bring your sense of humor and prepare to be educated, shocked, amused, and possibly even offended when Depoman takes the stage.

Presenter: Michael E. Miller, RDR, CRR, FAPR, is president of Miller Reporting Group, Inc., a freelance court reporting agency located in metropolitan Houston, Texas. Currently Mike is the lead presenter of the NCRA Realtime Systems Administrator Certificate Program and in the past has served in many positions, including president, within the Society for the Technological Advancement of Reporting. Since 2000, he has also been a member of STAR's Liaison Committee, a select group which meets with representatives from Stenograph Corporation to discuss changes and enhancements to their software and writers. He is also the creator and webmaster of depoman.com, a resource for the online court reporter, and in that capacity speaks frequently to groups on effective use of the Internet and other computer-related topics.

BUSINESS TRACK: NCRF's Corrinne Clark Professionalism Institute Presents: Dress for Court Reporting Success – NCRF is proud to partner with Macy's - Herald Square in unveiling NCRF's "Corrine Clark Professionalism Institute." Designed specifically with students and new professionals in mind, this seminar will demonstrate how to create a powerful business brand with your attire; build a classic, timeless wardrobe; and quickly transform business attire into eveningwear. Macy's, along with a panel of firm owners, will discuss the importance of professional image. Then we'll take a sneak-peek at the hottest fashions coming out of NYC this fall! All attendees are eligible for a Macy's Gift Card and Macy's By Appointment raffle.

Presenters: Jan Ballman, RPR, CMRS; Ellen Grauer; Lisa DiMonte, RMR, CMRS; Rick Levy, RPR; Candace Ward, Macy’s

VENDOR TRACK: StreamText.Net – Delivering Realtime with StreamText.Net. Learn to deliver your realtime anywhere using StreamText.Net. Our seminar will review ways to use StreamText.Net for applications, including court reporting, remote CART, Internet video captioning, and working with Adobe Connect Pro. See how easy it is to deliver your realtime services anywhere with StreamText.Net.

Presenter: Nick Wilkie is the CEO for StreamText.Net, the leading platform for realtime text communication solutions. StreamText.Net is used by a majority of the CART and caption providers in the country to provide realtime accessibility for their customers.

11:30 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
Punctuation Workshop (0.45 CEU)

Ticketed event

This seminar will take an overall look at punctuation and commas. We will discuss some of the basic comma rules (with a few twists and turns) and some of the more obscure comma rules.

Presenter: Margie Wakeman Wells, CRI. Margie is a lifetime credentialed teacher in the state of California and is a Certified Reporting Instructor. She is in her sixth decade of teaching – with 39 of those years in the field of court reporting.

12-2 p.m.
School Owners and Administrators Luncheon and Roundtable

(by invitation only)

1-2:30 p.m.
NCRF Angels Luncheon

(by invitation only)

1-2:30 p.m.
Lunch on your own
1:30-5:30 p.m.
Realtime Systems Administrator Exam
2:30-4 p.m.
Concurrent seminars (earn 0.15 CEU for each seminar)

REALTIME TRACK: Online Testing – It’s Here and How It Works – Please join Marybeth Everhart as she presents this informative session on NCRA’s new online testing program. Learn everything you need to know about online testing and how to prepare for your next test.

Presenter: Marybeth Everhart, RPR, CRI, CPE. Marybeth has been court reporting since 1980 and writing realtime since 1992. She has been a certified advanced trainer for Eclipse since 1994 and has presented hundreds of seminars and trainings on dozens of topics. She is now the national marketing manager for Realtime Coach and works closely with reporting schools, firms, and court systems to increase speed and improve accuracy for students and working reporters.

JUDICIAL TRACK: 25 Years of On-the-Job Training in One Seminar – Getting all the words down is only half the job; there are hundreds of nuances to being a great court reporter that can only be learned in the field over many years. Join this seminar to learn important tips and tricks on handling fast talking, fighting, multiple speakers, confidentiality, exhibits, indexing, and so much more.

Presenters: Early Langley, RMR, and Gail Verbano, RDR, CRR. Early is a freelance reporter who specializes in complex litigation in depositions and court. Gail has been reporting since 1990 as a per diem reporter in the Orange County and Los Angeles court systems. She resides in Pennsylvania and covers complex, technical litigation matters from New York City to Washington, D.C.

BUSINESS TRACK: Best Practices of Remote Reporting – Whether you are an official or freelance reporter, or you work in CART or captioning – or all of the above – working remotely is here. Join this interactive panel discussion and findings of the best practices in remote reporting to use in your market and beyond.

Presenters: Christine Phipps, RPR, and Robin Nodland, RDR, CRR, will both be presenting the findings and standards in moving forward with remote reporting. Christine has been a court reporter for more than 18 years in complex litigation matters and building a reputation beyond reproach in arenas of medical malpractice, products liability, construction, tobacco, patents, and securities, specializing in daily copy trials, taking upwards of 400 pages a day and delivering same day, within hours. Having worked in Spain, Germany, and all over the United States, she has since opened up her own agency. Robin has been court reporting since 1980. Robin holds many certifications, including Oregon Certified Shorthand Reporter, Washington Certified Court Reporter, Registered Professional Reporter, Registered Merit Reporter, Registered Diplomate Reporter, and Certified Realtime Reporter, and she holds the Realtime Systems Administrator certificate. She has served in many positions with the Oregon Court Reporters Association and is also the chair of NCRA’s Technology Committee.

VENDOR TRACK: Stenovations, Inc. – Exciting new LightSpeed model: Join the Stenovations team and learn all about the new LightSpeed model and its game-changing aspects.

Presenter: Johnny Jackson, owner, Stenovations, Inc.

4:15-5:45 p.m.
Concurrent seminars (earn 0.15 CEU for each seminar)

REALTIME TRACK: Composing Sound – A Workshop on Creative and Critical Captioning – Ever wonder what sparks of imagination come from the next generation of caption users and captioner creators? In this workshop, we will explore a number of creative and critical exercises for discussion about — and then the creation of — captioning as another way of thinking about writing. Immersed in digital media, social media, and multimodal texts at all times, college-age students are a part of the next generation of caption-readers and caption-makers (aka, CART-writers). Lead by a university professor of college writing courses who is deaf (a CART-user herself), in this workshop we will roll up our CART sleeves and think about the creative and critical potential of captioning for the present and the future.

Presenter: Brenda Brueggemann, director of composition at the University of Louisville. Brenda is a professor of English and vice-chair, a faculty advisor for the American Sign Language program, and coordinator for the interdisciplinary disability studies program.

JUDICIAL TRACK: Mastering Your CAT Dictionary – Your CAT Dictionary is smarter than you know. Learn tips that will save you time and put polish on your product.

Presenters: Nancy Bistany, RPR, and Christine Phipps, RPR. Nancy owned Bistany Reporting Services for more than 23 years and has been an official court reporter for the last two years. Christine has been a court reporter for more than 18 years in complex litigation matters and building a reputation beyond reproach in arenas of medical malpractice, products liability, construction, tobacco, patents, and securities, specializing in daily copy trials.

BUSINESS TRACK: PDF Functionality Making the Most Out of PDF Transcripts and Exhibits – PDF transcripts have a robust list of features that are available to attorneys. John Garnett will help you to be a knowledgeable resource in order to use the latest tools provided in Adobe Acrobat and the tools and features built into the latest version of the free Adobe Reader. You will also learn how to optimize scanned exhibits in PDF to attach or send along with paperless transcripts. PDF is becoming the preferred choice for e-filing; this session will help you understand all the capabilities of the PDF files you produce.

Presenter: John Garnett. John has been the business manager for YesLaw since 2006. Based in Santa Clara, Calif., YesLaw provides production software and services for court reporters and legal videographers. Based on court reporter demand, John has now focused his attention on development of the YesLaw PDF transcript generator software and the YesLaw online repository.

VENDOR TRACK: Realtime Coach – Prep Like You Mean It!  Another major upgrade from Realtime Coach!  Now it's easier than ever to prep, pass tasts, and have more play time - all powered by the all-new Realtime CoachTM.  Come get a complete tour and experience:

  • Fun, new material
  • Easy search & browse
  • Unmatched test prep (78% of those who pass their tests use RTC)
  • Daily warm-up
  • Patented, personalized feedback
  • Create your own drills
  • And much more!

As always, we'll have fun & games, free membership giveaways, and our biggest discounts of the year (for seminar attendees only)!

Presenter: Marybeth Everhart, RPR, CRI, CPE. Marybeth has been court reporting since 1980 and writing realtime since 1992. She has been a certified advanced trainer for Eclipse since 1994 and has presented hundreds of seminars and trainings on dozens of topics. She is now the national marketing manager for Realtime Coach and works closely with reporting schools, firms, and court systems to increase speed and improve accuracy for students and working reporters.

6-7 p.m.
CART and Captioning Reception

Ticketed event

6-7 p.m.
Legal Videographer Reception

Ticketed event