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2015 NCRA Convention & Expo

Convention Agenda - Friday, July 31

6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Registration open
7:15 - 8:45 a.m.
Concurrent seminars (Earn 0.15 CEUs 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, CART and broadcast. Over the past year, the task force has been tackling different ethical situations 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 theatre 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, CSR. Meredith is an Official Senior Court Reproter with the Seventh Judicial District assigned to Monroe County and the Supreme Court in Rochester, NY. 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 (and other members of NCRA’s Paperless Future task force), 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.

Presenter: Sandy VanderPol, FAPR, RMR, CRR. 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 your litigation practice.

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Expo Hall open
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Certified Reporting Instructor (CRI) Orientation, Day 2 (Day 1 + 2 = 1.3 CEUs)

See previous description.

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
CLVS Production Exams
8:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Student Seminar Program, Day 1
  • 8:00 – 8:45: Welcome and Orientation
  • 9:00 – 11:00: Premier Session and Installation of NCRA’s Board of Directors
  • 11:30 – 1:00: NCRF Professional Institute Presents: Dress for Court Reporting Success – Designed specifically with students and new professionals in mind, this seminar will undoubtedly be alluring to all! Learn how to create a powerful business brand with your attire for every working situation.
    Presenters: Jan Ballman, RPR, CMRS, Candace Ward – Macy’s
  • 2:30 – 4:00: Meet the NCRA Board of Directors
  • 4:15 – 5:45: 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
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
Coffee break with Exhibitors in Expo Hall
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC) Workshop, Day 2 (0.4 CEUs) (Day 1+2+3 = 1.2 CEUs)

See previous description.

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 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 (Day 1).

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 CEUs)

See previous description.

9:00 - 11 a.m.
Premier Session: Keynote Presentation and Installation of Officers (0.1 CEUs).

Ticketed event.

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 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: Adam Finkel and Darlene Parker, RPR. Adam Finkel joined the 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 (NCI) as a realtime captioner. She was only the sixth person in the country to provide realtime captioning.

JUDICIAL TRACK: Tough Love with Depoman – Join Mike for a frank and in-your-face assessment of the current state of freelance reporting. Topics will include best practices, proofing techniques, and utilizing 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, CSR, CCR, RDR, CRR, CLR 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 (STAR). 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: Dress for Court Reporting Success - Designed specifically with students and new professionals in mind, this seminar will undoubtedly be alluring to all! Learn how to create a powerful business brand with your attire for every working situation.

Presenters: Jan Ballman, RPR, CMRS, 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 CEUs).

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 certified as a Certified Reporting Instructor (CRI). She is in her sixth decade of teaching – with 39 of those years in the field of court reporting.

12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
School Owners and Administrators Luncheon and Roundtable

(by invitation only)

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
NCRF Angels Luncheon

(by invitation only)

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Lunch on your own
1:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Realtime Systems Administrator Exam
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Concurrent seminars (Earn 0.15 CEUs 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. 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-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 that 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, DC.

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 and Robin Nodland will both be presenting the findings and standards in moving forward with remote reporting. Christine Phipps has been a court reporter for over 18 years in complex litigation matters and building a reputation beyond reproach in arenas of medical malpractice, products liability, construction, tobacco, patents, 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, it was time to open up my own agency. Robin Nodland has been court reporting since 1980. Robin holds many certifications, including Oregon Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR), Washington Certified Court Reporter (CCR), Registered Professional Reporter (RPR), Registered Merit Reporter (RMR), Registered Diplomate Reporter (RDR), Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR) and Realtime Systems Administrator. 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 CEUs 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 time, college-age students are a part of the next generation of caption-readers and caption-makers (aka, CART-writers). Lead by a deaf university professor of college writing courses (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.

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

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 for use of the latest tools provided in both 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, California, 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 - Skill Building Meets Social Networking - Another major upgrade from Realtime Coach™!

Improve your writing, earn CEUs, prepare for online certifications, make more money, have more personal time. And have some fun in the process. Too good to be true? Fortunately, no.

It’s all about skills. And the most effective, most used skill-building system on the planet (over 2.5 million hours of practice logged) will now help you even more. Come see this major new release of myRealtimeCoach™.

  • Upload your own materials & share with friends!.
  • New: Free upgrade to new “user-happy” interface—easier and more intuitive
  • StenEd Instructional Modules and other powerful tools for schools
  • AND STILL: Realtime Coach’s instant, accurate evaluation and feedback, Barrier Buster drills, unmatched reports and more

Presenter: Marybeth Everhart, MA, RPR, CRI, CPE, CLR. 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.

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
CART and Captioning Reception.

Ticketed event.

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Legal Videographer Reception.

Ticketed event.