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2014 NCRA Convention & Expo

Convention Agenda - Friday, August 1

Agenda - FRI

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

Room Location: Yosemite Foyer, Ballroom Level

7:15 - 8:30 a.m.
Concurrent seminars - Earn 0.10 CEU.

Realtime/Judicial/Business tracks

Room location: Imperial A

Industry outlook report findings from Ducker Worldwide

Christina Lewellen will walk through the ground-breaking ways the association will be leveraging the findings of the report in a nationwide marketing and publicity campaign. Launching this fall, the campaign aims to drive a wave of new students into court reporting programs.

Presenters: Christina Lewellen, MBA, Senior Director, NCRA Marketing, Membership & Communications; Ann Manix, Director, Ducker Worldwide

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Concurrent seminars - Earn 0.10 CEU.

Vendor showcase track

eDepoze: Ensuring your professional relevance in the digital age
Room location: Imperial B
Technology continues to transform and enhance our lives -personally and professionally. The legal industry is no stranger to disruptive technologies, and those who would have a competitive advantage (or even just a fighting chance) take professional development and life-long learning seriously. Join eDepoze to find out how you can increase your value and stickiness to your CR firm owner and law firm clients, ensuring your professional relevance in the digital age.
Presenter: Kevin Krusiewicz

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Certified Reporting Instructor (CRI) Orientation, day 2

Room location: Yosemite A

For program description, see Certified Reporting Instructor (CRI) Orientation, day 1 (on Thursday)

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Expo Hall open

Room location: Grand Ballroom
NCRA and NCRF information booths are open.

8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Realtime Resource Booth

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.

8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Student Seminar Program, day 1

Room location: Franciscan CD

Attention all court reporting students. Join NCRA's Student Community of Interest for two days of seminars and activities that will boost your morale, help you in school, show you the real world of reporting, and have you networking with reporters in every field who can share invaluable practical advice for your success in the profession. Click this link for a detailed schedule.


Woman in SessionStudent Seminar topics and events include:

  • Premier Session: Installation of Officers and Directors, and Keynote.
  • KHEBG/PHA*EUT: Examine the strategies that chess champions use and learn how to apply them to speedbuilding.
  • Meet the NCRA Board of Directors
  • Court reporting mind games: Discover what different skill sets you need on your path to a successful career!
  • Seven English rules that will change your life
  • Please give me more time: Learn how to how to balance your career, school, family, and all the other things that demand your attention now!
  • Awards Luncheon
  • Deal or no deal: Learn the rules of the game when it comes to client retention and making the right impression.
  • Briefing on the fly for faster writing
8:15 - 9 a.m.
Coffee break with exhibitors in Expo Hall

Room location: Grand Ballroom

9 - 11 a.m.
Premier Session: Keynote Presentation and Installation of Officers - Earn 0.10 CEU.

Room location: Continental Ballroom 4-9

The "can't-miss" session of every NCRA Convention, this year's keynote, Tommy Spaulding, will be sure to impress and inspire. A New York Times best-selling author, Spaulding will provide an invigorating session on what it takes to be a leader in today's marketplace. Prior to his presentation, NCRA will install the 2014-15 president, officers, and Board of Directors. See Sarah Nageotte, RDR, CRR, CBC, take the lead and publically address the NCRA membership for the first time as president. NCRA will also celebrate this year's Distinguished Service Award recipient, which is the lifetime achievement award for the court reporting profession.


Keynote by Tommy Spaulding

Return on relationship: How building genuine personal and professional relationships can change your business (and life)

Tom SpauldingThe success of any organization is grounded in the formation of sustainable relationships. In this keynote, Spaulding illustrates how to build relationship capital throughout your organization, so internal teams maximize their potential, and external constituencies and stakeholders share your vision. Spaulding also explores groundbreaking leadership techniques such as building "Fifth Floor Teams" and leveraging the "Laws of Influence and Elevation."

Though economists talk only of return on investment, Spaulding argues that profit and relationships are interdependent. In this keynote, Spaulding shares his secrets behind the notion of return on relationships, leaving audiences ready to revolutionize their old methods and reach new heights in customer stability and loyalty.

This is not a keynote address that espouses the merits of good networking. In fact, it discourages it. Spaulding provides real examples and strategies for elevating your current personal and business relationships and how to launch new ones in the spirit of giving rather than taking. In this keynote, Spaulding explores the nine essential traits that empower audiences to reach their full potential through a bold approach called "netgiving."

9 - 11:30 a.m.
Realtime Systems Administrator Workshop, day 2

Room location: Franciscan A

For program description, see Realtime Systems Adminstrator Workshop, day 1 (on Thursday)

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


Realtime track

New best practices for captioning

Room location: Plaza A

The FCC recently passed quality standards for closed captioning, and NCRA's Subcommittee on Caption Quality played an important role in this ruling. The panel will discuss the new FCC rules and what comes next for NCRA members and the captioning community in general.

Panel members: Carol Studenmund, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP, Amy Bowlen, RDR, CRR, CBC, Darlene Parker, RPR, and Adam Finkel, NCRA assistant director of government relations


Judicial track

Electronic filing in state courts

Room location: Plaza B
Electronic filing of transcripts is a discussion that is occurring more and more on the state court level, but are official reporters prepared to engage in that how-to discussion with court administration and the judiciary? This panel discussion will give the official reporter an understanding of how current transcript uploading systems work, including a description of the federal PACER system, what official reporters need to know and understand logistically and politically about the issues of uploading transcripts, and how the official reporter can be better prepared to have a knowledgeable discussion with judges and court administrators about the ins and outs of the uploading of transcripts by the official reporter.

Presenters: Cheryl Dahlstrom, RMR, CRR; Marcia G. Patrisso, RMR, CRR; Toni O’Neill, RPR, FAPR; Karla Sommer, RMR, CRR; Allison Wise, RPR


Business track

Powered by NCRF: New tools, tips, and takeaways to fuel today's court reporter

Room location: Imperial A

NCRA members said they were looking for new and creative ways to compete in today's aggressive marketplace, and NCRF began working on developing exciting new tools and initiatives that promote court reporters and court reporting. This seminar will unveil NCRF's newest initiatives-our Career Day in a Box, the NCRF Professionalism Institute seminars, customizable videos to promote the profession, and enhanced teaching materials-and showcase how you can use these and other Foundation programs and tools to build your business, strengthen your brand, and better compete in the marketplace. Come and see how the National Court Reporters Foundation is working for you!

Presenters: Merilyn Sanchez, RMR, CRR, NCRF chair; Jan Ballman, RPR, CMRS, NCRF chair-elect


Vendor showcase track

Stenograph: Are You Ready to Shake It Up?

Room location: Imperial B

Are you a firm owner? A technologist? A court reporter? Attend this seminar to learn how CaseViewNet Cloud can work for YOU. Believe it or not, some people are not using CaseViewNet! Do they not want to increase their work opportunities or explore greater earning potential? Who are these people? Certainly not you! When you attend the seminar, you will find out how CaseViewNet Cloud can work for you and your team, regardless of what CAT software is used. You'll also learn what's new in Case CATalyst 15 including the killer app "Live Suggestions."

Presenters: Gail Abraham and Grace Molson

11:30 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.
Punctuation Workshop: You want me to use a comma there?

Room location: Continental 1-3

Are you "comma happy?" Do you put in a comma whenever there is a pause? Do you get nervous when there are three or four lines with no punctuation? Do you toss in a comma somewhere?

This seminar will take an overall look at how commas work and what we need to know about every comma we use. We will discuss some of the basic comma rules (with a few twists and turns) and some of the more obscure comma rules. You know a comma goes before and when there is an independent sentence after. What if there is "well, Your Honor" after the and? What do you do? In another scenario, you have "But, again, sir, well, we have to get some answers"? Isn't that too many commas?

The workshop is included in the all-inclusive and Friday registration packages. A separate fee is not required. You must attend the entire workshop in order to receive CEUs.

Presenter: Margie Wakeman Wells, CRI

12 - 1:30 p.m.
School Owners and Administrators Luncheon and Roundtable (by invitation only)

Room location: Yosemite B

1 - 2:30p.m.
Lunch on your own
1 - 2:30 p.m.
National Court Reporters Foundation Angels Luncheon (by invitation only)

Room location: Yosemite C

 All 2014 Angel donors are invited to attend this exclusive luncheon. This invitation-only event is the NCRF's opportunity to thank its major 2014 donors. If you are interested in becoming a 2014 Angel, contact B. J. Shorak, NCRF deputy executive director, by phone at 800-272-6272, ext. 126, or via email at

1:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Realtime Systems Administrator Exam

Room location: Union Square 15-16

Steno Machine Test DriveThere will be a limited number of slots available to take a practical skills examination following the workshop. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. To be eligible for the exam, you must first attend the Realtime Systems Administrator Workshop.

To ensure your success, it is recommended that you practice working with realtime before sitting for the exam. Only those who are already familiar with realtime connectivity should attempt to sit for the practical exam immediately following the workshop.

Your examination time will be confirmed at a later date. Detailed information about the exam will accompany that confirmation, including what equipment you will need to bring, as well as what software you'll need to have downloaded. Note: Should you elect to take the educational workshop and not the exam at the convention, you may take the exam at a future date.

A separate fee is required to register for both the Realtime Systems Administrator Workshop and Exam.

2:30 - 4 p.m.
Concurrent seminars - Earn 0.15 CEUs for each seminar.


Realtime track

Captioning: A new world

Room location: Plaza A

 This session is not to be missed! Whether you are, have been, or want to be a CART provider or captioner, you will need to attend this session. In 90 minutes, you'll learn the new branding of captioning. We're breaking down walls and eliminating barriers. Terminology is changing and you want to be in the know! There will be an invigorating discussion about the new way forward for captioning inside and outside of NCRA. Bring your business cards. Meet a new friend. Find a mentor or volunteer to be one! This session is for everyone of all levels of experience.

Moderator: Jennifer Schuck, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP


Judicial track

Exploring the future of our timeless profession

Room location: Plaza B

 Prepare for a frank discussion about shorthand reporting’s past, present, and future. Join us in a town hall discussion of trends and impacts affecting our profession’s viability in the next century and learn more about very early findings from The Reporting Incubator — a unique think tank housed at the Gallery of Shorthand and co-chaired by the presenters.
Presenters: Dom Tursi; Melanie Humphrey-Sonntag, RDR, CRR, FAPR


Business Track


Room location: Imperial A

 Increased enforcement of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is presenting urgent questions for all court reporters. What is HIPAA? And what does it mean to be HIPAA compliant? Attorney and legislative advocate Ed Howard explains the basic principles of compliance in simple, understandable terms. Learn about the internal processes you should be following and how HIPAA applies to relationships between you and your clients as well as any subcontractors or independent contractors.

Presenter: Ed Howard, J.D.


Vendor showcase track

StreamText.Net: Your realtime delivery platform

Room location: Imperial B

 Learn to deliver your realtime anywhere using StreamText.Net. Our seminar will review ways to use StremText.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

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


Realtime track

Putting CART before the horse: Ethical and professional considerations when working with people who are deaf and hard of hearing

Room location: Plaza A

 YesLaw BoothThis session offers a framework for CART providers that addresses some of the unique ethical concerns in working with people who are deaf and hard of hearing, including privacy, intellectual property, and cultural considerations. Participants will evaluate the similarities and differences between the roles of CART providers and sign language interpreters and analyze case studies that highlight particular concerns for CART providers. This session will be CARTed.

Presenter: Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, RMR, CRR


Judicial track

Neuroscience and law: What to expect from new cases

Room location: Plaza B

 Psychology, neuroscience, and law have had a long and tumultuous relationship. Recent advances in brain imaging analyses have led to a resurgence of neuroimaging cases in both criminal and civil proceedings. This new field of neurolaw has taken the courts by storm. This lecture will review the latest neuroscience being used in legal proceedings, from modern assessment of head injuries to brain abnormalities in psychopathic offenders; case studies will be used to illustrate the myriad of ways in which neuroimaging has invaded the courtroom.

Presenter: Kent Kiehl, Ph.D.


Business track

International depositions 101

Room location: Imperial A

 “Going international” can offer a wealth of personal and professional benefits for court reporters, but how should you prepare for the unique challenges of these types of jobs? Even in cases where the language barrier isn’t an issue, foreign depositions come with a host of potentially thorny procedural and logistical challenges. Ian Hardy will teach you everything you need to know to make your future jobs “across the pond” just as smooth and problem-free as the ones here at home.

Presenter: Ian Hardy


Vendor showcase track

Stenovations: New LightSpeed KISS

Room location: Imperial B

 The seminar will cover the latest advances with the LightSpeed line of writers.

Presenters: Johnny Jackson; Mark Kislingbury, RDR, CRR

6-7 p.m.
CART and Captioning Communities of Interest Dessert Reception

Room location: Yosemite C

If you are a CART provider or captioner, don't miss this chance to swap stories and network with your peers. You must be registered for the convention to attend this networking reception, but a separate registration or fee is not required. Just show up and share an hour of relaxation and good conversation with fellow reporters from across the country and around the world. Complimentary assorted desserts and coffee light hors d'oeuvres will be available provided.