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2016 Convention & Expo Agenda - Saturday, August 6

Agenda - Saturday

Daily Agenda

7 a.m.–6 p.m.

Registration open

Location: Stevens Salon A, lower level

 7:30–9 a.m.

Concurrent seminars  (CEU: 0.15 for each seminar)


*A week in the life of an Intersteno participant

(To submit proof of credit to the Texas Judicial Branch Certification Commission, please email to request a letter.)

Location: Williford A, 3rd floor

Presenters: Tori Pittman, FAPR, RDR, CRI; Jen Schuck, RDR, CRR, CRC; and Donna Urlaub, RMR, CRR

Have you ever wanted to see stenography machines from other countries such as the Michela A Korean pictographic? Are you interested in meeting reporters from other countries? Would you like the opportunity to travel and make business contacts across the world? If so, this informational session about Intersteno could be for you! This session will introduce you to Intersteno in general and then give you a brief overview of what to expect from your week at Intersteno’s 51st Congress in Berlin in 2017. Presenters will share with you Congress highlights from general sessions and breakout sessions to world championship competitions and excursions, from meeting international colleagues and renewing friendships to exploring the Congress venue and host country. Team USA wants you!

Best practices for realtime reporting

Location: Williford B, 3rd floor

Presenters: Jason Meadors, FAPR, RPR, CRR, CRC; Christine Phipps, RPR; and Sandy VanderPol, FAPR, RMR, CRR

Write realtime! Write realtime! Write realtime! That’s what our peers tell us, but do I write well enough? What if this happens, what if that happens, how do I handle it? These panelists has been through it all and are going to share all those tips with you, answer all your scenarios, and address the things you never thought of.

The pathway to success for the independent court reporter

Location: Williford C, 3rd floor

Presenters: Lisa DiMonte, RMR, CMRS; Jan Ballman, RPR, CMRS; Marjorie Peters, RMR, CRR; and Dave Tackla, CLVS

Join these panelists as they help you navigate dealing with independent contractor agreements, professional liability insurance, business licenses, and more. You will leave this seminar with a better understanding of the business of freelancing.

Legal video — The unique challenges of marketing legal video

Location: Joliet, 3rd floor

Presenters: Brian Clune, CLVS; Joe Cerda, CLVS; Jason Levin, CLVS; and Sara Wood, CAE

Seasoned CLVSs come together to teach you some unique ways to market your legal video business. Learn from tips, tricks, and strategies from some of the brightest in the industry.

Partnering with Uncle Sam: Tax tips 101

Location: Marquette, 3rd floor

Presenter: Keith Stanton, EA, MBA

Join this enlightening session focused on tax tips, the true cost of taxes, deductions, home office basics, and hiring a pro to help you navigate accounts.


8–10 a.m.

Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC) Workshop, Day 3

Location: Bouelvard C, 2nd floor

See description on Thursday, Day 1.

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Expo Hall open

Location: Stevens Salon A, lower level

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS) Production Exams

Location: Lake Ontario, 8th floor

 8:15 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Student Seminar Program, Day 2

 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Teacher's Workshop

 9–10 a.m.

Coffee break with exhibitors

Location: Stevens Salon A, Lower level

 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS) Seminar, Day 2

CEUs: Day 1+2+3 = 1.3

Location: Lake Erie, 8th floor

Presenters: Various faculty members of the CLVS Council

This mandatory day will cover the CLVS Code of Ethics, the CLVS Standards for Video Depositions, and applicable Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Attendees will come away with a comprehensive understanding of the role of video in a deposition environment.

 10–11 a.m.

Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC) Exam

Location: Boulevard C, 2nd floor

10–11:30 a.m.

Concurrent seminars  (CEU: 0.15 for each seminar)


From car to courtroom: Safety strategies for all

Location: Williford A, 3rd floor

Presenter: Jeff Kedrowski

Crime and emergencies can happen anywhere, as numerous news stories can attest. From the car to the courtroom or conference room, the decisions you make affect your safety. This session offers personal safety skills and emergency response strategies to help you reduce your exposure to crime and prepare you for emergency incidents in the work setting.

Realtime hardware: Learn the nuts and bolts

Location: Williford B, 3rd floor

Presenters: Lisa Knight, RDR, CRR, and Merilee Johnson, RMR, CRR, CRC

There are so many realtime options out there these days — I don’t know where to start! Cables? StenoCast? Router? Do I need special realtime settings on my computer for real- time to work? Is it easier to output realtime to computers or tablets? Which realtime-viewing software should I use? How much does it cost? What are some helpful software features I have in my CAT software that will make my realtime feed cleaner? Get these realtime questions answered and more!

The power of a positive attitude

Location: Williford C, 3rd floor

Presenter: Meredith Bonn, RPR

Enjoy this uplifting session based on the power of a posi- tive attitude and how it makes you successful, happy, and confident. Concentrate on how to fine tune your habits for future success, especially for all court reporters who want to write cleaner and faster, spend less time editing, pass tests, graduate court reporting school, run businesses, or be leaders. It all centers around a positive attitude.

Legal video — Beyond deposition video

Location: Joliet, 3rd floor

Presenters: Richard Hayden, CLVS, and Joe Cerda, CLVS

Opportunities for legal videographers exist in areas outside depositions. Site surveys, day-in-the life videos, and independent medical examinations are all video services that can expand your revenue base with the attorneys you already have as customers. Learn tips for success and what pitfalls to avoid in this expanded area of video services.

Vendor Showcase Seminar — YesLaw — Secure delivery of transcripts and video using YesLaw Advanced Tools

Location: Marquette, 3rd floor

Presenters: Brian Clune, CLVS, and John Garnett

YesLaw provides a cost-effective suite of production software and a HIPAA-compliant paperless delivery of transcripts. YesLaw is also the most advanced product for the delivery of streaming deposition video.

11:45 a.m.–1:45 p.m.

Awards Luncheon Ticketed event

Location: Grand Ballroom, 2nd floor

2–3:30 p.m.

Concurrent seminars  (CEU: 0.15 for each seminar)

  You use that word a lot: Creating a quality transcript

Location: Williford A, 3rd floor

Presenter: Kevin Hunt

While good notes and knowledge of the CAT software are necessary, they are not sufficient to creating a quality transcript. The English language is a voluminous and challenging language, and reporters are expected to be able to spell every word correctly and make sure it’s appropriate for the context in which it is used. Learn some of the tools, tips, and tricks of working with new reporters who in the age of 128 characters may not have the word knowledge required to become a verbatim reporter.

How to make the cloud your new management team

Location: Williford B, 3rd floor

Presenter: Sandy VanderPol, FAPR, RMR, CRR

Tech-savvy Sandy VanderPol will give an overview of the functionality of the many features the cloud provides to the court reporting profession and then share how reporters can use all of those features to organize and become much more efficient in their daily tasks in any of the specialized segments of the reporting profession.

Public speaking

Location: Williford C, 3rd floor

Presenter: Nancy Bistany, RPR

Have you ever listened to a great speech or lecture and wondered how they make it look so easy? Are you anxious when meeting with a client or a colleague for the first time? This session will give you some easy-to- remember tips from preparation to presentation that will ease your nerves and make it seem like you are a natural.

Legal video — What’s new at the National Association of Broadcasters Show 2016

Location: Joliet, 3rd floor

Presenter: Bruce Balmer, CIRM, CLVS, CCVS

Our speaker will cover new equipment he discovered at the April 2016 NAB Show that could be relevant to the modern legal videographer. He will also cover industry trends that may be affecting equipment purchases for the next few years.

Vendor Showcase Seminar — Stenograph — What’s new at Stenograph

Location: Marquette, 3rd floor

Presenters: Star Levandowski, Gail Abraham, and Judy Wolf

Join the Stenograph team for an insider’s view of what’s new at Stenograph, including an overview of Case CATalyst® 17 plus an exclusive behind-the scenes look at how the Luminex® writer is made. Not a how-to session, this program will provide a summary of new and exciting changes and updates at Stenograph. You’ll walk away from this seminar with great insights and recommendations to help improve your work life.

2:30–5:30 p.m.

Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR) Boot Camp

CEU: 0.30

Location: Boulevard C, 2nd floor

Presenter: Kathryn Sweeney, RMR, CRR

Think you are ready to take the CRR Exam? Want to make sure? Join Kathryn Sweeney as she guides you through advice and helpful tips and tricks to help you pass the CRR Exam. It is highly recommended that attendees bring their equipment to this session for maximum benefits.

4–5:30 p.m. 

Concurrent seminars (CEU: 0.15 for each seminar)

  Protecting our profession: Addressing the threats facing court reporting

Location: Williford A, 3rd floor

Presenters: Mary Bader, RPR; Huey Bang, RMR, CRR; and Dave Wenhold

With the court reporting and captioning professions facing new challenges in the coming years, court reporters and captioners must fight back with different techniques to protect and expand the role within the judicial, legal, and captioning fields. Hear from leaders from the National Committee of State Associations, state affiliate associations, and NCRA’s government relations department as to what specific tactics have proved successful to court reporters and captioners across the country and how you can better engage with a court reporting program to promote the profession and get new students into school. This interactive session will give you the tools to ensure that stenographic court reporters remain a critical component of the legal and judicial system with broadcast and CART captioning helping the profession to remain vibrant throughout the 21st century.

Anytime, anywhere: Online testing

Location: Williford B, 3rd floor

Presenter: Marybeth Everhart, RPR, CRI, CPE

This seminar is a must for anyone taking an online skills test. Learn all about the new online testing, including a live demonstration. You’ll hear all about the hardware needed, what you should know about your CAT software, and also pick up some practice tips to ease your test anxiety.

Mastery of court reporting

Location: Williford C, 3rd floor

Presenters: Alan Brock, RDR, CRR; Lisa Knight, RDR, CRR; Ed Varallo, FAPR, RMR, CRR; and Nancy Varallo, RDR, CRR

This panel of seasoned reporters will identify the components of mastery: subject matter knowledge, case research and prep, software knowledge, writing skills, organizational skills, and how they all interact. They will help you understand how to take the steps to incorporate those components into your work lives, no matter at what level you are now, from beginning reporter to advanced.

Legal video — Real world equipment setups

Location: Joliet, 3rd floor

Presenters: Richard Hayden, CLVS; Jason Levin, CLVS; and Pete Zinkan, CLVS

Ever wonder how other deposition video professionals have their equipment set up? Three working professionals bring their equipment to the conference and set up for interactive break-out sessions. You will be able to inspect all three packages and see each videographer’s preference for equipment.

Vendor Showcase Seminar — Advantage Software — Total Eclipse, Bridge Mobile, and Passport Touch showcase

Location: Marquette, 3rd floor

Presenter: Julie Samford

Join us to learn how we take care of our Eclipse family by leading the pack in technology. Bring your laptop to see how simple it is to use Connection Magic for shared editing in realtime. We’ll also show you how to use the StenoMagic keys on the Touch for using Q&A in phrases and editing from the writer.

7:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m.

The Places You’ll Go Gala

Ticketed event

Location: Grand Ballroom, 2nd floor

*To submit proof of credit to the Texas Judicial Branch Certification Commission, please email to request a letter. Two sessions of the Convention were not approved by the Texas JBCC, and therefore will not be included in this letter. They are:

  • Social Media Gone Wrong – Friday, August 5, 4:15 pm – 5:45 pm
  • A Week in the Life of an Intersteno Participant - Saturday, August 6, 7:30 am to 9:00 am


Please note that all sessions and/or times are tentative and subject to change.


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