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2015 NCRA Convention & Expo

Convention Agenda - Sunday, Aug. 2

8-10 a.m.
Registration open
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
CLVS Production Exams [Experienced Candidate Track]
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
CLVS Seminar, Day 3 (Day 1+2 = 1.3 CEUs)

Highly recommended for those who are not already working in the legal video setting. Day three offers small group hands-on training with a typical deposition set-up, as well as a session on how to study and prepare for the CLVS Written Knowledge Test and the CLVS Production Exam.

8:30-10 a.m.
Concurrent seminars (earn 0.15 CEU for each seminar)

REALTIME TRACK: Realtime Tech Gadgets – This is an in-depth presentation and analysis regarding the technological hardware and software available for court reporters with an emphasis on realtime. Discussion will provide the advantages and disadvantages of various realtime technological equipment enabling the court reporter to formulate more informed purchasing decisions with the goal toward improving their realtime skills and transcript production.

Presenter: Anthony Frisolone, RDR, CRR, CBC, CRI, FAPR. 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.

JUDICIAL TRACK: Power Up Your Posture – This interactive workshop will focus on specific strategies to reduce pain and stress to help court reporters function at their best, whether they work in courts, law offices, at companies that provide captioning or webcast services, at public events, in classrooms, or at home. Participants will learn how to get their body in gear before they sit down; quickly assume the most ergonomically correct position possible for a day’s work; use breaks to stretch the spine and relax neck, back, wrists and hands; keep blood flowing through the body while working; breathe to boost energy and stamina; and avoid common posture mistakes, such as twisting and overreaching. They will also learn how to use posture to improve mood and vocal production and to read back testimony with clarity and confidence.

Presenter: Marilynn Larkin, an personal trainer certified through the American Council on Exercise and group fitness instructor and award-winning medical writer/editor, has been involved in group fitness, dance, and strength training in various capacities for more than 20 years. She is the owner/creator of PosturAbility, the only posture enhancement-and-awareness program that addresses the physical and emotional benefits of better posture.

BUSINESS TRACK: Hot Topics in Ethics – Have you ever been in a professional dilemma and felt there was no answer? In this seminar, our panelists will address numerous hot-button ethical issues and how to handle them based on advisory opinions issued by NCRA’s Committee on Professional Ethics.

Presenters: Marianne Cammarota, RDR, CRR, FAPR, and Linda Larson, RPR, CRI. Marianne has been a court reporter for 30 years, at the forefront in New Jersey for court reporting technology and advancement of the profession. She is currently the owner of a freelance agency, Prout & Cammarota, LLC. Linda has been a court reporter since 1983 and is currently a certified LiveNote reporter.

10:15-11:45 a.m.
Concurrent seminars (Earn 0.15 CEUs for each seminar)

REALTIME TRACK: Welcome to the Big Apple … It’s a Mac World – Is switching to Apple right for you? Many reporters use iPhones and iPads, find out how integrating more Apple products into your reporting life will create efficiencies for you everyday.

Presenter: Sadie Herbert, RPR. Sadie has been a court reporter since 2006.

JUDICIAL TRACK: You Don’t Know Squat – Trademark topics for court reporting – What is the difference between a registered trademark and a trademark? David and Lisa Black will discuss a myriad of trademark topics affecting the court reporting profession, some practical tips for protecting your online identity, and the dangers of not doing so.

Presenters: David Black and Lisa Migliore Black. David and Lisa are the owners of Migliore & Associates, a court reporting firm in Louisville, Ky.

BUSINESS TRACK: Intersteno for Americans – Join a panel of Intersteno participants to learn about Intersteno. Who is it for? What is its purpose? Where does it meet? When does it meet? Why should we participate? Attendees will learn about the networking possibilities that Intersteno provides, the opportunities to visit other countries and see how they keep the record, and the competitions that challenge all participants.

Presenters: Pat Graves, RDR, CRR, CCP, FAPR; Darlene Pickard, RDR, CRR, CBC, CCP; Tori Pittman, RDR, CRI, FAPR. Pat founded Caption First in 1989 in Chicago, Ill. She is president, CEO, and lead writer of Caption First. Darlene has been a reporter for more than 24 years. Tori has been in the reporting field since 1990 and is Intersteno Task Force Chair and a participant in two Congresses.