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Gadsden State Community College Campus Convention

July 14, 2011

NCRA held its eighth mini campus convention on June 7 at Gadsden State Community College in Gadsden, Ala. NCRA Board Secretary-Treasurer Bruce Matthews, who served as the keynote speaker for the 23 students in attendance, emphasized taking pride in what you do and drew examples from his own background to explain the wide variety of topics the graduates could be exposed to in future depositions and trials. He also noted the importance of learning to create briefs on the fly.

The full line-up of seminars began with a seminar on battling test nerves by Marybeth Everhart. The Honorable Allen Millican, Circuit Judge of Etowah County, Ala., and his court reporter, Janet Hereford, then discussed their experience with realtime reporting (and how addicted the judge has become). Following lunch and time to visit the vendors, Scott Graham, Janet Hereford, Sandy Bain-Moon, and Sabrina Lewis held a panel discussion on reporting in Alabama. Sandy Bain-Moon then spoke about running and marketing your firm, demonstrating, along with a trial presentation specialist from her firm, examples of the litigation tools the top reporting firms are offering to their clients as value-added services. Sabrina Lewis then discussed some of the critical topics for new graduates to be aware of: NCRA certifications, the Code of Professional Ethics, the importance of networking, meeting deadlines, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Gadsden State’s new college president, Raymond Staats, dropped by to introduce himself to the students and to thank NCRA for hosting this exciting campus event. And The Gadsden Times memorialized the day with a June 28 article titled “GSCC Hosts National Court Reporters Association Convention.”