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2017 NCRA Convention & Expo - Schedule at a glance

 

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Wednesday, Aug. 9

8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

NCRA Board Meeting

9–10 a.m.

National Speed Contest

5:30–7 p.m.

National Committee of State Associations (NCSA) reception.  By invitation only

Thursday, Aug. 10

7 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

Registration open

 7–8:30 a.m.

Free breakfast:  exclusive for those participants that are booked in the NCRA Room Block at Planet Hollywood AND registered for a convention package or workshop

8 a.m.–5 p.m. 

Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC) Workshop, Day 1 (Day 1+2 = 1.2 CEUs)

 8:30–11 a.m.

NCRA Annual Business Meeting

8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Full day Vendor Training Zones (Earn 0.7 CEU for each workshop).  Separate registration is required for these workshops. 

  • Advantage Software
  • Stenograph
  • Stenovations

8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Certified Reporting Instructor (CRI) Orientation, Day 1 (Day 1+2 = 1.3 CEUs)

12–5 p.m.

Expo Hall open

1–2 p.m

National Realtime Contest

2–5 p.m.

National Committee of State Associations (NCSA) Meeting

6–6:30 p.m.

"Only New Once" First-Timer reception

6:30–8 p.m.

Opening reception in Expo Hall. Ticketed event.

Friday, Aug. 11

6:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Registration open

6:30–8 a.m. 

Free breakfast:  exclusive for those participants that are booked in the NCRA Room Block at Planet Hollywood AND registered for a convention package or workshop

7:15–8:45 a.m.

Learning zones (earn 0.15 CEU for each seminar)

  • Keep yourself safe: Say something
  • A Toolkit for the new professional
  • Stenographer operations at Guantanamo Bay
  • Fast, faster, fastest

7-8:30 a.m.

Expo Hall open.  Expo Hall will close from 8:45–11:15 a.m. for the Premier Session

7:30–8:30 a.m. 

Coffee break with exhibitors in Expo Hall

8 a.m.–5 p.m.  

Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS) Production Exams.  Prior registration is required.

8 a.m.–5:45 p.m.

Student learning zone, Day 1

  • 8–8:45: Welcome and orientation
  • 9–11: Premier Session and Installation of NCRA’s Board of Directors
  • 11:30–1: Steno speed dating
  • 2:30–4: Exclusive Student reception / Meet and greet with the NCRA Board of Directors (must be registered for the event as a student to attend)
  • 4:15–5:45: Business of being a reporter

8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Certified Reporting Instructor (CRI) Orientation, Day 2.  (Day 1 + 2 = 1.3 CEUs)

8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS) Seminar, Day 1 (Day 1 + 2 = 1.3 CEUs)

9–11 a.m.

Premier Session: Installation of Officers and a "Can't Miss"  keynote presentation with Celebrity Speaker and Daredevil, Steve Wyrick. (0.1 CEU).

(must be registered for a convention package to attend).

 11:15 a.m.–5 p.m.

Expo Hall open

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Learning zones (earn 0.15 CEU for each seminar)

  • International Depositions 101
  • How marketable am I?
  • Advanced realtime writing: A tough love spin-off
  • Vendor:  Stenograph Showcase

11:30 a.m.–5:45 p.m.

Punctuation workshop (0.45 CEU). Ticketed event.

12:15–5 p.m.

Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC) Workshop, Day 2 (Day 1+2 = 1.2 CEUs)

1–2:30 p.m.

NCRF Angels Luncheon.  By invitation only.

2:30–4 p.m.

Learning zones (earn 0.15 CEU for each seminar)

  • Gadgets and gizmos
  • Proving good ergonomics is good business
  • Firm Owners roundtable: What firm owners and captioning agencies are looking for in new hires
  • Vendor:  Honing your skills with Realtime Coach

4:15–5:45 p.m.

Learning zones (earn 0.15 CEU for each seminar)

  • Negotiation 101
  • Marketing 101 for Official Reporters
  • Preserving the profession - how to promote and spread the word
  • Vendor:  eCourt Reporters - Schedule direct.  Get paid your rates.

5:15–6:15 p.m.

Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC) exam

6–7 p.m.

CART and Captioning reception. Ticketed event.

6–7 p.m.

Legal Videographer reception. Ticketed event.

Saturday, Aug. 12

 6:45–8:15 a.m.

Free breakfast:  exclusive for those participants that are booked in the NCRA Room Block at Planet Hollywood AND registered for a convention package or workshop

7 a.m.–6 p.m.

Registration open

7:30-9 a.m. 

School Owners and Administrators Breakfast and Roundtable.  By invitation only.

7:30–9 a.m.

Learning zones (earn 0.15 CEU for each seminar)

  • Hot topics in ethics
  • Destination: High-tech courtroom
  • What lawyers want
  • Intersteno - Berlin and beyond

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Expo Hall open
*Expo Hall ends Saturday at 5 p.m. – No Expo Hall on Sunday.

8:15 a.m.–5:45 p.m. 

Student learning zone, Day 2

  • 8:15–9:45: How to compete with some of the best
  • 10–11: Online skills testing - see it for yourself
  • 11:45–1:45: NCRA Awards Luncheon
  • 2–3:45: Vendor/Expo Hall time
  • 4:15–5:45: Attend concurrent seminar of your choice

8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS) Production Exams

8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.  

Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS) Seminar, Day 2 (Day 1 + 2 = 1.3 CEUs)

8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Teachers Workshop (Earn 0.15 CEU for each module)

  • 8:30-10: Creating a positive learning environment through effective classroom management
  • 10-11:30: Realtime writers grant:  The benefits of grants and beyond
  • 2-3:30: Court reporting school and onboarding:  A firm owners perspective
  • 4-5:30: Dynamic Experiential Learning

9–10 a.m.

Coffee break with exhibitors in Expo Hall

10–11:30 a.m.

Learning zones (earn 0.15 CEU for each seminar)

  • Finding your voice: How to take control of your environment
  • Open-source for Steno: free online web tools for a smoother workflow
  • What exactly does it take to become a broadcast captioner
  • Beyond English
  • Vendor:  Dreams becoming reality with Stenovations

11:45 a.m.–1:45 p.m.

Awards luncheon. Ticketed event.

2–3:30 p.m.

Learning zones (earn 0.15 CEU for each seminar)

  • NCRA Skills Tests Lifecycle:  From creation to passing with flying colors
  • Technological advancements to help you sell transcript copies
  • How to write your best for test day
  • Tech tips and tricks

 2:30–5:30 p.m.

Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR) Boot Camp.  Additional registration required for this workshop.

4–5:30 p.m.

Learning zones (earn 0.15 CEU for each seminar)

  • Allocatur, Al Cotter, Alligator - What did he just say?
  • There's an app for that
  • Ditch the transcripts:  Captioning is for you
  • Hot button issues for official reporters

7:30–11:30 p.m.

President's party. Ticketed event.

Sunday, Aug. 13

7–8:30 a.m.

Free breakfast:  exclusive for those participants that are booked in the NCRA Room Block at Planet Hollywood AND registered for a convention package or workshop

8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS) Production Exams [Experienced Candidate Track]

8:30–10 a.m.

Learning zones (earn 0.15 CEU for each seminar)

  • Work/life balance:  How to juggle it all
  • Negotiating tips for the new freelancers
  • CART Captioners and ASL interpreters working together

9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS) Seminar, Day 3 (Day 1+2+3 = 1.95 CEUs)

10:15–11:45 a.m.

Learning zones (earn 0.15 CEU for each seminar)

  • Be the best Court reporter you can be
  • Writing for realtime
  • Transitioning from judicial reporting to CART captioning