NCRA Convention website banner



*Schedule subject to change

Daily Agenda


Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018

6:45 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration Open
6:45 – 8:15 a.m. Free Breakfast: Exclusive benefit for those booked within the discounted NCRA room block at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans AND registered for a convention package or workshop.
7:30 – 9 a.m.
School Owners/Administrators Breakfast and Think Tank - by invitation only
7:30 – 9 a.m.
Learning Zones (0.15 CEU)

Tough Love with Depoman
Michael Miller, FAPR, RDR, CRR

Becoming Realtime-Ready for the Captioning World
Saba McKinley, RPR, CRI
Want to learn more about realtime in a CART captioning setting? This session will give you the inside scoop as the presenter covers the importance of prefixes, suffixes, and stem words to increase translation rate and accuracy, as well as how to best serve the needs of people with hearing loss who use CART services.

Steno Speed Dating with Champions
Presenters:  Douglas Zweizig, RDR, CRR; Dana Hayden, RMR, CRR, CRC; Mark Kislingbury, FAPR, RDR, CRR; Dee Boenau, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC; Julie LaBadia, RDR, CRR, CRC; Jo Ann Bryce, RMR, CRR; and Ed Varallo, FAPR, RMR, CRR
Don’t miss this opportunity to rub shoulders with the champs. If you’ve ever dreamed of competing in NCRA’s National Speed and Realtime Contests, this is your chance to pick the brains of the best about how they prepare, calm their nerves, and the traits that make a champion.

The Future is Now! Join the Conversation to Identify the Challenges, Opportunities and Solutions Impacting the Court Reporting Industry
Presenter: Terri Campbell 
“What is the health and future of court reporting?”  It is easy to understand why one may ask this question based upon the dwindling number of certified court reporters in the field, poor governance in the use of technology to capture the record, stagnant rates, and the new generation’s lack of awareness nor desire to join the industry. With litigation continuing to grow at an accelerated pace, the need for court reporters to support litigation from deposition to trial isn’t going away; in fact, the opposite is true! Yet, the challenges are real and will require the best thinking and coordinated effort to establish a strong and vital vision (with action!) for our industry.
In this workshop, Terrie Campbell, CEO of Esquire Deposition Solutions, will discuss how to invigorate, grow and strengthen the industry by addressing what she’s calling the 3-C-Gap. This will be an exciting workshop you don’t want to miss. The second half will be a hands-on workshop and with all attendees engaged to identify and prioritize the key issues involved in the 3-C-Gap: Credibility, Capability, and Capacity. As a result of the moderated session, Esquire will issue a white paper summarizing the findings and recommendations from the workshop attendees. Make your voice heard by participating in this workshop!

7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Expo Hall Open
7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Student Learning Zone:  Day 2
  • 7:30 – 9 a.m.:  Good Reporter/Bad Reporter
  • 9:15 – 10:45 a.m.:  Online Skills Testing 
  • 11 – 11:45 a.m.:  Vendor/Expo Hall Time
  • 11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.:  Awards Luncheon
  • 2 – 3:30 p.m.:  What I Didn't Learn in Court Reporting School:  From the Perspective of a New Professional
  • 3:30 – 5 p.m.:  Attend concurrent seminar of your choice
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS) Certification Workshop (0.8 CEU) - requires registration 
Presenters:  Jason Levin, CLVS; Laura Smith, CLVS; LaJuana Pruitt, CLVS; Richard Hayden, CLVS; Mindy Sindiong, CLVS; and Jeff Sindiong, CLVS
The CLVS seminar provides attendees with a general overview of what it means to be a legal videographer.  Faculty will cover the use of video in the legal system, components of a deposition recording system, and the basics of audio/video equipment.
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Teachers' Workshop - this workshop is included in a full registration
  • 9 – 10 a.m.: Teacher Roundtable:  Strategies for Building Speed and Accuracy (0.1 CEU)
  • 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.:  DiscoverSteno™ - NCRA A to Z®  (0.15 CEU)
  • 11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.:  Awards Luncheon (No CEUs)
  • 1:45 – 3:15 p.m.:  CART and Captioning Careers (0.15 CEU)
  • 3:30 – 5 p.m.: The Challenges of Online Teaching (0.15 CEU)
9 – 10 a.m. Coffee Break in Expo Hall 
9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
Learning Zones (0.1 CEU)
Oh, the Places You Can Go in the Captioning and Reporting Profession
Presenter:  Cindy L. Isaacsen, RPR
Living and working in different states and in a foreign country taught Cindy many lessons and helped shape her into the fierce advocate she is today. She takes you through all the amazing places and experiences this exciting career has taken her. You will also learn how to start looking for open doors and how to knock on the closed ones! This session will leave you with a clear understanding and idea of how one person CAN have an impact.
They Don't Call Me "Early" for Nothing
Presenter:  Erlyn "Early" Langley, RMR
Join Early for this impactful session that continues the conversation from an article that she wrote for the January 2018 JCR. She will take you through deposition and trial readiness, including what to do before the job, how to maximize your commute to work, where to start when you arrive at the job and much more. Early has so many tips and tricks to guide you through the end of the job routine that has helped shape her career. She also will share tips, tricks, and insights into navigating networking, agencies, and most of all attitudes!
Intersteno:  The Home for Guardians of the Written Word the World Over
Presenters:  Tori Pittman, FAPR, RDR, CRI; and Sheri Smargon, RDR, CRR, CRC            
Have you ever wondered what in the world Intersteno is all about?  In this session, Intersteno veteran Tori Pittman will share her insights and share tips with attendees on traveling to the Intersteno Congress 2019 in Sardinia, Italy.  Intersteno brings a whole new level to contests!  Attendees are welcome to bring their machines to the session to get a hands-on feel for what the competition is all about. 

Stenograph: Vendor Showcase Seminar
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Learning Zone (0.1 CEU)
Financial Wellness in the "Gig Economy"
Presenter:  Janet Meinheit
Financial wellness for small business owners and contractors is paramount to success. Join Janet as she walks you through tips and tricks for a healthy and wealthy life in an environment or "gig economy" where short term work engagements abound. Walk away from this session with tangible takeaways on how to sustain a more balanced and financially healthy lifestyle!
"The Extra Degree"
Presenter:  Paulita Kundid, FAPR, RPR, Holly Kapacinskas, RPR, CRR, CRC            
Extraordinary results begin with one small change.  At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. With boiling water comes steam, and steam can power a locomotive. That one extra degree makes all the difference. Because it’s that one extra degree of effort, in business and life, that separates the good from the great. In this age of casual Friday, the gig economy, and “colorful” vocabulary, the importance of professionalism can be underestimated. Join our speakers for an interactive seminar highlighting the value of the extra effort, care and attention to detail that goes into creating great results. So prepare to up your professional game… one extra degree!        
Theater Captioning 101
Presenters:  Linda Hershey, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC; and Karyn Menck, RDR, CRR, CRC
Intrigued by theater captioning? This seminar will guide participants through all the ins and outs of theater captioning. You will learn how to prepare for a live theater production, work with a play script, director, actors, and anyone inside the exciting theater world!

Hear from the Lawyers: Leveraging Technology to Gain a Competitive Advantage
Presenters:   Caroline Song Lloyd, Esq.; and  
Alex Borchert, Esq.
Hear firsthand from lawyers about what attorneys want from court reporters. Specifically, the panel will discuss how using technology can allow court reporters to gain a significant  advantage over their competition.

11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.  Awards Luncheon - ticketed event
1:45 – 3:15 p.m.
Learning Zones (0.15 CEU)
Trial Counsel:  How They Depend on the Court Reporter from Deposition to Trial and Beyond!
Presenter:  Sharla J. Frost, Esq.
Hear the latest in litigation trends throughout the United States involving talc-related cases, both industrial and cosmetic, plus Big Pharma and intellectual property. Sharla will give participants a behind the scenes look at preparing the reporter for technical cases and an even closer look at what attorneys want and need from their court reporter at the deposition, in the courtroom and beyond.
Spellcheck:  The Good, the Bad and the Embarrassing!
Presenter:  Teresa Evans, RMR, CRR
Refresh your knowledge on those tricky homonym word pairs that can trip up even the most seasoned reporter. Relying on spellcheck is a good first pass, but it is never the final answer in preparing that perfect transcript!

Federal Court 101
Douglas Zweizig, RDR, CRR; Kimberly J. Allen, RMR, CRR; Judith A. Ammons, RPR, CRR; Carol Farrell, RDR, CRR, CRC, CRI; Rebekah Lockwood, RPR, CRR; Mary V. Thompson, RMR
A panel of federal official court reporters with a wide variety of experience will offer insights about what it’s like to work for the federal judiciary. The discussion will cover the daily ins and outs of the job, pros and cons, and advice for those wanting to enter their ranks. A question and answer period will wrap up the session.

eCourtReporters: Vendor Showcase Seminar
3:30 – 5 p.m.
Learning Zones (0.15 CEU)
Being Proactive vs. Reactive
Presenter:  Cindy Isaacsen, RPR
Are you prepared to advocate for your job?  You may have to take on whatever government or state agency wants to replace you at any given time. Don't walk away from any table or conversation wondering what you should have said or how you are going to save your job after the fact. Learn how one association went from reactive to proactive, and how you can help your board and state association protect the profession. Expect to be informed, energized, encouraged, and inspired during this enlightening session. (We hear prizes might be involved!)
Allocatur, Al Cotter or Alligator?  What the Heck Did They Just Say? Back to the Swamp!
Presenter:  Melanie Humphrey-Sonntag, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC
We are continuing the conversation and fun from the 2017 Convention in Vegas, where we learned about mishears/don't hears/possible quick catch-ups and more. Join Melanie for Round Two of laughter, fun, education, and the opportunity to shine when you wrestle alligators in your own swamp!
The Power of Job Dictionaries and Dictionary Maintenance
Presenters:  Sandra Burns, RPR, CRR; and Joanne McKenzie, RPR, CRR, CRC, CRI
Unleash the power of dictionary development and management!  See first-hand how incorporating multiple dictionaries can enhance your translation rate. Participants will learn best practices in the area of dictionary management, preparing for a new event/job, filtering and general maintenance. Whether you are an official, freelancer, or captioner, you won't want to miss this action packed session full of the best dictionary tips and tricks.

Vendor Showcase: EV360 Realtime and Speedbuilding Software
Presenters:  EV360 Team

Get an in-depth look into the unique features of EV360.  Building speed and developing realtime skills should not be a “one approach fits all.” EV360 Ultimate incorporates seven independent modules that allow users to focus on developing skills to write faster, focus on realtime accuracy, self-evaluate transcriptions, attempt tests, and receive unique visual and human feedback.  EV360 is a tool that produces the results our profession needs: Schools are staying open, students are progressing, and working reporters are becoming certified.  EV360 Ultimate, with its optional live class schedule, provides court reporting students, educators, and working professionals a successful alternative to other dictation websites, services, and software.

6 – 7:15 p.m.  VIP Reception (hosted by our 2018-2019 NCRA President, Sue Terry) - VIP registration required to attend this event
7:30 – 11:30 p.m.
Member Recognition Gala: Unmask Your Potential (Masquerade Ball hosted by our 2018-2019 NCRA President, Sue Terry) - ticketed event
Join your fellow attendees for our closing party celebrating the hard work, dedication, and advocacy of all our members. There will be dinner, drinks, and yes, dancing!  This event is a masquerade-themed gala, dress code is completely up to you and your comfort level. Come dressed to impress in masquerade ball attire or in your favorite outfit -- it is completely up to you! -- but definitely bring your dancing shoes. 


Daily agenda

Sun Aug 5 schedule


Thur Aug 2 schedule


Fri Aug 3 schedule


Sat Aug 4 schedule


Sun Aug 5 schedule