2018 Convention Schedule - earn up to 1.9 CEU's


2:00 pm - 9:00 pm    REGISTRATION

2:00 pm - 5:30 pm    Speed Contest
Show off your skills at this year’s annual convention and compete for the title of California’s Court Reporter Speed Champion!  CCRA’s Annual Speed Contest is back and will consist of two five-minutes tests.  The first test will be a two-voice dictation at 270 wpm, and the second test will be a legal opinion dictation at 220 wpm.  Both dictations will be five minutes in duration and each candidate will have 90 minutes to transcribe each test.  The top three contestants who rank the highest average above 95% on both tests combined will be awarded first, second, and third place, respectively, with the first place winner being declared the California Court Reporter Speed Champion! Requirements: You must bring your equipment.  USB thumb drives will be provided to submit tests.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm    Student Meet & Greet with Board & Mentors

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm    CCRA-Approved Pro Tempore Certification (Seminar & Exam), Brooke Ryan & Bob Sullivan
(0.15 CEUs)

Court versus freelance.  Have you found yourself working in court lately?  As a freelancer, you will find there are many obstacles and hoops to jump through to work in a civil courtroom.  Join us for an in-depth discussion on the ins and outs of government work.  There will be a guideline for general court work as well as one for civil appeals specifically provided and an exam after the seminar. Once you pass, there will be a certificate of completion provided.

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm    StenOps at Guantanamo Bay, Andrea Couch, CSR, RDR, CRR, CRC
(0.10 CEUs)

Considered to be one of the best-ever NCRA seminars, listen to the amazing story of the court reporters who are witness to the USS Cole and 9/11 terrorist trials at Guantanamo Bay and their personal and professional challenges.  A riveting and highly-entertaining story of the court reporting “wizards” writing history!
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm    Welcome Reception & Hosted Bar                                                         
9:00 pm - 10:00pm    President's Reception


6:00 am        EXHIBITOR SET-UP

7:00 am - 7:00 pm    REGISTRATION

7:00 am - 9:00 am    CRG & CCG Exams (30 Min Each Test), Brooke Ryan & Lesia Mervin
7:00 am – 8:00 am    How to Pass the CRG & CCG Exams
(CEU's pending)
Do you want to add more initials behind your name?  Lesia will not only go over our past CRG and CCG tests, she will cover our grading procedure, format guidelines, and she will provide useful tips and tricks for passing both the CRG and CCG.  You will be ready to pass that test after this helpful seminar!
8:00 am – 8:30 am    CCG Exam
The Certified CART Generalist (CCG) exam will be 15- minute professionally recorded dictation test.  The first 5 minutes will be lead-in, with the last 10 minutes graded.  The examination will be given at 180 words per minute.  96% accuracy is required to pass the test (76 errors total allowed). Pass it once, remain a CCRA member in good standing, and the CRG and CCG are certificates you can proudly claim forever.
8:30 am – 9:00 am    CRG Exam
The Certified Realtime Generalist (CRG) exam is a five-minute professionally recorded dictation test given at 200 Q&A with a maximum of 40 errors, 96% accuracy, with a two-minute lead-in.  Pass it once, remain a CCRA member in good standing, and the CRG and CCG are certificates you can proudly claim forever. (USB thumb drives will be provided to submit tests.)
7:00 am - 8:30 am    Ergonomics for the Working Reporter, Carolyn Dasher
(0.15 CEU's)

As a Court Reporter, your body reacts to the positions and postures you use while on the record. Sitting properly oftentimes requires strengthening your core and releasing tension. This ergonomic class will teach you techniques for sitting properly and exercises to help you strengthen your core to build endurance for your long on-the-record time.
7:30 am - 7:00 pm    Exhibits Open

7:30 am - 9:00 am    Breakfast with Exhibitors
9:00 am - 10:30 am    BREAKOUT SESSIONS (concurrent 0.15 CEU's)
Fluctuant Freelancing: Unusual Circumstances in the Field, Early Langley
In this presentation, you will learn how to navigate those out-of-the-ordinary situations in freelance reporting such as confidential portions of transcripts, arbitration procedures, Federal rules, and more.  Become familiar with these procedures before they pop up on your next job so you’re prepared for how to handle them.  Knowledge increases productivity!

Death Penalty Certification – Part 1, Bob Sullivan
As the words reverberate throughout the courthouse, "it's a death penalty case", everyone gets extremely excited. But what does that mean for the reporter who may just be filling in on calendar that day? The reality is you are about to report a slice of history and your record will not be put to death unless and until the defendant is. So don't be surprised when you open that mailbox to find another notice to prepare a transcript...when you are enjoying retirement 25 years. That's right, welcome to the world of Capital Cases!  This is a 2-Part Session.

Prepare for the Written Knowledge CSR or RPR, Margie Wakeman Wells
Be a smart test-taker. Increase your chances of doing well on the Professional Practices or English portions of the CSR or the WKT of the RPR. When you know a few of the “short cuts” to taking tests, you can focus on the content and really show what you know. Come to this session and improve your test-taking abilities – and pick up some tips specifically on the English section of the CSR.

Providing remote CART and Captioning using StreamText, Nick Wilkie
Learn why StreamText has been used by captioners, CART and court reporting service providers since 2003. This seminar will review in detail how to use StreamText.Net for applications including remote CART, Court Reporting, Internet video captioning, WebEx, Zoom, YouTube and working with Adobe Connect Pro. See how easy it is to deliver your realtime services anywhere with StreamText.Net. There will be live demonstrations for many of the platforms like Zoom and Adobe Connect.
10:30 am - 10:45 am    Break with Exhibitors
10:45 am - 12:15 pm    BREAKOUT SESSIONS (concurrent 0.15 CEU's)
Business Owners of the New Generation, Andrea Couch, CSR, RDR, CRR, CRC, & Rachel Barkume, CSR, RPR
Generation Y and Millennials are no longer just moving into the workforce; they are building their own brands and starting their own businesses.  Learn from two such professionals who are navigating the waters of business and leadership in a new professional climate.  From Baby Boomers to Gen Zers, we can all learn from each other.  There are opportunities for everyone in our industry, whether you desire the more traditional work experience or the out-of-the-ordinary one.  Change doesn’t have to be scary and threatening; come see how we can make it fun and exciting!

Death Penalty Certification – Part 2, Bob Sullivan
As the words reverberate throughout the courthouse, "it's a death penalty case", everyone gets extremely excited. But what does that mean for the reporter who may just be filling in on calendar that day? The reality is you are about to report a slice of history and your record will not be put to death unless and until the defendant is. So don't be surprised when you open that mailbox to find another notice to prepare a transcript...when you are enjoying retirement 25 years. That's right, welcome to the world of Capital Cases!  This is a 2-Part Session.

Practicing Efficiently to Pass the CSR, Mike Hensley, CSR, RMR, RPR
It’s possibly the biggest test of your life, but how do you prepare?  This session will discuss ways to prepare mentally and physically to help future court reporters take on the CSR exam and to come out a success.

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.

For the Advanced Captioner, Regina DeMoville
In this advanced captioning class, participants will learn how to connect and use different captioning platforms such as Adobe Connect, Blackboard, Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype, GoToMeeting, etc. Participants will also learn how to do scripting in BCS, how to do macros from their machines, shortcut editing tips and troubleshooting captioning setups. At the end of this class, we will open it up to participants for questions. We will all learn how to become better captioners with this advanced captioning class!

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm    Break with Exhibitors
2:15 pm - 3:45 pm    BREAKOUT SESSIONS (concurrent 0.15 CEU's)
You Can Never Know Too Much About Commas!
, Margie Wakeman Wells
Are you “comma happy”? Do you put in a comma whenever there is a pause? Do you get nervous when there are three or four lines with no punctuation? Don’t you think you should toss in a comma somewhere? This seminar will begin with an overall look at how commas work and what we need to
know about every comma we put into our transcripts. The question we will explore is this: one comma, a pair of commas, or no commas?
Then we will take a look at some of the basic comma rules (with a few twists and turns) and some of the more obscure comma rules that are rarely discussed or explained. You know a comma goes before and when there is an independent sentence after. What if there is “well, Your Honor” after the and before the rest of the sentence? What do you do? In another scenario, you have “But, again, sir, well, we have to get some answers here”? Isn’t that too many commas?
All in all, this is a day for the punctuation-savvy reporter to hone comma skills and for the “Help me; help me” reporter to get a handle on the intricacies of commas. What more fun could we have than spending a part of the day delving into commas?

The Court Reporters Board and Your Career, Toni O'Neil
For most reporters, their awareness of the Court Reporters Board is from taking “The Test” or because that is the name they write on the check when mailing in the annual license renewal fee. Don’t miss the chance to learn more about the entity that holds your license in its metaphorical hands!  Join Governor licensee Board member Toni O’Neill to gain new awareness about how to maintain compliance under the statutes and regulations along with the ethical concerns that govern the practice of freelance and official reporters.

Mentor You/Mentor Me, Gerie Bunch, CSR, RPR & Bob Sullivan
Come to our seminar about utilizing our experienced and business savvy reporters to mentor you throughout your training and beginning reporting, whether it be freelance, court, CART, or captioning.  And you can mentor us by sharing your views and experiences about being a student and new reporter.

CCG Written Knowledge – Part 1,
Mark Crossley & Regina DeMoville
A live instruction and workshop to prepare for the WKT CCG.
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm    Break with Exhibitors
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm     BREAKOUT SESSIONS (concurrent 0.15 CEU's)
Punctuating in Realtime, Steve Kosmata & Margie Wakeman Wells
Bring your machine for this interactive session!  Learn how to punctuate in realtime to improve your translation and cut back on that editing time.  Steve and Margie will share tips on why that punctuation is there, as well as what key words to listen for that would prompt some punctuation.  This will be a fun and informative session to take your realtime to the next level.

You Are The Change, NCRA’s A to Z Program, Brooke Ryan
Find out why NCRA’s DiscoverSteno A to Z Intro to Shorthand Machine program is gaining traction in introducing potential court reporting students to a career in reporting or captioning across the country.  On site or online, the free, six-week program is the most innovative effort yet to get students into the classroom and into the court reporting and captioning workforce.

Voice Writers Explained, Sarah Marshall
Join Sarah Marshall, official court reporter from Kansas City, Missouri, as she explains her method of taking down the record in her court – voice writing.  As the need for more court reporters rises, alternate methodologies are being explored nationwide.  Ever wondered how voice writing actually works?  Sarah will share the basics of voice writing, from the vocal cues to identify speakers to how CAT software is used. 

CCG Written Knowledge – Part 2 (Exam Portion), Mark Crossley & Regina DeMoville
The CCG WKT consists of 50 questions, multiple choice and true and false. The questions are mainly based on CART captioning in the classroom and the courtroom.  Test takers have 90 minutes to complete the exam. (Must Attend WKT CCG Part 1) 

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm    EXHIBITOR RECEPTION

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm    Firm Owners Reception

6:30 pm - 8:00pm    DINE AROUNDS

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm    Reception


7:00 am - 8:30 am    PACCRA Walk / Run
7:00 am - 7:00 pm    REGISTRATION

7:00 am - 8:00 am     Mock CSR with CSR Readers
With the CSR just around the corner, students can do a practice run-through of a Mock CSR. Instructors will explain the process of taking the CSR, tell you what you can expect, and share with you their valued test-taking tips. So bring your charged machines and check your nerves at the door.
7:00 am - 8:30 am    Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:30 am - 10:00 am    Dynamex and You, Kim Lucia, Esq.

(0.15 CEU's)
Why you must attend: The Dynamex ruling, recently issued by the California Supreme Court, could dramatically affect the court reporting profession in the State of California. This ruling will affect ALL court reporters in our state. Are you a freelancer, either hired by a court-reporting firm, or as a Pro Tempore working in court? You will be affected.  Are you a freelancer covering depositions, arbitrations, and/or hearings? You will be affected.  Are you a CART provider or captioner working for one or more firms? You will be affected.
9:00 am - 11:00 am    BREAKOUT SESSIONS (concurrent 0.20 CEU's)
Eclipse Shortcuts, Michael Starkman
Learning how to create your own editing shortcuts can really speed up your editing time. Learn how to shave dozens, if not more, steps during every transcript editing session.

How Case Catalyst Can Shorten Your Editing Time!, Toni O'Neil
Discover how you and Case Catalyst together can decrease your editing time. Whether it is using macros with the keyboard, discovering shortcuts in editing, or fine-tuning the many features you are currently utilizing with the CATalyst software, this session will enable you a gain a greater awareness of the shortcuts available in Case Catalyst that will enable you to shorten the time spent editing a transcript.  (Computers are welcome but optional.  The information in this seminar is based on Catalyst Version 18.5 and Version 19.)

StenoCAT - Editing Shortcuts and PDF Bookmarking updates, Rick Louie
In this seminar, you will learn the fastest ways to edit a transcript using our comprehensive keyboard shortcuts and macros.  You will also learn how to record and edit/customize your own macros and keyset for even more efficiency.  Learn how to create fully searchable PDF files and use the new PDF bookmarking features that comply with the new California Rules of Court changes.

ProCAT Users Powwow, Therese Clausen
Join other ProCAT users at this session to share tips and tricks in the latest Winner software.  Ever wonder how others maximize their software’s productivity and usefulness?  Come prepared with questions for your peers and be ready to share your favorite features in this interactive users group seminar led by long-time ProCAT user, Therese Clausen.
10:00 am - 11:00 am    Battle Ready – CCRA 2019 Legislative Agenda, Ignacio Hernandez
(0.10 CEUs)
Join CCRA’s esteemed lobbyist in this session to learn about the legislative process, the fights we may be continuing from previous years, and to give us your input on legislation we should explore in this next legislative session.  There are many changes affecting our industry this year and we need to be ready proactively!  We need all voices to be heard.  That means YOU!  Learn from the experts how we can advance our industry into the future.  Be part of the change.

11:00 am - 11:15 am    Break with Exhibitors

11:15 am - 12:15 pm    BREAKOUT SESSIONS (concurrent 0.10 CEU's)
Health & Wellness, Robert Thayer
Come and learn how you can prepare your body and brain to endure a full day of writing on your machine and still have energy at the end of the day.

It's Not Just in Your Head:  Managing Performance Anxiety, Ana Fatima Costa
Whether in school, at the CSR, or at a job, it is common to experience fear and anxiety about your performance. When confronted with a challenging situation, your body goes on high alert, preparing you for possible danger, as your brain scans past memories of similar events and starts pumping “fight or flight” stress hormones (i.e., if you’ve taken the CSR more than once, or a difficult client shows up). Performance anxiety occurs in many scenarios, including when performing in front of others (reading back) or fearful of being negatively evaluated (realtime) and is so common it has its own diagnosis in the psychiatric manual of mental disorders, DSM-5.  In this interactive workshop, learn the importance of preparation, how to minimize symptoms, and a scientifically proven way to self-mastery and control.

Firm Owners Roundtable, Rachel Barkume & Carolyn Dasher
Join CCRA’s President and President-Elect in a roundtable discussion addressing the needs, concerns, and ideas of California-based firm owners.  CCRA is committed to its freelance members and the owners of the firms in our state.  Topics in this session will include the recent Dynamex decision and how it affects court reporting agencies, as well as brainstorming for the future of the court reporting profession.  Make your voices heard!  Help CCRA narrow down the pressing issues in the freelance market so that we may work together to fight for a solution.

Home and On The Go – Technology for the Productive Reporter, Mike Hensley, CSR, RMR, RPR
As a freelance reporter, I’ve got gadgets and gizmos aplenty, and I’d love to show them to you.  This session will highlight current technology available to our industry that will help you work smarter, not harder.  In addition, we’ll discuss effective ways to transport all of those thingamabobs wherever you may go.
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm    CART LUNCHEON with Special Guests
(0.10 CEUs)
Join us during our CART luncheon on Sunday, October 7th, to hear from three experts in the field of CART. Our three speakers include: Mark Crossley, a CART captioner and ASL interpreter for 42 years, Cassandra Smith, a CART consumer, and Katie Wright, Immediate Past President of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). These three will speak about their experiences with CART and why CART captioning is so important.
And finally, we will have a very special guest: Miss Amanda McDonough, Actress, Author, and Inspirational Speaker! She has been on TV shows such as Switched at Birth, Speechless, and Bad Judge. She will talk about her inspiring journey to find a balance between the hearing world she was raised in and the Deaf culture to which she now belongs. You do NOT want to miss this!
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm    BREAKOUT SESSIONS (concurrent 0.15 CEU's)
MOUs and Unions, Brooke Ryan & Sandy Walden
This jam-packed class will cover both CART captioners working with MOUs and official court reporters.  As the CART captioning field grows, come learn how to negotiate a contract and what you might want to get included in your future MOU.  Also, officials will be provided information from other courts, including real-time differentials, technology differentials, etc.
Get current information so you’re ready for your next negotiations!

The Inspiring Story of How Real Time Captioning Benefited the Hard of Hearing and Deaf, Amanda McDonough
When she lost her hearing, Amanda McDonough didn’t give up. With the help of her Captioners, she completed 2 college degrees in just 4 years. Since then she has become a successful business woman, a published author, and a popular Deaf actress on TV, in commercials, on stage and in films. She talks about the client perspective and how access to captioning has benefitted her life and contributed to her success.

Supportive Partnerships: Reporters, Scopists, and Proofreaders, Dayna Hester
Save Time! More Money!  If reporters are not available for reporting because they are backlogged on transcripts, that’s when we begin to hear threats of “other methods.”  Scopists are the bridge to heavier workloads with less or the same hours of work, which translates to more money!  Incorporating a scopist helps with time management of any level of workload.  Dayna will give insight on working together with our partners in our industry, scopists and proofreaders, so we stay on the leading edge of making the record.

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm    Break
3:45 pm - 5:15 pm    BREAKOUT SESSIONS (concurrent 0.15 CEU's)
New CSRs: What School Does Not Prepare You For, Lauren Biggins, CSR
This presentation will help prepare students for situations they will likely come across in their first years of working as a freelancer that school does not thoroughly prepare them for.

E-filing via YesLaw, Brian Clune & John Garnett
No more printed Transcripts! YesLaw for Officials
This is a s session for those interested in going paperless and those that are already using the YesLaw software to submit transcripts to the court and Attorneys. We will cover making a transcript from your CAT software output, how to modify your settings to automate as much of the production as possible, and how to create a multi-volume appeal transcript. Bring your Laptop to follow along.
For those attending E-Filing for Officials & E-Filing for Freelancers,  installation and activation of the YesLaw e-filing software is a prerequisite to attending this class!!!
Click here to download the 30-day FREE trial software and follow the instructions for activation.
If you have any difficulty downloading or activating your software, please call YesLaw Customer Support at 1-800-910-5009.
To get the most out of this seminar, it is necessary that you bring your laptop with the software downloaded and activated. 

Take the Stress out of Convention Captioning, Lindsay Stoker
Whether you are new to captioning, or are a seasoned CART captioner, this session is for everyone. Join the discussion on frequently encountered issues, various outputs, genres, and tips and tricks

Freelancing in 2018, Jennifer Esquivel
Freelancers – new and seasoned and everything in between! – this is your chance to brainstorm, create, and collaborate with colleagues about how to tackle the challenges in the world of depositions.  Some of us work for multiple agencies; some of us work for just a couple.  Either way, we want to help each of you succeed in the world of paper trails, electronic files, and who wants what which way.  Join Jennifer, the chair of our Deposition Freelance Advisory Committee and our secretary-treasurer, to hear some of her methods for keeping up with the fast-paced world of freelancing, and share what works best for you, too!
5:15 pm - 6:15 pm    Last Call with Exhibitors
6:15 pm - 8:00 pm     DINNER ON YOUR OWN

6:15 pm - 9:15 pm      Paint & Sip
(click here to register - only 33 spots available!)

8:00 pm      Reception


7:00 am - 9:00 am    REGISTRATION
8:00 am - 9:00 am      Coffee & Tea
9:00 am - 11:00 am    Talk it Out with the CCRA Board of Directors
(0.20 CEUs)
The lines of communication are OPEN!  During this two-hour session to round off our annual convention, we will be coming together as an association to discuss the issues that matter to us most.  Think of it as a networking opportunity on steroids!  How can we, as an association, help you as a reporter or captioner in California?  This association is about you, our members, and we need to know how we can serve you.  Topics will undoubtedly include the Dynamex decision, the Jameson decision, CART and Captioning requirements, licensing, student recruitment, pending and future legislation, and anything else our members need us to hear!  Close out 2018 and enter 2019 with a new vision for your future and the future of our amazing profession.


*Convention schedule subject to change*
* CEU's - pending approval