CCRA's 102nd Annual Convention

Agenda

FRIDAY • OCTOBER 5, 2012

10:30 am 
Golf Tournament

1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Registration Open

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Part I - RealLegal Provides Certified LiveNote Reporter Training – Mireya Duffy, Pam Marty & Sunny Hann – Attorneys love realtime, so why not offer realtime ALL THE TIME? RealLegal and CCRA are partnering to provide you with this valuable training. In this session, you will have the opportunity to become a Certified LiveNote Reporter. The CLR certification advances the role of technology in court reporting. In addition to learning about the technical aspects of realtime, you’ll receive guidance and hands-on experience with software, hardware, and the tools necessary to utilize RealLegal tools and provide the preferred e-Transcript format to your clients. All reporters who become CLRs are eligible to receive five Token-free West LiveNote licenses for the loaner laptops, LiveNote Stream Manager (for facilitating Internet real-time jobs), Prepaid NCRA CEU points, and more. Why not add real-time proficiencies to your portfolio? You will be glad you did!
Please note this is part 1 of a two part class for a total of 8 hours. Limited to 40 participants.

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
CONCURRENT SESSIONS  – .15 CEUs

Student Track
Meet & Greet; Reporter Bingo, Gerie Bunch & Saba McKinley – This class is an icebreaker, meet and greet, which will give students the opportunity to talk with reporters and mentors about what they do, how they got there and learn about the many different aspects of court reporting.

General Track
Punctuation – Part IEssential? Nonessential? Parenthetical?, Margie Wakeman Wells – There is so much discussion out there about what we need in the sentence and what we don’t. Do we surround everything we don’t need with commas? Is the statement “If I put commas around it, I can just throw it out of the sentence” really valid? Come to this session to talk about these issues. What does it mean to surround something with commas?

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Welcome Reception 

SATURDAY • OCTOBER 6, 2012

7:30 am – 6:30 pm
Registration Open

7:30 am – 9:00 am
Breakfast with Exhibitors and Ethics Jeopardy

9:00 am – 10:30 am
CONCURRENT SESSIONS – .15 CEUs

Student Track
Mock CSR WKT - English Skills Exam, Gerie Bunch – Bring your pencils and all you’ve learned for this practice English exam created by Margie Wakeman-Wells.  Students will have 45 minutes to complete.

Tech Track
StenoCAT Part I

Editing Essentials and a New Keyset,
Rick Louie – Editing on StenoCAT is becoming easier and easier.  Learn about the latest macros, keystrokes, and Smartkeys that are available. We will also load the new keysets and/or integrate them into your current keyset.  Some of the hot, new editing commands include brand-new ways to handle interruptions with dashes, speaker identifications, quotations, fast ways to do Internet searches, and many more.

ProCAT Part I
Innovation at its Best!,
Bob Bakva Join Bob Bakva, President of ProCAT, and learn about the all-new Impression writer! See how the Impression can make your writing better, save wear and tear on your hands, and make your life easier. In addition, you will see and learn about the powerful features of Winner Version 11 and the new enhancements to the software.

Stenograph Part I
Highlights of Case CATalyst Version 13,
Fred Middlebrooks & Cindi Hartman – Case CATalyst Version 13 contains exciting new features and enhancements that will enable greater ease and efficiency in nearly every area of your transcript production process.  In this class, you will become familiar with what’s new in Version 13 and learn how to take advantage of these features.

General Track
10 Tips for Transitioning from Court to CART, Saba McKinley – Our industry is changing rapidly and many are interested in the world of CART as a profession. This workshop will give you tips on transitioning from working as an official court reporter to a CART provider. We will discuss many of the important factors to consider when transitioning from Court to CART.

Health & Wellness
Oh, My Aching Back!  What to do About It, Jack PassarellaCourt reporting demands a significant amount of hand, arm, and shoulder manipulation. This seminar is designed to reduce your exposures to Repetitive Motion Injuries (RMIs) and give you the tools to prevent pain and physical injury. We will review the types of injuries and their causes, work station setup, exercises, and risk factors. With the proper knowledge and techniques, you can ensure that you have a long, pain-free and successful career.

10:45 am – 12:15 pm
CONCURRENT SESSIONS – .15 CEUs

Student Track
Mock Written Review - English - Preparing for the English Portion of the CSR, Margie Wakeman-Wells – Come get some practical tips on test-taking in general. We will review the points covered on the test.

Tech Track
StenoCAT Part II
Editing Essentials and a New Keyset, Rick Louie – Editing on StenoCAT is becoming easier and easier.  Learn about the latest macros, keystrokes, and Smartkeys that are available.  We will also load the new keysets and/or integrate them into your current keyset.  Some of the hot, new editing commands include brand-new ways to handle interruptions with dashes, speaker identifications, quotations, fast ways to do Internet searches, and many more.

ProCAT Part II
Innovation at its Best, Bob Bakva – Join Bob Bakva, President of ProCAT, and learn about the all-new Impression writer! See how the Impression can make your writing better, save wear and tear on your hands, and make your life easier.  In addition, you will see and learn about the powerful features of Winner Version 11 and the new enhancements to the software.

Stenograph Part II
Highlights of Case CATalyst Version 13, Fred Middlebrooks & Cindi Hartman – Case CATalyst Version 13 contains exciting new features and enhancements that will enable greater ease and efficiency in nearly every area of your transcript production process.  In this class, you will become familiar with what’s new in Version 13 and learn how to take advantage of these features.

Realtime Hookups: A How-To Seminar, Michael Appelman – You agree that realtime is important, but it seems a bit complicated. What’s a baud rate? Are protocols important? Where do I find a Com port? Relax. This seminar focuses on why realtime is important and, most importantly, how to successfully hook up realtime every time, regardless of what CAT software you use or what litigation-support software your clients use.

Health & Wellness
Create a Healthy Future For Yourself and Those Around You – Manage Your Stress, Bruce Underwood, Dr., P.H.M.P.H., M.S.E. This session is geared for those of you who have stress - the good, the bad and the ugly stress. We will use tools to help you assess your life stress. The session will introduce techniques of cognitive restructuring, diet, exercise, goal setting, journaling, nutrition, prescriptive planning and visualization to manage your stress. The time together will provide tips for your creation of a plan for a healthy future - emotionally, mentally, physically, socially, and spiritually.

12:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Lunch with Exhibitors & Rejuvenation

2:15 pm – 3:45 pm
CONCURRENT SESSIONS – .15 CEUs

Student Track
Ergonomics, Jack PassarellaAn ergonomics training class designed to cover the common needs for court reporters that sit all day at their steno machine or computer. This class will focus on “fitting the work to the worker and not the worker to the work”. We will discuss chair fit, machine height, keyboard position, monitor height, work surface height, pointing devices position and use, as well as other important ergonomic concepts at the workstation. You will be taught various exercises and stretches that you can incorporate into your daily routine.

Tech Track 
Eclipse Part I
Let’s Have Eclipse Work For You!, Steve Kosmata – This year’s class is going to be a departure from previous years and concentrate on taking more control of your Eclipse software instead of Eclipse controlling what you can and cannot do.  I guarantee you’ll come away with many useful ideas to improve.

Stenovations Part I
Making Time for Realtime, Carmen SantoneDiscover the full functionality of the powerful Bookmark command. Invisibly flag a section of a transcript to be reviewed at your convenience with one simple push of a button. Learning the difference between single-stroke and non-single-stroke entries and how they function. Discover this powerful editing tool which is conflict free from any entries you have in your main or job dictionaries. While realtime commands can be written in Command Mode, discover this exciting new way to create your commands. By entering your realtime commands in a dictionary, you can learn the value of stringing multiple commands together to create and utilize realtime macros.

Realtime Train, Part I, Kim Thayer & Brooke Henrikson – All aboard!  This TRAIN is at the station and ready to take off at full speed.  Jump on while you can and join us in this fun-filled ride.  Our goal is to become BRATS, Bringing Realtime Around The States.

Health & Wellness
Chair Yoga Fitness, Doug Reid - Learn to use yoga breath and poses from your chair.  Get a complete stretch using the ancient practice of yoga.  Create strength and stamina while calming the mind.  Use your breath and simple motions to restore your body, mind and spirit.

General Track
Punctuation Part II - To Quote or Not to Quote?, Margie Wakeman Wells – So many questions about quotes! Do I go ahead and put in the bad punctuation from the original? Does the question mark go inside or outside the quotes? What if I don’t have the document he is supposedly reading from? Are quotes better than hyphens in some instances? Come and let’s settle some of these issues once and for all. We will cover the mundane and the bizarre about using quotes.

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
CONCURRENT SESSIONS – .15 CEUs

Student Track
Your Professional Career in Realtime Reporting, Anissa Nierenberger – Students, you are entering an exciting profession and it’s just that, a profession, not just a job.  We’ll talk about the many different arenas of reporting available to you, how to protect the most valuable tool in your career, and timesavers that will make your job much easier.  Don’t miss this seminar which will put you on the fast track to being a successful realtime reporter!

Tech Track
Eclipse Part II
Let’s Have Eclipse Work For You!, Steve Kosmata – This year’s class is going to be a departure from prevous years and concentrate on talking more control of your Eclipse software instead of Eclipse controlling what you can and cannot do.  I guarantee you’ll come away with many useful ideas to improve.

Stenovations Part II
Making Time for Realtime, Carmen SantoneDiscover the full functionality of the powerful Bookmark command. Invisibly flag a section of a transcript to be reviewed at your convenience with one simple push of a button. Learning the difference between single-stroke and non-single-stroke entries and how they function. Discover this powerful editing tool which is conflict free from any entries you have in your main or job dictionaries. While realtime commands can be written in Command Mode, discover this exciting new way to create your commands. By entering your realtime commands in a dictionary, you can learn the value of stringing multiple commands together to create and utilize real-time macros.

Realtime Train (Part II) with Mock CRR, Brooke Henrikson and Lesia MervinStay on this TRAIN ride and take a mock CRR.  Give it a shot – you have nothing to lose!

Enjoy Easier Delivery of your Transcripts and Reduce Your Printing Costs, Brian Clune & John Garnett – It’s time to take the lead on paperless delivery of transcripts to the court. With a simple click you can securely publish transcripts to the clerk, the judge, ordering attorneys and the appeal court. Offer stenographic transcripts for the court as highly functional electronic transcripts online.  We’ll show how YesLaw’s PDF Transcript Generator software enables court reporters to easily create digitally signed PDF-formatted transcripts with a fully hyperlinked word index.

General Track
Government Taxing Copies,
Phil Liberatore – Knowledge is power. Looking for some power over your taxes? Brush up on the specifics of the tax laws that affect you. Discover the possibilities of saving money on taxes just by being a court reporter! Learn to reduce your tax liabilities with your transcript income. Uncover the ins and outs of incorporating. Find out how much money you can save just by investing in your own retirement and future and much, much more!

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Visit with Exhibitors and Rejuvenation Time

7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Cocktails & BBQ by Pool w/ Band

9:30 pm – 10:30 pm
President’s Reception – Meet Your New President 

SUNDAY • OCTOBER 7, 2012

7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Registration Open

7:00 am – 8:00 am
PACCRA Walk/Run

7:30 am – 9:00 am
Breakfast with Exhibitors

9:00 am – 10:30 am
General Session – .15 CEUs

Keynote, Karyn Buxman - Amazed & Amused: Achieving Success, Significance and Happiness in Challenging TimesScientists have shown that people’s attitude and mindset play a crucial role in our health and resilience; our ability to perform and succeed; our ability to connect and be significant; and our overall happiness. Bestselling author, RN, and expert in psychoneuroimmunology, Karyn Buxman, will share how we can use perspective and positive emotions to get through the toughest of days and still remain smiling. 


10:45 am – 12:15 pm
CONCURRENT SESSIONS – .15 CEUs

Student Track 
Mock CSR Skills Exam, Belen Silva, Bob Sullivan, John Terry & Tammy Hanson – Students, bring your fully-charged machine for a Mock CSR exam.  No power provided.  Excellent dictators will walk you through the process of how the test is administered, how the exams are created, and give you an idea of what you can expect on that big day.

Tech Track
Streaming With LiveDeposition.com, Stephen Genter – Technology has played a key role in the advancement of the Court Reporting profession.  Join us as we demonstrate one of the hottest trends in court reporting - web-based depositions.   Find out how simple it is to stream realtime web-based video depositions.  This seminar will teach you how to connect and stream live video, audio and text through LiveDeposition.com.  Bring in your iPad, iPhone or Android enabled tablet/smartphone and follow along remotely utilizing LiveDeposition.com’s mobile apps.

General Track
Freelance Talk it Out, Board – Freelance

Official Talk it Out, Board – Official

Health & Wellness
Food/Fitness for the BRAIN, 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.

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Luncheon and Annual Meeting

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Break with Exhibitors

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
CONCURRENT SESSIONS – .15 CEUs

Student Track
So You Want to be an Official?, Gerie Bunch – You will learn the basics for starting out in the Official arena; what tools you must have and how to feel comfortable and confident.

Tech Track
Is Your Dictionary Interfering with Realtime?, Anissa Nierenberger – Wish your editing time was faster?  Think your dictionary needs help?  Interested in different types of reporting?  Realtime is impossible without a well-developed dictionary.  Anissa will show you how to clean out the gunk while you tune up your translation.  Boost Realtime, Cut Editing Time! 

Legislative
Legislative Basics, Carolyn Dasher & Jim Cassie – This class will empower  you with information and ways to reach out to your elected officials and others to protect and promote court reporting.  Learn to be prepared to make telephone calls, write letters, gather courage to participate in visiting your legislator’s district office for a gathering or office visit.  Be proactive!  Learn how to help yourself! Learn to be supportive of the profession that helps to support you.  All attendees will interactively participate in activities during class.

General Track 
Freelance Impact!, Kim Thayer & Linda Hart – Come join Kim and Linda, deposition firm owners, as they explore and discuss how members can maximize their position as a freelancer, using all of the technology and marketing available to them to create the most impact as a reporter; being knowledgeable about working in different venues; i.e, court, depositions, IME's, EUO's, etc.  Do you real time to your clients?  Do you work overnight to turn out jobs?  Have you turned down jobs because you aren't technologically capable?  Let's make a positive IMPACT. 

Health & Wellness
The Styling Reporter, Dallas Erwood & Emila Meyer from the White House Black MarketWant to be a styling woman? Join us for a fabulous fashion show from the White House Black Market where their motto and passion is to make women feel beautiful!

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Break with Exhibitors

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
CONCURRENT SESSIONS – .15 CEUs

Student Track
What it Takes to Be A Successful Freelancer, Linda Hart – Linda will take you through the ins and outs of getting a job to on-the-job advice.  Do you know how to give an oath to a witness?  Do you know how to mark exhibits?  Do you know what the California Minimum Transcript Guidelines are?  Do you own a compendium?  These and many other questions will be answered as we delve into the specifics of deposition reporting in 2012 in California.

General Track
Mentoring Serves All, Saba McKinley – The purpose of this workshop is to inform and inspire professional reporters and students  to consider participating in the mentoring program to ensure the viability of the profession. Becoming a court reporter can be a daunting endeavor.  This interactive workshop will expose professional reporters and students to the CCRA Mentoring Program.  The workshop will also have activities, giving students the opportunity to dialogue with professional reporters about real-world court-reporting experiences and have a Q & A session. Join those of us who have already found that helping each other to succeed and grow is another rewarding and exciting aspect of this wonderful profession!

Tech Track
Use Cloud Technology to Your Advantage, Sandy Bunch VanderPol – Connect with the “cloud” to ensure efficiency, value-added service and much more for your court reporting needs:  DropBox, LogMeIn, Carbonite, Google Drive, and much more.  This seminar is applicable for firm owners, freelance reporters and official reporters.

Computer Clutter Buster, Glenn Mervin – How to maximize the productivity of your work computer with: User Account\Account Type Settings: Add/Remove Unneeded Programs; Device Manager Cleanup; Hard Drive Space Administration – Finding and Clearing Hidden Files, Free Up Disc Space and Defragmenting Hard Drive; Removing Speed Stealing Gadgets; Setting Internet Options to Remove Tracking – Cookies and Enhance Security Setting Firewall/Virus Protection to not Interfere with Work Programs; Task Bar and Start Menu Options; Controlling which Files Startup Automatically without your Permission; When do you need to keep Installation Files for Microsoft Products: Removing Unneeded Scheduled Automatic Tasks.

Health & Wellness
Food & Wine Pairing, Gerie Bunch, Kristi Garcia, Doreen Perkins, Jeffrey Terry and John Terry – Have you ever wondered what the “proper” or best compliment any given wine can add to your food?  Come prepared to have your questions answered. You will learn about foods, which wines go best with them, not to mention giving your taste buds a treat!

MONDAY • OCTOBER 8, 2012

7:00 am – 12:00 pm 
Registration Open

8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Part 2 - RealLegal Provides Certified LiveNote Reporter Training – Mireya Duffy, Pam Marty & Sunny Hann – Attorneys love realtime, so why not offer realtime ALL THE TIME? RealLegal and CCRA are partnering to provide you with this valuable training. In this session, you will have the opportunity to become a Certified LiveNote Reporter. The CLR certification advances the role of technology in court reporting. In addition to learning about the technical aspects of realtime, you’ll receive guidance and hands-on experience with software, hardware, and the tools necessary to utilize RealLegal tools and provide the preferred e-Transcript format to your clients. All reporters who become CLRs are eligible to receive five Token-free West LiveNote licenses for the loaner laptops, LiveNote Stream Manager (for facilitating Internet real-time jobs), Prepaid NCRA CEU points, and more. Why not add real-time proficiencies to your portfolio? You will be glad you did! Please note this is part 2 of a two part class for a total of 8 hours. Limited to 40 participants.

8:30 am – 10:00 am
CONCURRENT SESSIONS – .15 CEUs

Student Track
Mock Written Exam & Review (Medical, Legal and Vocabulary), Gerie Bunch– Come take the Mock Written Knowledge Test created by Sage College, Moreno Valley.  It will be a 50-question exam which will cover medical, legal and vocabulary just like the real CSR WKT. 

General Track
Realtime Tips and Tricks, Lesia Mervin – Back by popular demand, realtime tips and tricks to make your life easier.

10:15 am – 11:45 am
CONCURRENT SESSION – .15 CEUs

General Track
Grab More With Each Stroke, Steve Kosmata – My hope is to spark your brain cells into stepping outside the box of the same old thing and go back to work rejuvenated to begin writing smarter, slower, and have better accuracy.  So Simple!!