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FRIDAY • OCTOBER 7, 2016

2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
REGISTRATION OPENS

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm    
MOCK CSR Test
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.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm    
Speed Contest - 270 QA 220 Legal Opinion*
Show off your skills at this year’s annual convention in Yosemite and compete for the title as 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. 
*Additional Fee Applies - Separate Registration Required - Click Here To Register

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm    
Realtime Test*
The California Certified Realtime Generalist (CRG) skills test consists of two minutes of warm-up and five minutes of professionally recorded audio dictation material (Q&A) at 200 words per minute.  Passing is 96%.  Allowable number of errors is 40.
*Additional Fee Applies - Separate Registration Required - Click Here To Register

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm    
CART/Captioning Test*
*Additional Fee Applies - Separate Registration Required - Click Here To Register


5:15 pm – 6:45 pm  CONCURRENT SESSIONS  – .15 CEUs
Honing Your Skills with Realtime Coach with Marybeth Everhart, MA, RPR, CRI, CLR, CPE
There are many benefits to continuing to improve your skills - less editing time, increased income potential, more free time, to name just a few.  But, who has time to devote to the process of honing your skills, especially with a family, working full-time, and all the obligations that life holds?  In this seminar, Marybeth will show you how you can improve your accuracy, increase your speed, and prepare for new certifications in as little as 15 minutes a day.

Dictionary Jumpstart: Hands-On Workshop  with Anissa Nierenberger, RPR, CRR, CBC, CCP, CRI
Working with Dictionary Jumpstart on YOUR computer, we’ll add words to your dictionary at a rate of up to 1,000 words per hour! Everyone with a computer present will receive a FREE copy of DJ Lite ($149) value. Get ready for a thought-provoking workshop!

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Welcome Reception 

9:00 pm
President's Reception

SATURDAY • OCTOBER 8, 2016

7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Registration Opens

7:30 am – 9:00 am
Breakfast with Exhibitors & Annual Business Meeting

7:00 am - 8:30 am - .15 CEUs
Ergonomics for the Working Reporter: Part 1 with Carolyn Dasher, Certified KRI Yoga Instructor
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.  Be prepared by wearing loose-fitting clothing.

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

Eclipse Part 1 with Steven Kosmata, CSR
In this seminar Steve Kosmata will be presenting the latest and greatest features of Eclipse 7.1 soon to be version 8.  Learn about the latest and greatest features of this update.  Bring your charged machine.

Stenograph Part 1 with Cindi Lynch, Training Program Manager, Stenograph
Learn to take advantage of the exciting new features in Version 17.5x, to ensure you can enjoy the most accurate translation results and fastest, most efficient editing you’ve ever experienced. Topics include: Cloud Backup, Enhancements to Case Prep, Brief It, Number Conversion, Homophones, Global/Replace dialogs and Spell Check.

ProCAT Part 1 with Bob Bakva, President of Advanced Translations Technology, ProCAT
Over the past few years, ProCAT has taken on the task of revamping portions of our existing CAT technologies to conform to the latest and greatest platform Microsoft has to offer, and to improve our user experience by adding new features.   Join us in the ProCAT session and learn about the newest technology available from ProCAT Winner 2016.
In ProCAT Winner 2016 you will learn the latest features, such as the new "excerpt share-and-weave” which will allow you to share a portion of a transcript with a 3rd party scopist (including the underlying steno, audio, etc.), then weave the edited excerpt into your original transcript with minimum effort.  Learn how to use the cloud feature to send to your scopist.  Additionally, Winner 2016 now offers the capability to create “connection scripts” so that you can send your real-time output to several stations with varying protocol and connection methods. There are more new and exciting features in our software which will improve the audio recording format, size, and quality; improved full document search preview; hidden bookmarks, etc.  We will share with you the newest writer technology and how the Impression and Xpression can make your life easier.  We look forward to seeing you in the ProCAT session!

Stenovations Part 1 with Greta Duckett, CCR, RPR, CRR
Learn the newest features of digitalcat and get a refresher on the standard features.  Greta will demonstrate live editing via Dropbox and review dictionary maintenance, automatic indexing, untranslate suggestions, brief suggest, and much more!

Stenocat:The Best Editing Tips and the Best RealTime Tips, including a TrialBook, Part 1 with Rick Louie, Product Support Specialist, Gigatron Software Corporation
The first half will focus on the best editing tips to use including pre-built macros and keystrokes, recording macros, and customizing your own keystrokes. 

10:30 am - 11:00 am 
Morning Break with Exhibitors

10:45 am - 12:15 pm CONCURRENT SESSION - .15 CEUs

Eclipse Part 2
with Steven Kosmata, CSR
In this seminar Steve Kosmata will continuing presenting the latest and greatest features of Eclipse 7.1 soon to be version 8.  Learn about the latest and greatest features of this update.  Bring your charged machine.

Stenograph Part 2 with Cindi Lynch, Training Program Manager, Stenograph
Learn to take advantage of the exciting new features in Version 17.5x, to ensure you can enjoy the most accurate translation results and fastest, most efficient editing you’ve ever experienced. Topics include: Cloud Backup, Enhancements to Case Prep, Brief It, Number Conversion, Homophones, Global/Replace dialogs and Spell Check.

ProCAT Part 2
with Bob Bakva, President of Advanced Translations Technology, ProCAT
Over the past few years, ProCAT has taken on the task of revamping portions of our existing CAT technologies to conform to the latest and greatest platform Microsoft has to offer, and to improve our user experience by adding new features.   Join us in the ProCAT session and learn about the newest technology available from ProCAT Winner 2016.
In ProCAT Winner 2016 you will learn the latest features, such as the new "excerpt share-and-weave” which will allow you to share a portion of a transcript with a 3rd party scopist (including the underlying steno, audio, etc.), then weave the edited excerpt into your original transcript with minimum effort.  Learn how to use the cloud feature to send to your scopist.  Additionally, Winner 2016 now offers the capability to create “connection scripts” so that you can send your real-time output to several stations with varying protocol and connection methods. There are more new and exciting features in our software which will improve the audio recording format, size, and quality; improved full document search preview; hidden bookmarks, etc. 
We will share with you the newest writer technology and how the Impression and Xpression can make your life easier.  We look forward to seeing you in the ProCAT session!

Stenovations Part 2 with Greta Duckett, CCR, RPR, CRR
Learn the newest features of digitalcat and get a refresher on the standard features.  Greta will demonstrate live editing via Dropbox and review dictionary maintenance, automatic indexing, untranslate suggestions, brief suggest, and much more!

Stenocat: The Best Editing Tips and the Best RealTime Tips, including a TrialBook, Part 2 with Rick Louie, Product Support Specialist, Gigatron Software Corporation
This second half will focus on the best realtime tips including the seating chart, smart briefs, realtime command strokes, and will also feature a demo of the TrialBook browser for both attorney and CART audiences.


12:15 pm - 1:45 pm - AFTERNOON BREAK (Lunch on your own/Park Visit)

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm  CONCURRENT SESSIONS – .15 CEUs

Official Talk It Out Hike with Brooke Ryan, CSR & Rachel Barkume, CSR, RPR
We will discuss AB 2629, the transcript rate increase bill.  Also, Judicial Council's Futures Commission and where we expect that to go.  We will discuss e-filing and there here will be time to brainstorm on bill ideas for the next legislative session!

Freelance Talk It Out Hike with Kim Thayer, CSR, RPR, CRR & Amanda Scott, CSR
First things first, we will discuss SB 270, our firm accountability bill.  Then, we will move onto the So Cal Stip.  And conclude by discussing bill ideas for the next legislative session.

CART/Captioning Talk It Out Hike with Debra Bollman, CSR, CRR, CBC, RMR
Bills, bills, bills!  CCRA will start introducing CART & Captioning bills next year.  Be part of this groundbreaking moment with your ideas.  We will also talk about ideas submitted to NCRA that may greatly affect CART & Captioning.

New Reporter/Student Talk It Out Hike with Karly Powers, CSR
Welcome all new reporters & students!  Finishing school and starting your career can be very stressful.  Join discussions on how to pass the CSR and what you need to make it throughWe will discuss the important of networking, having a strong work ethic, and what saying "yes" really means.


3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Afternoon Break with Exhibitors

4:15 pm – 6:15 pm  CONCURRENT SESSIONS – .20 CEUs

Write Short and Write Fast with Mark Kislingbury! - Part 1
Mark will be presenting an amazing seminar that you don't want to miss!  For the first time ever, Mark will provide you who attend this CCRA seminar his personal dictionary of briefs and phrases, and you will be able to load the dictionary during the seminar and try out the many ideas he presents immediately, so that it will instantly translate on your computer!  Not only that, you may KEEP the dictionary!  This will be a fast moving, very interesting seminar due to Mark's passion for his subject, his sense of humor, and his natural teaching abilities so that people really do "GET" how he writes!  This seminar may very well be a major turning point in your career!

CART Written Knowledge Test (WKT) *
*Additional Fee Applies - Separate Registration Required - Click Here To Register

6:15 pm – 6:45 pm
Happy Hour with Exhibitors

7:30 pm
Dinner, Award Ceremony, and Dancing!  "A Night In Bollywood"!

SUNDAY • OCTOBER 9, 2016

7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Registration Opens

7:00 am - 8:30 am - .15 CEUs
Ergonomics for the Working Reporter: Part 2  with Carolyn Dasher, Certified KRI Yoga Instructor
Learn to listen to your body and prepare yourself for your busy work schedule.  We will discuss and practice simple techniques that you can use in your office on a break.  This is a class of simple yogic movements to help strengthen your core.  Come dressed and prepared to learn yoga positions to help you awaken and support your body.

7:30 am – 9:00 am

Breakfast with Exhibitors

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

Write Short and Write Fast with Mark Kislingbury! - Part 2
Mark will be presenting an amazing seminar that you don't want to miss!  For the first time ever, Mark will provide you who attend this CCRA seminar his personal dictionary of briefs and phrases, and you will be able to load the dictionary during the seminar and try out the many ideas he presents immediately, so that it will instantly translate on your computer!  Not only that, you may KEEP the dictionary!  This will be a fast moving, very interesting seminar due to Mark's passion for his subject, his sense of humor, and his natural teaching abilities so that people really do "GET" how he writes!  This seminar may very well be a major turning point in your career!

Striving to Pass the CSR with Margie Wakeman-Wells
Are you a good test-taker? Do you know how to maximize your knowledge and minimize your nervous energy for both the written and the skills portion of the test? Join us as we talk about how to best utilize your study time so that you are using it to the best advantage and how to be wise as you are actually taking the test.

Is Your Dictionary Interfering with Realtime? with 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! (This seminar precedes the Hands-On Workshop and the Terminate Transcript Turmoil presentation).

NCRA Online Testing with Realtime Coach with Marybeth Everhart, MA, RPR, CRI, CLR, CPE
Join Marybeth as she highlights all steps necessary to successfully test online.  Learn to identify and list the equipment necessary for online testing.  Learn how to register and prepare for NCRA online testing.  Understand ProctorU's role in the testing process. 

What Lawyers Want with Retired Federal Court Judge, Oliver W. Wanger, (now Partner at Wanger Jones Helsney PC) & Kim Thayer, CSR, RPR, CRR
Oliver W. Wanger, retired federal court judge and currently a partner in Wanger, Jones & Helsley and practicing attorney, will provide recommendations for court reporters on how to meet and exceed lawyers’ expectations for depositions and court.  He will discuss common mistakes made by court reporters, questions every court reporter should ask before a deposition, and examine the different preferences some lawyers may have and how to handle those preferences.  He will use stories drawn from his time as a litigation attorney and judge to highlight good, and not so good, practices of court reporters in and after depositions.

10:30 am - 11:00 am 
Morning Break with Exhibitors

11:00 am – 12:30 pm  CONCURRENT SESSIONS – .15 CEUs 

Write Short and Write Fast with Mark Kislingbury! - Part 3
Mark will be presenting an amazing seminar that you don't want to miss!  For the first time ever, Mark will provide you who attend this CCRA seminar his personal dictionary of briefs and phrases, and you will be able to load the dictionary during the seminar and try out the many ideas he presents immediately, so that it will instantly translate on your computer!  Not only that, you may KEEP the dictionary!  This will be a fast moving, very interesting seminar due to Mark's passion for his subject, his sense of humor, and his natural teaching abilities so that people really do "GET" how he writes!  This seminar may very well be a major turning point in your career!

Getting Paid What You're Worth
with Christy Cannariato, CSR, RPR, CRR, CCP
So you’ve been working for a depo or captioning firm for a while, and you discover a friend of yours is working for the same firm and getting paid more or faster than you are.  (Face palm.)  For many independent contractors, the joy of being one’s own boss is tempered a little by the burden of having to negotiate on behalf of ourselves or be left behind. Veteran deposition reporter Christy Cannariato, who loathes negotiating as much as you do, will impart tips on what kinds of fees you can and should negotiate, and when and how to negotiate your rates and payment terms and how to collect from deadbeats. Share your experiences, learn how our profession has evolved for better and worse, swap stories, hear the firm owner’s point of view, and learn how to empower yourself.  You have a precious skill.  Get paid what you are worth!

Transcript Preparation in an Amazon Prime World with Bob Sullivan, CSR
As reporters rely more and more on available technology, those who rely on reporters demand more and more.  The session will cover time saving tips and tools that will enable participants to keep one step ahead of the increasing "need it now" mentality. Topics will include quick look up skills, as well as innovative ideas to increase organization and productivity.  Emphasis will be placed on the benefit of realtime, and whether to "rough" or not.  As an added bonus, attendees will have the opportunity to sharpen their word search ability, utilizing their smartphones, laptops and tablets.  Prizes will be awarded.

Gadget Goodness with Marybeth Everhart, RPR, CRI

We all know technology changes rapidly.  According to Moore’s Law, the processing speed of computers alone doubles every 18 months!  In this seminar, Marybeth will look at tools and gadgets that are useful in your everyday life, both at work and at home, as well as just some fun stuff to have around.  Join her for this fun-filled seminar looking at what’s trending in technology.

No More Transcripts...Say Yes to CART and Captioning with Anissa Nierenberger, RPR, CRR, CBC, CCP, CRI

Transcripts… you despise them, and they’re the burnout factor of your passion. The growth for CART providers and captioners will outpace court reporters beyond 2018! Don’t be left behind! EduCAPTION is your ONLY source for CART and Broadcast Captioning training online with individual feedback. We’ll start with 5 Things to Improve your Realtime. Transitioning into a new, exciting career is a matter of taking things one step at a time. Reinvigorate your passion today!

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Lunch with Exhibitors

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm - .15 CEUs
Keynote Speakers - Marla Arnold & Mike Babicky
Behind The Scenes: Reporting the Jodi Arias Trial
The Jodi Arias capital murder trial and sentencing captivated audiences across the world as it was streamed live.  It had twists, turns, rapid-fire questioning and charismatic attorneys.   Recording every minute of the action was Mike Babicky and Marla Arnold.  Mike and Marla will give you a court reporter’s view of reporting such a high-profile trial as well as the obstacles, hurdles and challenges that went along with it.

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Afternoon Break with Exhibitors

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

How Marketable Am I? with Lesia Mervin, CSR, RMR, CRR
Would you be prepared when you get "the call" for that dream job?  Would you ever even be considered?  Lesia Mervin will give you the tools you need to prepare for your best career!

Windows 10 with Marybeth Everhart, RPR, CRI
There is much to like about Windows 10. It has a start button and a menu, something Windows 8.x users dearly miss and Windows 7 users don't want to lose. It boots up faster (under 30 seconds with an SSD), shuts down more quickly, has an assistant named Cortana, a new improved browser called Edge, and a lot of other goodness, too. Over 200 million Windows users have migrated to it already, so how difficult can it be, right?  You're a reporting professional and you depend on your computer to produce your work, day after day. You need to cautiously weigh the pros and cons, and determine if your computer and the CAT software you're using will play well with Microsoft's new Operating System. Marybeth will give you the information you need to make that decision.

Amicus Curiae -- Friend of the Court with Linda MacFarlane
Amicus Curiae, legal Latin for "friend of the court," Linda will share several of her stories based on her experiences as a shorthand reporter in the courtroom; the subtle nuances and the stark realities, alike, seen through the eyes of an inside observer. You may smile at some of these stories. You may resonate with others. A few will, doubtless, leave you horrified by the depths of depravity to which mankind can plummet.

Terminate Transcript Turmoil with Anissa Nierenberger, RPR, CRR, CBC, CCP, CRI
What if a small change in HOW you edit could result in better realtime in only two weeks! This means much shorter editing time to crank out a transcript! We’re going to spin you 180 degrees from how you do things now and show you just how much time and energy you are going to save! This is one seminar you will not want to miss! “Simple Syllables” book complements this seminar.

Captioning Hook-ups
with Debra Bollman,CSR, CRR, CBC, RMR
Have you wanted to provide CART but just don't know where to begin?  We will explore five delivery options to send your CART to your end user!

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Last Call: Wine & Cheese with Exhibitors

MONDAY • OCTOBER 10, 2016

7:00 am – 10:30 am
Registration Opens

7:00 am – 8:30 am
PACCRA Walk/Run

9:00 am – 10:30 am  CONCURRENT SESSIONS – .15 CEUs
Margie Monday Part 1: Be a Punctuation Guru with Margie Wakeman Wells, Owner, Margie Holds Court Publishing
Everybody wants to know about the word “so.” So we will give it some time along with a couple of other “hot” topics in punctuation. And once we settle these things that really bug us, we will move to quotes – probably the thing that bugs us most. This is Part 1 of 2, for a total of three hours of punctuation fun and games – Monday with Margie. It is worth sticking around.

E-filing of Transcripts is coming to California – Do you know where your transcripts are going?with Doreen Perkins, CSR, RMR, CRR, Brian Clune, CLVS, Vice President of YesLaw, and John Garnett, Business Manager of YesLaw

Each California jurisdiction is moving to a paperless environment and the implications for court reporters are significant. CCRA is working with vendor YesLaw to provide a path to paperless transcripts while maintaining control of secure distribution to the recipients.  During this session you will receive hands-on training on each step of transcript production as a PDF and how to upload to a secure online delivery repository.  Bring your laptops with the software downloaded and activated (No Cost).

IMPORTANT: Prior to the convention you MUST:
Download, fill out and return the YesLaw agreement to lsupport@yesvideo.com.
Link to agreement:  (Instructions: download, unzip/extract, open) www.yeslaw.net/downloads/YesLaw_Transcript_Generator_Agreement_CCRA_trial_form.zip)

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

Margie Monday Part 2: Be a Punctuation Guru with Margie Wakeman Wells, Owner, Margie Holds Court Publishing
Everybody wants to know about the word “so.” So we will give it some time along with a couple of other “hot” topics in punctuation. And once we settle these things that really bug us, we will move to quotes – probably the thing that bugs us most. This is Part 2 of 2, for a total of three hours of punctuation fun and games – Monday with Margie. It is worth sticking around.

e-Compendium
Learn the fast and easiest way to find what rules, laws, Rules of Court govern a deposition or court proceeding when you or an attorney has a question.  Gone are the days of having to purchase a new set of compendiums every year to be kept aware of changes in the codes and having books to carry around on your job.  The CCRA e-Compendium will automatically update every time you open the app, so you will have the latest rules and codes right at your fingertips exactly when you need it.  Best of all, our new e-Compendium is searchable!

**Approved up to 2.0 CEU's