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AGENDA

FRIDAY • OCTOBER 9, 2015

2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Registration Opens

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm     .20 CEU
Opening Doorways with Effortless Realtime Technology – Jason Richmond, Vice President, Business Development, LiveDeposition
Join LiveDeposition as they discuss how to be a more powerful and profitable reporter by using their LocalRealtime™ technology.  Learn how to easily deliver wireless Realtime to your onsite clientele in just minutes, whether they are using a PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android Smartphone, Tablet, or the Kindle Fire

5:15 pm – 6:45 pm  CONCURRENT SESSIONS  – .15 CEUs
Book Chat: The Other Typist, Christy Cannariato, CSR, RPR, CRR, CCP
Ease into your convention weekend and join us for a friendly discussion of Suzanne Rindell’s totally addicting, cinematic novel The Other Typist.  Kirkus Reviews describes the plot as a cross between Alfred Hitchcock and The Great Gatsby, “a pitch-black comedy about a police stenographer accused of murder in 1920s Manhattan.”  Guided by Christy Cannariato, who has taught college literature courses for over a decade, the session participants will share our love of reading and language, learn some period history about our profession, enjoy refreshments provided by Connie Parchman, and make some new friends.  If you decide to buy the book by clicking here, Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase back to CCRA to help pay for the snacks!

Successful Reporters from a Firm Owners Point of View  - Kim Thayer, CSR, RPR, CRR, Firm Owner,  Teresa Stephanoff, Office Manager, Kusar Court Reporters & Legal Services, Inc. & Jorge Dominguez, Coalition of Court Reporters of Los Angeles
Firm Owners and Managers share their experience and wisdom on the qualities and attributes that make a Court Reporter successful and why some continue to get call backs and some don't. 

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Welcome Reception 

9:00 pm
President's Reception

SATURDAY • OCTOBER 10, 2015

7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Registration Opens

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

7:00 am - 8:30 am - .15 CEU
Ergonomics for the Working Reporter: Part 1 - 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 7: Part 1 - Michael Starkman, Advanced Trainer, Eclipse
In this seminar Michael Starkman will be presenting the latest and greatest features of Eclipse Version 7.  Some of the topics included will be the new Multi-channel audio synch.  Eclipse multi-channel audio playback and using files from digital recorders or steno machines.  Connection Magic and Shared Editing improvements.  Auto-Block:  Auto-detection of standardized text for quick insertion.  Great new enhancements to the AutoBrief feature.  All-New Transcript Delivery Function.  Enhanced PDF output options. Built-in digital signature capability.  All-word index now has bookmarks.  The new Multi-Page enhancements.  Improvements to the File Management system.  User-interface features to enhance speed and ease of use.  Editing shortcuts for greater efficiency.  Bring your charged machine.

Stenograph: New Technology in Writing Machines, CAT Software, Realtime & CART: Part 1- Cindi Lynch, Training Program Manager, Stenograph 
Learn to take advantage of the exciting – some say game-changing! – new features in Case CATalyst Version 16, as well as features from previous versions that ensure you can prepare for the best translation results and fastest, most efficient editing you’ve ever experienced.  This session will also offer an overview of New Writing Machine Technology. Bring your charged machine.

The Ins and Outs of StenoCAT - Rick Louie, Product Support Specialist, Gigatron Software Corporation
StenoCAT will present intermediate to advanced features of StenoCAT such as Digital Signatures, Seating Charts, Smart Briefs Etc.  Bring your charged machine.

Experience The Latest In Technology With ProCAT- Part 1 - Lisa Gonzalez, Technical Support Manager, ProCAT
Join Lisa Gonzalez from ProCAT and learn about the ProCAT Impression, the latest in writer technology.  The touch on the Impression is unlike any writer on the market, and will help to alleviate stress on your arms, hands and neck.  Impression features such as global, number processing, realtime feeds – all from the writer -- allow you to leave the computer at home.  You will also learn about some of the powerful new features in Winner 2015, such as remote editing, new number processing, customizable indexing program, and a number of other features that will help you work more efficiently.  We look forward to seeing you there!  Bring your charged machine.

Stenovations Part 1 - Greta Duckett
This workshop will cover the latest features in DigitalCAT version DC-4, including new powerful Suggest Briefs and Untranslate Suggest, optimize your dictionary and learn both realtime and editing shortcuts to make your job easier.  The class will include Q&A from participants.  Bring your charged machine.

10:45 am – 12:15 pm  CONCURRENT SESSIONS – .15 CEUs
Eclipse 7: Part 2 - Michael Starkman, Advanced Trainer, Eclipse
Michael Starkman will continue with his teaching on the latest and greatest features of Eclipse Version 7.  Some of the topics included will be the new Multi-channel audio synch.  Eclipse multi-channel audio playback and using files from digital recorders or steno machines.  Connection Magic and Shared Editing improvements.  Auto-Block:  Auto-detection of standardized text for quick insertion.  Great new enhancements to the AutoBrief feature.  All-New Transcript Delivery Function.  Enhanced PDF output options. Built-in digital signature capability.  All-word index now has bookmarks.  The new Multi-Page enhancements.  Improvements to the File Management system.  User-interface features to enhance speed and ease of use.  Editing shortcuts for greater efficiency.  Bring your charged machine.

Stenograph: New Technology in Writing Machines, CAT Software, Realtime & CART: Part 2- Cindi Lynch, Training Program Manager, Stenograph 
A continuation highlighting the new features of Case CATalyst Version 16. Bring your charged machine.

RealTime Streaming with TrialBook - Rick Louie, Product Support Specialist, Gigatron Software Corporation
We will cover the setup and usage in detail, step-by-step, as well as troubleshooting tips and tricks for our Internet browsing product, TrialBook.

Experience The Latest In Technology With ProCAT- Part 2 - Lisa Gonzalez, Technical Support Manager, ProCAT
Join Lisa Gonzalez from ProCAT and learn about the ProCAT Impression, the latest in writer technology.  The touch on the Impression is unlike any writer on the market, and will help to alleviate stress on your arms, hands and neck.  Impression features such as global, number processing, realtime feeds – all from the writer -- allow you to leave the computer at home.  You will also learn about some of the powerful new features in Winner 2015, such as remote editing, new number processing, customizable indexing program, and a number of other features that will help you work more efficiently.  We look forward to seeing you there!  Bring your charged machine.

Stenovations Part 2 - Greta Duckett
A continuation from Stenovations Part 1 in covering the latest features in DigitalCAT version DC-4, including new powerful Suggest Briefs and Untranslate Suggest, optimize your dictionary and learn both realtime and editing shortcuts to make your job easier.  The class will include Q&A from participants.  Bring your charged machine.

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Lunch with Exhibitors

12:30 pm - 1:30pm   .1 CEU
Dress For Success - Christina Mecklenburg, Personal Wardrobe Stylist & Corporate Image Consultant, Style by Christina

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm  CONCURRENT SESSIONS – .15 CEUs
The Veterans History Project - Gabe Ledeen, Privacy Counsel, Facebook
Court reporters are using their skills to transcribe interviews with American veterans for the Veterans History Project.  In this presentation, Gabe Ledeen will describe the Veterans History Project and the special role that court reporters can play.  In the year 2000 Congress directed the Library of Congress to establish the Veterans History Project in ordeHEREr to collect and preserve the stories of American veterans.  Since then, volunteers have submitted hundreds of thousands of recorded interviews with veterans that are now preserved in the Library’s public records.  Through a special partnership with Jones Day, court reporters transcribe interviews conducted by lawyers and enable each veteran to receive a professional transcription in addition to a copy of the interview recording itself.    

It’s All Negotiable: Getting Paid What You’re Worth - 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!

California CART Generalist (CCG) Skills Exam
CCRA's first-ever offering of the newly formed California CART Generalist (CCG) skills exam for the State of California will be offered in this session.  The California CART Generalist skills exam is the first of two levels being offered by CCRA.  The second level, the California CART Specialist (CCS) will be offered at a later date TBD.
The Generalist certification incorporates the skills for an emerging CART captioner at the basic level necessary to provide real-time communication access of some classroom and community assignments. The Specialist certification incorporates the skills for an advanced CART captioner at the intermediate/advanced level necessary to provide real-time communication access of all levels of classroom and community assignments.
The skills exam will be 15 minutes total (5-minute lead-in and 10 minutes graded) LITERARY, dictated at 180 words per minute. To obtain the CCG certification, candidates must successfully pass both the skills and written knowledge portions of the examination.
A written knowledge portion will be offered as a learning module with a post-test (date TBD). 
Click HERE to register for the California CART Generalist (CCG).  Click HERE to download exam guidelines and instructions.

Doctor's Orders for Court Reporters: Injury Prevention - Dr. Kacey Lewis, PT, DPT, OCS, Stanbridge College
Court reporters are susceptible to occupational musculoskeletal injuries. The purpose of this presentation is to examine the causes of occupational musculoskeletal injuries to court reporters and to discuss preventive measures to avoid these injuries.

Intro to CART - Saba McKinley & Sandy Eisenberg
Industry Reports predict that CART captioning is expanding at a rapid pace.  If you want to learn about what CART captioning is and how it differs from legal reporting, this informative session is the place to be.  Find out why professionals and students alike are flocking to the fastest-growing segment in the court reporting industry.

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm  CONCURRENT SESSIONS – .15 CEUs
E-filing of Transcripts is coming to California: Do you know where your transcripts are going? - Brian Clune, CLVS, Vice President, YesLaw, John Garnett, Business Manager, YesLaw & Doreen Perkins, Past President, CCRA
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 without giving up all control of distribution to the court administration. This session will introduce you to the software and features of a paperless transcript delivery system. You will learn about transcript production with easy upload of transcripts to a secure online delivery repository. You will be able to sign-up for a free trial of the software as part of the take-away from this session. Attendees will find it is easy to use for both official reporters and for court staff while it maintains official reporters as “Guardians of the Record”.

How Could I Have Forgotten All Of Those Medical Prefixes & Suffixes? - Althea Miller, Owner, Miller & Company Reporters
A fun refresher course on those Latin and Greek medical prefixes and suffixes.  Come walk with Althea down memory lane from the classes she taught at Bryan College in the 1970s and ‘80s when it was so much fun learning all of those crazy terms.  Do you know what iridocyclitis means?

Transitioning to Broadcast Captioning - Deanna Baker, RMR, FAPR

Are you looking to change from the legal setting of court reporting to the ever-expanding world of Broadcast Captioning?  Wonder what types of training are needed and how long it might take you?  In this session various topics will be talked about, such as what changes need to happen with your dictionaries, differences between being an IC (independent contractor) and employee, organizational skills required, and some pictures of various onsite Broadcast Captioning venues.

Taxes and Tax Saving Strategies - Phil Liberatore, President, CPA/IRS Problem Solvers, Inc.
Knowledge is power.  Looking for some power over your taxes?  Brush up on specific 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.  Find out the importance of maintaining your books from a tax point of view.  See how proper books can save you money on your taxes.  Uncover the ins and out of incorporating.  Find out how much money you can save!

4:45 pm – 6:15 pm  CONCURRENT SESSIONS – .15 CEUs
Mock CSR
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.  Bring your charged machine.

Antitrust 101 in Rate Setting -- Craig A. Waldman, Partner, Jones Day
Want to know more about the ins and outs of setting rates?  Craig Waldman, an antitrust partner at Jones Day, will provide practical advice on the relevant antitrust laws and best practices around setting your rates, advertising, remaining competitive, and avoiding the antitrust risk that can result from even the appearance of collusion.  Bring your questions. Get educated.  Protect yourself, but get the facts so you don't overly limit your practice either.  

The Do's and Don’ts of RUF Drafts - Ana Fatima Costa, RPR, CSR, Founder, AFC Consulting Services
In recent years, the increased demand for rough drafts (aka “dirty ASCIIs”) - whether provided as realtime on the job or as an edited file after a job - has resulted in some controversy. Some clients only want realtime or roughs and don’t understand why they should pay for the final transcripts over and above the realtime or rough draft fees. On the other hand, since reporters are required to produce verbatim transcripts, it is almost painful to release less-than-perfect roughs. These conflicting needs can result in a quandary: Releasing a nearly perfect rough draft creates an expectation of perfection, and attorneys may cite from the rough for pleadings or briefs, contrary to CCCP 2025.540 (b), yet releasing an indiscernible rough draft will not meet clients’ needs. In this presentation learn how to avoid conflict, get paid for your hard work and keep clients happy.  

From Rescued to Rescuer - Search Dogs - Jan Lopez, Founder, Julie Brandau Community Service Memorial
In remembrance of Atlanta Court Reporter Julie Brandau, America’s court reporting industry has joined forces with Search Dog Foundation (SDF), a 501(c)(3) organization, whose noble mission is to rescue high-energy dogs from shelters and breed rescues and train them in live-find search.  These canine-handler teams deploy both nationally and internationally.
It costs $10,000 to train each K-9, and to date, donations to the Brandau Memorial have exceeded $100,000, a service project embodying Julie’s passions – a love of dogs and her philanthropic nature. To date, the industry has sponsored the training of 10 rescued dogs who are now partnered with our country’s finest, firefighters, and other first responders, at no cost to their departments.  Learn what it takes to recruit, train, and deploy; experience these amazing K-9s demonstrating their extraordinary skills.

Spanish and International Captioning - Ana Villafranco
Have you ever been approached or wondered about Spanish or international captioning?  We will discuss the Hispanic community and the growth potential for Spanish and bilingual Spanish-English captioning within medicine, politics, business, education, conferences, and broadcasts.  Come learn about the components and qualifications for Spanish language CART and broadcast captioners.  Topics will include mandates for Spanish language closed captioning, how Latin America is catching on, importance of advocacy groups, and use of English language captioning within Spanish-speaking countries and vice-versa.

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

10:00 pm - 11:15 pm
Screening of For The Record: A Court Reporting Documentary  (Runtime: 68 minutes)
For the Record tracks several stenographers as they strive to break the Guinness record and seize the title of World's Fastest Court Reporter. It also explores the steno culture, the connections people make as 'interpreters' of the hard of hearing, and ins and outs of court reporting and captioning.

SUNDAY • OCTOBER 11, 2015

7:00 am – 6:30 pm
Registration Opens

7:00 am - 8:30 am - .15 CEU
Ergonomics for the Working Reporter: Part 2 - 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

CART Part 1: Things They Don't Teach You In School - Jennifer Porto
In this session you will learn how CART Captioning is different from court reporting, including some of the unique challenges and how to overcome them.  You'll get the strategies, tips and tools you need to get a jumpstart on your career as a CART provider.  The demand in this field is high.  There's no ceiling on your income, and the work we do is very satisfying and rewarding. Bring your charged machine.

Success and Social Media - Kensie Benoit, Founder, Court Reporting: Stenolife
Join Kensie Benoit for insight into her life of encouraging, supporting and positively affecting court reporters nationwide. Not only will she discuss how social media has affected her personally and professionally, she will discuss the do’s and don’ts of social media in the workplace.  Get ready for an energetic and fun-filled discussion.

How To Survive A Capital Case - Bob Sullivan, Court Reporter
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 ...in Florida...in 25 years. That's right, welcome to the world of Capital Cases!

What Lawyers Want: How to Nail Depositions - Gabe Ledeen, Privacy Counsel, Facebook
In this presentation, Gabe Ledeen will provide recommendations for court reporters on how to meet and exceed lawyers’ expectations for depositions.  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 associate to highlight good, and not so good, practices of court reporters in and after depositions

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

CART Part 2 Panel  - David Grey, Esq. (Attorney in the Poway and Tustin School District cases), Nanci Linke-Ellis (Consumer and founder of captioning in live theater). Marlena Peoples (chapter president of the Orange Hearing Loss Association of America chapter), Rhett Simmons & Mark Crossley (Experienced captioners as well as ASL and other captioning-related things)
In this panel discussion, you will hear from experts in the deaf/HOH world regarding deaf culture, a must for all those working in the field of captioning.  Included on this panel is attorney David Grey, a special education and advocates lawyer, who won a lawsuit that set a precedent requiring CART services for students in the K-12 grades.  Education of deaf culture is key in understanding and serving the deaf/HOH community.

New Reporter Talk it Out - Senior Advisor Connie Parchman, Freelance & Official;  Karly Greenshields, Freelance;  Abby Reisig, Official;  Rachel Passarella, Official, working part-time freelance; Jennifer Esquivel, Freelance: Gareth Briscoe, Freelance; and Amanda Scott, Freelance, working part-time as Official
Find yourself in an unexpected situation?  Never learned THAT in school?  Come talk with other new reporters about what it’s really like compared to what you learned in school.  We will have a panel of now-experienced  “new reporters,” both official and freelance to help ease your mind and build your confidence.  Our panel are new enough to remember the trepidation and experienced enough to help you figure it out! 

Cloud Backup, Storage and Synchronization Services - Brian Clune, CLVS, Vice President, YesLaw
Brian Clune will show you how to use mobile apps to scan, to make notes, to store transcripts, photos, and other files, and much more. You'll learn about DropBox, Google Drive and OneDrive, cloud services that synch and backup/store your transcripts and all your personal stuff, and about a host of other services that will make your job as a reporter easier and more secure.

KISS - Keep It Short Steno - Lesia Mervin, CSR, RMR, CRR, FAPR

Back by popular demand, if you are new to the KISS concept, you need to hear this!  Tweak your writing style to be a more efficient writer.

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Business Luncheon Meeting

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Keynote Speaker - Debra Bollman

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm  CONCURRENT SESSIONS – .15 CEUs
CART Part 3: CART CATalyst - Lesia Mervin, CSR, RMR, CRR, FAPR
A shared session on CART-specific software tips and tools. Topics to be covered include CATalyst macros for CART, CART View, Streamtext, ANSI output versus CaseView output, Realtime Macros and much more

Speak Up Now: The Art of Interruption - Ana Fatima Costa, RPR, CSR, Founder, AFC Consulting Services
One of the most significant challenges reporters face is interrupting speakers to insure the integrity of the record. Some attorneys have unspoken expectations: reporters must write perfectly at all times, and they are to be seen and not heard. In difficult depositions, if a reporter interrupts frequently, attorneys may tell their secretaries to advise the reporting firm not to send that reporter back. Since it is your duty to produce verbatim transcripts, your need for accuracy juxtaposed with the fear of incurring attorneys’ wrath by interrupting creates a dilemma: speak up or drop? This inner conflict results in increased stress, doubt about your writing ability, drops, or reliance on audio - with devastating consequences if the file is corrupted. In this presentation, practice the “art” of interruption: how to overcome insecurity and defensiveness; quiet the negative voices in your head; calm down; and convey what you need without emotion.  Bring your charged machine.

Tech Gadgets & Apps- Not just for geeks - Brian Clune, CLVS, Vice President, YesLaw & John Garnett, Business Manager, YesLaw
So many gadgets and application come out each year it’s hard to keep up with what might actually have value for a court reporter. New gadgets to make life easier and applications you might find helpful will be presented in an open discussion of the latest and greatest.  Find out what others are using both at work and at home.  Contribute to the conversation if you have a favorite gadget that you would like to share.   The goal of this session is for attendee’s to discover a few gadgets that others find invaluable and a few that are just for fun.

Almost Everything Else You Need to Know to Work in Court - Bob Sullivan, Court Reporter
Building on the discussion started in January's BOOT CAMP, this class is geared towards working reporters eyeing those ever-increasing courthouse assignments.  Many court reporters call the California Courts home, and new opportunities are arising weekly.  It might be time to step out of your comfort zone and move into the courtroom.  Covered topics will include preparing for the assignment, maneuvering around the courthouse, working with staff, and personal responsibility regarding note retention and backup. 

Freelance Talk it Out - CCRA Board of Directors
Meet together with the Board to discuss specific Freelance topics relevant in our profession.  Share ideas and engage in a question-and-answer session with your CCRA leaders. 

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Reception

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
MACY'S private V.I.P. Event for CCRA @ Fashion Island

MONDAY • OCTOBER 12, 2015

6:30 am – 12:30 pm
Registration Opens

7:00 am – 8:30 am
PACCRA Walk/Run

9:00 am – 10:30 am  CONCURRENT SESSIONS – .15 CEUs
You Want A Comma To Go There? Part 1 - Margie Wakeman Wells, Owner, Margie Holds Court Publishing
In this session, we will explore those areas where the court reporter must tweak the standard English rule to make it fit those convoluted sentences in the transcript. Do the rules still apply when the sentence goes on for 14 lines? Is it okay to start a sentence with and? What about the guy who says “okay” every other word? Is there a comma when so is stretched into a five-syllable word?

Captioners Talk It Out -  CCRA Board of Directors
Meet together with the Board to discuss specific captioning topics relevant in our profession.  Share ideas and engage in a question-and-answer session with your CCRA leaders.

10:45 am – 12:15 pm  CONCURRENT SESSION – .15 CEUs
You Want A Comma To Go There? Part 2 - Margie Wakeman Wells, Owner, Margie Holds Court Publishing
In this session we will take a look at the period and the interrog, that staple of our profession, and how we have to tweak the rules for all of those crazy constructions that we see in questions. What do we do when there are suggested answers built into the question? What about is that right? We will concentrate on the places that reporters have to tweak the rules to make them work. All is all, the newbie and the seasoned reporter will find these two sessions to be of value in the everyday work of producing a transcript.

Officials Talk It Out - CCRA Board of Directors
Meet together with the Board to discuss specific Official topics relevant in our profession.  Share ideas and engage in a question-and-answer session with your CCRA leaders.