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OCRA Virtual Spring Seminar - Planting the Seeds of Change

  • Saturday, May 13, 2023
  • 8:45 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Zoom!


  • For Associate Members - No CEUs
  • For Honorary Members - No CEUs
  • For Non-Members - CEUs Included
  • For other association members - CEUs Included
  • For Professional Members - CEUs Included
  • Sponsor a Student
  • For Student Members - No CEUs

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Planting the Seeds of Change
SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2023
8:45 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. - .6 CEUs*
(*CEUs pending NCRA approval)

 8:45 - 9:00
 Opening Remarks by the President
 9:00 - 10:30
 Life with FTR:  On the Record with Steven L. Krasik, Esq.
 10:30 - 10:45
 10:45 - 12:10
 Who Can?  You Can!  Lady Steno is Here - Part I
 12:10 - 12:30
 12:30 - 2:00
 Practice, Practice!  Lady Steno - Part II
 2:00 - 2:15

 2:15 - 3:45

 Hollywood and Court Reporting Collide:
 Meet Judge Judy's Court Reporter!
 3:45 - 4:00
 Closing Remarks

Seminar Speakers, Content Description, and CEUs

Living with FTR - .15 CEUs  

Designated a “Super Lawyer” in 2007, Oregon criminal defense specialist Steven L. Krasic, Esq. shares his thoughts on the integrity of the record.  

Highlights include:

  • Civil work versus criminal work. Depos, video, who pays for what?
  • Who can do the attorney work? Who can do the reporting work?
  • Criminal defense as a constitutional requirement and the obviously guilty criminal.
  • Observations on the history, the pluses and the minuses, through the evolution of court reporting technology.
  • How Court TV and other live coverage can clobber a decent court record.
  • Compelling live reporting and funding issues, making someone else pay.
  • What’s the ‘official transcript’?
  • Secret audio recordings and the donnybrook that can follow.
  • FTR and other live recording systems, the clock and the transcription dilemma.

Who can? You can!  Pt. 1 and 2 - .3 CEUs

Katiana Walton, Freelance Realtime Stenographer     john oliver chicken GIF

: Participants will begin to master over 140 everyday phrases in one stroke. Doing so will increase their speed and realtime accuracy.

Highlights include:
  • Introduction to shorter writing. Theory and objectives are explained.
  • Left-hand pronouns portion. Words beginning with “who” are the primary focus.
  • Right-hand phrase enders are added to the left-hand pronouns to create a phrase. 
  • Active training practices based on the teachings of Dr. Mel Silberman. Instructional design based on teachings of Dr. Ruth Clark.  Accelerated learning practices based on the teachings of Dave Meier.  

Hollywood & Court Reporting Collide -    .15 CEUs


Whitney Kumar, CSR   

Highlights include:

  • Hollywood and the court reporting world collide! Everyone’s favorite daytime judge, Judge Judy, made sure to have a certified stenographer at her side for her new show, Judy Justice.
  • The perfect reporter for the job was Whitney Kumar.  She is a California CSR who owns KW Court Reporting with her twin sister, Kamryn. Come learn about her unique experience and tips on evolving your court reporting career.

*Our Board meetings are open to members!  Please contact Kendra at kendrasteppler@gmail.com to attend.

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