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LACCRA General Membership Meeting 2017

Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017
Time:  Check-in is 5:45 p.m. and program begins promptly at 6:15 p.m.

Location:  Luminarias Restaurant, 3500 W. Ramona Blvd., Monterey Park, CA 91754
Map:  Click here for a map.

Registration:  This is a complimentary dinner/business meeting for LACCRA members only; however, registration is required for the ordering of food. Please CLICK HERE here to register for the 6.1.17 LACCRA General Membership Meeting.

The following items will be on the evening’s agenda:

  • Community Building – Noontime Meetings
  • Negotiating the 2016-2018 MOU
  • Legislation 2017- 2018
  • Joint-Labor Management, What’s on the Horizon
  • PARLAC – Upcoming Events Let us Know
  • Each topic covered will be followed by a Q & A session: Please click here to submit a question by 5.26.17!

We look forward to seeing you there!




The LACCRA Seminar Committee is excited about this season's training seminars we have scheduled thus far! The Los Angeles County Court Reporters Association has earned a well-deserved reputation for sponsoring stimulating and worthwhile education for court reporters in California. Join LACCRA for its 2017 Seminar Season!

We are the Gold Standard!

Seminars through LACCRA are one of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to get your Continuing Education hours.  LACCRA sends in your paperwork to the Court and NCRA for the hours. LACCRA also sends in the forms to the LAS Court for reimbursement (while funds last) through the continuing education fund SEIU and LACCRA have negotiated with the Court.

 The net cost to you as a LACCRA member is $0. LASC Court reporters are mandated by the Judicial Council to have 8 hours of continuing education hours every two years. The new cycle started January 1, 2017. One of our seminars gives you the hours for the year. It's a simple as that!

Hope to see you soon!

Registration links are added with each seminar listing below:

Registration Fees:
LACCRA Members $100
Nonmembers $120
Students $25
(Education, LASC/NCRA CEUs, morning snack, handout)

Title of Seminar: E-Filing: The Future is – Paperless Transcript Production
Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 4 hours

SEIU Building, 1545 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Room 1A & 1B

Presenter: Brian Clune and John Garnett
CEUs: 4 hours LASC mandatory credit; .4 NCRA CEUs Approval LACCRA052017
Registration Form: 5.20.17 EFiling Seminar Registration Form

NOTE: This seminar is complimentary for LACCRA members (only), however, registration is mandatory.

Presenter:  For over 23 years, Mr. Clune worked in the court reporting, video and trial presentation industry. He has a degree in Broadcast Communications and has previously worked for CNN, ABC, and on radio in the San Francisco area. He is currently a consultant to the CLVS council at NCRA and contributor to the textbook, “Guide to Video Depositions.”

Since 2011, Mr. Clune has taken a position as Vice President of YESLAW, where he is helping to develop the next generation of transcript and video delivery standards.

Description:  The State of California has mandated a move to the paperless courthouse. Court Reporters can seize this opportunity to provide electronic distribution of PDF transcripts while retaining control of copies. With YesLaw, reporters delivery a highly functional PDF which includes automatic bookmarking, automatic creation of multi-volume master indexes, and easy secure delivery to all parties. Get a free trial of YesLaw software and learn how easy it is to use.


  • Installation and Set-up of YesLaw software
  • Recommendation’s for output to paperless delivery
  • Overview of creating a YesLaw PDF from your ASCII output
  • Delivery options for Los Angeles Official reporters
  • What the delivery looks like and how to access online content
Title of Seminar: CART and Captioning 101
Date: Saturday, June 24, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 4 hours

SEIU Building, 1545 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Presenter: Saba McKinley
CEUs: 4 hours LASC mandatory credit; .4 NCRA CEUs Approval LACCRA062417
Registration Form:  6-24-17: CART & Captioning 101 Registration Form

Presenter:  After serving as a Los Angeles Superior Court as a court reporter for 20 years, Saba McKinley answered a deep calling within herself to forge a new path.  Making the transition from a stable, “secure” job to being an entrepreneur was not an easy one, but she has come to understand and appreciate what it has to offer.  

Saba believes that “vision” is just as important as skill.  Her vision is to fill the deep void that exists when it comes to equal access and opportunities for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing. With that in mind, she has immersed herself in all things related to the hearing loss world.  She served on the board of the California Court Reporters Association for two years, and during that time she championed the efforts to have inclusion of captioners in the industry association.  She helped to form an alliance between the California Court Reporters Association and the Hearing Loss Association of America and, is in demand as a CART captioner, consultant, speaker and trainer in her field.

The entrepreneurial road has taught Saba many business lessons, but she has always relied on her heart, faith and intuition as much as she has relied on her education and expertise.  

Description:  Over the course of this highly interactive 4-hour seminar, you will learn the importance of CART layout, dictionary filtering, dictionary maintenance as well as effectively serving the needs of the CART consumer, and much more.

  • When you finish this seminar, you will have…
  • Created a New User for training purposes
  • Created a New Job Dictionary
  • Removed judicial-specific conflicts from your New Job Dictionary [e.g. ^ to, ^ two ^ too]
  • Have a greater understanding of compensation, consumer needs and other introductory subject matter to prepare you for providing services as a CART captioner

•    Steno-writer, laptop with latest professional version of software (if possible), supplied worksheets completed.
•    Be prepared to write in realtime and come with an action-taking state of mind.

Title of Seminar: Writing: Comma Rules, Punctuation, Quotes, & Numbers in Strange
Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 4 hours

SEIU Building, 1545 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Room 1A & 1B

Presenter: Margie Wakeman-Wells
CEUs: 4 hours LASC mandatory credit; .4 NCRA CEUs Approval LACCRA071517
Registration Form:  7-15-17: Writing Seminar Registration Form

Presenter:   Margie Wakeman Wells is a lifetime credentialed teacher in the state of California and is certified as a CRI. She is in her sixth decade of teaching -- with 40 of those years in the field of court reporting. As a reporting instructor, she has taught from the theory level through the exit speeds as well as all manner of English courses – both on campus in a bricks and mortar school and online.

She has presented, under the auspices of NCRA and state court reporting organizations, over 300 seminars for reporters on English-related topics as well as seminars for teachers and students.

Court Reporting: Bad Grammar/Good Punctuation, her best-selling reference text, and the workbook that accompanies it are available at In addition, she has published Word Pares, Pears, Pairs, a reference work of 2,000 word pairs with definitions, examples, and idioms for the words, and is currently writing a grammar text. She has also written a drill book series for improving accuracy: Practice Really DOES Make Perfect.

Her latest book, All Things English, is a bit of a departure from the others. It is one vocab word, one spelling word, one idiom, one word pair, and one fun English fact –each day for 120 days.

Margie operates “Margie Holds Class,” her online school, for both live and recorded classes and writes her blog, “All Things English,” at Margie currently serves as the Education Liaison for the California Court Reporters Association.

Margie has two grown sons and lives with her husband, Bill, in Culver City, California.

Description:  How many comma rules are there? Does punctuation ever change? What if I move it over here? Would that change the punctuation? Is there really just one space after a period? We will answer these questions and a few other commonly asked questions in our introduction.

To quote or not to quote! 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.

Title of Seminar: NCRA Online Testing and Realtime Coach
Date: Saturday, July 22, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 4 hours

SEIU Building, 1545 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Room 1A & 1B

Presenter: Michael Starkman, Assistant Marketing Manager of Realtime
CEUs: 4 hours LASC mandatory credit; .4 NCRA CEUs Approval LACCRA072217
Registration Form:  7-22-17: NCRA & Realtime Registration Form

Description:   We'll explore the online NCRA certification exam procedures from registration to practice runs to the test itself.

Educational objective:  Preparedness

Realtime Coach - Thousands of reporters use this tool to improve their writing skills.

In this seminar, we'll take an in-depth look at how this very effective and widely used skill-building tool can help you improve your writing skills.   Realtime Coach is helping reporters pass certification exams, make the transition to realtime writing and improve writing skills in general to help make them more productive on a day-to-day basis.

Educational objective:  Discovering new tools that aid in skill building

Title of Seminar: 12-Steps to CART and Realtime
Date: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 4 hours

SEIU Building, 1545 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
5th Floor Training Room

Presenter: Debra Bollman
CEUs: 4 hours LASC mandatory credit; .4 NCRA CEUs Approval LACCRA081217
Registration Form:  8-12-17: 12-Steps to CART and Realtime Registration Form

12-Steps to CART and Realtime ~ Mastering word-boundary errors and conflict resolutions by refining and retooling your prefix/suffix steno outlines

Presenter:  Debra Bollman made headlines across the globe during the 2015 NCAA March Madness basketball tournament when Wisconsin Badger Nigel Hayes whispered, “Gosh, she’s beautiful” over a hot mic during a tournament press conference at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  The publicity was a bit overwhelming, but Debra took it in stride and shined a positive light on our profession.

Debra is the CEO of Caption CART, Inc., and has captioned and provided realtime transcripts for events including the French Open, Solheim Cup, Breeders Cup, NBA Finals, and the World Series just to name a few.  She’s been a court reporter for 20 years and has taken advantage of the many avenues our profession has to offer.  She’s been a state and federal official, CART provider, and broadcast captioner, but her specialty in sports has given her the most memorable moments, especially being at all seven games of the 2016 World Series.  

Debra has been asked over the years to help transition reporters into captioners and create a curriculum for high-speed students and seasoned reporters to make that move to captioning.  She recently took the plunge and has created her 12-Steps to Captioning program that retools and streamlines almost any theory to make you caption and CART ready.  She will share with us some of her tips and tricks and demo the different options out there so you, too, can become a captioner.  

Licenses: California CSR, RMR, CRR, CRC

Description:  Are you ready to take your realtime to the next level? Have you considered providing CART in your courtroom? Debra Bollman will share her tried and true steps to getting clean, consistent, and readable realtime.

Presentation Objectives:

We will begin with a quick breakdown of the attendees’ current realtime abilities by writing a YouTube video.  We will move quickly into the prefix/suffix and word boundary lists provided to all those in attendance. This is a hands-on training class, so everyone must bring their steno and laptops. 

The goal is to begin understanding how consistency in prefix/suffixes will greatly improve your realtime skills.  I will also show all participants how to set up for CART in their courtroom, as well as provide the study materials to take the California Court Reporters Certified CART Generalist (CCG) exam.12-Steps to CART and Realtime ~ Mastering word-boundary errors and conflict resolutions by refining and retooling your prefix/suffix steno outlines

Title of Seminar: Windows 10 
NOTE: Limited attendance - Open to 25 registrants.
Date: Saturday, August 26, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 4 hours

South Orange College
2011 W. Chapman Ave., Orange, CA 92868

Presenter: Rick Louie
CEUs: 4 hours LASC mandatory credit; .4 NCRA CEUs (Pending approval)
Registration Form: 8-26-17 LACCRA Windows 10 Seminar Registration Form

Title:  Windows 10

Description:  Presentation of Windows 10 including features and usage, how to manage files, navigation, keyboard shortcuts, troubleshooting, security and antivirus, and more. While this seminar is specific to Windows 10, many aspects will apply to previous Windows versions as well.

A 24-year veteran of StenoCAT reporting software support and quality assurance services, Rick Louie brings a wealth of information to reporters to easily incorporate into their toolkit.  Rick is a Southern California native with a B.S Electrical Engineering degree from CSU Fullerton.  He teaches computer classes to court reporting students at South Coast College of Court Reporting and regularly presents seminars and classes at the StenoCAT Users Network, CCRA, DRA, and NCRA conventions.  Also a former court reporting student, Rick brings many aspects of the reporter experience to the classroom.  He specializes in ongoing training, education, and support of court reporters in the changing business climate. 

Seminar Minimum Attendance Disclaimer: 

LACCRA must attain the minimum number of paid attendees of 12 in order to hold a seminar. If attendance drops below 12, registrants will be notified 48 hours in advance of the seminar cancellation, and may elect to either receive a registration fee refund or a registration credit towards a future seminar.

Seminar Presenter Disclaimer

All information presented by the speakers at the LACCRA Benefits Seminar or through any other medium provides general information only. In presenting the material, neither the Los Angeles County Court Reporters Association nor its directors or consultants has taken into consideration any individual's benefit objectives, financial situation, or particular needs. All attendees should seek independent professional advice as to the suitability of any information provided to fit their personal benefit profile and goals.

Los Angeles County Court Reporters Association
Seminar Policy:

The LACCRA office must receive an attendee’s (member or nonmember) registration payment no later than 7 days prior to the event. If not timely received, the reporter will be treated as a “walk-in” as described below.

Walk-ins (member or nonmember) will be allowed only if the attendee calls the LACCRA office no later than the Thursday morning before the Saturday seminar to request permission to attend, if there is still space available. The registration fee is due at the time of the request to attend is made.

A paid registrant must call the LACCRA office by no later than the Thursday morning before the Saturday seminar to cancel their attendance. If such a call is not timely received, the attendee will forfeit the registration fee of the seminar.

If an attendee does call the LACCRA office by no later than Thursday morning before the Saturday seminar, the amount paid to LACCRA will be refunded, minus a fee of $25.00.

Attendees will not be allowed entry 15 minutes after the commencement of the seminar.

LACCRA reserves the right to cancel a seminar, if the minimum number of paid registrants is not met and/or due to unforeseen circumstances whereupon a cancellation is deemed necessary. Upon notice of cancellation, paid registrants will be given the option to either apply their registration fee to a future seminar or to be given a total refund.

Unless otherwise indicated, the subject matter of each technology seminar is the latest version of the software. The software must be preloaded and operational.

Special Accommodation:

Facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you require special accommodation and plan to attend this event, please contact the LACCRA office at 949-715-6931 or as soon as possible. Please allow as much advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample opportunity to meet your needs.