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LACCRA SEMINAR SERIES 2021


The Los Angeles County Court Reporters Association has earned a well-deserved reputation for sponsoring stimulating and worthwhile education for court reporters in California. We look forward to seeing you at the LACCRA Seminars!

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 (when applicable). LACCRA also sends in the forms to the LASC Court for reimbursement (while funds last) pursuant to the continuing education fund SEIU and LACCRA have negotiated with the Court (MOU Article 42, Section 1).

 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.

Let's Get Acquainted! This year's seminars will be held online via GoToMeeting. To ease online anxiety, we will be holding GoToMeeting test sessions a couple of times prior to each seminar. Please see the list of test dates following the list of seminars below and send an email to [email protected] if you plan on attending a test session. Click here for more information regarding GoToMeeting.

Registration Fees

LACCRA Members $125 - Software Seminars
$80 - E-Filing Seminars (LACCRA Members Only/No NCRA pre-approval)                       
Nonmembers $150 - Software Seminars
Students $25 - Software Seminars

 

Introducing the 2021 LACCRA Seminar Series!

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E-Filing
Case Catalyst: Power Defines and Macros - Advanced

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E-Filing: The Future is Here - Paperless Transcript Production

Saturday, July 17, 2021 & Saturday, September 11, 2021

9 am to 1 pm (4 LASC mandatory hours; LACCRA will NOT seek NCRA pre-approval for E-Filing seminars)

Online via GoToMeeting (Log in begins at 8:45 a.m. - no admittance after 9:15 a.m. Meeting details will be emailed to all registered attendees one week prior to the seminar with important tasks and information).

LACCRA Members Only
Please be sure to click on the correct date!

Please click here to register for the Saturday, July 17, 2021 Seminar.
Please click here to register for the Saturday, September 11, 2021 Seminar.
Note: Please login with your username and password under to ensure the seminar attendance shows up in your profile. Please email [email protected] if you need your username and password reset.

Description:
The State of California has mandated a move to the paperless courthouse. Court reporters will learn how to produce paperless transcripts from creating an ASCII to providing electronic distribution of PDF transcripts. With YesLaw, reporters deliver a highly functional PDF which includes automatic bookmarking, automatic creation of multi-volume master indexes, and easy secure delivery to all parties.

Educational Objectives:

• Installation and set-up of YesLaw software

• Recommendations 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

Presenters: John Garnett & Jeff Cobb with YesLaw, and with Diana Van Dyke

John Garnett has been working with YesLaw for the past 10 years. John has overseen the development of the YesLaw reporter transcript-to-video synchronization software, and the launch of YesLaw PDF Transcript Generator Software paired with the YesLaw Online Repository. Mr. Garnett has designed an efficient and easy-to-use interface for the creation and distribution of electronic transcripts within the YesLaw software. He continues to respond to user feedback for the development and improvement of YesLaw software features.

Jeff Cobb has 40 years of experience in the court-reporting industry.  His vast experience encompasses steno mask reporting in the Marine Corps, stenographic reporting in Hawaii and Washington, owning his own reporting business as well as managing sales and operations for a multi-million-dollar court reporting company in the San Francisco Bay Area. Today, Jeff is excited to be back with Stenograph assisting in the creation of an enterprise solution to enhance and improve the technology and communication between reporters, agencies and their clients worldwide.

Diana Van Dyke has been a court reporter since 1995.  She began her career as an independent contractor reporting depositions for over five years before fulfilling one of her professional goals of becoming a Los Angeles Superior Court official in 2001.  After more than ten years of serving the public as an official in almost all of the various case types for which Los Angeles provides a court reporter, she now finds herself experiencing the challenge of an assignment in a long-cause felony trial court.  This is Diana’s eighth year of proudly serving the membership as a LACCRA Board member.  This will be the fifth year that Diana has participated in LACCRA's E-filing Committee, helping usher into the court system the newest tool in our court reporters' array of useful assets to our justice system.

NCRA:
E-Filing Seminars are not reported to NCRA. NCRA members may self report. Click here for the submission form.
Please click here for the E-Filing Agenda, required with submission.
You may use a copy of your LASC hours form (form 2) as proof of attendance, which is emailed following your evaluations submission.

 

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Case Catalyst: Power Defines and Macros - ADVANCED
Attendees must know how to restore files and program dictionary.
Saturday, August 28, 2021
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 4 LASC mandatory hours; .4 NCRA CEUs

Online via GoToMeeting (Log in begins at 8:45 a.m. - no admittance after 9:15 a.m. Meeting details will be emailed to all registered attendees one week prior to the seminar with important tasks and information).

Please click here to register.

Description/Educational Objectives:

Attendees will learn:

  • Power Defines:  Define any stroke/word/phrase in your transcript from your writer.  It will use that definition forward as well as populate backwards.  Definition can be defined to personal, job, or case dictionary.
  • Macros:  A series of commands triggered by a stroke or shortcut of strokes from your writer or laptop.
  • Macros we’ll cover today:  stitch a word, replace a wrong word, fill in untranslate with 1, 2, or 3 words, delete an untranslate, search for a word, delete a word, convert numbers, fill in exhibit numbers, quote 1, 2, or 3 words, parens around last word – ex PC 245(A) – undo last global.
  • AccelerWriters: (Accel Writers) Utilizing macros from the machine.
  • Homophones:   How to one-touch switch a wrong/mistranslated word.
  • Numbers:  Conversions versus triggers (this is going to require some dictionary cleaning).
  • Quick Fix Suffix:  Change “switch” to “switching” with one-touch quick fix.
  • Keyboard Shortcuts:  Programming your computer keyboard for ease in scoping and keeping your hands as compact as possible when editing.

Presenter: Elora Dorini has been in the court reporting industry for 10 years. Her technical experience includes receiving, as well as conducting, individual training of court reporters in litigation support software with an emphasis on realtime writing and editing from the stenographic writer.  She takes personal training sessions three to four times a year to learn about the advancements in our technology for court reporter related software.
 
Elora worked as a freelancer until 2017 and then became an official court reporter for Los Angeles County.  Prior to becoming an official, she took depositions until 2013, and then moved to freelance civil trials in Los Angeles Superior Court as well as Ventura Superior Court.

In working civil trials, Elora specialized in providing daily transcripts with multiple realtime hookups.
   
Currently, she is working in a felony trial courtroom at Clara Foltz Shortridge Courthouse, providing the court with realtime, same-day/daily transcripts when requested, rough drafts, and various other services.  

She also conducts private training sessions teaching reporters the in-depth capabilities of CAT software, as well as help set up backup systems to all work product, and personal computers, if necessary.

GoToMeeting Test Dates

Please contact [email protected] if you plan to attend a test session.

June 26 Eclipse Seminar: Thursday, June 24 from 12:15 pm to 12:30 pm
July 10 Case Catalyst (AI): Saturday, July 3 from 9 am to 9:15 am & Thursday, July 8 from 12:15 pm to 12:30 pm
July 17 E-Filing Seminar: Sunday, July 11 from 9 am to 9:15 am & Thursday, July 15 from 12:15 pm to 12:30 pm
August 28 Case Catalyst: Saturday, August 21 from 9 am to 9:15 am & Thursday, August 26 from 12:15 pm to 12:30 pm
September 11 E-Filing Seminar: Saturday, September 4 from 9 am to 9:15 am & Thursday, September 9 from 12:15 pm to 12:30 pm

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.

Seminar Minimum Attendance Disclaimer: 

For seminars, 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.

Los Angeles County Court Reporters Association
Seminar Policy:

LACCRA 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 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 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 [email protected] as soon as possible. Please allow as much advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample opportunity to meet your needs.