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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. 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
Commas Here, Commas There, Commas Everywhere
ProCat
Case Catalyst: Auto Indexing - Advanced
Case Catalyst: Power Defines and Macros - Advanced
Eclipse

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

E-Filing will be held on four Saturdays in 2021: May 8, 2021; July 17, 2021; & 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, May 8, 2021 Seminar.
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.

 

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Commas Here, Commas There, Commas Everywhere
Saturday, May 22, 2021
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (3 LASC mandatory hours; .3 NCRA CEUs pending approval)

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/Learning Objectives: How many comma rules are there? Too many to count and certainly more than we can possibly cover in three hours. This session will deal with some of the commonly used/misused commas – when do compound elements need commas? When can they be left out? – and then move to some of the more obscure comma rules that don’t get much attention but certainly need to.

Even the most sophisticated reporter will pick up some tips to improve transcript punctuation. Bring those punctuation questions that keep cropping up. This is the time to get answers.

The session will be conducted in a question-and-answer format via PowerPoint in a question-and-answer format.

As a result of attendance at this seminar, the reporters will be able to recognize compound construction and punctuate it correctly, identify parentheticals and fragments and and introductory elements and punctuate them correctly.

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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 more than 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.

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ProCAT
Saturday, June 12, 2021
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 4 LASC mandatory hours; .4 NCRA CEUs pending approval)

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: Beginning/Intermediate review and proper use of Realtime Features of Winner; fine tuning realtime translation, transcript editing; creating ASCIIs and PDFs.

Presenter: Robert Bakva graduated from the Fairleigh Dickenson University with a Masters Degree in Computer Sciences. He began his professional career working for a fortune-500 corporation as a Computer Programmer. During his 10-year employment, he excelled in the arts of product development and marketing. Having attended many Finance and Administration seminars and working in the company of Alan Greenspan, the Federal Reserve Chairman, he has developed many financial planning and cash management models. Bob climbed the corporate ladder to become the youngest Technical Manager to lead the most profitable division in the company. During his tenure, Bob was a seven-time President’s Club award winner -- for highest quality performance.

Having always been an entrepreneur at heart, Mr. Bakva left his position to begin building ProCAT. His mission being to create the FIRST PC-based CAT software. Bob, joined by other programmers, began developing a CAT software in 1982. This product was introduced at the 1984 NSRA Convention in Las Vegas. Under Bob’s leadership, ProCAT has become a leading provider of CAT, CART, and Captioning software within the court reporting industry. He has been instrumental in the development of many industry firsts, such as artificial intelligence. Mr. Bakva’s successful career is due to his commitment to technological achievements, fiscal responsibility and providing the highest level of customer service.

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Eclipse
Saturday, June 26, 2021
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 4 LASC mandatory hours; .4 NCRA CEUs (pending approval)

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/Learning Objectives:
Course review of the latest software updates; fine tuning realtime translation, transcript editing features; creating ASCIIs and PDFs; dictionary management; automatic indexing.

Presenter Bios:
Keith Vincent is a freelance reporter in Houston, Texas. He has been an Eclipse software user, alpha tester, and trainer since 1992. He’s also the creator of more than 300 Visualizer movies that are built into Eclipse. He’s been one of the main presenters at EclipseWebinars.com and the annual Eclipse Users Conference. He’s well known for Eclipse workshops that he’s presented in US, Canada, London and Paris.

Wil Wilcox is a freelance court reporter in Los Angeles, California, and works both in court and in depositions. He is an Eclipse user and formerly was an Eclipse sales representative, trainer and seminar presenter.

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Case Catalyst: Auto Indexing - Advanced
Attendees must know how to restore files and program dictionary

Saturday, July 10, 2021
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 4 LASC mandatory hours; .4 NCRA CEUs pending approval)

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: Auto-Indexing

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. 

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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 pending approval)

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

May 8 E-Filing Seminar: Saturday, May 1 from 9 am to 9:30 am & Thursday, May 6 from 12:15 pm to 12:30 pm
May 22 Commas Seminar: Saturday, May 15 from 9 am to 9:30 am & Thursday, May 20 from 12:15 pm to 12:30 pm
June 12 ProCAT Seminar: Saturday, June 5 from 9 am to 9:30 am & Thursday, June 10 from 12:15 pm to 12:30 pm
July 10 Case Catalyst (AI): Saturday, July 3 from 9 am to 9:30 am & Thursday, July 8 from 12:15 pm to 12:30 pm
July 17 E-Filing Seminar: Sunday, July 11 from 9 am to 9:30 am & Thursday, July 15 from 12:15 pm to 12:30 pm
August 28 Case Catalyst: Saturday, August 21 from 9 am to 9:30 am & Thursday, August 26 from 12:15 pm to 12:30 pm
September 11 E-Filing Seminar: Saturday, September 4 from 9 am to 9:30 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.