The CCRA-NJ 2016 Annual Fall Convention
will be held

SATURDAY OCTOBER 1
AND SUNDAY OCTOBER 2, 2016

at 

Bally's Atlantic City

Park Place and the Boardwalk (1900 Pacific Ave.) Atlantic City, NJ 08401   

REGISTER NOW FOR THIS  POPULAR CONTINUING EDUCATION EVENT!

PLEASE CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO REGISTER FOR THE EVENT ONLINE

2016 Annual Fall Convention Form

PLEASE CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO DOWNLOAD THE COMPLETE PROGRAM WITH DETAIL ON THE EDUCATIONAL SESSIONS

CCRA-NJ October 2016 Conference Brochure 

EARN UP TO 10 NJ CCR CREDITS AND 1.0  NCRA CE UNITS FROM THE CONVENTION ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

EARN 3 NJ CCR CREDITS AND .3 NCRA CE UNITS FROM THE REALTIME TRAINING SESSION

This year we have added a Realtime Training Session to Saturday morning from 8am to 12pm.  A separate registration fee is required.  Participants will learn hands on how to hook up realtime for themselves, and, also, how to send an outgoing realtime feed to an end user, troubleshooting connections and equipment along the way.  Participants should walk away with the ability to successfully send a realtime feed to an end user.

The schedule for the Convention will be the same as past years with the opening session on Saturday starting at 2pm and ending at 4:30pm.  Sunday sessions will start at 8am and end at 5:30pm.  The schedule allows plenty of time to enjoy all of the nightlife offered at and around this centrally located hotel.  Bally's Atlantic City is in the center of all the action in Atlantic City.

We have reserved a block of guest rooms for Friday and Saturday nights at a discounted rate of ONLY $139 PER NIGHT FOR FRIDAY NIGHT AND $169 PER NIGHT FOR SATURDAY NIGHT.  

Please make your reservations directly with the hotel, and do so IMMEDIATELY, as the discounted room rate is only guaranteed until  September 9, 2016 or the rooms sell out, by calling 888-516-2215. Be sure to mention you are with the CCRANJ (Certified Court Reporters Association of New Jersey) group (use code SB09CC6)to receive the discounted rate.

This years agenda is full of great speakers and sessions.  The sessions are listed below:

Saturday, October 1

  • 8:30am-12:00pm Realtime Hookup & Troubleshooting Session - Moderator: Bob Tate **additional registration fee required**
  • 2:00-3:00pm Town Hall (1.0 / .10 CEU) - Moderator: Cher McCollum
  • 3:00-4:30pm New Jersey Bench and Bar (1.5 / .15 CEU)    - Moderator: Bob Tate Panelists: Judge Eugene McCaffrey; Joseph P. Grimes, Esquire; Charles H. Nugent, Jr., Esquire
  • 4:30-5:30pm Happy Hour / Networking for all Attendees

Sunday, October 2

  • 7:00am Registration, Continental Breakfast and Vendor Expo
  • 7:50am Opening Remarks and Important Announcements
  • 8:00-9:00am Stenographer Operations at Guantanamo Bay (1.0 / .10 CEU) Speaker: Nancy Varallo
  • 9:00-10:00am EXHIBEO, The Paperless Deposition Solution (1.0 / .10 CEU) Speaker: Matt McElvenny
  • 10:00-10:30am Morning Break and Vendor Expo
  • 10:30am-12:00pm Motivation Keynote from NCRA (1.5 / .15 CEU) Speaker: Max Curry
  • 12:00-1:00pm Grab and Go Lunch Session / Networking Opportunity
  • 1:00-2:30pm Insurance, Social Security and Independent Contractor/Employee Roundtable Discussion (1.5 / .15 CEU) Moderator: Bob Tate Presenters: Tim Carleton, Mindi Carleton, James V. Tate, CPA, CFA
  • 2:30-3:00pm Afternoon Break // Vendor Expo // Door Prizes and Closing Comments
  • 3:00-4:00pm VENDOR SHOWCASE (1.0 / .10 CEU)   CONCURRENT SESSIONS Speakers: Choose between Michael Starkman with Advantage OR Grace Molson with Stenograph
  • 4:00-5:30pm FOR THE RECORD Documentary, Directed by Marc Greenberg (1.5 / .15 CEU) Movie Screening

The registration brochure with full agenda and session descriptions can be found by clicking the link below:
https://ccranj.memberclicks.net/assets/Oct2016convention/ccranj2016fallconventionbrochure-final.pdf

Please contact Andrea Bower with any questions:
Andrea Bower
Associate Director
Certified Court Reporters Association of New Jersey
Phone: 856-534-0606
abower@bowermanagementservices.com



 

RENEW YOUR CCRA-NJ MEMBERSIP FOR 2016 TODAY!!!! 


To renew  online today and pay by credit card click the link below:
2016 Membership Form

or if paying by check please complete the form available at the link below and mail both the form and the check to the address on the form.
Membership Renewal Form (payment by mail/fax)

For membership questions please contact Tim Bower 

Interested in joining CCRA-NJ - please click here

Tim Bower, CAE 
Executive Director
Certified Court Reporters Association of New Jersey
PO Box 460
Collingswood, NJ 08108
Phone: 856-875-0818
Fax: 856-210-1619
ccra-nj@bowermanagementservices.com

 


CCRA-NJ is excited to announce that we are instituting a new membership recruitment program!!

This new recruitment program is called the “Member-Get-A-Member” program.  CCRA-NJ appreciates all the support you have provided to the organization over the years and also realizes that you are uniquely qualified to help CCRA-NJ grow so we can continue to expand the services we offer our members.  To put it simply more CCRA-NJ members means greater resources and that will help CCRA-NJ remain a resource for you.

The program is very simple and will also provide you a way to save money on CCRA-NJ membership and educational programs.  For every new Reporter member that you recruit you will receive $25 CCRA-NJ “Bucks” that you can use to trade in to help reduce your membership or education costs for any CCRA-NJ programs.  There is not a limit to the amount of “bucks” that you can accumulate so there is a possibility that you could fund your membership and March and/or October conference registrations through this program.  CCRA-NJ “Bucks” are not transferable.

Full Information is available here: ccranjmembergetamember2015flyer-final.pdf
The membership application is available here: ccranj2016membershipapplication.pdf

 

NOT A MEMBER - WHY NOT JOIN CCRA-NJ TODAY!!


If you are not a current member of CCRA-NJ this is a great time to join.  By joining before the Annual Convention that takes place on March 11 and 12, 2016 you can attend the convention at the member rate.  By joining CCRA-NJ you are also supporting the ONLY association that is here to help protect the interest of the Court Reporter in the State of New Jersey. 

To join online please click: Membership Application

To mail or fax your application in please click: Membership Application (payment by mail or fax) 

 

 


 

 

Stenographers get pulled out of the background and into the limelight during NCAA’s March Madness Tournament

By: Tina (Campise) Okomski, CCR, RPR, RMR, CRR

It’s happened to every stenographer/court reporter...a curious witness, attorney, spouse, even our children.  At some point in every stenographer’s career, we find ourselves being questioned about how it is we do what we do.

For the stenographers at the NCAA March Madness Basketball tournament, this question was put on the national stage...and gave the profession more recognition than we’ve ever been told we could have...or perhaps ever wanted.

After Wisconsin’s opening Round of 64 win, three of Wisconsin’s top players, Nigel Hayes, Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker, huddled around the stenographer, asking questions and even touching her machine to see what it would produce.  To say they were intrigued is an understatement.  At their next press conference, when sophomore Nigel Hayes was posed a question, his response was not for the media, but for the stenographer.

            “Before I answer that question, I would like to say a few words: cattywampus, onomatopoeia and antidisestablishmentarianism. (Laughs) . Now, back to your question.” 

http://time.com/3753478/wisconsin-nigel-hayes-stenographer-ncaa/

A later presser had the tables turned, as Hayes was caught with his mic on when saying, “Gosh, she’s beautiful,” presumably about that day’s stenographer.  But the embarrassment didn’t stop Hayes, as his big-word antics continued, and before the Final Four game, Hayes came out with the following statement: “Sticking to tradition, prestidigitation and hello, Mr. Stenographer...” 

http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball/story/2015-04-03/ncaa-tournament-march-madness-nigel-hayes-stenographer-final-four

Hayes’ attention towards the stenographers brought as much attention to the profession as probably any amount of advertising ever has.  Countless articles have been written and Twitter has blown up over it.  Hayes, who said his love for vocabulary began when he was younger, has had over 10,000 words tweeted to him since this began.  Along with the above, some other words Hayes has thrown at the stenographers include soliloquy, quandary, Zephyr, xylophone, prevaricated, syzygy, logorrhea, and succedaneum.

As Wisconsin advanced all the way to the championship matchup, stenographers across the country became big Wisconsin fans.  And in spite of constantly being tested, the Wisconsin Court Reporters Association appreciated the attention and publicly wished the team good luck.

http://fansided.com/2015/04/03/wisconsin-court-stenographers-wish-badgers-luck-final-four/

For stenographers everywhere, I would like to extend a huge congratulations to the Wisconsin Badgers for an incredibly successful season, in spite of falling just short in the championship game...and an even bigger congratulations to the stenographers who drew their post-game press conferences.  You’re the real MVPs!