CCRA-NJ is pleased to announce that we are offering a great and fun networking event on Friday, March 10.  There will be a fajita bar and some tasty snacks.  This unique networking event is included in the registration fee for either Friday only and for registrants attending Friday and Saturday.  There is a reduced registration fee for Friday only and you can still earn 2.5 NJ CCR credits and .25 NCRA CE credits.  Any questions or need help registering please contact the CCRA-NJ office at 856-875-0818.

 

 

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE CCRA-NJ
MARCH 2017 CONVENTION!!!!
 
The CCRA-NJ 2017 March Convention
will be held
FRIDAY, MARCH 10 AND SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017
at the
Doubletree by Hilton Newark Airport Hotel
located at 128 Frontage Road, Newark, NJ 07114
 
PLEASE SAVE THE DATE FOR THIS POPULAR CONTINUING EDUCATION EVENT!


TO REGISTER CLICK THE LINK BELOW:
2017 Annual Spring Convention Form

TO DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION BROCHURE CLICK THE LINK BELOW:
March 2017 Conference Registration Brochure 

Book your hotel sleeping room/s now!

We have reserved a block of guest rooms for Friday night at a discounted rate of ONLY $109 PER NIGHT. Please make your reservations directly with the hotel, and do so IMMEDIATELY, as the discounted room rate is only guaranteed until February 24, 2017 or the rooms sell out, by calling 800-222-8733. Be sure to reference you are with the CCRA group to receive the discount.  If you need assistance please call Tim Bower at 856-875-0818.  The hotel is Doubletree by Hilton Newark Airport Hotel located at 128 Frontage Road, Newark, NJ 07114.

AGENDA FOR FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2017
5:00-5:30pm     
Registration
 
5:30-6:30pm    Opening comments
Town Hall-Taking Your Career to the Next Level - (1.0/.10 CE)
Robin Vance, CCR, and Jennifer Billstein-Miller, CCR, CRR, RPR
Join Robin Vance and Jennifer Billstein-Miller for this relaxed Friday Night Town Hall session.  It’s an open discussion of the pertinent and current issues in the freelance world, both ethical and practical, and also they will discuss how they operate their businesses and how they promote realtime in their depositions.  This interactive session will offer insight on a wide range of professional practice and business procedure topics and issues presented by the panel and seminar attendees.
 
6:30-8:00pm     
Best Practices Round Tables – Tips for Efficiency and Efficacy - (1.5 / .15 CE)
Mark H. Renzi, CCR, RPR
Join us Friday night where you, the participants, are the experts.  This is an interactive session where in small groups you’ll discuss amongst your table favorite briefs, what gadget or app has made your life easier, how you upsell products to lawyers, how you handle scheduling, your favorite software shortcuts, et cetera.  Learn from each other, share your best tips and explore new areas so that you may immediately start implementing the lessons learned.
 
8:00-10:00pm   
President’s Reception
1st Annual President’s Reception, Country Western Hoedown, Jersey Style  –  Join your jocund and convivial colleagues for a relaxed evening of social networking.   Country Western attire suggested, but not required.  Cash bar and light Southern fare provided.
 
 
AGENDA FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017
7:00am               
Registration, Continental Breakfast, Vendor Expo
 
7:50am               
Opening Announcements 
 
8:00-9:00am      
The Future is Now - (1.0 / .10 CE)
Mirabai Knight, CCR, CRC, RDR
Mirabai Knight is an innovative pioneer in the CART/Captioning industry.  She will enlighten us with a glimpse into the future developments in the emerging field of conference captioning.   She’s the strategic partner at White Coat Captioning, one of the leading conference captioning companies in the world.  And she’s the founder of the Open Steno Project known as Plover.  And if that weren’t enough, she has developed a line of Free and Open Store Software to aid future students and expand the use of steno in other fields.  And wait till you hear about Stenosaurus, the newest writer that she is developing that will change how the court reporting world operates. 
 
9:00-10:00am   
The Effect of Motivation and the Power of Positivity - (1.0 / .10 CE)
Meredith Bonn
Learn how you can be happier, healthier and self-assured in all aspects of your life, and how positivity affects your ability to calmly perform as a court reporter.  Ms. Bonn’s session will leave you motivated to incorporate imperturbable composure into your daily life.
 
10:00-10:30am
Morning Break and Vendor Expo
 
10:30am-12:00pm          
Panel Discussion – The State of the Profession - (1.5 / .15 CE)
Robert Boccolini, CCR, RMR - Moderator
Join us for this history-making event.  For the first time, members of the New Jersey State Board of Court Reporting will be joining us to discuss issues dealing with our licensing and certification, and the future of Court Reporting in New Jersey.
 
12:00-1:00pm 
Full-Course Luncheon, Vendor Expo
 
1:00-2:00pm     
Making the Switch to Captioning - (1.0 / .10 CE)
Cheryl Pallante, CCR, CRR, RMR, CBC and Lea Lumpkin, CCR, RMR, CRR, CRC
Cheryl Pallante and Lea Lumpkin  are television captioners in the Philadelphia area.  They will take us through their journey from deposition reporter to captioner, the training that they received, the daily preparation involved, their bloopers and blunders, to the highlights of their careers.
 
2:00-3:30pm     Closing comments / Raffles drawn              
KEYNOTE – The Fight to be Treated Fairly - (1.5 / .15 CE)
Bobby Battle
Who in the court reporting field hasn’t witnessed or encountered prejudice, harassment, discrimination, political debate and discord?   Who hasn’t had to deal with acrimonious lawyers or inimical witnesses?   Learn how to skillfully moderate those issues when they arise.  Find out what behaviors to avoid that may offend others so that the CCR will always be viewed as completely neutral and impartial. Join us as this dynamic speaker, Bobby Battle, shares his personal journey of facing discrimination as a young boy in North Carolina, to his involvement in the civil rights movement, to becoming a combat mission pilot for the US Air Force in Vietnam, and then the chief EEO/AA Officer for the New Jersey Judiciary, a lifetime marked by ringing achievements in his struggle for fairness and equality for all.  
 
3:30-4:00pm     
Afternoon Break and Vendor Expo
 
4:00-5:30pm    Concurrent Sessions
Vendor Showcase - (1.5 / .15 CE)
Advantage Software / Stenograph
In this seminar, vendors will be given an opportunity to highlight their newest products and the features of each product to our reporter and student base attendees. The vendors will have a chance to describe the newest machines and software that they offer.
 
TO REGISTER CLICK THE LINK BELOW:
2017 Annual Spring Convention Form

 
TO DOWNLOAD THE REGISTRATION BROCHURE CLICK THE LINK BELOW:
March 2017 Conference Registration Brochure 
 
For more information, please contact Andrea Bower at abower@bowermanagementservices.com or 856-534-0606.

See you in March!
 

 

 


 

Looking for an exciting career?  If so please read the information below!!

Imagine a career with an action-filled ringside seat – at high profile criminal trials, in the assemblies of Congress and the Senate, at major sporting events, captioning the television news, large conferences, on college campuses and in lawyers’ offices, a career where you can earn a six figure salary, and where every day is varied.  We’re called court reporters and captioners.

Time for a career switch?  Are you a high school student looking for a fulfilling career?  Join us for eight Saturday mornings in Medford, NJ, for a FREE introductory course to court reporting/captioning with no obligations. 

Requirements:  Excellent grammar/vocabulary/spelling skills, self-motivated, and a commitment to practice.  After eight weeks, you’ll be prepared to enroll in a court reporting program of your choice and will have a jump start on other students in the program. 

This program is limited to 10 students, so sign up now!

For information, contact:

Lois McFadden, President, CCRA-NJ
609-518-2549
Lois.McFadden@njcourts.gov

Tim Bower, CCRA-NJ Administrator
856-875-0818
CCRA-NJ@bowermanagementservices.com

 


 

RENEW YOUR CCRA-NJ MEMBERSHIP FOR 2017 TODAY!!!! 


To renew  online today and pay by credit card click the link below:
2017 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: Membership Application (payment by mail or fax)

 

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)