See what’s new in products and services on the 2018 Expo Floor

Dozens of vendors will showcase the latest in new products and services specifically for the court reporting and captioning professions at the 2018 NCRA Convention & Expo, Aug. 2-5 in New Orleans, La., at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans. Vendors will offer products that include software, equipment, support services, new products, and more.

Below is a complete list of the 2018 exhibitors.

  • Advanced Depositions
  • Advantage Software
  • Alpha Innovation
  • College of Court Reporting
  • eCourt Reporters
  • Elite Reporting Services of Tennessee
  • Emerald’s Gifts of Distinction
  • Epiq Court Reporting
  • Ergoprise
  • Esquire Deposition Solutions
  • Expedite
  • Expert Depos
  • Firstlease
  • Henderson Legal Services
  • Infinite Beauty
  • Injury Care Solutions
  • IST Management Services
  • K & V Designs
  • LitUp Legal LLC
  • Louisiana Court Reporters Association
  • Mercer
  • NCRA PAC
  • National Court Reporters Foundation
  • Nexdep
  • Padcaster
  • Pengad
  • PohlmanUSA
  • ProCAT
  • Protranslating
  • Realtime Coach
  • Remote Counsel
  • RepAgencyWorks
  • Ruby Ribbon
  • Russian Blue Diamonds
  • Statim Corp.
  • Stenograph
  • Stenovations
  • StenoWorks
  • StreamText
  • Thomson Reuters
  • TransPerfect
  • S. Digital Media
  • S. Legal Support
  • Veritext
  • Wide Awake Business

To learn more about each of the 2018 NCRA Convention & Expo exhibitors, visit NCRA/exhibitors.org.

Other schedule highlights include Keynote speaker Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré (U.S. Army, Ret.), workshops, business sessions, and Learning Zones that will offer attendees added opportunities to mingle and network. Throughout the Convention, attendees can earn up to 2.3 CEUs.

Online registration closes July 23 for NCRA’s Convention & Expo. Onsite registration fees will be $100 higher. For more information about the 2018 NCRA Annual Convention & Expo, or to register online, visit NCRA.org/Convention.

HLAA members embrace NCRA at annual convention

Marcia Ferranto

Attendees at the 2018 Hearing Loss Association of America’s (HLAA) annual convention held June 21-24 in Minneapolis, Minn., welcomed NCRA as an exhibitor to the event and shared with Executive Director and CEO Marcia Ferranto how much they appreciated the services of captioners and CART providers.

“Working with the end user of CART captioning was an enriching experience, and many of them shared with me their love for the service and their willingness to help advance the profession,” Ferranto said.

Ferranto also held a breakout session onsite where she explained to attendees how NCRA is working toward attracting more people into the profession. She also shared that NCRA members who are CART captioners represent the highest standard of skill and excellence in the profession. Ferranto also offered information about what is involved in becoming and working as a CART captioner, how NCRA is the national certifying body, and why users should be looking for NCRA certifications when hiring a provider.

“Marcia’s presentation on the future of CART captioning was very well-received and shed light on how NCRA is working with HLAA to raise awareness of and to proliferate CART captioning,” said Matthew R. Barusch, NCRA’s Manager of State Government Relations, who also attended the event.

Overall, said Barusch, the whole experience was a huge success and was a prime example of the importance of working with the deaf and hard-of hearing community. People with hearing disabilities are the main consumers of CART captioning services, and they value and appreciate the services that NCRA members provide, he added. Working with HLAA to enhance and protect captioning and captioning policy cultivates a huge population of advocates for NCRA members and, ultimately, will make NCRA stronger.

According to Barusch, there was a huge interest by attendees in the NCRA Sourcebook, since so many attendees were interested in finding CART captioners in their area. In addition, he noted that many chapter leaders thanked NCRA for its new partnership with HLAA, which is helping to identify and provide CART captioning to their members.

Left to right: Matt Barusch, Caitlin Albrecht, Merilee Johnson, Jennifer Sati

“We could not be more thankful to HLAA for putting on such a great convention, and to our wonderful volunteers, who represented in such an amazing way,” Barusch shared.

NCRA Board of Directors member Jennifer Sati, RMR, CRR, CRC, CRI, from Dayton, Minn., assisted in recruiting a number of volunteers to demonstrate captioning at the NCRA booth. Those volunteers included:

  • Caitlin Albrecht, a freelance court reporter from Plymouth, Minn.
  • Kristi Arntzen, RPR, CRR, a captioner from St. Louis Park, Minn.
  • Elizabeth Gangl, RPR, a freelance court reporter from Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Staci Heichert, RDR, CRR, CRC, a captioner from Shakopee, Minn.
  • Merilee Johnson, RDR, CRR, CRC, a captioner from Eden Prairie, Minn.
  • Heather Schuetz, RMR, CRR, CRC, a freelance court reporter from Woodbury, Minn.
  • Angie Sundell, RMR, CRR, CRC, a captioner from Hopkins, Minn.
  • Jean Whalen, RDR, CRR, CRC, a captioner from Apple Valley, Minn.

“I want to give a shout-out to Marcia on her presentation at HLAA. I was lucky enough to be in the audience since it was in my neck of the woods. She has such a talent at engaging the audience, and they were engaged! I never tire of hearing CART captioning consumers express how much they love NCRA and their captioners,” Sati shared with members of NCRA’s BOD.

“Seeing us in action this weekend, I think this is a must to continue with our participation at HLAA each year to take advantage of the exposure and opportunities,” she added.

“Engaging in professional relationships with like-minded organizations such as HLAA not only showcases the services our members provide to assist members of the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities, but it also creates a strong bond and vital support for our common issues,” Ferranto added.

FCC votes to strengthen, sustain IP Captioned Phone Service

In a press release issued June 7, the Federal Communications Commission announced that it has approved an item to reform Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS). This move will ensure that this critical communications service remains sustainable for Americans with hearing loss who need it.

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Litigation Services acquires Keleher’s Certified Shorthand Reporters

Litigation Services, based in Las Vegas, Nev., announced in a press release issued July 3, that the firm has acquired Keleher’s Certified Shorthand Reporters.

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The industry supports NCRA to advance the future of court reporting and captioning

NCRA’s newly launched Corporate Partnership Program has drawn the commitment of six organizations serving or representing the court reporting and captioning professions.

NCRA welcomes the following companies as corporate partners:

NCRA’s Corporate Partnership program, which ranges in levels of sponsorship from $10,000 to $100,000, aids in business and workforce development efforts by NCRA and the National Court Reporters Foundation (NCRF).

“NCRA’s mission is to deepen the skills and opportunities of the court reporting and captioning professions through certification, mentorship, scholarships, leadership training, and professional development,” said CEO and Executive Director Marcia Ferranto.

“Right now we need to focus on the next generation of captioners and court reporters by illustrating that these professions are viable and lucrative career opportunities. While we recognize that there are various methods being used to capture the spoken word, NCRA’s focus is to ensure that both the general public and the legal industry understand that stenography is by far the most effective and desired method and that NCRA is focused on closing the shortage gap of stenographers nationally. Our Corporate Partners are a key part of the sustainability and growth of these initiatives,” Ferranto said.

A standard development strategy in the trade association industry, the Corporate Partnership program was created to enable NCRA to serve its members and provide value without raising dues, as well as assist NCRA in acquiring the knowledge, resources, and funding needed to advance the professions into the next decade.

A 12-month sponsorship with NCRA provides benefits back to its corporate partners, such as advertising, event tickets, memberships, and publicity. As the drivers of the value proposition of the program, NCRA has created a win-win for everyone.

To learn more about the NCRA Corporate Partnership Program, visit https://www.ncra.org/utility-pages/about-ncra/corporate-partners or contact Mary Petto at mpetto@ncra.org or 703-584-9022.

First on-demand litigation support system goes live

In a press release issued June 26, Nexdep announced the launch of its new on-demand litigation support platform that serves both litigation professionals and court reporters. The platform allows attorneys and paralegals to instantly connect with available court reporters, legal videographers, and interpreters for legal field work.

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US Legal Support acquires Ellen Grauer Court Reporting Co.

US Legal Support announced in a press release issued June 22 that it has acquired Ellen Grauer Court Reporting, based in New York, N.Y.

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Wood & Randall celebrates 15 years in Fresno, Calif.

Wood & Randall, a court reporting firm based in Fresno, Calif., announced in a press release issued June 25 that it is celebrating 15 years in business.

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Stenograph acquires Reporter Suite

In a press release issued June 19, Stenograph announced that it has acquired Reporter Suite, an invoicing, expense, and time-tracking application for the court reporting industry.

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Alaris ranked #1 in six categories by Missouri Lawyers Weekly

Alaris, based in St. Louis Mo., announced on June 21 that it was voted #1 in six service categories by readers of the Missouri Lawyers Weekly.

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