“20/20 Seeing Clearly Into Our Profession”
Join us for the 2020 VCRA Convention on March 20th through 22nd at the beautiful Virginian Hotel in Lynchburg, Virginia. It will be a three-day celebration of our profession! Our keynote speaker is Mark Kislingbury, the Guinness World Record holder for "Fastest Court Reporter." Register today! You're not going to want to miss this! Please bring your steno machines and laptops.
Register now before late registration begins on March 1!
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Note: Convention registration fees may be transferred, but NOT refunded. Early Bird not available to Students, Non-Members and Non-Reporters/Guests.
VCRA Speakeasy Welcome Reception
We're throwing a Roaring 20s themed reception! Bring 10 of your best briefs to share, and wear your 1920s attire! Prizes for the best costumes! Join us for heavy hors d’oeuvres and fun!
VCRA will hold their first ever REALTIME and SPEED contests at the Convention on Friday, March 20, 2020, at 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. The Realtime Contest will be a Q&A at 225 wpm. The Speed Contest will be given at 280 wpm, with 90 minutes to transcribe. You must indicate your desire to compete in one or both contests on your conference registration form. Fee: $45 per contest.
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The Virginian Hotel
A centerpiece of downtown Lynchburg since 1913, this magnificent hotel has been thoughtfully restored to its historic grandeur and refreshed with modern amenities. Walk to restaurants and boutiques, stroll along the James River, and dive into the arts and creative scene. Downtown is full of hidden gems. Point of Honor is a mile away, and the Snowflex Center is nearby for year-round skiing.
Reserve Your Room
The cut-off date for reserving rooms in the discounted room block is 4:00 p.m. EST on February 20, 2020.
Mark Kislingbury, RDR, CRR, FAPR
Mark started his career as a freelance court reporter in 1983 in Houston, Texas. He began working on realtime from the beginning and has won 12 total NCRA speed and realtime contests. He also has a Guinness World Record for "Fastest Court Reporter" for passing a one-minute take at 360 wpm with 97.22% accuracy in 2004. He is the author of four court reporting books and runs the popular Internet training site for court reporters, the Magnum Steno Club. He opened the Mark Kislingbury Academy of Court Reporting in 2011 and his first 11 graduates averaged 1 yr. 11 mos. to graduate.
He is the author of his own theory, the Magnum Steno Theory, and the author of "My System: The Road to Realtime Excellence," currently in the NCRA bookstore. Mark is married with three grown children and makes his home in Houston, Texas.
Jim DeCrescenzo, RPR, RMR, CRR, RDR, FAPR
Jim operated a court reporting agency in the Greater Philadelphia area for three decades before opening Exhibeo, LLC, a paperless deposition service, in 2015. Jim has served in countless volunteer capacities at the state and national level over the years. He is a Registered Diplomate Reporter (RDR), a Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR), and is a Fellow of the Academy of Professional Reporters (FAPR).
Michele E. Eddy, RPR, CRR, CRI, CLR, Realtime Systems Administrator Certificate
Michele has been a freelance court reporter for over 30 years, beginning her career in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1989, then moving, in 2009, to the D.C./Northern Virginia area. She has been a Certified Realtime Reporter since 2000 and earned the Realtime Systems Administrator Certificate in 2012.
Michele works as a high-volume reporter in deposition, trial, or arbitration settings on almost a daily basis, providing interactive realtime, rough drafts, daily copy, or rush transcripts. This past year, Michele had the privilege of serving as a temporary Reporter of Debates for the U.S. Senate for several weeks, quickly learning the basics of Case Catalyst software in order to have a part in creating the Congressional Record on a daily basis.
Michele and her scopist use Eclipse software, often working together in the cloud through Connection Magic. Creating a job dictionary and auto-briefing is one of Michele’s favorite tools to writing realtime effortlessly. Good knowledge of Eclipse software enables her to provide stress-free rush transcripts, whether it's knowledge about block files and automatic indexing to create title pages and indexes quickly or editing tricks to produce fast rough drafts or a final product.
While in Ohio, Michele served as an instructor in the court reporting program at Cuyahoga Community College during the 2006-2007 academic year.
From 2014 through 2016, Michele participated in the Taking Realtime Awareness and Innovation Nationwide (TRAIN) program for the Virginia Court Reporters Association, providing realtime and technical training to fellow reporters. She has also conducted software-related seminars at VCRA’s Education Day. In March 2015, she was awarded the Frank G. Tayloe Award by VCRA. From 2016 to the present, she has served on the Board of VCRA as Vice President, Secretary, and Director, currently chairing the Education Committee, having conducted several A to Z classes and has led efforts to bring awareness of our profession at the Virginia School Counselor Association’s annual conference in Hampton Roads, Virginia, in October 2019 and October 2018.