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November 4
Board of Directors Meeting
members welcome

​Join us at the Deposition Reporters Association of California's 21th Annual Convention. A Toast to Your Future!

Vacation while learning in Wine Country!  Join us February 24-26, 2017, at the SILVERADO RESORT AND SPA in Napa, California, for an exciting weekend of up to 2.0 CEUs (applied for).  Choose from 12 professional seminars, realtime-focused CAT training, CCRR exam (not to mention the return of our world-famous CALIFORNIA REALTIME COMPETITION), 5 student seminars, including a mock CSR, and 6 firm owner sessions, featuring a wine blending networking exclusive.  Eat, drink and be merry with CalDRA at our Friday night cocktail reception, and channel your inner vintner at our blind wine tasting competition.   Welcome to three jam-packed days of training, socializing, realtime, and fun.

We have multiple tracks to serve you:

  • Professionals Track
  • Firm Owners Track
    Includes access to events for Professionals
  • Students Track
    Only includes access to events for Students

Registration opens December 12 for the 2017 convention!

Don’t forget to make your room reservations.

Friday, February 24

Registration Open 7:30 AM

Exhibitor Hall Open 1:00 PM

.30 CEUs
Realtime Focus:
CAT Training Workshops
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Lunch on your own
11:30 AM  1:00 PM

California Realtime Competition
(Separate Registration Required)
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Sign up to compete when registering for the convention -or-
Click here to sign up for the California Realtime Competition separately from the convention

.15 CEUs
What's In Your Bag? 
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Monyeen Black, Susan Campana, and Vesna Walter
Looking for that next great tech item to simplify your working life?  Dying to share your favorite new gadget with the reporting community?  In this interactive seminar, our speaker panel, along with your CalDRA Board of Directors, will reveal to the audience the depo accessories they just can’t live without.  Audience participation is encouraged, so come prepared and bring along your latest and greatest contraptions to share with your fellow reporters.

.2 CEUs
CAT Training
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Worth the price of admission alone! Join our expert CAT trainers from all major vendors for an overview of the latest and greatest tools. Whether you’re a student or first-year reporter, there is something new to learn for all participants as you navigate the newest features of your software program. To take full advantage of this interactive session, laptops are recommended.

Afternoon Break with Exhibitors
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

.2 CEUs
Active Shooter Training
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Napa County Sheriff's Department
In today’s ever-changing climate, employees within the judicial system are faced with the very real possibility of an active-shooter situation unfolding at their workplace.  Sergeant Eric Swift of the Napa County Sheriff’s Department will take participants through a series of drills to help prepare for the worst, should the unthinkable happen.  It is said that fortune favors the prepared mind; therefore, it is more crucial than ever that each of us have a working understanding of how to navigate dangerous situations efficiently to ensure the safest outcome possible in an active-shooter incident.

.15 CEUs
Mock CSR
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

.1 CEUs
NCRF Education
5:15 PM – 6:15 PM
Tiva Wood
NCRF has created a program to teach law students, attorneys, and judges about the value of making a good record.  This presentation has been redesigned to teach you how to give the presentation to judges, court administrators, attorneys, and law students.

Opening Reception • 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Test your palate against four wines in our incredibly interactive blind tasting. You will be guided by our sommelier on how best to approach each mystery wine and be educated on the best technique for tasting that is right for you.  Take the opportunity to play against your friends by casting your vote as to which wine lies behind which masked bottle. Wine knowledge does not always guarantee you a win in this challenge.  Our sommeliers help guide each taster through the deductive tasting method, making the guesswork a lot easier.

Saturday, February 25

Registration Open 7:00 AM

Exhibitor Hall Open 7:00 AM

Continental Breakfast 7:00 AM

.2 CEUs
Keynote Session - Actions Speak Louder Than Words
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Jan Hargrave and Ed Howard
As court reporters, our task is to record the spoken word. But oftentimes, amid the sensational stories we hear, we can’t help but wonder about the veracity of our witnesses. Decoding unconscious behaviors is a valuable skill that we can develop to benefit not just our professional lives, but our personal lives as well. In this interactive keynote, celebrated author and television guest speaker Jan Hargrave will demonstrate to participants the many ways in which our body language silently communicates to those around us. As a leading expert on the power and effect that nonverbal communication has had on our success in corporate America and in education, Jan will describe the "hidden messages" we use in our everyday lives. Learn what your body, and the bodies of others, are communicating to the world.
Stop sending the wrong message! Join us for this informative keynote and start tailoring your conscious and unconscious behaviors to communicate your proper intentions, all without ever saying a word.

Morning Break with Exhibitors
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

.15 CEUs
Videotaped Deposition Best Practices
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Rosalie Kramm and Christine Randall
There’s no question about it:  More and more often, attorneys are requesting video services when booking depositions.  And while the precise nature of videotaped proceedings has changed the way that court reporters produce transcripts, there are still many areas of opportunity to be seized in improving one’s final product for a recorded deposition.  Join Rosalie Kramm, a San Diego firm owner and past president of CalDRA, and her expert panel of speakers for a list of tips and tricks in producing the best record possible for a videotaped deposition.

Firm Owners
.15 CEUs
Legislative Update for Firm Owners: 
There Oughta Be A Law

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Ed Howard and Antonia Pulone
The dynamic duo returns for this popular seminar, firm-owner style.  Join Ed Howard and Antonia Pulone, CalDRA’s hardworking legislative team, for an intensive brainstorming session on potential legislation to be pursued in the coming year.  In the rapidly evolving climate of the California Legislature, it is now more important than ever that you, as a small business owner and provider of court reporting services, not only stay abreast of amendments to existing law as they pertain to the field of reporting, but help shape the dynamic of the legislative climate in the years to come.  From streamlining collection procedures to protecting the integrity of the official record to creating a level playing field for agencies big and small, no idea is off-limits at this round-table discussion.  Put your thinking caps on – today’s idea might be tomorrow’s newest law.

.15 CEUs
AskDRA: Student Edition
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Monyeen Black and Jodi Monroe
One of our most popular professional track seminars, now student-sized. Join our panel of veteran reporters for a lively, interactive discussion about the state of court reporting in California. Virtually no topic off-limits, this seminar is the perfect opportunity to widen the breadth of your industry knowledge and to have your burning questions answered. In the competitive and ever-changing market of deposition reporting, the valuable information garnered from this seminar will set you apart as you transition into the working world.

Luncheon: President’s Remarks and Awards
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Hear from CalDRA’s President, in addition to learning the outcome of the Realtime Competition Awards and Rosalie Kramm receiving the Distinguished Service Award.

.15 CEUs
Depo Diplomat
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Antonia Pulone and Yvonne Fenner
CalDRA’s resident guru, Antonia Pulone, is back and better than ever, ready to answer your burning questions about the profession with her wealth of expertise.  Whether it’s an ethical dilemma, agency relations issue, or a problem navigating the Code of Civil Procedure, there is no one better equipped in the industry than Antonia to resolve your most difficult reporting quandaries.  Yvonne Fenner, Executive Director of the California Court Reporters Board (CRB), will join Antonia as a special guest to help augment the discussion as it relates to licensee duties imposed by the CRB.

Firm Owners
.15 CEUs
Stop The Stip: Phase II
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Lisa Michaels and Colleen Redamonti
It’s not just a Southern California problem anymore.  With Phase II of our laudable “Stop the Stip” campaign in full swing, we now look to you, the firm owner, to assist CalDRA in our next step - education.  CalDRA Past President and California firm owner Lisa Michaels, along with Colleen Redamonti, will share with participants their best practices for educating both clients and reporters about the myriad options available for witness review when a transcript is handled per code.  With the many advances that have been made in technology within the production aspect of the court reporting field, firm owners across California can now offer clientele a seamless experience when they choose to conclude their depositions as our State law intended. Don’t get left behind – join hands with your colleagues in the industry to present a united front against this dangerous practice that has continued within the profession for far too long.

.15 CEUs
Making a Usable Deposition Transcript
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Monyeen Black and Vicki Saber
School has taught you the ins and outs of writing verbatim dictation on your machine. But in the real world, a whole new challenge awaits: assembling a saleable deposition transcript. This informative seminar will cover a host of new-reporter questions that, until now, you’ve been too afraid to ask. How are witness mispronunciations dealt with? What if it’s videotaped? How is a Volume II handled? Come armed with your best questions, and leave confident in the knowledge that you have the information it takes to create a useable product for your agency.

Afternoon Break with Exhibitors
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

.15 CEUs
How To Be The Best Reporter You Can Be
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Ron Cook
In today’s competitive environment, setting yourself apart from the crowd has become a vital component of success.  Join NCRA Realtime Contest Q&A champion, California and Washington State reporter Ron Cook as he divulges the secrets of his court reporting achievements.  From maximizing your professional interactions to refining your skill set on the machine, Ron will offer participants a comprehensive breakdown of methods to help improve your skills, encouraging you to become the best overall reporter you can be.

Firm Owners
Wine Blending 
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Learn from a local Napa Valley winemaker the science that goes in to creating those smooth, buttery flavors of your favorite red wines.  Then break out in groups and put that knowledge to the test.  Grab a beaker, strategize, measure, blend, and taste until your team has created your very own Napa Valley red blend.  Each team's final blend will be judged and the first-place winner will be bottled especially for our participants.  Every participant will be taking home an exclusive bottle of the chosen winning blend to enjoy.

.1 CEUs
You Have Been Nominated for the Deposition Challenge
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Sue Campana and Cheryl Haab
Rest easy, Students: We have no plans to dump buckets of ice water on you. However, we will be testing your collective knowledge in this fun, interactive game brought to you by our veteran speaker panel. Through interactive role-play, you will be presented with various deposition dilemmas that will challenge you to apply the knowledge you’ve garnered in school thus far. Impress your student colleagues and help lead your team to victory. Prizes will be awarded, so put your game face on.

.1 CEUs
My Experience At The CSR
4:45 PM – 5:45 PM
Celeste Poppe and Jessie Frey
The moment that you’ve been anticipating – and dreading – is finally just around the corner: the Certified Shorthand Reporter exam! Like many industry-specific challenges, only your fellow students and reporters understand how stressful the days and weeks leading up to this monumental test can be. However, fear of the unknown is the largest contributor to the anxiety generated by this life-altering event. Join first-year reporter Jessie Frey and two-time CSR-taker and future CSR Celeste Poppe as they share with you their individual experiences at the state exam. From equipment setup to navigating paperwork to the dreaded experience of having to retake the test, our two speakers will share with you all the information necessary to assuage your nerves and enable you to confidently sit for the CSR exam.

.05 CEUs
DirectDep Introduction to Reporters
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Bob Sellers
Tired of being treated like a commodity? Of not having your skills and professionalism recognized? Hungry to get more high-quality jobs? Then DirectDep is for you. Discover more about this online deposition booking and management platform that allows law firms to view court reporters’ profiles from their preferred agencies' portals, book the reporters in real time, and rate them after the fact via a moderated feedback process. Learn from one of DirectDep's founders how you can take advantage of this innovative new service and improve your prospects as a freelance reporter.

Evening Reception with Exhibitors
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

Sunday, February 26

5K Fun Run 6:30 AM - 7:00 AM

Registration Open 7:00 AM

Exhibitor Hall Open 7:30 AM

Continental Breakfast 7:30 AM

CCRR Examination 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Separate Registration Required

.15 CEU
Better Business Practices
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Monyeen Black, Tricia Rosate, and Mary Bardellini
Whether you operate strictly as a freelance reporter or you have your own clients and also freelance, you are running a business.  Garner valuable tips for how to get rate agreements in writing without alienating the agency owners with whom you are negotiating.  Work more effectively and streamline your business with DRA's universal worksheets, invoices, and tools we'll provide.  Special bonus material:  Learn the ins and outs of effective and professional collection practices.

.15 CEUs
Breaking Down the CCRR
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Holly Moose and Andrea Rinker-Chavez
You've spent time building your speed to pass the California Certificate in Realtime Reporting (CCRR) exam, California gold standard in realtime certification. Now learn the areas that many reporters struggle with, from word boundary issues to prefixes and suffixes, commas and capitalization. Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to and write past exams and ask questions that will unlock the mysteries of California gold-standard CCRR exam.

Firm Owners
.15 CEUs
The Power of Negotiating
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Jan Hargrave
Negotiation is one of the most difficult skills that isn’t taught in a classroom; yet, as an entrepreneur, the ability to effectively negotiate can prove to be the difference between a big payday and being left holding the short end of the stick in an important business deal. Gender, personality type, and cultural disparities all play a role in the negotiation process but are oftentimes ignored when interacting with one’s clients. Join Jan Hargrave, television guest speaker and celebrated author, who will shed light on how to efficiently navigate these differences, instead using them to your advantage at the negotiation table. Whether it’s at the office, the grocery store, or even in dealing with one’s own family, improving one’s ability to negotiate has the potential to enrich communications in every facet of life.

Morning Break with Exhibitors
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

.15 CEU
Depo Scenarios
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Yvonne Fenner, Antonia Pulone, Melinda Nelson, Judy DeAlba, and Joan Grier
In this informative and often hilarious session, our panel of expert speakers will reenact a series of deposition scenarios that you’ve likely encountered in your working life. Through clever role-play in our one-of-a-kind reenactments, our panel will demonstrate the dos and don’ts of responding to difficult situations in our unique and often unpredictable careers.

Firm Owners
.1 CEUs
Legal Video in Today's Tech World
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Mike Tisa and Chris Tisa
As a small business owner and provider of court reporting services, offering the latest advances in technology is vital to remaining competitive in today’s tough market. But with so many different options available in legal videography, where does one begin? Join Mike and Chris Tisa, Certified Legal Video Specialists, who will share with their audience the best methods of capturing and preserving testimony when recording a deposition. With the advent of HD and digital video, the recording methods have changed, but unfortunately, not all videographers have made the transition. Mike and Chris will reveal a series of hard truths in their comprehensive seminar – namely, why utilizing older methods of videography are potentially hurting your clientele, how you might be missing out on potential revenue opportunities, and why making the transition to HD and digital video will better serve you, your clients, and the industry as a whole.

Firm Owners
.1 CEUs
DirectDep Introduction to Firm Owners
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Bob Sellers
Looking to increase revenues and market share? Want to set yourselves apart from your competition? Want to increase your efficiency and provide time savings for your clients, while ensuring your reporters are providing the level of service you expect? If so, come learn more about DirectDep in this seminar where you can engage in discussion with one of DirectDep’s founders.

Break with Exhibitors & Lunch on Your Own 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

.1 CEUs
You are sitting on a gold mine and you don’t even know it
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Caroline Song Lloyd
For attorneys, there is no better evidence than a certified deposition transcript because it can be admitted into trial. A certified deposition transcript is the “smoking gun” of evidence that could alter the outcome of an entire trial. As we all know, only a court reporter may sell a certified deposition transcript.  Knowing the huge demand attorneys have for certified deposition transcripts, and knowing that only a court reporter can sell it to them, why isn’t the court reporting industry taking advantage of the significant revenue stream that could be gained from selling past deposition transcripts? Because attorneys do not know where to find the court reporter, that’s why. There is no way for an attorney to look up an expert/non-expert witness and find out which court reporter owns their prior deposition transcript. This gap between the attorney and the court reporter creates a problem for both sides wherein the attorney cannot locate the deposition needed to represent the client, and the court reporter loses out on the money to be made from the transcript sale.   

During This Seminar You Will Learn:

  • How to bridge the gap between court reporter and attorney in order to sell transcript copies.
  • How CCP 2025.570 grants a court reporter to sell a certified deposition transcript to any person so long as the rules for notice are followed.  
  • How Expert Depos will help you sell your certified deposition transcripts without uploading them to a deposition bank. 
  • How to compete with illicit deposition bank list serves. 
  • How attorneys from all over California are desperately trying to find these depositions.

.15 CEU
Keep It Brief: An Exchange of Deposition Steno Briefs to Simplify Your Working Life
2:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Charlotte Mathias
The math is simple: Fewer strokes for more words equals faster speed. And yet, despite this knowledge, many of us are hesitant to expand our repertoire of briefs. Need a little help in adding deposition briefs to your dictionary? Join Charlotte Mathias for this interactive brief swap, focusing on terminology heard at deposition proceedings in all areas of law. Bring your best steno outlines, share them, and hopefully walk away with a few new tricks up your sleeve. Happy briefing!
*Steno machines and laptops are optional. Power will not be supplied, so come charged up and ready to learn.



Hotel Information & Room Reservations


1600 Atlas Peak Road, Napa Valley, California 94558 directions
Room Reservations (Special CalDRA Rate)

Silverado Resort and Spa is a luxury resort in the heart of the world-famous Napa Valley Wine Country! Whether you come to the Northern California area for relaxation, adventure or business, you will find it here. Located just an hour north of San Francisco, it’s all tucked away from the city while still being close to the Bay Area action. The soothing, full-service spa sets the stage for relaxing comfort, offering massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and more. But there’s more to Silverado Resort and Spa than just soothing stays. Two PGA championship golf courses, which are overseen by World Golf Hall of Fame member, lead golf analyst for NBC Sports, and resort co-owner Johnny Miller, 13 lighted tennis courts, and biking and hiking trails on-site ensure excitement at every corner. And thanks to its Napa Valley Wine Country location, it’s all close to more than 400 wineries. The fine and casual dining within the resort’s restaurants pair nicely with local wines. The elegant styling and picturesque Northern California views makes it one of the most sought-after wedding venue destinations as well. It’s all designed to ensure the perfect Napa Valley Wine Country stay for any and all visitors. 

Group rate available until Monday, January 23, 2017. Starting at $169 per night (subject to availability).
Make your room reservations at this special rate by calling (800) 532-0500 or reserving online!  When calling, ask for the CalDRA 21st Annual Convention rate.

Hotel Amenities and Features

  • 2 championship golf courses
  • The Grill for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • The Spa at Silverado
  • 10 plexi-paved tennis courts
  • Outdoor swimming pools
  • 3 outdoor Bocce Ball courts

Nearby Attractions

  • Over 400 wineries
  • Hot Air Ballooning over vineyards
  • Wine Education
  • Cave dinners


Resources for more Information

Travel & Directions

Sacramento International Airport (SMF) – 67 miles

Convention Pricing

Early Bird Rate
Available through January 13, 2017
Regular Rate
Available through February 15, 2017
Late/On-site Rate
Starting on February 16, 2017

Professionals Track

CalDRA Member
$425 Early  /  $495 Regular
$595 Late/On-site  /  $335 One Day
CalDRA Member, passed CSR in past 24 months
$360 Early  /  $420 Regular
$520 Late/On-site  /  $270 One Day
$655 Regular  /  $775 Late/On-site
$495 One Day

Firm Owners Track

CalDRA Member – $579 Regular
$679 Late/On-site  /  $479 One Day
Firm Owner plus 1 employee* - $998
$1198 Late/On-site / $798 One Day

Firm Owner plus 2 employees* - $1417
$1717 Late/On-site $1117 One Day

Nonmember – $799 Regular
$899 Late/On-site  /  $699 One Day
Firm Owner plus 1 employee* - $1418
$1618 Late/On-site / $1218 One Day
Firm Owner plus 2 employees* - $2037
$2337 Late/On-site / $1737 One Day
*Must be a current employee of registered firm owner

Students Track

CalDRA Member – $189 Regular
$289 Late/On-site  /  $139 One Day
Nonmember – $289 Regular
$389 Late/On-site  /  $239 One Day

CalDRA Member – $249 Regular  /  $379 Late/On-site
Nonmember – $329 Regular  /  $429 Late/On-site

Instructor Member

CalDRA Member – $189 Regular
$289 Late/On-site  /  $139 One Day
Nonmember – $289 Regular
$389 Late/On-site  /  $239 One Day

CalDRA Member – $249 Regular  /  $379 Late/On-site
Nonmember – $329 Regular  /  $429 Late/On-site

Additional Options

Special Events
Social Events Guest Pass – $279
Includes Friday Reception, Saturday Luncheon, Exhibitor Hall Access
Friday Reception – $109
Saturday Luncheon – $69

CCRR Examination
Requires Separate Registration Fee
Member – $175
Available to CalDRA, COCRA, or CCRA members
Nonmember – $335

California Realtime Competition – $175
(See rules for eligibility)

Become a Member / Renew Membership
Professional Level (CSR) – $150
Professional Level (First-Year CSR) – $30
Associate Level (Non-CSR) – $150
Instructor Level – $50
Student Level – $30

Sponsor A Student
CalDRA Student Membership – $30
Student Track: Member – $189
Full Convention: Member – $249
Student Scholarship / General – ANY

Full Registration Fee includes: All seminars, exhibit hall, continental breakfast, Saturday Luncheon, refreshment breaks in the exhibitor room, handout materials, and the Opening Reception. Cancellations/refund requests must be received in writing (fax or email accepted) no later than 5:00 pm on January 31, 2017 to qualify for a refund. There will be a $50 administrative fee for all refunds. CalDRA reserves the right to substitute speakers and seminars due to unforeseen and/or unavoidable circumstances. CalDRA and its sponsors claim no liability for the acts of any suppliers to this event nor for the safety of any attendees while at or in transit to or from this event.  ** CalDRA will award two $1,500 scholarships at the Saturday Luncheon.

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