The Deposition Reporters Association is back and better than ever!  Join CalDRA September 24-26, 2021, at the Sheraton Hotel & Marina in San Diego and help us celebrate our 25th annual convention.  Get ready for an exciting weekend of learning, networking, and rekindling friendships!  We have a relaxed but productive weekend planned for you, which includes a whole host of wonderfully informative and useful seminars, and the CCRR exam.  With speakers: Mike Miller, Ron Cook, Mary Pierce, Lori Stokes, Jamie Asbury, Chris Tisa, Isaiah Leslie, Sarah Seitz MacDevitt, Lucy Carrillo-Grubbs, Michelle Bowen, Ed Howard, and Antonia Pulone providing fantastic seminars. Whether you take advantage of the CAT training or you're looking forward to the Friday night cocktail reception overlooking the San Diego Bay, you won't be disappointed.  Relax, network, and enjoy!   

PLEASE NOTE:  Hosting hotel and CalDRA will be following all CDC and local Health Department Guidelines.


  • Professionals Track
  • Firm Owners Track
    1.35 CEUs (applied for)

See below for Hotel information and links to book your room reservations early and take advantage of CalDRA's special room block pricing.

Friday, September 24

Registration Open 8:30 AM

CAT Training  (0.3 CEUs)
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Lunch On Your Own / 12:00 to 1:30 PM


Firm Owners

.15 CEUs    1:30 - 3:00 PM
Trifecta !

Speakers:  Ed Howard, Antonia Pulone, Mary Pierce, Lori Stokes, Jamie Asbury
Has our ever-changing world left you confused about how to handle the complex world of remote reporting?  Is the ubiquity of virtual depositions leaving you with the feeling that the profession is ripe for some much-needed legislation?   Well, this is your chance to bring your questions, concerns, and comments to the table!  Not only will CalDRA's renowned Depo Diplomat, Antonia Pulone, be on hand to navigate your toughest depo dilemmas, but your CalDRA executive Board also will be present to contribute to the lively discussion.  And of course, for all things legal, our esteemed lobbyist, Ed Howard, will be available to shed his perspective on your trickiest legal quandaries.  This fan-favorite seminar will be packed with valuable information, from best practices discussions to legislative brainstorming for the road ahead.  Bring your questions - let's talk it out!  


Firm Owners

.15 CEUs   3:30 - 5:00 PM
Can You Hear Me Now ?
Speakers:  Chris Tisa, Mike Miller, Lindsay Pinkham
The daily frustration of virtual deposition audio is real, and it's here to stay.  If you've been struggling to achieve that ever-elusive crystal clear sound in your depositions but coming up short, join us for this special session to troubleshoot with the experts!  Whether it's Zoom, WebEx, or any other platform, our panel of audio experts will share their tips and tricks for creating crisp, clean sound using the right mix of equipment and computer settings.  Remote proceedings aren't going anywhere, but with the pointers you take from this valuable seminar, the audio from every virtual job you report will rival an in-person proceeding!  

CalDRA's Cocktail Party  • 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Come and enjoy soft music, good friends, and delicious hors d'oeuvres with the cool ocean breeze and San Diego Bay as our backdrop. Grab a drink with a long-time colleague, make a new friend or two, and network for that next lucrative job while enjoying in-person, face to face conversation!


Saturday, September 25

Registration Open 8:00 AM

Exhibitor Hall Open 8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast 8:00 to 9:00 AM

Firm Owners

.20 CEUs   9:00 - 11:00 AM
Keynote - What Would Mike Miller Do?
Speaker:  Mike Miller
What is the next logical step after 12 years of Tough Love ?  Just ask yourself, "What would Mike Miller do"?  From basic commonsense ideas to tips and tricks you've possible never considered.  Join Mike for 90 minutes that will make you rethink your habits and probably laugh a bit in the process.

Morning Break with Exhibitors
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM


Luncheon: President’s Remarks and Awards
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Hear from CalDRA’s President Mary Pierce, and NCRA's incoming President Jason Meador.  DSA Award presentation. 


Firm Owners

.15 CEUs  2:00 - 3:30 PM
Briefs, Briefs, and more Briefs
Speaker:  Ron Cook
"I need a brief for that!"   How many times have those words left your lips?  In the demanding world of litigation, filled with fast-speaking attorneys expecting ever-quicker turnaround times on transcripts, we must constantly strive to improve our writing to stay ahead of the threat of digital recording.  In this exciting seminar, steno speed champion, Ron Cook will share his most valuable secrets for altering your writing in ways you may have never considered.  More briefs equals more speed...and speedier, cleaner writing means quicker turnaround time and more money in your pocket.  Give yourself a raise this year by bolstering your brief IQ!

Firm Owners   

.15 CEUs 
2:00 - 3:30 PM 
Virtual Deposition Scheduling in Today's World
Speaker:  Isaiah Leslie
With virtual depositions becoming the norm and fewer reporters inclined to head back into the in-person world, navigating the best options for our clients has been tricky.  In this seminar, firm owner Isaiah Leslie will walk participants through the complexities of calendaring, staffing, and holding remote proceedings...and the pitfalls and issues Firms face meeting client scheduling requests.  Thinking outside the box, this seminar will provide a fresh perspective on the best methods for keeping the client satisfied while adhering to this new, virtual way of doing business. 

Afternoon Break with Exhibitors
3:30 PM – 4:00 PM


Firm Owners

.15 CEUs  3:30 - 4:00 PM
Show Me What's in Your Office - (show me yours (your office) and I'll show you mine)
Speakers: Sarah Seitz, Lucy Carrillo-Grubbs
One of the greatest challenges COVID-19 has presented for reporters around the nation has been creating an ideal home office setup to hold virtual depositions.  Still trying to find the right tools of the trade to ensure your remote proceedings are as smooth and efficient as possible?  In this seminar, two of the profession's leading freelance reporters will share with your their greatest tech discoveries for conducting seamless remote depositions.  Get ready to take your virtual proceedings to the next level.

Firm Owners 

.15 CEUs  4:00 - 5:30 PM
Advocacy Update and Your Agency

Speakers: Ed Howard, Antonia Pulone
With the changes that recent legislation have created for agencies, coupled with the possibility of firm registration right around the corner, firm owners may be wondering how they will navigate the waters of their court reporting business within this new framework.  In this roundtable-type discussion, legislative counsel Ed Howard and Legislative Committee chair Antonia Pulone will walk agency owners through compliance with new and existing law, helping you to better understand what these new developments mean for your bottom line.   

Vendor Reception
5:30 PM 
Join CalDRA’s Board of Directors and vendors for a champagne toast and spend some time browsing all the products brought to the convention for you!  Be sure to take advantage of the special convention pricing our fabulous vendors are offering.

Sunday, September 26

.1 CEUs  7:00 to 8:00 AM 
10 Stretches and More for the Sedentary Job (Yoga)
Instructor:  Michelle Bowen
Start off your day right by practicing yoga!  Many of us have sore, aching backs after sitting all day not moving at a deposition.  Michelle will guide you through a slow yoga flow as well as emphasize poses and stretches that you can practice before starting your day to keep your back muscles strong and happy.  Relieve stress and create harmony in your body in this one-hour session.  Please bring a towel or mat.  Beginners are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Registration Open 8:00 AM 

Exhibitor Hall Open 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Continental Breakfast 8:00 to 9:00 AM

Firm Owners

.15 CEUs 9:00 - 10:30 AM
Introduction:  Freelancer to Firm Owner
Speakers:  Mary Pierce, Lori Stokes
After years of reporting and juggling multiple agencies as a freelance reporter, are you ready to take the plunge and work with your own clients?  Originally devised by our dear friend Monyeen Black,  this seminar is an introductory teaser to the upcoming one day seminar that will break down the ins and outs of servicing your own clients, including equipment and software demonstrations.  Participants will be introduced to the many tools, products, and services used by established agencies in the field for the most efficient and profitable operations.  From building relationships with attorneys and law firms to ensure code compliance on transcript delivery, this seminar will leave you confident and ready to jump into that small firm owner life headfirst.     

 Firm Owners

.15 CEUs  9:00 - 10:30 AM
Planning for the Unexpected
Speakers and more details for this timely and valuable seminar coming soon.

Morning Break with Exhibitors
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

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

Hotel Information & Room Reservations

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

1380 Harbor Island Drive
San Diego, CA  92101

Room Rate $189.00
Cutoff is September 1st

Resort highlights
Waterfront views, sophisticated accommodations, and four-star amenities.  Connect to a true San Diego experience with a location in the heart of San Diego harbor, yet just minutes from the San Diego airport.  Enjoy proximity to downtown, Gaslamp quarter, San Diego Zoo and Petco Park.  Refresh in light-filled accommodations, relax on your balcony or explore the vibrant city.  Families will love the sprawling outdoor pool complex.  The hotel also offers a state of the art fitness center.

Group rate available until September 1, 2021.  Starting at $189.00 per night (subject to availability).
Make your room reservations at this special rate by using this link:
Or calling 888-544-2523, and ask for the "Deposition Reporters Association of California 25th Annual Convention" rate.

Hotel Amenities and Features

  • Free Airport Shuttle
  • 3 Outdoor Pools
  • 6 Restaurants and 2 Coffee Shops
  • 5 Bars/Lounges and 1 Poolside Bar
  • 24/7 Room Service
  • 24/7 Fitness Center
  • Valet and Self parking


Resources for more Information


Travel & Directions

San Diego International Airport (SAN)
1.5 miles. 


Convention Pricing

Early Bird Rate (Professional members only)
Available through August 15, 2021
Regular Rate
Available through September 19, 2021
Late/On-site Rate
Starting on September 20, 2021

Professionals Track

CalDRA Member
$399 Early  /  $449 Regular
$549 Late/On-site    
$239 One Day / $279 Late/On-Site
$589 Regular  /  $689 Late/On-site
$339 One Day / $379 Late/On-Site

Firm Owners Track

CalDRA Member – $599 Regular
$699 Late/On-site
Firm Owner plus 1 employee* - $899
$999 Late/On-site

Firm Owner plus 2 employees* - $1199
$1299 Late/On-site

Nonmember – $729 Regular
$829 Late/On-site
Firm Owner plus 1 employee* - $1029
$1129 Late/On-site
Firm Owner plus 2 employees* - $1329
$1429 Late/On-site
*Must be a current employee of registered firm owner


CalDRA Member – $299 Regular
$319 Late/On-site
Nonmember – $359 Regular
$409 Late/On-site


CalDRA Member – $299 Regular
$319 Late/On-site
Nonmember – $359 Regular
$409 Late/On-site

Additional Options

Special Events
Social Events Guest Pass – $299
$399 Late/On-site
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


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 Full Convention: Member – $299
Student Full Convention: NonMember - $359

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 (email accepted) no later than 4:00 pm on August 25, 2021 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.  ** ALL CDC and local Health Department guidelines will be followed.