The Deposition Reporters Association is pleased to announce our 27th Annual Convention!  Venture to the Sheraton Mission Valley Hotel in gorgeous San Diego, California, from April 26-28, 2024, to celebrate our profession. Get ready for an exciting weekend of learning, networking, and rekindling friendships!  We are proud to bring you a wealth of seminars covering: important legislation, CAT training, voice writing, wellness management, and much, much more.  With speakers: Carolyn Gross, Anissa Nierenberger, Mike Hensley, Evelyn Mah, Molly Cooper, January Johnstone, Tim Falk, Jamie Alonge, Ed Howard Esq., Michael Martin (CRPS), Tali Vaughn (QKA), Brenda Peterson, Paula Behmke, Mary Pierce, Andrea Chavez-Rinker, Heatherlynn Gonzalez, Judy Moreno, Lindsay Stoker, and Kathyrn Filley (YesLaw) providing fantastic seminars. Back by popular demand is our "mock" California CSR exam for all students - machine and voice. The Friday night cocktail reception will get the fun and laughs started singing your favorite karaoke jams!    

  • Professionals, Firm Owners, Associates, Instructors and Students
  • 1.6 CEUs (approved)

Friday, April 26

Registration Open /  8:30am to 5:00pm

9:45 - 10:45am / Concurrent Sessions (open to all groups)
(0.10 CEUs)
Align Your Body & Mind / Speaker: Jamie Alonge
How to Create a Bulletproof Routine / Speaker: January Johnstone


11:00 - 12:30pm / Concurrent Sessions (open to all groups)
(0.15 CEUs)
How it's Made: Language / Speaker:  Molly Cooper
Laptops for Legal Proceedings / Speaker: Tim Falk

12:30 to 1:30pm /  LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

1:30 - 4:00pm  / CAT Training:  CaseCAT, ProCAT, Eclipse (open to all groups)
(0.25 CEUs)

4:15 - 6:15pm  / Legislative Update (open to all groups)
(0.20 CEUs)
Speakers: Ed Howard, Mary Pierce, Stephanie Leslie, Cindy Vega

6:30 to 9:00pm / CalDRA's Captain's Cocktail Party
Don your Maritime themed 'dress whites' and enjoy delicious appetizers and crisp cocktails while mingling with longtime and first-time shipmates. For your entertainment, karaoke will be on deck provided by Prestige Entertainment.  Line up your favorite tunes to perform
and let's make this an unforgettable night, DRA style!


Saturday, April 27

Registration Open / 8:00am 
Continental Breakfast / 8:00 to 9:00am
Exhibitor Hall Open  / 8:00am


9:00am - 11:00am / Keynote Seminar (open to all groups)
(0.20 CEUs)
Rise Above the Chaos / Speaker: Carolyn Gross

11:00am - 11:30am / Morning Break, Vendor Hall open

11:30am to 1:30pm / Saturday Luncheon: President’s Remarks and Awards
Meet the 2024-2025 Board of Directors, Distinguished Service Award presentation, Student Scholarship winners presentation

1:30pm - 3:00pm / Concurrent Sessions (open to all groups)
(0.15 CEUs)
Terminate Transcript Turmoil - Part I / Speaker: Anissa Nierenberger
Secure Your Financial Future / Speakers: Michael Martin and Tali Vaughn


3:00pm - 3:30 pm / Afternoon Break,  Vendor Hall open

3:30pm - 5:00 pm / Concurrent Sessions (open to all groups)
(0.15 CEUs)
Terminate Transcript Turmoil - Part II / Speaker: Anissa Nierenberger
Tech Talk 2024 / Speaker: Mike Hensley


5:00 to 6:00pm / Vendor Champagne Reception and Court Reporter Crack-Ups
Join CalDRA’s Board of Directors and vendors for a champagne toast, and spend time browsing all the products brought to the convention for you.  Court reporters will be sharing some of their funny and strange encounters!

8:00 to 10:00pm / Late Night Game Night - Join the Fun!
Keep the action going after dinner with bingo, trivia, and more.

Sunday, April 28

Registration Open /  7:30am
Continental Breakfast / 7:30 to 8:30am
Exhibitor Hall Open / 8:00am to 2:00pm


8:30am - 10:00am / Concurrent Sessions (open to all groups)
(0.15 CEUs)
Facts From Firm Owners / Speakers: Evelyn Mah, Brenda Peterson, Paula Behmke, Mary Pierce
Let's Clean Out Your Dictionary: Maintaining Your Million Dollar Tool! / Speaker: Anissa Nierenberger

8:30am - 10:00am / Students only
Mock California CSR Exam / Speaker: Heatherlynn Gonzalez
Presentation and Q&A prior to the 'mock' exam

10:00am - 10:30am / Morning Break, Vendor Hall open 

10:30am - 12:00pm / Concurrent Sessions (open to all groups)
(.15 CEUs)
Explore & Discover:  A Look Into Voice Writing / Speakers: Judy Moreno, Steph Cole, Kathleen Keenaghan
Electronic Transcripts Required by CA Courts and Deposition Transcripts Too (YesLaw)! / Speaker: Kathyrn Filley

12:00 to 1:00pm  / LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

1:00pm - 2:00pm / Concurrent Sessions (open to all groups)
(0.10 CEUs)
Breaking Down the CCRR / Speaker:  Andrea Rinker-Chavez
Deep Dive into Speed and Realtime Tests:  Navigating the Landscape / Speaker:  Lindsay Stoker


 2:30pm - 4:00pm / California Certificate in Realtime Reporting (CCRR) Exam
Separate Registration required / must be a licensed CSR
DRA member price: $175.00
Nonmember price:   $325.00
CLICK HERE to Register

Doors Open/Check-in:  2:30pm
Setup and warm up:     2:30-3:00pm
Doors Close:                 3:00pm
Test Begins:                  3:15pm




Hotel Information

Sheraton Mission Valley Hotel

Sheraton Mission Valley San Diego Hotel
1433 Camino Del Rio South
San Diego, CA  92108
(Marriott Bonvoy partner)

Room Rate $183.00
Cutoff Date:  March 15, 2024
Parking:  Self-parking $15.00

Resort Highlights:
Located in the city's Mission Valley neighborhood in beautiful San Diego, this authentic and upscale hotel places all parts of San Diego at your fingertips.  Iconic attractions like SeaWorld, Petco Park, Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo are a short drive away.  Intuitively designed guest rooms and suites set the stage for a productive and relaxing visit, featuring plush sleep experience beds and complimentary high speed Wi-Fi.  Energize in the modern fitness center, make a splash in the sparkling outdoor pool, or sample innovative California cuisine at Cru Bistro and Bar.  If shopping is on your agenda, the Fashion Valley Mall (one of California's largest upscale open-air retail locations) is steps away.  All 260 guest rooms feature warm furnishings, minifridges, premium bedding, and private bathrooms. Nearby restaurants include: The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Tender Greens, Lazy Dog Restaurant, Yard House, King's Fish House, Sammy's Woodfired Pizza and Grill, The Kebab Shop, and Mimi's Cafe.  The preferred airport is San Diego Int'l Airport, a 15 minute cab ride.

Group rate available until March 15, 2024    Starting at $183.00  per night (subject to availability).
Here is a direct link to make your hotel reservations:
You may also call the hotel directly and ask for the "DRA 2024" Convention rate.

Hotel Amenities and Features:

  • Outdoor Pool & Spa
  • On-site Restaurant/Bar  
  • Coffee Bar
  • 24/7 Business Center
  • 24/7 Room Service
  • 24/7 Fitness Center
  • Discounted price for parking:  $15.00


Resources for more Information

 Area Travel Information

San Diego Airport (SAN) / 8.0 miles (15 minutes)
Gaslamp Quarter / 3.8 miles
San Diego Zoo / 4.2 miles
San Diego Museum of Art / 4.5 miles
Riverwalk Golf Club / 1.7 miles
Old Town San Diego State Park / 3.9 miles
LAX Airport (LAX) / 125 miles (approx. 2 hours)

Convention Pricing

Early Bird Rate (no longer available)
Regular Rates (Professionals, Associates, Firm Owners, Students & Instructors)
Available through April 21, 2024
On-site Rates
Starting on April 22, 2024


CalDRA Member
$579.00 Regular Rate
$629.00 On-Site Rate (begins 4/22)
$279 One Day / $329 On-Site Rate (begins 4/22)
$679.00 Regular 
$729 On-Site Rate (begins 4/22)

$379.00 One Day / $429 On-Site Rate (begins 4/22)

Firm Owners 

CalDRA Member
$579.00 Regular Rate
$629.00 On-site Rate (begins 4/22)
Firm Owner plus 1 employee* - $979
Firm Owner plus 2 employees* - $1279
Nonmember – $679.00 Regular / $729.00 On-Site Rate (begins 4/22)
Firm Owner plus 1 employee* - $1079
Firm Owner plus 2 employees* - $1379
*Must be a current employee of registered firm owner

Students & Instructors

CalDRA Member
$299.00 Regular Rate
$349 On-site Rate (begins 4/22)
$359 Regular
$409 On-site Rate (begins (4/22)

Additional Options:
Extra Ticket / Friday Night Cocktail Party - $119.00
Extra Ticket / Saturday Luncheon - $89.00
Convention Guest Pass - $319.00 / 
(includes Friday Night Cocktail Party, Saturday Luncheon, and Exhibitor Hall access)


Become a Member / Renew Your 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:
Student Full Convention: Member – $299
Student Full Convention: Nonmember - $359

Full Registration Fee includes: All seminars, exhibit hall, Friday Night Cocktail Party, Saturday Luncheon, continental breakfast, refreshment breaks in the exhibitor room, and all handout materials. Cancellations/refund requests must be received in writing (email accepted) no later than 4:00 pm on March 25, 2024 to qualify for a refund. There will be a $35 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.