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Write your next story in New Orleans

Join peers and colleagues as they gather in New Orleans, La., to write their next story during the 2018 NCRA Convention & Expo being held Aug. 2-5 at the Hyatt Regency. Register now and save on fees and hotel stays and be a part of this colorful city’s tricentennial, “One Time in New Orleans,” which encourages residents and visitors to write their stories about their time in the host city.

“I urge everyone to join us at the 2018 NCRA Convention & Expo in New Orleans. This year our host city is celebrating its tricentennial. Let’s join together in this wonderful city and write our next story about how exciting, rewarding, and unique our profession is,” said NCRA’s 2017-2018 President-elect Sue A. Terry, FAPR, RPR, CRR, CRC, from Springfield, Ohio. Terry will be installed as 2018-2019 President during the Premier Session at the Convention.

Attendees will also be part of celebrating New Orleans’ history when they hear keynote speaker Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré (U.S. Army, Ret.), who will take the stage after the installation of officers at the Premier Session. Honoré is a 37-year veteran of active service who served as the commander of Joint Task Force Katrina, during which time he became known as the “Category 5 General.” Honoré will share insights into how his striking leadership style aided in coordinating military relief efforts in post-hurricane New Orleans.

This year’s Convention features a lineup of sessions presented by top leaders in the court reporting, captioning, and legal videography fields. Spots are already filling fast for the ever popular sell-out sessions and events including the CRC Workshop, the Speed and Realtime Contests, the CRR Boot Camp, and the Punctuation Workshop. Also popular is the CLVS Certification Workshop, featuring the Intro to CLVS and CLVS Hands-on Training. Throughout the Convention, attendees can earn up to 2.3 CEUs.

Also proving popular is the new Member Recognition Gala that will feature a wonderful night of dinner, drinks, dancing, and celebrating NCRA members. The Gala and a special VIP reception are both being hosted by President-elect Terry. Guests are free to dress up or dress business casual for the gala and are encouraged to join in celebrating the profession along with sharing their stories.

Other notables on this year’s schedule include a student learning zone that features a special meet-and-greet with NCRA’s Board of Directors; Ethics Jeopardy, where participants will have fun while testing their knowledge; a look at the future of court reporting; and a special presentation that showcases the Innocence Project New Orleans, which works to free wrongfully convicted. The session will also highlight the importance of old records.

Also on tap are numerous networking opportunities, including the opening and several special receptions, luncheons, coffee breaks on the Expo floor, and special events where vendors showcase the latest in products and services for the court reporting, captioning, and legal videography professions.

“NCRA’s Convention & Expo is the ultimate event to network with your peers, make new connections, and add to your list of friends. Don’t miss this wonderful gathering set in historic New Orleans,” said Terry.

Join other court reporting professionals from around the country and abroad for the 2018 NCRA Annual Convention & Expo. The Convention is the largest annual gathering of court reporters, captioners, scopists, legal videographers, trial presenters, students, and other legal services professionals. Register now for the 2018 NCRA Annual Convention & Expo before July 23 to avoid late fees. Reserve a hotel room at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans using NCRA’s special discount rate by July 6 and get a free breakfast on Friday and Saturday (a $75 value).

To jazz things up even more, check out this party playlist of songs selected by NCRA staff to get everyone excited to meet in New Orleans!

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