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Conference preview: A look at Louisville

Add this to your summer schedule: The 2024 NCRA Conference & Expo is taking place at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Ky., from Aug. 1-3. Registration opens in early April, but you can start planning your trip now.

Schedule and networking events

This year educational sessions will be offered from Thursday afternoon through Saturday, with in-person skills testing available on Sunday, Aug. 4. In-person skills testing will be offered for the RSR, RPR, CRR, and CRC. Slots are limited and more information can be found at A tentative schedule of sessions, networking events, workshops, and more is posted on the Schedule at a Glance page. More details are coming soon.


NCRA is pleased to announce that Dan Meers — perhaps better known as KC Wolf, the mascot for the Kansas City Chiefs, 2024 Super Bowl Champions — will be the speaker for the Premier Session. Meers has served as KC Wolf for more than 30 years. His work and experiences as a professional sports mascot have reinforced for him the philosophy that laughter and a cheerful heart are good medicine.

He travels throughout the United States and the world entertaining thousands of people both in and out of costume. Dan is in high demand not only as a mascot, but also as a humorous and motivational speaker to audiences of all ages. His enthusiasm, optimism, and love for life are contagious and make Dan an inspiration to all those he meets.

Membership Recognition Gala

Get ready to don your finest derby attire and let loose at the NCRA Membership Recognition Gala on Saturday night! After a jam-packed conference, it’s time to kick up your heels and celebrate in style. With Derby Days in the air, this is your chance to mingle with your colleagues, dance ’til you drop, and create memories that will last a lifetime. It’s time to gallop into the Gala and make this event one for the history books! See you at the finish line! 


The NCRA Conference & Expo is being held at the legendary and historic Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Ky. On 4th & Main, the Galt House Hotel is where visitors come to experience and immerse and delight in Louisville’s winning spirit. No other hotel can grant attendees access to the city like the Galt House can, from its central location in the heart of the museum district, cultural center, and Urban Bourbon Trail to its unique waterfront location. Start planning your trip now at Go to Louisville.

Make your hotel room reservations now through the NCRA hotel web page. Attendees are reminded to book their rooms early, as the NCRA room block has filled up early in the past two years.

Sponsors and exhibitors

The annual NCRA Conference & Expo is the flagship NCRA networking event of the year. Members, firm owners, and other industry professionals gather to exhibit, present, learn, and network. Take a look at our sponsors and the exhibitors who have already signed up to join us in the NCRA Expo Hall.

Come early to attend these special pre-Conference sessions (separate registration required)

Firm Owners Focus – Thursday, Aug 1, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

This business-focused event hosted by NCRA is especially geared toward owners and managers of firms. Attendees will have opportunities to connect, learn, and energize as they network and join in sessions on such timely topics as team dynamics, generational fluency, and more (Lunch included.)

Speed and Realtime Contests – Wednesday, July 31, and Thursday, Aug. 1

Sign up to compete in this year’s Speed Contest (held on Wednesday) or the Realtime Contest (held on Thursday) or just stop by to cheer on your colleagues as they stretch their skills as champions.

Speed Contest – Wednesday, July 31, 9-10 a.m. for dictation. Transcription time follows.

 Three legs of:

  • 220 wpm Literary
  • 230 wpm Legal Opinion
  • 280 wpm Testimony (2 voice)

Realtime Contest – Thursday, Aug. 1, 1-2:30 p.m.

Two legs of:

  • 220 wpm Literary
  • 225 wpm Q&A

Vendor Training Workshops – Thursday, Aug. 1, 8 a.m-12 p.m.

The most frequent advice from the tech-savvy is to know your software inside and out. And here’s your chance to take a deep dive into your software with trainers from Stenograph or Advantage Software/Eclipse. Come in early for an intensive half-day of training.

Captioning and Realtime Boot Camps – Thursday, Aug. 1, 8-11 a.m.

Improve your realtime by registering for one of two workshops led by captioning experts. These two Boot Camps will teach you what you need to know to expand your skills in the legal arena and provide you with the groundwork for a leap to broadcast and CART captioning.

Dictionary Jumpstart – Thursday, Aug. 1, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Are you really, really happy with your realtime translation? Attend this workshop and you’ll receive Dictionary Jumpstart Lite ($99) and Anissa R. Nierenberger, RPR, CRR, CRC, CRI, will teach you how to build the right way. Hint: This doesn’t mean entering only perfect entries! We’ll enter up to 1,000 words per hour and get your dictionary on track to make you look like a realtime rock star!

Registration for the 2024 NCRA Conference & Expo, including add-on special sessions, opens in early April. Watch your email and the JCR Weekly for opening announcements. Additional information can be found on the Conference web page.

For additional questions about the 2024 NCRA Conference & Expo, please email