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Early Bird rates for #NCRALouisville end next week

NCRA Executive Director Dave Wenhold, CAE, PLC, invites to you join us in Louisville, Ky.

Louisville is waiting for you! If you are planning to attend the 2024 NCRA Conference & Expo, act now to take advantage of Early Bird registration rates by signing up before May 15 and making reservations for the Aug. 1-3 event at the Galt House Hotel.

The Galt House Hotel

Book your hotel room* now under the special NCRA discounted group rate by July 8 and save even more. Attendees are reminded to book their rooms early, as the NCRA room block is filling up quickly. To register or find more information, visit

This year educational sessions are being 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

Speakers from 2023 Conference 1

At this year’s event, you can earn up to 1.325 CEUs from a wide range of fascinating sessions with exciting speakers from across the industry. “I know that the biggest reason for people to attend the NCRA Conference & Expo is to learn the latest about the professions, and this upcoming event will not disappoint,” says NCRA President-Elect Keith R. Lemons, FAPR, RPR, CRR (Ret.) . “Whether you are a student or a long-time professional; whether you are interested in updating your writing skills, finding out more about AI, learning best practices in the field, or just filling in the gaps of your knowledge, you will find it here.”

Take a look at the full schedule with some of our coolest session titles: Backup, Backup, Backup! Pleading Out, Generational Fluency, Elevator Pitch Training, Technology in the Legal Community, My Least-favorite F-word, and so much more. Full descriptions and presenters are available on the daily schedule page.

Of course there’s more to do than just attend sessions. Add these great networking opportunities to your schedule:

  • NCRA Annual Business Meeting, Thursday, Aug. 1, 8:30-11:00 a.m.
  • Welcome Reception in the Expo Hall, Thursday, Aug. 1, 6:15-7:45 p.m.
  • NCRA Premier Session with Keynote Speaker Dan Meers, Friday, Aug. 2, 8:30-10 a.m.
  • Awards Luncheon, Saturday, Aug. 3, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Member Recognition Gala: Welcome to the Winners’ Circle, Saturday, Aug. 3, 7-10 p.m.

And don’t forget these other opportunities to network:

  • Breakfasts in the Expo Hall for Registered attendees who are also hotel guests, Friday and Saturday morning, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
  • Coffee breaks in the Expo Hall (various times Friday and Saturday)

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).

Mark Kislingbury and Patricia Nilsen

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 (a $99 value) 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!

We look forward to seeing you at the exciting event!

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

*Additional hotel information

REMINDER: When booking your hotel for the 2024 NCRA Conference & Expo in Louisville, Ky., please be sure to do so through the official registration page located here. NCRA’s discounted room block runs Wednesday, July 31, through Saturday, Aug. 3, only. Please do not call the hotel directly or book your room through the hotel website. You will be directed to an outsourced call center and discounted rates may not be applied.

Group rate

  • Special rates apply from 7/31/2024 – 8/3/2024 at $199 per night plus taxes (room tax: 16.07% per night).
  • The discounted group rate ends on Monday, July 8, 2024, or whenever the block is filled, whichever comes first.
  • Check-in time: 3 p.m. or later
  • Check-out time: Any time before 11 a.m.

The Galt House cancellation policy

  • Fee of one-night room rate plus tax: For reservations canceled within 7 days of your arrival date.