NCRA 2013 Legal Video Conference

46-47NCRA’s 2013 inaugural Legal Video Conference, formerly known as the CLVS (Certified Legal Video Specialist) Symposium, attracted 139 attendees of all levels of ex­pertise from across the nation. The larg­est event in a decade designed specifically for this segment of the legal industry, the conference offered many levels of con­tinuing education programs for court re­porters. In addition, 19 attendees sat for the Association’s Certified Legal Video Production Exam to earn the CLVS cer­tification, compared to just seven under the previous event format in 2012.

The two-day conference featured both the CLVS Seminar, which is part of the certification requirements for NCRA-cer­tified legal videographers, and the Legal Video Forum, which offers advanced vid­eographers additional training. The con­ference also included educational sessions led by some of the best faculty in the pro­fession. The sessions covered a wide range of topics tailored to the needs of interme­diate to advanced-level videographers and provided a wealth of insight and informa­tion about the latest trends and advances in the legal video profession.

“The launch of the NCRA Legal Video Conference and its new format reflects a really positive shift in how we approach legal video education. While the CLVS Seminar is still the cornerstone of legal video standards, expanding our continu­ing education offerings will help our cur­rent CLVSs become more competitive in the marketplace. Response from this year’s attendees was overwhelmingly support­ive,” said Gene Betler, CLVS, who serves as co-chair of NCRA’s CLVS Council.

“The CLVS designation is the only national independently validated certi­fication for the legal video industry, and historically NCRA’s legal video event fea­tured a heavier focus on the introductory first step of the certification. The change in the overall curriculum to include more in-person seminars and enhanced continuing education opportunities is in line with the name change to the Legal Video Confer­ence,” added Bruce Balmer, CLVS, who also co-chairs the Association’s CLVS Council.

Other highlights of this year’s event included a Saturday Night Networking Reception, as well as visit exhibitor booths where attendees were able to learn first-hand about the latest in new products and technologies.

Promoting realtime at the Court Technology Conference

NCRA has participated in all 13 of the National Center for State Courts’ Court Technology Conferences. This year, the event, which gives court and legal experts the opportunity to see and hear about the latest technology, was held in October 2013, in Baltimore, Md. NCRA partnered with YesLaw in a booth that explained to administrators, judges, and law experts the benefits of a court reporter providing a realtime record in court proceedings.

Nativa Wood, RDR, CMRS, chaired NCRA’s CTC Planning Committee, and worked with members Sarah Nageotte, RDR, CRR, CBC, Chris Willette, RDR, CRR, CCP, Steve Zinone, RPR, and Bri­an Clune of YesLaw. They developed a brochure and other handouts about the benefits of realtime for CTC attendees to take and worked in the booth along with ­NCRA’s Executive Director and CEO Jim Cudahy, CAE, NCRF’s Deputy Executive Director B.J. Shorak, and NCRA’s Direc­tor of Membership and Marketing Sara L. Wood, CAE, to answer attendees’ ques­tions. Local reporters from Gore Brothers Reporting & Videoconferencing, Christine Gonzales, RPR, Linda Lindsey, and Susan Wootton, RPR, demonstrated realtime, and Stenograph donated a Disco Diaman­te for the occasion.

“The judges and administrators were in­credibly receptive and supportive of real­time reporting during CTC, and we were pleased to have a great team of reporters in Baltimore to speak about the benefits of realtime reporting,” says Wood.

NCRA plans on being at the next biannual Court Technology Conference event in 2015 to continue to showcase the value of the stenographic court reporter.