2019 Realtime Contest results


Place %
1Doug Zweizig, RDR, CRR  98.4%
2Mark Kislingbury, FAPR, RDR, CRR 97.45%
3Jeffrey Weigl, RMR, CRR, CRC 97.3%
4Traci Mertens, RDR, CRR, CRC 96.5%
5Linda Riffle, RDR, CRR, CRC 95.45%


Place Errors %
1Dee Boenau, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC 899.2%
2Jeffrey Weigl1498.6%
3Doug Zweizig1598.5%
4Mark Kislingbury1898.2%
5Diane Kraynak , RMR, CRR, CRC 2697.4%
6Patrick Mahon, RMR, CRR2897.2%
7Karla Ray, RMR, CRR, CRC, CRI3097%
7Traci Walker, RMR, CRR, CRC3097%
8Kathy Cortopassi, RMR, CRR, CRC3796.3%
8Traci Mertens3796.3%
8Patricia Nilsen, RMR, CRR, CRC, CRI3796.3%
9Ron Cook, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC3996.1%
10Linda Riffle4195.9%
11Sheri Smargon, RDR, CRR, CRC4595.5%


1Doug Zweizig1998.31%
2Mark Kislingbury3796.71%
2Traci Mertens3796.71%
3Jeffrey Weigl4596%
4John Wissenbach, RDR, CRR, CRC4995.64%
5Linda Riffle5795%

* Contest results are preliminary.

NCRA keynote speaker Erin Brockovich shares insights into “stick-to-itiveness”

NCRA 2019 Keynote Speaker Erin Brockovich
NCRA 2019 Keynote Speaker Erin Brockovich

Attendees at NCRA’s 2019 Convention & Expo in Denver, Colo., heard firsthand the stories behind the movie Erin Brockovich from its namesake during the packed Premier Session. Brockovich, the renowned consumer advocate and environmental activist, shared bits of her life story, how she learned to persevere, and who her major influencers were. She attributes those influencers to helping her later in life go from unknown legal researcher to 20th-century icon as the persistent force behind the largest medical settlement lawsuit in history.

Brockovich began her address at the Convention by acknowledging the importance of the human court reporter’s presence and role in the courtroom to ensure an accurate record of the proceedings and added that she was always amazed when she had the chance to watch what they did.

She also shared what it has been like since the making of the movie some 20 years ago and entertained attendees with stories about how she is recognized as Erin Brockovich when traveling but is also often confused with Julia Roberts, the actress who portrayed her in the film.

Raised in Kansas, Brockovich said her mother, a journalist, was always there for her. She attributed much of her ability to overcome personal obstacles such as being dyslexic to her mother who taught her the term “stick-to-itiveness.”

“I don’t like being told I cannot do this or do that. Because of being dyslexic, I was often teased. Today that is referred to as bullying. My self-esteem started to tumble. It took my mom to teach me that just because you are different doesn’t mean you are inferior,” Brockovich said.

“That word altered my life. Life requires us to have it. We are not born with it. We need to develop the habit of perseverance.”

She said a teacher of hers was also one of the most influential people in her life because she thought outside of the box. She realized that Brockovich was smart and that she listened — and that Brockovich knew the matter that was being taught in the classroom. She just couldn’t pass a written test. Her teacher figured out that if she gave the same test to Brockovich as an oral test, she would pass with flying colors. That she said was another life-changing event that boosted her esteem.

“My dad was the other most influential person in my life. He was an environmental engineer. He taught me that health, family, water, and land to grow our food on, and air were the most important things. All of them are our moral compass.”

Brockovich said she is a fan of disruption because disruption causes change. She said that disruption causes people to rise up, look around, become aware, and oftentimes wonder how they can become involved in something bigger.

“Logic is common sense. When you follow it, you will logically do the right thing.”

She also said it is important to recognize how leverage can be used to build a community in both life and work and that it is important to be loyal to a mission, your neighbor, and your community. By doing so you can make a huge difference in your own life and the lives of others.

Finally, Brockovich urged Convention attendees to understand what motivates them to get up each day such as their families, their jobs, their ability to earn a living, to vacation, and to have homes.

“We love our country, clean water, and our freedom, and that is our motivator,” she said.

Brockovich told the audience that the film that carries her name and tells her story is accurate and that it was not about her but rather the community that used leverage together, motivated each other, and never lost their stick-to-itiveness to successfully win their law suit.

“What happened to those people is real, and it continues to be a problem throughout the country still,” she said.

As for questions unanswered by the film, Brockovich said she did not end up marrying the biker dude in real life, but teasingly reveled that she would have if he had looked like the actor who played him.

As president of Brockovich Research & Consulting, she is currently involved in numerous environmental projects worldwide. She has requests for her help in groundwater contamination complaints in every state of the United States, in Australia, and other international hotspots. She is currently working on cases in California, Texas, Florida, Michigan, Illinois, and Missouri.

2019 Speed Contest results


Place Percentage
1Jeffrey Weigl, RMR, CRR, CRC 97.54%
2Patricia Nilsen, RMR, CRR, CRC, CRI 97.15%
3Traci Mertens, RDR, CRR, CRC 96.86%


1Jeffrey Weigl1998.27%
2Kathy Cortopassi, RMR, CRR, CRC 3197.18%
3Traci Mertens 3796.63%
4Karen Tyler, RDR, CRR, CRC3996.45%
5Donna Urlaub, RMR, CRR 4396.09%
6Diane Kraynak, RMR, CRR, CRC 4795.72%
6Kathryn Thomas, RDR, CRR, CRC4795.72%
7Patricia Nilsen4995.54%
8John Wissenbach, RDR, CRR, CRC 5295.27%
8Doug Zweizig, RDR, CRR5295.27%


1Patricia Nilsen1598.69%
2Traci Mertens4596.08%
3Jeffrey Weigl5195.56%


1Jeff Weigl1798.78%
2Traci Mertens3097.85%
3John Wissenbach3797.35%
4Patricia Nilsen3997.21%
5Diane Kraynak5696%
6Donna Urlaub6095.71%

* Contest results are preliminary.

Brockovich interview at Convention

Fox 31 interviewed Erin Brockovich Aug. 16 at Convention about a local cancer investigation.

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Dave Wenhold talks about court reporting in interview from Convention

KGNU radio featured an interview Aug. 16 with Interim Executive Director Dave Wenhold from the 2019 NCRA Convention & Expo. To hear the interview, go to 13:20 in the audio file.

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There is a national speed competition for court reporters, and it happened right here in Denver

Channel 9 News reported Aug. 15 on the National Realtime Competition happening at the 2019 NCRA Convention & Expo.

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Full coverage of the NCRA 2019 Convention & Expo

NCRA 2019 Officers and Board Members

Keep up to date with voting results, award announcements, and more events currently taking place at the NCRA 2019 Convention & Expo in Denver, Colo.

Awards and scholarships

Information about voting

Special events

Media coverage

Six amendments pass by vote of the membership

Six of the seven proposed NCRA Constitution & Bylaws amendments passed by a vote of the membership on Friday, Aug. 16, following the NCRA Annual Business Meeting, which was held in conjunction with the NCRA 2019 Convention & Expo. Voting Members had the opportunity to vote during a 24-hour period following the Business Meeting. Amendment #4, which addressed succession, was withdrawn during the Annual Business Meeting.

Members were able to view a live stream of the event; a transcript was made available following the meeting. The total number of voters was 855 (7.6%) of 11,233 electors.

Amendment #1 would allow membership reinstatements to be either written or verbal requests. The amendment was voted in by 799 (94.9%) for to 43 (5.1%) against.

Amendment #2 addressed the requirements for reinstatement for Registered Member. The amendment was voted in by 776 (94.2%) for to 48 (5.8%) against.

Amendment #3 addressed how to handle the proration of dues. The amendment was voted in by 595 (90.4%) for to 63 (9.6%) against.

Amendment #5 was brought forward for vote because there was an inconsistency about the Nominating Committee Meeting. The amendment was voted in by 768 (98.1%) for to 15 (1.9%) against.

Amendment #6 asks membership to change the name of the National Committee of State Associations to the National Congress of State Associations. The amendment was voted in by 665 (88.4%) for to 87 (11.6%) against.

Amendment #7, which was proposed by a group of members in accordance with the Constitution & Bylaws, addresses the requirements on state associations. The amendment was voted in by 565 (73.5%) for to 204 (26.5%) against.

The full language of the amendments can be found on the NCRA website. The certified results can also be found on the NCRA website.

Baby powder, computer fans, and flying fingers: Welcome to the Olympics of court reporting

The Denver Post featured an article Aug. 15 that interviewed a number of contestants participating in NCRA’s 2019 Speed Contest held during the Association’s Convention & Expo.

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Watch for information about voting

On Thursday, Aug. 15, all eligible voting NCRA members will have the ability to vote online for the proposed Constitution & Bylaws amendments.
The online vote will start within two hours of the end of the Annual Business Meeting and will be open for 24 hours. The Annual Business Meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. MT (10:30 ET).When voting begins, an email will be sent to all eligible voting members for whom NCRA has a valid address. Members will be sent a link to a secure voting website. The email gives detailed instructions on how to log in to the system to cast a vote.
Members can vote on their phones, tablets, or computers.