USCRA’S 2022 Annual Convention
October 7-10, 2022
Jacquard Hotel, Denver, CO
(Registration closes September 29, 5:00 PM CDT)
Friday, October 7, 2022, 9:00 a.m. in the Chanel Room
enjoy shopping and restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. See details below.
The Jacquard Hotel room rate is $179 per night plus taxes and fees.
222 Milwaukee Street
About the Hotel
The Jacquard Hotel is a Marriott Autograph Collection® hotel located in Denver’s
Cherry Creek neighborhood. The hotel is named for French inventor Joseph Marie
Jacquard, who played an important role in the development of the earliest
programmable loom, known as the Jacquard loom, which led to the development
of other programmable machines, including early versions of a digital compiler
used by IBM to develop the modern-day computer.
You will enjoy walking through the tree-lined streets of boutiques, galleries, and
restaurants located just 15 minutes from downtown Denver. You can also choose
to dine in at Narrative, the Jacquard’s signature restaurant. Your stay won’t be
complete without a visit to take in the panoramic views of Denver from Kisbee on
the Roof, Jacquard’s rooftop patio and bar.
About the Neighborhood
Cherry Creek North is a premier outdoor destination in Denver. There are 16
charming blocks of retail, dining, art, spas, and salons. The neighborhood is also
home to the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, which houses 160 stores. The 22-mile
Cherry Creek Bike Path connects you to downtown and beyond, so you can get out
and enjoy the Mile High City.
The room block is made up of standard king rooms for $179 plus tax per night.
Reservations may be made by using the link on the USCRA website at
www.uscra.org. You can also call the Jacquard central reservations department at
(844)598-6667 or call the hotel directly at (303)515-2000. Attendees should
identify themselves as members of USCRA attending the convention in order to
receive the convention rate. If you would like to request a room with queen beds,
you will need to call the hotel. In order for attendees to receive the USCRA room
rate, reservations must be received no later than 09/15/2022.
Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. Guests arriving before 3:00 p.m. will be accommodated
as rooms become available. Checkout time is 11:00 a.m.
Hotel parking is currently $49 overnight but will be discounted to $35 for the
USCRA group. Day parking for the event is $15. If you make your reservation
online, you will automatically be charged the $49 overnight rate. The reduced rate
will need to be requested in person. There are also nearby parking garages
The Denver International Airport is less than 25 miles from the hotel.
Friday – October 7, 2022
9:00 a.m. Board Meeting in the Chanel Room
4:30 – 5:00 The Honorable John R. Tunheim Realtime Speed Contest
(Minimum of four contestants required.)
5:00 – 6:00 FOCR Trivia
Start the weekend off with some fun and join hosts Laura Robinson and Nikki Peters for an exciting and competitive evening of trivia. (.1 CEU)
Saturday – October 8, 2022
7:30 – 9:00 FCRR Examination
9:00 – 11:00 Managing Multidistrict Litigation: Katherine Cornell and Tom Pirtle,
Pulaski Kherkher, PLLC, Houston, Texas.
Katherine and Tom will speak about their experience as trial lawyers in multidistrict litigation. Throughout their careers, they have been involved in several MDLs, including, most recently, the 3M Combat Arms Earplug litigation with over 280,000 claims pending in the Northern District of Florida. Katherine and Tom will explain the nuances of the trial process from their perspective, the challenges of learning the terminology involved with each new MDL, especially when you have Tom’s accent, and stories from their trials. (.2 CEU)
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:15 Cryptocurrency 101: Matt Millen, Denver Crypto Group.
Many new, revolutionary technologies are often misunderstood initially and require quite a bit of
effort to fully grasp. Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, blockchain technology and Web3 are no
exception, and because they encompass such a vast ecosystem, learning about them
can feel challenging or intimidating. For this talk we will be staying “out of the weeds”
and focusing on a high-level overview of the cryptocurrency ecosystem so that
attendees leave with an understanding of cryptocurrency that will make it easier to write
the terms in the courtroom. The talk will start with a brief history of Bitcoin, the very first
cryptocurrency ever, move on to the industry terms and definitions you ought to know
and following this an explanation of how these new technologies actually work. To
conclude we will discuss the amazing, global potential cryptocurrency and Web3 have
to shape our world for the better. (.1 CEU)
12:15 – 12:30 Business Meeting in the Prada Ballroom
12:30 – 1:30 Luncheon
1:45 – 3:15 Reporting A High-Profile Trial: Joyce Martin, RPR, CRR.
Joyce is the Managing Court Reporter for the 18th Judicial District. She was the reporter for the
Honorable Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr., during the Aurora theater shooting trial,
People v. Holmes. James Holmes killed 12 people and wounded 70 in a shooting
rampage in Aurora, Colorado in 2012. Joyce will talk about her experience as the
reporter in the trial. (.15 CEU)
3:15 – 3:30 Break
3:30 – 5:00 USCRA Panel: Brenda Fauber, FAPR, RDR, CRR, FCRR; Jana
McKinney, RMR, CRR; Kelli Mulcahy, RDR, CRR; and Joe Rickhoff, RMR, CRR.
Past and present officers of the United States Court Reporters Association make up the
panel that will present an educational overview of the official court reporter’s position in
the federal court system, federal court governance, the functions of the Judicial
Conference of the U.S. Courts, and some of the aspects of the inner workings of the
Association. Material covered will include sections from The Guide to Judiciary Policies
and Procedures, the duties of the Court Reporter Advisory Group, how to track the work
of Judicial Conference committees as it affects reporters, and ways for members to get
involved with USCRA to advocate for all Federal Official Court Reporters. (.15 CEU)
5:30 – 6:30 President’s Reception and Awards Presentation
Sunday – October 9, 2022
7:15 – 8:15 Race Scriptores Walk.
Join us for an early morning walk and get your heart pumping for a day of learning, networking, and laughter with your USCRA colleagues.
9:00 – 10:30 Total Eclipse of the Heart: A Search for Answers with Kevin Carlin, RMR,
A training on what is new in the latest version of Eclipse, how to find
answers in a pinch and tips to save time on editing. We will explore the new AI Boost
feature and make sure we know how to tweak our settings just right so that it does not
go Skynet. Bring your questions, your curiosity, and lots of coffee. (.15 CEU)
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9:00 – 10:30 Edit By Design: Stenograph Training with Pam Szczecinski.
Save time editing by using fast and effective edit shortcuts. Explore the global options,
punctuation shortcuts and the transcript correction tools the software offers. Knowing
what the software has available to cut that time down is as important as writing. It’s
easy to overlook common words that you misstroke. Learn how Mistranminder
can quickly find and fix (if needed) all occurrences of your personal mistranslates.
Personal mistranslates are usually words that are valid words but not the word you
want. (.15 CEU)
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:15 Tech Gadgets & Online Tips: Pam Szczecinski.
Having the right laptop with the right accessories can make the process of producing the transcript faster and less stressful. In this session, we’ll take a closer look at hardware and software products available in the market, along with some cool tech gadgets you can use in this ever-changing fast-paced world of technology. We’ll also take a closer look at Online Cloud Services – Dropbox vs Google Drive vs OneDrive: Comparing the Big Three. Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive and Dropbox are the three most popular online cloud storage providers. Discover what other online services they offer. Learn the pros, cons and differences between the three and which one is right for you.
(.15 CEU )
12:15 – 12:30
Closing remarks and 50/50 Raffle winner announcement.