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OCRA Fall Convention

  • Saturday, October 24, 2020
  • 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Zoom


  • For Associate and Honorary members who do not need the CEUs
  • For Professional OCRA members, or Associate members who would like to earn the CEUs

Oregon Court Reporters Association

Fall Convention

Time to Shine!

OCTOBER 24, 2020

In these rapidly changing times of technological advances and now a global pandemic, it’s more important than ever that we are on top of our game.  From perfecting punctuation with Margie Wakeman-Wells to mastering remote depositions with Buell Reporting and taking a look at local laws and practices from an attorney’s point of view, join us as we hone our skills to stand out in our field and shine during these difficult times.

8:00 - 8:30                   Welcome!  Zoom Meeting Open 

8:30 - 8:45                   Opening remarks by OCRA President, Ryan White

8:45 - 12:00                 Commas Here, Commas There, Commas Everywhere!
                              (.3 CEUs)
                                     PRESENTER:  Margie Wakeman Wells

How many comma rules are there?  Too many to count and certainly more than we can possibly cover in three hours.  This session will deal with some of the commonly used/misused commas - when do compound elements need commas?  When can they be left out? - and then move to some of the more obscure comma rules that don't get much attention but certainly need to.

Even the most sophisticated reporter will pick up some tips to improve transcript punctuation.  Bring those punctuation questions that keep cropping up.  This is the time to get answers.

12:00 – 12:15              Drawing and Break

12:15 - 2:00                OCRA Business Meeting; NCRA Update

2:00 – 3:00                  Virtual Depo Practices – Remote Depositions During
                             COVID-19 and Beyond (.1 CEU)
PRESENTERS:  Lisa Buell, RPR, CRR, RSA, Principal, and Koré
Siegel, CETO, CLR, RSA, Business Manager, Buell Realtime

Learn how to troubleshoot some basic remote deposition technical issues, get tips on handling exhibits, review the Oregon rules pertaining to the reporting of remote depositions, how to utilize virtual breakout/waiting rooms, locking meetings, and much more in this comprehensive presentation.

3:00 – 3:15                  Drawing and Break

3:15 - 4:45                   Deposition Practices in Oregon
                             (.15 CEUs)
PRESENTER:  Jovita Wang, Esquire

This session will discuss deposition practices in Oregon and provide suggestions on how to better meet the needs of clients.  Topics covered will include information on the anatomy of a deposition; relevant statutes related to court reporting and notary services; resources to understand local deposition practices; tips for running a smooth deposition, especially with remote video depositions becoming the norm; and common legal terminology used in deposition.  Participants should walk away understanding the important role of depositions in civil practice and finding ways to improve reporting services.

4:45 – 5:00                     Drawing and Break

5:00 – 5:30                     Installation of New Officers; Rose Award; Closing Remarks

CEUs:   0.55 (5.5 hours) 

**Times subject to change

*Our Board meetings are open to members!  Please contact Kendra at kendrasteppler@gmail.com to attend.

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