MCRA 2019 Seminar


March 29 - March 30

MGM Hotel, Springfield, MA

Earn up to .6 CEUs

Seminar Agenda

Friday, March 29

6:30 pm – 9:00 pm 

Dinner and Socializing. Red Rose Pizzeria, 1060 Main Street, Springfield

Come and enjoy a social evening with dinner and a complimentary beverage. Red Rose is a local Springfield favorite since 1963, next door to the MGM.

Sponsored by O'Brien & Levine Court Reporting Solutions

Saturday, March 30
7:30 am – 9:00 am 

Registration and Breakfast with Exhibitors

Sponsored by Eyal Court Reporting

8:00 am – 8:45 am 

MCRA Business Meeting

Led by: Megan Castro, MCRA President

9:00 am – 12:15 pm MORNING DOUBLE SESSION

Unleashing the Realtime Superstar in You! (Or, How I Made My Life Easier)  .30 CEU

Edward J. Varallo, RMR, CRR, FAPR

Our fast-paced court reporting world demands that we write smarter. RT hookups, immediate draft transcripts – write fast, write clean, do it all day! Today’s professional reporter is asked to do a lot. Hear Ed Varallo, six-time NCRA Speed Contest Champion, outline his systematic approach to shorthand for the 21stcentury that requires less physical effort, produces better realtime output, and thus reduces editing/scoping time. Ed will share his tips and techniques that will set you on the path to Realtime Superstardom!

With 15 minute coffee break

Sponsored by Eppley Court Reporting

​​12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Luncheon Buffet

Sponsored by Doris O. Wong Associates, Inc.

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm AFTERNOON SESSION ONE

Best Practices .15 CEU

Presentation by: Janet Sambataro, RMR, CRR, CLR

Get out of your seats as we move around the room, facing different court reporting questions. Are you prepared? Whether you are facing a sticky situation, a new opportunity, new technology, are you prepared? Get ready to be challenged and inspired. These best practices will test your skills and help improve your number one best asset: YOURSELF.

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm 


Sponsored by Shea Court Reporting Services

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm AFTERNOON SESSION TWO

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway .15 CEU

Shirley Riga, Author, Spiritual Director, and former RPR

Do you find it hard to get past your fears? How do you hold your fear? This dynamic workshop explores how positive changes can be made using techniques found in Susan Jeffers’ book Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway. Participants develop a toolkit for empowering themselves through discussions, writing, interactive activities, and handouts.