2021 ACRA Annual Convention

  • 09/11/2021
  • 7:30 AM
  • 09/12/2021
  • 1:00 PM
  • Hilton Phoenix/Chandler, 2929 West Frye Road, Chandler, AZ 85224


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • For members (active & past) only. One vendor table. Does not include seminar attendance or lunch.

Registration is closed

Embracing the New Normal

ACRA Annual Convention

September 11 & 12, 2021

Hilton Phoenix/Chandler

"Embracing the New Normal"

Saturday, September 11, 2021

8:30 AM to 10:00 AM

COURSE:  Welcome to our Courtroom

PANEL:  April Escobedo, RPR; Laura Ashbrook, RMR; Lerryn Horton Roberds, RPR, CR; Tracy Johnston, RPR, BSBA

CREDIT HOURS: 1.5 (.15 CEUs)

DESCRIPTION:  Official certified reporters from four counties will serve as panelists to introduce us to the inner workings of their courtrooms – what to expect from a typical day in their court, helpful hints for per-diem reporters to utilize while covering proceedings on an as-needed basis. These panelists will remove the fear of the unknown.

10:30 AM to 12:00 NOON

COURSE:  The Legislative Process

PRESENTER:  Geoff Esposito – Creosote Partners

CREDIT HOURS: 1.5 (.15 CEUs)

DESCRIPTION: Arizona's 2019 lobbying firm of the year takes you through the state legislative process step-by-step and teaches you how to maximize your opportunities for advocacy. To highlight this they will utilize the example of House Bill 2235, which would have put due process rights at risk by abandoning court reporting as we know it in favor of electronic recordings. This past year, Senate Bill 1267 was introduced and passed. We will have an update of SB 1267 and how we can prepare for future legislation that is critical to the court reporting profession.

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

COURSE:  Personal Safety Tips & Tricks

PRESENTER:  Rick Salyers and John Dean

CREDIT HOURS:  1.5 (.15 CEUs)

DESCRIPTION:  Speakers will educate participants on tips and tricks to keep ourselves, families and communities safer and the steps involved in rescue missions.

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

COURSE:  Spelling Bee

MODERATOR:  Marylynn LeMoine, RMR, CRI

CREDIT HOURS:  1.5 (.15 CEUs)

DESCRIPTION:  Time for a spelling bee!  Spelling is an integral part of producing an accurate and verbatim record.  Let's have some fun and see who can spell these challenging words without the benefit of spell check!      

Sunday, September 12, 2021

8:00 AM to 9:30 AM

COURSE:  In Search of... Scopist Edition

PRESENTER:  Rachel Artis

CREDIT HOURS:  1.5 (.15 CEUs)

DESCRIPTION:  Finding a scopist and keeping one can be challenging. In this session, Ms. Artis will cover when a reporter is ready to use a scopist and/or a proofreader and what the final expectation should be. In addition, she will share with you what your vision and plan should be in working with a scopist to allow a long-term financially beneficial relationship for all parties involved.

9:45 AM to 1:00 PM

COURSE:  An Overview of Case CATalyst Version 21.5

PRESENTERS:  Jill Suttenberg, Stenograph


DESCRIPTION:  We will delve into ways to shorten your editing time; how to effectively use some features, like homophones and keyboard mapping, to customize the software to work for you and create a more enjoyable editing environment.

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COURSE:  Exploring Eclipse 10

MODERATOR:  Wil Wilcox


DESCRIPTION: Wil will demonstrate what is new and useful about Eclipse 10, how to go about updating to it, and why you might want to.  

The Venue:

The beautiful Hilton Phoenix/Chandler, Chandler, Arizona, is the site for our 2021 Annual Convention. For room reservations at our $118.00 ACRA rate Click here or call (480) 899-7400.  There are limited rooms so don't delay. For more information about the hotel, click here.

 Hilton Phoenix Chandler Hotel, AZ - Exterior During the Day

The Fun:

There will be games, raffles, and socializing.  Two continental breakfasts, breaks, and lunch will be provided on Saturday.


Court reporting students are welcome to attend this event without charge.  By registering, students commit to attend all or a portion of the seminars.  When registering, use the code "STUDENT" to access the form.
If you would like to contribute to the Student Attendance Fund to defray the cost of these lunches, click here - thank you!

Event Sponsorships:

ACRA depends on the financial support of our sponsors to be able to provide quality programming for our events.  Please consider being a sponsor. Whether big or small, it is all appreciated.
Want to see the several ways you can sponsor this event?  Click here

Prize and Raffle Donations:

Our raffles provide us with a lot of fun at our events, and they also help to offset some of our expenses so we can provide excellent programs.  We would love to know ahead of time what raffle items or cash you will contribute.
Want to donate a cash prize or a raffle item?  Click here

Exhibitors & Vendors:

From keeping up with advancements in technology all the way to finding that perfect piece of jewelry, our exhibitors and vendors provide us with a wonderful array of goods.
To register as an Exhibitor or Vendor, click here.


Printable Registration Form:

Click here to download a printable form that you can mail in.

Registrations after Saturday, September 4 will include a $30 late fee.  Register early!

ACRA is committed to providing the safest and most comfortable environment possible at our seminar.

Due to COVID-19 continuing to be prevalent, we will be following the Arizona Department of Health updates and guidelines.  For more information please visit their website: Click here

For Hilton's Hotel CleanStay guidelines Click here  

CDC guidelines Click here

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