2023 ACRA Annual Convention

  • 09/16/2023
  • 7:30 AM
  • 09/17/2023
  • 12:00 PM
  • Hilton Garden Inn, 300 N. Montezuma St., Prescott, AZ


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Companies with products or services related to reporting. One vendor table. Does not include seminar attendance or lunch.
  • For members (active & past) only selling non-reporter related products. One vendor table. Does not include seminar attendance or lunch.

Together Towards Tomorrow
ACRA Annual Convention

September 16 & 17, 2023

Hilton Garden Inn, Prescott


Saturday, September 16, 2023

7:30 a.m. - Check in & Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

COURSE TITLE: Compassion Fatigue

PRESENTER NAME: Denise Beagley

CREDIT HOURS: 1.5 hrs.

DESCRIPTION:  Define compassion fatigue and how it relates to court reporters.

10:00 a.m. - Break

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

COURSE TITLE: Courtroom Technology, Digital Recording, AI and the future of court reporting

PRESENTER NAME: NCRA President Kristin M. Anderson

CREDIT HOURS: 1.5 hrs.

DESCRIPTION: President Kristin Anderson will be joining us “fresh” from the Court Technology Conference being held in Phoenix September 12-14.  It is the most advanced court technology conference IN THE WORLD.   President Anderson and NCRA’s Strong Committee will be an exhibitor at the conference, after which she’ll drive up the hill and speak to us! We are VERY fortunate to have her.

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. - Lunch

1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
COURSE TITLE: Innocence Project

PRESENTER NAME: Kristine Bunch

CREDIT HOURS: 1.5 hrs.  

DESCRIPTION:  Kristine Bunch languished in prison for 17 years after she was arrested and charged with setting a fire that claimed the life of her three-year-old son Anthony on June 30, 1995.  On March 12, 2012, the court reversed the conviction based on evolving and more reliable fire science, undisclosed ATF evidence which contradicted trial testimony that Bunch had started the fire. She will describe how the fire science technology at the time of her trial was wrongly applied in her case and, also that the court reporter’s notes of CRITICAL testimony were thought to be lost due to a courthouse fire but later discovered, transcribed and formed a basis for her retrial and ultimate exoneration.

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

COURSE TITLE: Google, Gadgets, and Apps!


CREDIT HOURS: 1.5 hrs.

DESCRIPTION: In this session, we’ll talk about phone apps, computer programs, and gadgets that can make your life as a court reporter a little more organized and efficient, and we’ll throw in a few to make life a little more fun too.

Sunday, September 17, 2023

7:30 a.m. - Check in & Breakfast

8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
COURSE TITLETrial Advocacy of Victims of Child Abuse
PRESENTER NAME:  Karolina Czaplinska and Christina Wesnitzer
CREDIT HOURS: 1.5 hr; 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
DESCRIPTION:  Karolina is a member of the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office currently prosecuting cases involving child abuse and sex crimes committed against children. Christina Wesnitzer is a victim-witness advocate for the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
COURSE TITLE:  Let’s Play!

MODERATOR NAMES: Angela Miller, Terry Libretti, Tammy Gillett, Treva Colwell  

CREDIT HOURS: 1.5 hrs.

DESCRIPTION: Seminar attendees will actively participate as teams to compete in the games of Jeopardy and Bingo, answering questions on reporting-related topics.


The beautiful Hilton Garden Inn in Prescott, Arizona, is the site for our 2023 Annual Convention. For room reservations at our ACRA rates $181-$219 Click here or call (928) 515-3422. 
ACRA Room Block Deadline: August 24, 2023.
There are limited rooms so don't delay. 
For more information about the hotel, click here.

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.  Please email office@acraonline.org to get the code for registration.

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? Please email office@acraonline.org and let us know what you will be donating!

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. 

Printable Registration Form:

Click here for a printable form that you can use to mail a check payment.

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

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