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    • 17 Apr 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • 18 Apr 2020
    • 4:30 PM
    • Hotel Chaco, 2000 Bellamah Avenue, Northwest, Albuquerque, New Mexico

    FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020 and SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2020



    Hotel Chaco

    2000 Bellamah Avenue, Northwest

    Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Your registration confirmation will contain  a link to Hotel Chaco's room reservation service, giving you a local corporate rate that will be good until September 1, 2020!

    **Seminar schedule subject to modification.**

    Total NCRA CEUs:  .725       Total New Mexico CCR hours:  7.25

    FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020

    4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 


    5:30 p.m. - 6:30 pm 

     Opening Reception

      (cash bar and hors d'oeuvres)

    6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

    Introductions/Welcome Guests/Members

    NMCRA President, Augustina Martinez

    7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    "NCRA 2.0 - The Reinvention"

    Kristin Anderson, Secretary-Treasurer, NCRA

        (.1 NCRA CEU; 1.0 NM CE HOUR)

    8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

     "The Value of Court Reporters to Attorneys"

    Jonathan Miller, Rattlesnake Lawyer

    (.1 NCRA CEU; 1.0 NM CE HOUR)

    9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

    Membership Reception (Level 5 Restaurant & Lounge)


    SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2020

    8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 

    Registration (Continued)

    9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

    "Happiness is a Marathon"

     Presented by Matt Jones

    (.125 NCRA CEU; 1.25 NM CE HOURS)

    10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


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

    "Happiness is a Marathon"

    Presented by Matt Jones (Continued)

    (.15 NCRA CEU; 1.5 NM CE HOURS)

    12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.  

    Lunch and Business Meeting

    Installation of NMCRA Board of Directors

    1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. 

    "The Future of Court Reporting"

    Allison M. Hall, RMR, RPR, CCR, CSR

    (.15 NCRA CEU; 1.5 NM CE HOURS)

    3:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  

    Dessert Break!

    3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

    "Federal Law Enforcement"

    Sonya K. Chavez, US Marshal

    (.10 NCRA CEU; 1.0 NM CE HOURS)


    Kristin M. Anderson, RPR, FCRR, is an Official court reporter in San Antonio, Texas, for Bexar County Civil District Court. With more than 19 years of experience, she has worked both as a freelance reporter in Kansas and Missouri and as an official court reporter for Illinois and Kansas. At the national level, Anderson is a past chair of the National Committee of State Associations and served on that committee in various capacities from 2006 through 2014. She also served on the Veterans Liaison Committee of NCRA's New Professionals Committee, the Membership and Telemarketing Committee, and the Steno Opportunities in the Courts Task Force. Kristin is currently the Secretary-Treasurer for NCRA, and her topic for our convention is "Reinvention."

    Jonathan Miller, Attorney at Law and Author of Rattlesnake Lawyer and 10 other books, will speak on the value of court reporters to attorneys. He will discuss some of his cases that have been reversed and laws that have been changed, thanks to the work of a good record. Also, Jonathan will discuss how the skills used by reporters can be used to write stories of their own. Reporters interested in writing their own books can make their "pitches" and Jonathan will advise them on how to proceed ethically.

    Matt Jones, a world-class top-ranked keynote speaker, will be blessing us with his uplifting life story and giving us his secret to survival, guaranteed to be funny, motivational, educational, and memorable.  Bonus…We will be giving away his book “Happiness is a Marathon” to some very lucky convention attendees.  Stayed tuned for how to qualify for the book.

    Allison M. Hall, RMR, CRR, CSR, is a full-time official district court reporter at Tulsa County Courthouse, who has worked in both a freelance and official capacity for nearly 20 years. She holds an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Court Reporting from Central Penn College in Summerdale, Pa.  Allison qualified in 2018 for both the NCRA National Speed Contest and NCRA's National Realtime Contest. She received Oklahoma's Court Reporters Association Distinguished Reporter Award for 2018. Allison also teaches court reporting students part time at Tulsa Community College and enjoys public speaking. She will speak to us on the future of court reporting. 

    Sonya K. Chavez was sworn in as New Mexico’s United States Marshal in April 2018.  Her appointment made her New Mexico’s first female to serve as U.S. Marshal. Marshal Chavez spent 22 years as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). She joined the FBI in April 1996 and was assigned to the Chicago Division, where she was a member of the Division's Joint Task Force on Gangs.  In December 2006, Marshal Chavez received a transfer to the FBI’s Albuquerque Division and initiated the FBI’s Safe Streets High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Gang Task Force, adding Albuquerque as an active participant in the FBI’s national gang initiative. Prior to joining the FBI, Marshal Chavez worked as a television news reporter and anchor for CBS and NBC news affiliates. 

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