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The Semicolon


“I haven’t used one for a couple of pages; so it must be time” is NOT a rule for the semicolon. The semicolon serves a vital role in punctuating sentences and creating readability when some of those 14-line sentences pop up in the transcript. This session will clarify how sentences go together and the role the semicolon plays. Any questions you might have about correctly using the semicolon -- as well as questions on other pesky problems -- will be put to rest.


This session will cover sentence structure and the role the semicolon plays in how sentences go together. The session will be conducted via PowerPoint and will be lecture and question-and-answer format.




Margie Wakeman Wells is a lifetime credentialed teacher in the state of California and is certified as a CRI. She has taught 47 years, 35 of those in court reporting. As a reporting instructor, she has taught from the theory level through the exit speeds as well as English courses.


Court Reporting: Bad Grammar/Good Punctuation, her best-selling text/reference text, was published in 2010 by NCRA. She has recently completed a workbook to accompany the text.


She has presented, under the auspices of NCRA and state court reporting organizations, over 300 seminars for reporters on English-related topics as well as seminars for teachers and students over the past 30 years.


Margie is currently the Online Education Consultant for College of Court Reporting in Hobart, Indiana.


She has two grown sons and lives with her husband, Bill, in Culver City, California.
















Mark Kislingbury



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In this seminar, you will learn how to become a much better, faster, and more accurate reporter or student using Mark’s unique methods and training center, the Magnum Steno Club.



Mark Kislingbury has a Guinness World Record for “fastest court reporter” with 360wpm, and he achieves such speeds by using fewer strokes than other court reporters. He has won seven National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) Speed Contests and four NCRA Realtime Contests in the last eleven years.  He trains professionals and students alike on his popular website,

Mark achieves such amazing speeds by using fewer strokes than other court reporters, and developing the ability to type at much faster speeds than other court reporters.  By combining these two skills, he has achieved his one-of-a-kind results as the world's fastest court reporter.

Mark has now founded The Mark Kislingbury Academy of Court Reporting to share his short-writing methods and speed-building techniques with court reporting students who want the absolute best training available anywhere.

Michael Appelman




Michael Appelman, CSR, RPR, CM, started reporting in 1976, primarily working with State boards and commissions, with a few depositions also in the mix.  Michael then worked as a Pro Tem and then an Official in the San Diego Municipal and Superior Courts from 1982 through 2006.  Michael served as president of the San Diego Municipal and Superior Court Reporters Associations.


Michael and his son, Mike, started StenoCast in 2004 with the release of the StenoCast X1 and StenoCast X7, and have recently expanded their offerings with the release of the StenoCast Wireless Microphone, AUDIO2ME,  and StenoCast RED (Refresh-Enabled Device) and StenoCast TV.  Michael’s son initially developed wireless realtime products for his father’s use in court, but with the popularity of these devices, StenoCast soon became the industry leader in wireless realtime equipment manufactured specifically for reporters, attorneys and judges. 


Michael has presented the Wireless Realtime How-To Seminar at the NCRA annual and midyear conventions, numerous state conventions and Anita Paul Realtime Mastery Workshops throughout the country.  The seminar focuses on why realtime is important and, most importantly, how to successfully hook up realtime every time, regardless of what CAT software you use or what litigation-support software your clients use.  StenoCast is headquartered in San Diego, California.


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For the past six years we at StenoCast have focused on one issue:  How to make realtime technology feasible for every reporter.  Through our tech support at StenoCast we have encountered virtually every issue that confronts the realtime reporter.  Most issues boil down to a COM port or baud rate setting, or something relatively simple to fix.  However, when you add in a heavy dose of stress and a few extra sets of eyes watching the reporter’s every move, it’s sometimes difficult to remember even simple things.  Who do you call for realtime assistance when you’re in the middle of a job?  This seminar will help you to think logically and systematically through the various issues you face in the real world and, more importantly, teach you how to correct them.  We will discuss why realtime is vitally important to you, and we’ll walk you through the process, using both serial cables and StenoCast wireless realtime equipment.