7/8/2015  
Letter regarding Work Comp Reporters.  Updated 2015 Convention Agenda and Registration.  We also offer the ability to pay for convention online — check out the right side of the page!  Membership sign-up.

Dear Members,

Hope everyone had a safe and fun 4th of July!  The Board wanted to make the members aware of changes that are going on that affect work comp reporters.  The St. Charles workers’ comp office is closed and the reporters there have moved to the St. Louis office.  Across the state, all five workers’ compensation offices are being consolidated.  Working with our lobbyist, David Klarich, we are continuing to monitor these movements.  Currently, no reporter jobs are threatened.  As this poses no risk of job elimination, MCRA will take no direct action but will continue to keep an eye on the situation.  If it looks like there will be jobs cut, we are aware of the situation and ready to step in to help.  As always, if you have information that you want the Board to be aware of, please contact us at mocra.org@gmail.com.  We are here to represent you and the more information we have, the better we can represent the members.

MCRA Board and Linda Dattilo, Executive Director 


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Welcome to MCRA’s 2015 All Star Conference
October 9 – 11, 2015
Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark

Greetings from Region I and the Conference Committee! We are excited to announce our tentative schedule for the 2015 MCRA Annual Conference in St. Louis, Missouri, October 9 through 11, 2015, and we can’t wait to see you all here.

Our first seminar on Friday afternoon will be presented by Dr. Juliette Scantlebury, a pathologist in the St. Louis City Medical Examiner’s Office. Dr. Scantlebury will talk to us about the inner workings of a medical examiner’s office and the importance of what they do there. She will explain the different systems of death investigations, and we’ll hear what the average day of a forensic pathologist in the City Medical Examiner’s Office is like. And, of course, we’ll hear a discussion of some of the actual cases that have been investigated by the St. Louis Medical Examiner’s Office.

Then we’ll walk just across the street to St. Louis’ Old Courthouse, which was built between 1839 and 1862 as both a Federal Courthouse and a state courthouse. We’ll explore a significant part of U.S. history in our visit to the Old Courthouse. In this seminar, the National Park Service will conduct a mock trial, one of which is the Dred Scott trial, wherein Dred and Harriett Scott sued for their freedom from slavery. Some of us will be chosen to be participants and reenact key roles in the trials! The National Park Service will then give us a tour of the courthouse, which is an architectural masterpiece with their beautifully restored courtrooms, and we’ll learn more about both the Dred Scott trial and Virginia Minor’s trial in which she petitioned and fought for a woman’s right to vote in the 1870’s.
On Saturday morning, we’ll start off with Sheriff J. Kent Oberkrom from Henry County, Missouri, on Understanding the Generations. Are you an older reporter trying to deal with the young millennials? Are you a young reporter trying to work with baby boomer attorneys? Sheriff Oberkrom employs humor and pathos as he gives you a real understanding of what an individual brings to the workplace based upon the time period in which they were born. As a sheriff, he’s worked with veterans, baby boomers, Gen X-ers, Gen Y, and millennials. Sheriff Oberkrom will enhance the subject to include birth order within the family and how that impacts our behaviors and decisions. Participants will learn how their personality fits in the generational/birth order equation. I’ve heard this seminar before, and it is fascinating.
Next in the lineup is Meet the Courthouse Dogs! As facility dogs are moving into the legal arena, a local organization, CHAMP, Canine Helpers Allow More Possibilities, will explain to us the protocols for facility dogs and how the use of facility dogs can help bring about a major change in how we meet the emotional needs of all involved in the criminal justice system. And we’ll meet Jersey, who is an acting facility dog for St. Charles County, and their newly trained facility, Rolo. Amy Robins, a forensic interviewer with The Child Center and Rolo’s “person,” will fill us in on Rolo’s work day. Nola Ewers, president of CHAMP Assistance Dogs, Inc., will also discuss with us what many of their assistance dogs are being trained to do. We think you’re going to love this seminar. (And, yes, you can pet the dogs!)
How many times do you read an article on the internet and think I wonder how true that is? After our business luncheon, Kathryn Thomas, RDR, CCP, will present The Four Red Flags Which Mean That Internet Article is Fake!! No. 2 Will BLOW YOUR MIND!
After that – drum roll, please – Kathryn Thomas will host the showing of Marc Greenberg’s “For the Record – a Court Reporting Documentary.” This session is an exciting film documentary that explores the “steno culture” as it follows several stenographers attempting to claim the Guinness title of “World’s Fastest Court Reporter.”  This memorialized film, “For the Record”, was selected as a World Premiere as part of the film lineup at South by Southwest (SXSW), one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world.  In addition, it’s played at the Sarasota Film Festival and Hot Docs (Toronto, CA). I actually got chills when I watched the trailer for this documentary.
At the same time for our voice writers, we are offering a Town Hall session led by several of our local voice writers. Bring your questions, suggestions, equipment recommendations, problems, complaints, et cetera, and trade stories with your fellow court reporters.
On Sunday morning, we are bringing back the ever popular and requested Software Breakouts.
We think you will love this hotel. Our conference is being held at the Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, October 9 through 11, 2015. The Hilton is centrally located in the heart of downtown. Just steps outside their door is Busch Stadium, home to the St. Louis Cardinals, the Gateway Arch, Mike Shannon’s Steakhouse, the riverfront, and a myriad of other restaurants and attractions. And it’s just across the street from the newest addition to our downtown area, Ballpark Village, a wonderful arena of sports bars, restaurants, shops, et cetera. The Hilton also is home to one of the most popular bars in St. Louis, the 360 Rooftop Bar, renowned for its 360 degree views of the city skyline, the riverfront, the Arch, and every base in Busch Stadium. The 360 offers a giant outside bar, indoor bars, large TV’s, and fire pits. We have a block of rooms set aside under the Missouri Court Reporters Association for $115.00, plus any room taxes that may apply. Please, make your reservations early!
Our web page address for making reservations is: http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/S/STLBVHF-MCR-20151005/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

REGISTRATION FORM:  MCRA CONVENTION REGISTRATION-2015

You can download the registration form and submit it to mocra.org@gmail.com

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MCRA Slate of Officers for the year 2014-2015

President  Sarah Marshall
President Elect  Kathy Foley
Vice President  Brett Harrison
Secretary  Reagan Fiorino
Treasurer  Gail Conaway
Executive Director  Linda Dattilo
Past President Shana Crane

Region I   Renee Bierman
Region II  Rena Tyne
Region III  Tracy Taylor
Region IV  Melissa Hannah
Region V Sheila Irvin



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