Maryland Court Reporters Association

2016 Annual Convention

Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17, 2016

Osprey Point Retreat & Conference Center

6670 Cedar Cove Road

Royal Oak, MD  21662  


Friday, September 16, 2016, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.



6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Movie 68-minutes (Marc Greenberg, Director/Producer)

.15 CEU

A video by For the Record captures the steno culture –share its history – its future and aims to define what court reporters do and introduce the general population to this still-thriving occupation.

“I was having a conversation with my father about the court reporting industry.  He asked the same questions I'd heard a thousand times before - "Court reporters are still around?  Can't a machine do that now?"  My own father!  And it wasn't just me facing those questions.  Reporters everywhere answer those types of question all the time.  So I felt it was time to answer those questions on a larger scale. 

I knew it wouldn't be enough just to capture the Guinness record attempt.  There's an irony in the court reporting industry:  If a court reporter is doing their job well, they go virtually unnoticed.  The goal is to capture the record without becoming a part of it.  The irony - that very ability means that court reporting flies under the radar.  It's not an industry that naturally self-promotes.  You can see a teacher teaching - a trash collector collecting - you can easily define what they do.  That's not the case with court reporters.”


8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.



Saturday, September 17, 2016, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.


Saturday, September 17, 2016, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Presenter: The Honorable Michele D. Hotten, Maryland Court of Appeals

.10 CEU

The Honorable Michele D. Hotten received her B.A. degree from New College, University of South Florida and her law degree from the Howard University School of Law, where she served as associate editor on the Howard Law Journal. Prior to assuming the bench, she was an Assistant State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County; an associate with the former law firm of Farrington, Smallwood, Wells and Wyrough; and a sole practitioner. In 1995, she was appointed as the first African-American female to serve on the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County and previously was the second African-American female to serve on the County’s District Court in 1994. In 2010, Judge Hotten was appointed to the Maryland Count of Special Appeals, becoming the first African-American female on the Maryland Appellate Courts. In December 2015, Judge Hotten was appointed to the Maryland Court of Appeals, Fourth Appellate Circuit, becoming the first female and African American to represent Prince George’s County on that Court.

Judge Hotten formerly served on the Court of Appeals of Maryland Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure.   Judge Hotten has received numerous awards, including the Daily Record’s Top 100 Women award.



Saturday, September 17, 2016, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Presenter: Margie Wakeman Wells

.15 CEU

Margie Wakeman Wells has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California Santa Barbara; did graduate work in education and linguistics at UCLA; and is certified as a CRI, Court Reporting Instructor. She holds a life teaching credential from the State of California and is now into her sixth decade of teaching – a career that includes high school Spanish, Peace Corps training; community work with Spanish-speaking women and senior citizens, and since 1976, court reporting.

Court Reporting: Bad Grammar/Good Punctuation represents the culmination of these many years of work with English in relation to the court reporting transcript. Published in 2010, the book has become the definitive work in the field. It is often quoted by reporters and teachers alike on sites like Facebook and has been adopted by several court reporting programs as their choice of textbook for teaching students to punctuate.   There is a Workbook that goes with the text to reinforce the concepts being learned.

VENDOR BREAK: 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.



Saturday, September 17, 2016, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Presenter: Margie Wakeman Wells

.15 CEU

Margie Wakeman Wells will continue her presentation.


Saturday, September 17, 2016, 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Working Lunch)

Presenter: Steve Zinone, NCRA President.

.10 CEU



Saturday, September 17, 2016, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Presenter: Gaylon Thompson

.15 CEU

Gaylon currently works as the CI Section Mission Lead for the Department of Defense Computer Forensics Laboratory. There, he leads a team of highly qualified forensic examiners in the examination of digital media submitted in a wide range of investigations which have some connection to DoD. Prior to joining the team at DCFL he worked at the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service, Computer Investigations and Forensics Laboratory, where he provided support to DS Special Agents in the seizure and examination of digital media in CI and criminal investigations. He also previously worked for the Defense Cyber Crime Center’s training section where he was a team lead and instructor, providing training to federal investigators from a wide range of agencies which included DoD, Secret Service, Navy SEAL Teams, DoE and many others. He began his career in Computer Forensics as a Deputy Sheriff in the Midwest, culminating as the Division Commander of the Criminal Investigation Division.

Computer Forensics, what is it, how does it work and what do the terms used by examiners mean.  This presentation will provide some background for the practice of computer forensics and help you understand what the examiner witness is saying.  It will also acquaint you with terminology commonly used during testimony and with some of the methods used to recover data that has been deleted or that resides on a damaged or faulty media.  The processes used to recover data from damaged or defective media works the same, irrespective of the reason for the recovery.  This presentation will also discuss what you, as a court reporter, can do to ensure that your data is protected and can be recovered if necessary when confronted with equipment failure. 


Saturday, September 17, 2016, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Presenter: Steve Zinone, NCRA President

.10 CEU

VENDOR BREAK: 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.




Saturday, September 17, 2016, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Presenter: Laurie Forster

.15 CEU

On her journey from software sales executive to award-winning sommelier, Laurie Forster has learned many lessons that led her to discover the recipe for a delicious career. Laurie will share these life lessons and her recipe…You’ll learn, laugh and get inspired! In this 1.5 hour keynote your audience will learn:

  • The 3 Steps to a Delicious Career
  • How the “backseat perspective” can help you make better decisions
  • Ways to take a radical sabbatical to get inspired and reinvigorated

As an experienced brand ambassador and member of the National Speaker Association, she regularly speaks to association and professional groups around the country. Ms. Forster has appeared on FOX Morning News, Martha Stewart Living Today, Dr. Oz and ABC News at Noon. She’s contributed to or been featured in publications across the country including the Wall Street Journal, Shape Magazine, Brides magazine, Bon Apetit, Washingtonian and many more.