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2023 Annual Convention
Johnson County Courthouse
Olathe, KS

October 26, 27, and 28, 2023




Thursday, October 26, 2023

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm       Welcome Reception - The Courtyard by Marriott

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm       Past President's Reception - The Courtyard by Marriott

Friday, October 27, 2023 

7:30 am - 8:30 am         (Walk-in Registration)                                                       

8:30 am  – 10:00 am      Pause First Academy

10:00 am – 10:30 am    Break and Vendors

10:30 am – 12:00 pm    Pause First Academy (Supreme Court-mandated session)

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm      Annual Business Luncheon (buffet provided)

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm        Breakout sessions:

  • KPERS PRESENTATION – Pre-Retirement and Hire to Rehire
  • Pause First Academy – Extended Meditation and Mindfulness

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm        Break and Vendors

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm         Courageous Leadership – Living a Life of Influence 

                                        Dan Meers - KC Wolf

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm         Extra activity – A fun evening at KC Wine Co 


                                        Two drink coupons provided  

                                         Food trucks & additional beverages/drinks available for purchase

                                         Nicki White will be providing the tunes

                                         Soulful, with a kick of blues                                                

                                         Bus shuttle to and from hotels every hour

Saturday, October 28, 2023

8:00 am – 8:30 am        Registration/Breakfast

8:30 am – 10:00 am      Reporting for the House of Representatives – Traci Mertens

10:00 am – 10:30 am    Break and Vendors

10:30 am – 12:00 pm    FBI Dana Kreeger – Domestic Terrorism Investigations

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm      Lunch provided

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm        “Two Methods, One Transcript” comparing and contrasting
                                       Steno and Voice – Tori Pittman

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm        Break and Vendors

2:45 pm – 4:15 pm        Steno and voice breakout sessions  

*Schedule subject to change

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Book your room for Convention 2023.
Reserve now to get our discounted
block pricing before all the rooms are booked. 

We have two hotel options.  Be sure to mention you are with Kansas Court Reporters Association to receive group rate.

Courtyard by Marriott 

913-839-4500, Link to make reservation:  Book Your Group/Corporate Rate | Marriott International       

          Executive Two Queen Beds with sofa bed $149
          Two Queen beds $139
          Single King with sofa bed $129

(Booking deadline 10/1/2023)

Hilton Garden Inn 

913-815-2345, email

          Two queen beds or single kings - $139

(Booking deadline 9/26/2023)


If there are any questions, please contact:

Cindy Isaacsen - convention chair ( or Mary Kay Howe -KCRA Treasurer (

If you have any pictures or information that highlight any of our members, please send those to Mary Kay Howe at

Also, as a reminder, if you have any ER failures, be sure to send them to Mary Kay Howe at

Kansas CCR Exam dates:

October 23, 2023

April 22, 2024

October 28, 2024

Please see the student section of our website for more information about this exciting career. Practice exam info is on the same page.

Check out the free introductory class to find out if steno is for you.


The Kansas Court Reporters Association is offering their annual scholarship to students who live or study court reporting in Kansas.  We believe the future of reporting in Kansas begins with its students, and, as such, this association is honored to support students of court reporting in Kansas who will someday enter the field of reporting as freelancers, officials, and CART and broadcast captioners.   Click here for more information and  to apply.


The Kansas Court Reporters Association is proud to offer the Sheila M. Lyons New Professional Grant ($500.00) for 2023. This Grant helps support startup expenses for a new reporter in her/his first year of employment and includes a KCRA regular membership for one year.  Click here for more information and to apply.


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October 27-28, 2023

Johnson County Courthouse

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NVRA Annual Convention

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KCRA is a non-profit 501(c)6 organization.

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