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How many comma rules are there?  Realistically speaking, too many to count and certainly more than can be covered in three hours. Even the most sophisticated reporter will pick up some tips to improve transcript punctuation. Bring those punctuation questions that keep cropping up. This is the time to get answers.  

Margie Wakeman Wells is celebrating six decades in the teaching profession and the webinar will feature training from Margie in a question-and-answer format with a PowerPoint presentation through Zoom.  Please join us for this informative webinar!

When:  Monday, October 19, 2020, at 10:30 a.m. CST (Central Standard Time Zone)
Cost:No Fee - Presented courtesy of the Office of Judicial Administration of Kansas

Sessions:Two (2) hour and-a-half sessions. 

First Session – 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 (.15 CEUs) 

(Kansas Supreme Court Rule 2009 SC 25– Mandated Portion for Officials -

Once every two years)

Break:  12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. (stay online and in webinar until 12:30)

Second Session – 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.(.15 CEUs)

Online Registration: 

DEADLINE TO REGISTER:  October 19, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. CST

Please fill out all areas of the online registration form and submit, including your Kansas CCR number and, if applicable, your NCRA or NVRA number.  Once you have registered, a confirmation email will be sent to you from Amy Raymond with OJA that will contain the link to join the webinar.

Join one or both sessions, but please stay connected if you plan on attending both sessions.  The Kansas Court Reporters Association will notify and provide the necessary fees to accredit CEUs for both NCRA and NVRA.  The Office of Judicial Administration of Kansas will also credit Kansas Official Court Reporters who attend the mandated portion of the webinar.
For questions, contact Jennifer Olsen at JOlsen@shawneecourt.org or jenolsenrpr@gmail.com 






Dear KCRA members,

I hope this message finds you all healthy and still working during these very odd and trying times.  As we are all very aware, COVID-19 has put quite a wrench in many areas of our lives, not only in our work lives but in our home lives too, especially for our members with school-aged children.   This pandemic certainly forced us all to adjust how we function day-to-day and it has most definitely changed the way we will operate in the future.  As your current President, I would encourage each and every one of you to embrace the “new way” of taking the record remotely and to be as accommodating as possible.  I believe that this will somewhat be our new norm for the unforeseeable future.  So in essence, the more knowledgeable we are, tech savvy we can become, and more accommodating we can be, means we become that much more of an asset to those who need and require our services.  Now is the time to get yourself up-to-date before it’s too late.

    As most may be aware, we had our 2020 annual convention scheduled for October 19th-21st at The Oread Hotel in Lawrence.  The board reached a decision a few weeks ago to cancel our in-person convention this year due to the pandemic.  Our top priority is keeping our membership and those around us healthy, and having an in-person convention places too high a risk on our members and others who may also be in the hotel.  This decision was not made lightly.  We took many opinions and recommended guidelines into consideration from not only the CDC, President Trump, Governor Kelly, local health officials, but OJA as well.  In fact, if you haven’t heard already, all in-person judicial employee conferences have been cancelled for 2020 at the direction of the OJA and the Kansas Supreme Court.  And since we will not be having an annual business meeting at our convention, all of our officers and board members have graciously agreed to continue to serve in their current positions until our 2021 convention is held and we can all be together again.  

 Now, with all of that said, I have some exciting news to share.  The Oread Hotel in Lawrence has agreed to postpone our convention venue, without financial penalty to KCRA, until October of 2021. Jennifer Olsen and Claire Riling have worked diligently as your convention chairs to get these arrangements made, so big shout out and thank you to those two members for all their hard work. 

The question of what will happen to those who need the Supreme Court mandated seminar in 2020 has become a hot topic.  That question has been posed to Amy Raymond at OJA, and KCRA is still awaiting a response on that.  There have been board discussions regarding a remote webinar presented by Margie Wakeman-Wells for those who need it or would like to attend, or the possibility of the Supreme Court waiving that requirement for 2020, but nothing yet has been set in stone or confirmed one way or the other.  We will make sure to keep you all updated when we receive a final confirmation from the Supreme Court and/or OJA regarding the mandated session.

Also, if you are a member who needs CEU’s for NCRA or NVRA, you are highly encouraged to attend the many webinars that are available through those organizations in order to obtain your CEU’s for 2020.  It seems as if more and more are becoming available each day, and you will be able to obtain those CEU’s through those avenues.

On behalf of KCRA, I hope you all continue to stay safe and healthy!  Please don’t hesitate to e-mail me at mcummings@shawneecourt.org if you have any questions or concerns related to how KCRA is proceeding through this pandemic.  Please take extra care, everyone!

Miranda L. Cummings, CVR, CCR

2019-2021 KCRA President


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Kansas Court Reporters Association



"Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business or industry in which he is engaged.  No man has a moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere."

Consider donating to the legislative fund.   We accept payments monthly, bi-annually or annually.  We ask each individual reporter for a minimum of $75/year to help protect our profession and to have the funds available to fight for the legislative issues we need or want to fight for.  Thank you for your donation!!!

Legislative Donation goal

Goal: $7,500.00
Collected: $900.00


Court Reporting Institute of Kansas City 
Method:  Stenography
Enrollment is monthly - a self-paced program
Contact Irene Narvaez for more information

Neosho County Community College 
Method:  Stenography
Ottawa Campus 
contact Ruthanne Wark for more information
Intro to Court Reporting class beginning August 19, 2019

Peaslee Technical School 
Method:  Voice writing
Classes start January 2020 - enrollment beginning soon
Applying for WIOA funding for students
Contact Kevin Kelley for more information

Kansas City, KS Community College                                                      Method:  Stenography                                                                           A-Z Program beginning Monday, July 8, 2019, 6:30 pm                               (a great way to see if you like court reporting)                                           Full court-reporting program to begin September 9, 2019 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:30-9:30, teaching Mark Kislingbury's theory  - - Adult & Community Education Dept. at KCCC, 913-335-1100

National Court Reporters Association

KCRA does not endorse or recommend any school over another.


KCRA Annual Convention
October 18-20, 2020
Sunday 1:00--Tuesday noon 

Lawrence, KS 

NCRA Annual Convention & Expo
August 6-9, 2020
Orlando, Florida

NVRA Annual Convention
July 22-25, 2020

Hilton Palacio Del Rio

San Antonio, TX

KCRA is committed to promoting and maintaining the highest standards of verbatim reporting, quality services, professional ethics, and advocating continuing education, as well as the utilization of state-of-the-art technology.


May 18, 2020
October 26, 2020

Click into here for more information.

  • Miranda Cummings, President
  • Vesta York, Vice President
  • Brandy Trible, Secretary
  • Mary Kay Howe, Treasurer
  • Jennifer Olsen, Past President
  • Lynelle Gottschalk, Legislative Chair, Board Member
  • Meghan Rogers, Legislative Committee, Board Member
  • Johanna Lynch, Board Member
  • Robin Schuyler, Board Member
  • Brad Sherffius, Board Member
  • Janene Thibault, Board Member
  • Deanna Warner, Board Member



Official court reporter

Currently resides in: Chanute, Kan.

Member since: 1989

Graduated from: American Institute of Commerce, Davenport, Iowa

Theory: StenEd

JCR | Why did you decide to enter this profession?

CRUZ | Upon completing two years of college, I had changed my major twice. That’s when my brother married a court reporter, and my mother suggested that I look into the field based on its earning potential. I had loved business classes in high school, and I really enjoyed spelling, grammar, and vocabulary as well. These are a few of the things that have helped to make court reporting a very comfortable fit for me.

JCR | What was your biggest hurdle to overcome and how did you do so?

CRUZ | It became quite evident that 225 words per minute was strictly an entry-level speed for this profession. Fortunately, Mark Kislingbury was a speaker at one of our state conventions, and I was quickly convinced that I needed to shorten my writing. I eventually joined the Magnum Steno Club, which has proven to be a fun and easy way to incorporate new ideas and methods into my writing to help me become a much stronger reporter.

JCR | What surprised you about your career?

CRUZ | I didn’t realize how challenging court reporting would be. There is a definite need to continually hone your skills.

JCR | What do you consider your greatest professional accomplishment?

CRUZ | It is a wonderful feeling to be able to accomplish something that you thought you couldn’t do. Successfully completing the Registered Merit Reporter (RMR) examination definitely falls in this category, and being able to participate in speed contests at national conventions with some of the top writers in the country has definitely been an added bonus.

JCR | Is there something else you’d like to share?

CRUZ | Something else I am really excited about is being the first reporter to complete the 100-Day Challenge in a Facebook practice group started by Rich Germosen. The challenge group is an excellent source of motivation and encouragement to keep reporters and students practicing.


Avoid writing word endings in a separate stroke. Use briefs for as many common words and phrases as possible. Follow a pattern or concept when choosing briefs rather than using random outlines. Use the asterisk key.

KCRA is a non-profit 501(c)6 organization.
For further information, contact our Executive Director:
Coleen Boxberger, KCRA Executive Director

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