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ICRA Spring Seminar 2017

  • Saturday, March 25, 2017
  • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Council Bluffs, Iowa


  • ICRA member price
  • Nonmember rate
  • Court reporting student rate.

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Join us for our 2017 Spring Seminar
date TBA
Pottawattamie County Courthouse
Council  Bluffs, Iowa
8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.  

$75 for members.  $85 for nonmembers.  Breakfast, snacks, and lunch included!  Earn .65 CEUs.



Title of Session








Punctuation Refresher!



Kara Holland, CSR, RPR

Financial Planning 

10:00 – 11:00


Richard Purdy, CFP






Captioning – A to Z



Karla Ray, RMR, CRR






Legislative Lunch and Learn



Bill Wimmer, ICRA’s Lobbyist 

State of Iowa v. Mark Troutman



   Naeda Elliot, Glenwood County Attorney






State of Iowa v. Jason Curtis

2:45 -4:15


Judge Amy Zacharias 

NCRA approved for .65 CEUs.  For more information contact:

Allison Wise, ICRA Past President



9:00-10:00 A.M.

SPEAKER #1: Kara Holland, CSR, RPR – ICRA President-Elect

Kara Holland is originally from Sioux City, Iowa.  She attended AIB College in Des Moines and graduated in 2007.  After graduating, Kara worked as a freelance reporter in Nebraska.   She worked as an official reporter in Nebraska before accepting an official position in Sioux City, Iowa with the third judicial district where she works currently.  Kara serves as the President-Elect of the Iowa Court Reporters Association.

Everyone needs a punctuation and grammar refresher from time to time.  This session will focus on some of the grammar rules that have maybe gathered some cobwebs over the years.  While discussing punctuation, we will focus on usage of commas, semi colons, and quotation marks.  The grammar section will focus on sentence structure and phrases and clauses and how to identify what’s what in a sentence and how to properly punctuate the tricky nuances of the spoken word. 


10:00-11:00 a.m.

SPEAKER #2:  Richard Purdy, Certified Financial Planner

Richard Purdy is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and member of the Financial Planning Association. Serving clients at Treynor State Bank in Council Bluffs, IA and the surrounding communities.

Richard will be discussing the importance of financial planning and will give helpful tips relating to retirement, insurance, college and tax benefits.

Topic:  Financial planning


11:15-12:15 p.m.

SPEAKER #2:  Karla Ray, “Captioning - A to Z

Karla Ray began working for VITAC in October 2002 where she is still currently employed.  She has provided realtime captioning for programs such as news, sports, weather and entertainment for all of the major networks.  In June 2016 she was promoted to Realtime Captioner Trainer.

Karla Ray will discuss how she transitioned from being an official reporter to a captioner as well as what a captioner’s work day looks like from start to finish.  Karla will discuss her equipment she uses, VITAC’s set up, and how she preps for work.  Karla will also answer any questions people have that pertain to captioning.


12:30-1:30 p.m.

SPEAKER #4: Bill Wimmer, ICRA Lobbyist

Bill has been ICRA’s lobbyist for over 30 years.  Bill will discuss the current status of any pending legislation in the Iowa House and Senate related to court reporters in Iowa and the Judicial Branch, as well as our pending issues for officials and freelancers (backup audio recording, insurance, union, anti-contracting, gift-giving and the possibility of firm registration).

Topic:  Lobby efforts and the status of Iowa court reporters with the budget issues we face in FY18


1:30-2:30 p.m.

SPEAKER #4: Naeda Elliot, Glenwood County Attorney, “State of Iowa vs. Mark Troutman”

Naeda Elliot recently became the County Attorney in Glenwood, Iowa.  Prior to assuming this position, she served as an Assistant County Attorney in Johnson County, Iowa. 

Naeda will discuss her recent case of State of Iowa v. Mark Troutman where an 18-year-old girl met a 27-year-old man online.  He later stalked and shot her.  Naeda will discuss the facts and challenges she encountered in prosecuting her first case in Mills County, Iowa, after taking over as County Attorney.   ICRA member Doramae Casson reported this  case and will also be around to discuss reporting issues that arose during the trial.


2:45-4:15 p.m.

SPEAKER #5:  Judge Amy Zacharias, “State of Iowa v. Jason Curtis”

Amy Zacharias is an Independence, Missouri, native received both her undergraduate and law degrees from Creighton University, graduating from law school in 2001. She lives in Persia with her husband, Jeremy, and their two children. Amy served as an assistant county attorney for Pottawattamie County before being appointed to the bench in January of 2016.

State of Iowa v. Jason Curtis is a case study in abusive head trauma and in determining how Jackson Curtis really died.  This presentation takes your through the entire case from when Jackson arrived at the hospital through trial.  Abusive head trauma is one of the most difficult cases to diagnose and prosecute.   Amy will discuss this interesting case and many of the challenges they encountered with witnesses during the trial including one witness who had a stroke and the difficulties related to obtaining his testimony on the record during trial due to his medical condition.



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