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2019 ICRA Annual Convention

  • Monday, June 10, 2019
  • 8:00 AM
  • Wednesday, June 12, 2019
  • 5:00 PM
  • Hotel Julien Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • All nonmember prices include membership fee of $140.
  • All nonmember prices include membership fee of $140.
  • All nonmember prices include membership fee of $140.
  • All nonmember prices include membership fee of $140.
  • All nonmember prices include membership fee of $140.
  • Price includes all three days of seminars.
  • Student price includes membership fee.

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"The River is Calling and I Must Go!"

Iowa Court Reporters Association
Annual Convention
June 10-12, 2019
1.6 CEUs

Hotel Julien Dubuque
200 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa

800-798-7098, (563) 556-4200

$109/night with free on-site parking

Other amenities on site:  Potosa Spa / Caroline’s Restaurant / Riverboat Lounge

 As always, ICRA will be hosting a silent auction to help fund the Mary L. Brown Scholarship.  Please consider a donation to this great cause that aids our DMACC students.  If you have an item for the auction, please contact Phoebe Miller via email:

*Social Events listed beneath Speaker bios*

Monday, June 10, 2019 – Dubuque County Courthouse 

Veterans History Project

(.25 CEUs with each VHP transcript)

8:30 am– VHP registration

9-10 am VHP Group 1

10-10:30 am – Recognition Ceremony

10:30-11:30 am VHP Group 2

(Contact Laura Fulton at to volunteer.)


Monday, June 10, 2019
1 – 2:30 pm – Moriah Rhame (.15 CEUs)
2:30 – 2:45 pm – Vendor Break
2:45 – 4:30 pm - More with Moriah (.175 CEUs)
4:30 – 5 pm – Vendor Break
5 - 6 pm – Brenda Ellefson/CSR Board (.1 CEU)

6 pm - ?? Dinner/shopping/socials on your own

8 – 11 pm - Social Event at Hotel Julien’s Riverboat Lounge

Music provided by Dubuque Attorney Sam Wooden

(Each hotel registrant will receive one BOGO free drink ticket upon check-in.  Complimentary snacks will be provided by the Riverboat Lounge.)

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
8 - 9:30 am– Sara Lightner – Peace Corps/International Law (.15 CEU)
9:30 – 9:45 am – Vendor Break
9:45 – 11:30 a.m. – Jeff Lenhart – Implicit Bias (.175 CEU)
11:30 – 12:30 - Lobbyist and NCRA Rep update (.1 CEU)
12:30-1:30 - Lunch
1:30 – 3 pm – Heather Gudenkauf – Grammar/Punctuation (.15 CEUs)
3 – 3:15 pm – Vendor Break
3:15 – 5:15 – Amy Gilligan – Courtroom Media (.2 CEUs)
5:30-6:30 – Nate Breitspreker – Maritime Law – (.1 CEU) **Separate $20 registration/private event**

7-11 pm – Social Event at Stone Cliff Winery

(Note:  The winery is an easy walking distance from the river museum.)

$25 appetizer/pizza/bottle of wine special

Live music provided by Stone Cliff

D1 Reporters providing some beverages for this event.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
9 – 10:30 a.m. – Richard Fullmer - Hidden in Plain Sight/Vaping (.15 CEUs)
10:30 – 11 am – Vendor Break/Check out of hotel rooms
11 – 12:30 p.m. – Mark Dalsing - DNA Kits (.15 CEUs)

Speaker Bios

(.325 CEUs) - Moriah Rhame – a/k/a Moriah the Medium- Moriah is a combat veteran of Desert Storm whose varied background includes work as an author, motivational speaker, grief therapist, blogger, actress, and a medium.  As a motivational speaker and workshop host, Moriah engages her audience on a variety of subjects dealing with grief, coping with stress, and living your best life.   

 (.10 CEUs) – Brenda Ellefson – Brenda is a current board member for the Iowa Board of Shorthand Reporters and will give us a refresher course on rules pertaining to transcripts, Iowa’s examination and certification process, and disciplinary actions shorthand reporters could face.

(.15 CEUs) - Sara Lightner – Sara is originally from Iowa but currently lives in Vermont.  She has spent a great deal of her adulthood as a volunteer for the Peace Corps with assignments in Vanuatu and beyond.  Sara will share with us examples of how the English language was or wasn’t embraced as she traveled the South Pacific, how she learned and adapted to new accents, dialects, common slang and common sign language, much like court reporters must adapt to different speakers every day. 

(.175 CEUs) - Jeff Lenhart – Jeff is the resident manager at the Dubuque Rescue Mission.  Jeff will talk to us about overcoming our natural fears, dealing with implicit bias, reaching out to others, how to deal with those perceived to be less fortunate, life on LA’s Skid Row, and the DRM’s sustainable garden. 

(.10 CEU) – ICRA Lobbyist Kellie Paschke and NCRA Rep Max Curry – Professional updates from our leaders.

 (.15 CEUs) - Heather Gudenkauf –Heather is a published author whose achievements include New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author with titles including Missing Pieces, Little Mercies and Not a Sound.  We’ll learn about what sources published authors use, how they incorporate fiction with fact into their writing, and more.

(.20 CEUs) - Amy Gilligan – Amy is the executive editor of Dubuque’s newspaper, the Telegraph Herald, and is a published author and columnist who will educate and entertain us with information on writing editorials, what inspires her as she chooses topics to write about, and her work as a newspaper editor.  Amy will also share her knowledge with us pertaining to rules the media must follow when reporting live from the courtroom, taking pictures in the courtroom, and live tweeting from the courtroom.

(.10 CEU) – Nate Breitsprecker – Nate, or a representative from the National Mississippi River Museum, will share with us his vast knowledge of the Mississippi marine life and its inhabitants.  Remember to register separately to attend this private event at the river museum.

(.15 CEUs) – Richard Fullmer – Officer Fullmer is with the Dubuque Police Department.  You’ve all heard about vaping and juuling, but do you know what the difference is?  This presentation will include information on vaping and juuling, terms we can expect to hear, the lack of regulation on vaping and juuling, and the consequences it presents to one’s health.

(.15 CEUs) – Mark Dalsing – Dubuque Police Chief Mark Dalsing will wrap up the 2019 convention by sharing knowledge on behind-the-scenes technology used to solve cases and how cold cases are never forgotten.

****Worth Business Equipment will be on site to service your machine!  Please contact them directly to arrange your annual service.  They will accept walk-ins but only after their scheduled services are complete.


Social Events/Places to Visit

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

350 East Third Street


*Check out what the museum has to offer online, and then check the box on the ICRA registration form to attend the private event ICRA is hosting at the river museum Tuesday night, June 11!  You’ll be glad you did!

Board & Brush Creative Studio – DIY woodwork and sip workshops

875 Jackson Street, Suite 111

(563) 580-4754

*Monday, June 10, at 7 pm, B&B is hosting a private event for ICRA members.  18 spots are available on a first-come/first-serve basis.  Register and pay on your own through the link above.  Get crafty and take home a unique and personalized project!  B&B serves wine and beer to its guests and you can bring your own snacks in.  B&B is within walking distance of the hotel, but your finished project could be burdensome to carry back to the hotel.  We recommend you drive or Uber the short distance to B&B.

Pinot’s Palette – DIY paint and sip studio

955 Main Street, Dubuque, Iowa


*A fun option you can inquire about on your own if you’d like.

Fenelon Place Elevator (Fourth Street Elevator)

The Fenelon Place Elevator is a 3-foot narrow gauge funicular railway also known as the Fourth Street Elevator.  It is claimed to be the shortest and steepest railroad in the world and was individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.  The Fenelon Place Elevator is 296 feet in length, elevating passengers 189 feet from Fourth Street to Fenelon Place.  From the top you will see a magnificent view of the historic Dubuque business district, the Mississippi River, and the three states that comprise the Tri-State area.

401-499 West Fourth Street, Dubuque

(563) 582-6496

*A fun place to visit on your own!  Less than a ½ mile walk from the hotel, $3 of affordable fun, and open till 10 pm.  If you can’t visit this attraction, click on the link to see the view from the top of the elevator.  It’s spectacular! 

B-1 Yoga

185 Main Street

(773) 206-9136

*Namaste!  B-1 Yoga is a stone’s throw down the street, kitty-corner from the hotel.  Use the above link to view the B1 class schedule and register for a class that works for you.  We don’t want you to miss your daily yoga session.  Drop-ins are welcome!

Potosa Spa – Hotel Julien Dubuque

200 Main Street


*When you register as a Hotel Julien Dubuque guest, you’ll receive a coupon to use the spa’s services at a discounted rate.  The spa is located on the bottom floor of the hotel.  Don’t feel guilty about taking some time out of our schedule to pamper yourself.  You deserve it!  You can check out their services online and stop down to book your appointment or schedule your appointment online.  Questions?  Email

Caroline’s Restaurant – Hotel Julien Dubuque

200 Main Street

*Caroline’s Restaurant is located on the bottom floor of the Hotel Julien Dubuque.  While there are plenty of dining options within walking distance of the hotel, your stay won’t be complete unless you visit the restaurant and enjoy their White Bean Chicken Chili.  Convention host and Dubuque County court reporter Carrie Nauman insists on this!  As a registered guest, you’ll also receive a coupon to enjoy a free dessert item.

Other dining options – Visit the digital travel guide here for other local dining options.  Noteworthy is Brazen Open Kitchen & Bar.  Owner and Chef Kevin Scharpf competed on the Bravo Channel’s Top Chef in season 16 the winter of 2018.

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