About the instructor
Carla M. Mathers, Esquire, SC: L practiced law in Maryland and the District of Columbia for twenty years. She currently is an independent consultant teaching legal interpreters and interpreting in legal settings. Ms. Mathers’ law degree is from Howard University School of Law. Ms. Mathers’ interpreting degree is from the College of Southern Idaho. She currently serves on the District of Columbia Courts Language Access Advisory Committee, the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Legal Interpreting Credential Task Force and the National Association of the Deaf’s Video Remote Interpreting in Court Task Force. Ms. Mathers previously sat on the Advisory Group for Language Access to develop standards for language access in courts for the American Bar Association. Ms. Mathers also sat on the Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts’ Advisory Committee on Interpreters Sub-committee on Ethics and Sub-committee on Testing and Training. Ms. Mathers formerly served as the Legal Program Coordinator for MARIE Center/DOIT Center at the University of Northern Colorado. She serves as an adjunct instructor for the Gallaudet University Department of Interpretation teaching legal interpreting, among other courses. She served as Vice President for the Conference of Interpreter Trainers and sat on the Board of Directors for the Deaf Abused Women’s Network in Washington, D.C. Ms. Mathers is the author of Sign Language Interpreters in Court: Understanding Best Practices, a text for interpreters, attorneys and courts to understand the principles underlying ASL court interpreting.
This course will provide an overview of the legal system for practicing and potential court interpreters. The course will be presented in ASL and interpreters will not be provided.
What you will learn:
The roles of court interpreters
Positioning of court interpreters
Prerequisite knowledge and skills for a legal interpreter
Working in deaf/hearing interpreter teams
Court code of conduct
Roles and Protocol for court interpreters
Adequate preparation for a legal assignment
Text analysis of commonly encountered texts
Qualifying and testifying as an expert
Continued Professional development resources
Who should attend:
ASL Legal Interpreters
Skill Level: Foundational Language: Presented in ASL, interpreter will not be provided Specialization: Legal
Classes begin April 10, 2021! Seats are limited.
Schedule: Saturdays from 10 AM ET - 2 PM ET ending on April 24, 2021.
Continuing Education Credits are pending approval.
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