Course Description

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

 Courtroom Personnel

 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 June 5, 2021! Seats are limited.

Schedule: Saturdays from 10 AM ET - 2 PM ET ending on June 19, 2021.

Continuing Education Credits are pending approval.

Contact us for questions: 

(407) 677-4155 

Carla Mathers

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.

Course curriculum

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    • Resources

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    Join Classroom

    • Join Class

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    Class Recordings

    • Class 1

    • Class 2

    • Class 3