Legal Education Institute announces spring programs for court interpreters
Public Relations - Published: February 13, 2011
The Legal Education Institute on the Delaware campus of the Widener Law Center has announced plans for two spring-semester workshops designed to enhance the skills of court interpreters.

Widener began the Court Interpreter Program in response to a need for an academic resource dedicated to enhancing the skills tested in state-administered court interpreter exams. States are increasingly requiring that court interpreters be certified through their exams before they are allowed to work in courtrooms.

The spring lineup of workshops will largely be offered on the school’s Delaware campus at 4601 Concord Pike, Wilmington, with one workshop to be held at City Hall in Philadelphia. Participants will receive certificates of completion for their study.

For more information, or to register for either program, contact Peggy O’Neill at 302.477.2007, moneill@mail.widener.edu, or see law.widener.edu. The workshops include:

Court Interpretation Deconstructed, a Spanish-English workshop in seven installments that will review general fundamental concepts, principles of comprehension, quality and accuracy in interpretation, interpreter delivery and more. This workshop includes a mini mock trial where students will apply course strategies. The workshop is suitable for spoken-language interpreters who actively work in the courts.

The sessions will run 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 12, 19, 26 and April 9, 10, 16 and 30 in the law clinics room 273 in the Main Law Building. Cost is $850 and includes continental breakfast, lunch and materials for all sessions. The registration deadline is March 1.

What it Takes to Be a Court Interpreter in the Haitian Creole Language, a spoken-language, one-day workshop newly developed for beginner- and intermediate-level interpreters. The workshop will help build indispensible, practical skills including note taking, familiarity with legal terminology and an understanding of the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct for judiciary interpreters.

The session will run 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in room 380 of Philadelphia City Hall, Broad and Market Streets. Cost is $90 and includes continental breakfast and workshop materials. The registration deadline is March 22.