Widener Law Center announces Delaware campus fall programs for court interpreters
Public Relations - Published: August 29, 2011
The Legal Education Institute on the Delaware campus of the Widener Law Center has announced plans for four fall-semester workshops designed to enhance the skills of court interpreters.

LEICollage235pxThe lineup of workshops, which are all two-day events, will largely be offered on the school’s Delaware campus, with one workshop to be held at City Hall in Philadelphia. Participants will receive certificates of completion for their work.

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

An Overview of Criminal Procedure for the American Sign Language Court Interpreter, an advanced course involving constitutional principles and criminal proceedings. It includes study of procedures for defendants spanning investigation to appeal, with specific terminology unique to misdemeanor and felony criminal cases.

The sessions will run 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 10 and 11 in room 123 of the Main Law Building. Cost is $270 and includes continental breakfast, lunch and materials. Course prerequisites apply.

How to Prepare for the Written and Oral Exam For Court Interpreters in the Vietnamese Language, designed for beginner and intermediate interpreters, to guide the development of indispensable, practical skills. The seminar will focus on things like note-taking, consecutive and simultaneous interpretation, best professional practices, legal terminology and Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct for Judiciary Interpreters.

The sessions will run 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 17 and 18 in room 380 of Philadelphia City Hall at Broad and Market Streets. Cost is $100 and includes continental breakfast, relevant text and other materials.

Note-taking 101, a language-neutral, spoken-language-only seminar for designed for beginners with a focus on note-taking skills for success in consecutive and simultaneous interpretation.

The sessions will run 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24 and 25 in room 126 of the Main Law Building. Cost is $225 and includes continental breakfast, lunch and materials.

Note-taking 102, a two-day, language-neutral, spoken-language-only seminar designed to advance skills developed in the Note-taking 101 seminar with a focus on best practices for success in consecutive and simultaneous interpretation.

The sessions will run Nov. 19 and 20 in room 126 of the Main Law Building. Cost is $225 and includes continental breakfast, lunch and materials.

Widener began the Court Interpreter Program in September 2008 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.