Widener Law Center announces Delaware campus fall programs for court interpreters
Public Relations - Published: September 9, 2009
LEICourtINtPromoThe Legal Education Institute on the Delaware campus of the Widener Law Center has announced plans for several fall-semester workshops designed to enhance the skills of court interpreters.

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.

Particiapants in the fall lineup of workshops will receive certificates of completion for their work. Continental breakfasts and lunches are included with all the workshops. They include:

Enrichment Program for Court Interpreters, a Spanish-English skills-building workshop over eight sessions that provides the necessary tools to further improve simultaneous, consecutive and sight-translation skills; to broaden legal and technical vocabulary in English and Spanish, to gain a clear understanding of the court interpreter’s role and the ethical demands on the profession. This is recommended for existing court interpreters who want to strengthen and refine their skills.

The sessions will run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 19 and 20, Oct. 17 and 18, Nov. 14 and 15, Dec. 12 and 13. Sign in begins at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $900 and students must attend all eight sessions.

Criminal Judicial Procedures for Court Interpreters, a language-neutral skills-building workshop over two days that will boost participants’ understanding of criminal and civil procedure, including instruction on courtroom protocol and terminology used during arrest, arraignment, discovery, trial and post-trial proceedings. This is recommended for existing court interpreters who want to strengthen and refine their skills.

The sessions will run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 3 and 4, with sign in at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $195 and attendance is required both days.

Preparation Strategies for Court Interpreters, a spoken English and American Sign Language workshop over two days that will assist interpreters in the preparation required for various legal
assignments. Students must have completed an introductory course on court interpretation during the last 10 years with at least 20 hours of instruction in order to participate.

The sessions will run 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 and 25 in room 247 of the Main Law Building. Cost is $270 and attendance is required both days.

For more information, or to register, contact Peggy O’Neill at 302.477.2007, moneill@mail.widener.edu, or see law.widener.edu.