Widener Law Center announces spring workshops for court interpreters
Public Relations - Published: February 16, 2010
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 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. Two upcoming workshops include:

Court Interpretation Deconstructed, a Spanish-English skills building workshop will be offered over six Saturdays in the Main Law Building on the school’s Delaware campus at 4601 Concord Pike, Wilmington. Participants will receive certificates of completion for their work. Continental breakfasts and lunches are included.

Designed as a skills-building program, the workshop is recommended for interpreters who actively work in the courts and have at least 20 hours of court interpreter training independent of their certification levels. Participants will review general fundamental concepts such as listening techniques, principles of comprehension and accuracy. The final session will involve a mock trial at which participants will apply the course strategies.

The sessions run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 13, 20 and 27, April 10 and 17 and May 1. Sign in begins at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $550 and students must attend all six sessions. Continuing education credits are available from Pennsylvania and Delaware. Registration deadline is March 1.

What it Takes to Become a Certified Court Interpreter, a one-day, language-neutral workshop suitable for all levels of spoken-language court interpreters. The seminar will be offered in room 304 of the Criminal Justice Center at 1301 Filbert St., Philadelphia. It will focus on the certification test administered to would-be court interpreters, known as the Consortium for Language Access in the Courts Oral Performance Examination. Discussion will include a test presentation, information on scoring procedures, test-taking strategies and study tips.

The session runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27. Sign in begins at 8:30 and continental breakfast is provided. Cost is $65. Registration deadline is Feb. 23.

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