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Introduction to Legal Interpreting

  • 03 May 2015
  • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • UCSD 9500 Gilman Drive La Jolla, CA 92093
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  • This selection is for Hearing and Deaf certified interpreters ONLY.
  • This selection is for working Deaf interpreters not yet certified who are current members of SDCRID.
  • This selection is for everyone else who is NOT an SDCRID member, but is qualified to register for the workshop.

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San Diego County RID is proud to present 

a FREE workshop 

"Introduction to Legal Interpreting"
presented by Liz Mendoza


Do you think you are not a legal interpreter? Any situation can become a legal matter: a student can get arrested at school, a child can be taken away from parents for drug abuse, or you connect a VRS call and the judge explains that you will interpret witness testimony. 

This 5-hour FREE introductory workshop focuses on the role and responsibility of the legal interpreter in legal and non-legal settings. It is essential that interpreters are aware of procedures and protocol, and possess the ability to apply them with confidence. Understanding the foundational concepts of protocol and positioning, attendees will have several opportunities to practice their understanding with activities designed to connect theory to practice.

This workshop will be conducted in ASL without voice interpretation. 


Workshop objectives are:

  • Review of the legal process
  • Discuss and apply protocol considerations related to the role of legal interpreter
  • Practice communicating and/or identifying role expectations and boundaries
  • Interpreter ethics an protocol in a legal setting

This workshop is for certified interpreters and those deaf who aim to work only, per guidelines by NCIEC Sponsor. 

.5 CEUs in the category of Professional Studies is sponsored by the Western Region Interpreter Education Center at Western Oregon University, an approved RID CMP and ACET sponsor. Activity #0029-0515-07


Liz Mendoza, Ed.D, CI, CT, SC:L, NIC-Advanced, has been an interpreter since 1984 and has been the Chair of the Legal Interpreters Member Section since 2013. She has experience in a variety of settings, including legal, medical, graduate level educational, and VRS settings. She has been a staff interpreter with Network Interpreting Service since 1993. She has been teaching fingerspelling and interpreting classes since 1989 and is currently a faculty member at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA. Liz is author of ABC-123: Fingerspelling and Numbers in American Sign Language (RID Press, 2006) and has been actively involved in the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf on the local, regional and national levels, as well as the Conference of Interpreter Trainers as Board Secretary. 

***The Workshop is FREE, and in order to keep the workshop running on time, and keep your cost down, SDCRID will not be providing lunch during your one-hour break, we are asking that you bring your own lunch or eat in the Price Center food court, list of places and times here  NOT all places are open on Sunday, but many are.*** 

We will be providing our usual coffee, tea, water and light continental breakfast items. 

Parking is free to all registered participants 

Currently the workshop will be capped at 60 persons, to follow fire code for room. Again, hearing certified or working deaf interpreters only. Please ONLY register if you are committed to attend.

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