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Dramatic demographic changes in the past two decades and the emergence of language-based legal rights have increased the likelihood that you will soon be involved in a proceeding in which an interpreter is needed. Many experienced litigators have no idea of the many traps awaiting the unwary when a party or witness needs an interpreter. To effectively represent your client, you absolutely must have a basic grasp of the role of the interpreter and the special skills that are needed to work with one.
This program features Prof. Holly Mikkelson, a nationally recognized expert on court interpreting who is herself a certified court interpreter and translator. Using a lively discussion format, video clips and handy written reference materials, Prof. Mikkelson, Friends of Farmworkers attorney Arthur Read and the Honorable Marlene Lachman examine a number of skills topics from the differing vantage points of judge, attorney and interpreter.
Critical Topics Include:
When to ask for an interpreter
Proper voir dire of an interpreter
How to spot an unqualified interpreter (even if you donít speak the language)
The role of the court interpreter
Use of simultaneous v. consecutive modes of interpreting
Ethical constraints on professional interpreter conduct
What a professional interpreter canít do for you
How to elicit testimony on direct and cross through an interpreter