Pennsylvania Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf


Upcoming events

    • 07/11/2020
    • (EDT)
    • 07/12/2020
    • (EDT)
    • 2 sessions
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     PARID District 5 Presents:

    Interpreting in Court: A Practical Exploration of Techniques for Interpreting for Deaf Witnesses

    Presented in ASL by Carla M. Mathers, Esq., SC:L


    Saturday, July 11, 2020, & Sunday, July 12, 2020

    9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    Registration starting at 8:30 AM

    Register online at

    Registration will be limited to 20 participants

    Register by July 3rd, 2020

    1.2 PS CEUS!!

    Cost: $100.00 for PARID members &

                       $140.00 for NON-PARID members

    Seminar Description: This seminar will define the trial procedure as it relates to interpreting. With a focus on witness testimony, consecutive interpreting and note taking, the class will engage in both theory and practical application of techniques and strategies for effective legal interpreting. The seminar will present evidence from research in the field of sign language interpreting demonstrating the effectiveness of each mode of interpreting. Participants will engage in intra-language exercises for note taking in legal settings and then engage in practice activities using consecutive interpreting including note taking. The seminar will explore various methods of note taking with team interpreting techniques.

    Target Audience:  Certified Interpreters and working Deaf Interpreters in legal settings

    Educational Objectives:  

    At the conclusion of the workshop, participants should be able to:

    • articulate the definition of consecutive interpretation and state the various settings in which it can be indicated.

    • define the discourse strategies used by attorneys during witness questioning.

    • explain the similarities and differences between the use of consecutive interpreting and note taking within the ASL legal interpreting field and spoken language interpreting field. 

    • demonstrate the integration of the information presented through intra and inter lingual consecutive interpreting practice and memory activities. 

    Carla M. Mathers, Esq., SC: L has practiced law in Maryland and the District of Columbia for over twenty years, yet her passion is practicing and teaching legal interpreting. She studied law at Howard University School of Law. Her interpreting degree is from the College of Southern Idaho. Ms. Mathers served on the Advisory Group for Language Access to develop standards for language access in courts for the American Bar Association. She has served as an adjunct instructor for the Gallaudet University Department of Interpretation teaching legal interpreting.

    PARID is approved by the RID CMP to sponsor Continuing Education Activities. The program is offered for 1.2 CEUs in Professional Studies.

    Participants should have some knowledge of the topic. 

    Non-Discrimination Policy: PARID promotes a learning environment free from discrimination and bias, wherein participants demonstrate mutual respect for one another. 

    To request accommodations or for information about the cancellation/refund policy, please contact

    Interpreting in Court Flyer ONLINE.pdf

    CM registration ONLINE paper form.pdf


 PA Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (PARID)  

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