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    • 06 Apr 2018
    • 07 Apr 2018
    • Charlotte, NC

    Please note: This is not a VRID sponsored event and information is provided for informational purposes.  Please contact event organizer for more information.

    Interpreting in a Civil Courtroom Setting: A Mock Trial Experience

    Friday, April 6 th , 2018

    Saturday, April 7 th , 2018

    Preregistration required and must attend both days

    1.0 CEUs

    Language of the workshop: American Sign Language & English

    Workshop Description: This is a ten (10) contact hour training focused on interpreting in a civil courtroom setting during the implementation of a mock trial. Working collaboratively with the local court system and legal community, the mock trial will be staffed and implemented in a fashion that simulates what actually transpires in a courtroom. The target audience for this training event is certified Deaf and hearing interpreters who have completed introductory training in the area of legal interpreting and seek to gain hands-on experience in a simulated courtroom setting. This training is also open to students, non-certified interpreters, and Deaf Community members who can observe the mock trial as part of a ‘fish-bowl’ learning opportunity.

    The matter addressed during the mock trial will be a child custody proceeding involving Deaf parents who are going through a divorce and each trying to gain primary custody of a Deaf child. This dynamic hands-on learning experience will provide certified practitioners with the opportunity to practice interpreting lines of questioning that arise during direct and cross examination, as well as exposure to the stages involved in a civil proceeding, and the related court personnel.

    In the legal context—particularly in the instance of sworn testimony—the asking of questions by attorneys is a process impacted by legal parameters and legal strategy. And, the nature of questions changes between direct and cross examination. It is essential that interpreters are aware of these factors and possess the ability to generate accurate interpretations that conform to legal parameters and strategy, and to the fullest extent possible, preserve each throughout the interpreting process. One technique that can be used to ensure an accurate interpretation for the record is the use of consecutive interpreting during Deaf witness testimony. This is a critical skill for court interpreters and often involves the use of note-taking. This technique will be practiced as part of this training.

    As well, working in court settings typically involves team interpreting. This too is part of the experience practitioners will gain during the mock trial—working with either a hearing or Deaf interpreting peer during the process.

    Friday evening and the first hour of Saturday morning will focus on setting the theoretical foundation for interpreting in civil court proceedings and practicing some of the skills that will be applied during the mock trial. The remainder of Saturday will involve rotating teams of certified interpreters during the interpretation of various parts of the child custody proceeding.

    At the end of the mock trial there will be a discussion that involves the legal personnel and Deaf and hearing witnesses involved in the event, along with the participants who interpreted and/or observed to discuss observations and questions. Participants will also receive a list of resources for continuing skill development related to this setting.


    Anna Witter-Merithew, M.Ed., CSC, SC:L, OIC:C, SC:PA, CI and CT, is a heritage signer and legal interpreting specialist. Ms. Witter-Merithew served as the Interim Director of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf [RID] from March 2015 – August 2017. Prior to that she was the Assistant Director of the UNC DO IT Center and Director of the MARIE Center, where she worked for 16 years. She has co-authored two texts and over thirty-five peer-reviewed articles. Anna also served as the President and Vice President of RID, and the Vice President of CIT— which she helped to co-found in 1979.

    Full flier is available here: mock trial revised.docx
    • 22 Jun 2018
    • 24 Jun 2018
    • 5700 Atlantic Avenue Virginia Beach, VA 23451

    2018 VRID Biennial Conference

    "Making Waves"

    June 22-24, 2018

    Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront

    5700 Atlantic Avenue

    Virginia Beach, VA 23451

    For more information, please view our 

    CEUs: VRID is an approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. CEUs will be awarded for each workshop attended in its entirety.  No partial session CEUs will be awarded. Late arrivals will not receive CEUs.

    Cancellation Policy:  Cancellation/ refund requests must be submitted in writing to Tara Handy Palmer, VRID Treasurer.  Full refunds will be issued if written notice is provided to VRID at least four weeks prior to the event (May 25, 2018). Any Cancellations received between May 26-June 7, 2018 will receive a 50% refund.  No refunds will be issued within two weeks of the event start date (after June 8, 2018). 

    Reasonable accommodations:VRID is firmly committed to providing equal access for all events and materials.  We ask that all requests be received no later than ten (10) days prior to the event, however, VRID will try to honor all requests received. Reasonable accommodations can be requested on the registration form or by contacting Tara Handy Palmer.

Past events

10 Mar 2018 VSDB and VDOE Presents: How Do You Pronounce That?
03 Mar 2018 Terrific Teaming presented by Tammy Fortune
22 Jan 2018 NCRTM presents: Behavioral Health Interpreting: Specialty Training for Building New Competences
29 Jul 2017 Deliberate Practice with Wink Smith
27 Jul 2017 Trix Bruce in Fairfax, VA - 2.4 CEUs available!
20 Jul 2017 RID 2017 LEAD Together Conference
24 Jun 2017 Interpreting Jury Instructions, Plea Forms & Protection from Abuse Hearings: Oh My!
23 Jun 2017 Working Smarter Together presented by Miako Villanueva
02 Jun 2017 MSRID State Conference
18 May 2017 Signing Naturally: Units 7-12 Teacher Training
13 May 2017 Kids are Consumers, Too!
24 Apr 2017 An Evening with Sean Berdy
21 Apr 2017 Street Leverage LIVE
01 Apr 2017 GaRID: Advanced Medical Interpreting
01 Apr 2017 Facing Fingerspelling Phobia
18 Mar 2017 ASL: Semantics Practice!
04 Feb 2017 How do I do this right?
28 Jan 2017 Interpreting in Time & Space: by Paula Debes
17 Dec 2016 Fostering an Interpreting Community of Practice presented by Carrie N.H. Humphrey
03 Dec 2016 TCSI Presents: Foundations of Court Interpreting Part 1
12 Nov 2016 Wholly holy or holey? Interpreting in Spiritual Settings
11 Nov 2016 GaRID 2016 Conference
04 Nov 2016 TRID Workshops with Bill Ross
22 Oct 2016 Form and Meaning: What's the Difference?
22 Oct 2016 Building Relationships and Understanding in Educational Interpreting
20 Oct 2016 2016 Minnesota RID Fall Conference
08 Oct 2016 Affect: The Effect of Effective Affect
01 Oct 2016 Do I Need a CDI?: The Pros and Cons of Teaming with CDIs
29 Sep 2016 Why Being a Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) is Important to Me and Our Community
23 Sep 2016 Liturgical Interpreting: Making the Sacred Accessible to the Deaf Community
04 Aug 2016 RID Region II Conference
24 Jun 2016 2016 VRID Conference - Attendee Registration
09 Apr 2016 Steps to Set-Up, Safeguard, and SWaM Your Business
08 Apr 2016 Federal Interpreter Training on the Middle East
12 Mar 2016 Performing Arts Techniques for Everyday Interpreting
27 Feb 2016 Educational Interpreting: What’s Linguistics got to do with it?
13 Feb 2016 Interpreting for Deaf People with Atypical Cognition
06 Feb 2016 Keystones of Profession Confidentiality and Autonomy
06 Feb 2016 Word Perfect? Transliterating for Educational Interpreters
09 Jan 2016 The Blurred Lines of Educational Interpreting
05 Dec 2015 What the @$#! Did You Just Say?!?
14 Nov 2015 It's a Touchy Subject
17 Oct 2015 Empowerment Through Touch: Touch Signals Workshop
26 Sep 2015 Self Care for Interpreters
11 Aug 2015 2015 RID National Conference
27 Jun 2015 Interpreting for Deaf-Blind Individuals
01 Nov 2014 Conquering Fingerspelling Fears
25 Oct 2014 VDOE Grant Workshop - How Do I Interpret That?!? Interpreting high-imagery text, Fairy Tales, fables, short poems and descriptive texts into ASL
18 Oct 2014 VDOE Grant Workshop - It's a Touchy Subject
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