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6th Annual Pacific Northwest Court Interpreter Conference June 9-11, 2017

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 About the 2017 Conference

2017 marks the sixth annual Pacific Northwest Court Interpreter Conference hosted by Court Language Access Services, Oregon Judicial Department.  We are confident that the 2017 Conference will not disappoint! Melinda Gonzalez-Hibner will be bringing her expertise for a full day of Spanish specific training for experienced court interpreters on Saturday. We are excited to announce that Virginia Valencia will be doing a full day of language neutral consecutive training Saturday as well.  On Sunday we will be joined by members of the East Metro Gang Enforcement Team to talk about gangs and gang culture in Multnomah County, and also by members of Multnomah County STOP and START Court Staff to talk about drug courts in Multnomah County.
We will kick off the weekend with a social hour on Friday evening followed by a live ethics panel, which will be focusing on reporting impediments to performance.  Panel members include: Ed Alletto, Lisa Crawford, Melanie DeLeon, Melinda Gonzalez-Hibner, and Virginia Valencia.
This year the Conference is being held at the Crowne Plaza Portland-Lake Oswego. While we have not secured a room block for conference participants, lodging is available there. Registration will be done online again this year, and we will be offering limited onsite registration for a higher registration fee.
Make sure to click on the links below to find out more about the presenters, the workshops that are being offered, and to register online.
We can’t wait to see you in June!

 2017 Conference Presenters


 Conference Workshops

Friday, June 9th
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Ethics Panel Registration
4:45 PM - 5:45 PM Social Hour/Reception
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday, June 10th
*You must attend either the entire Spanish Specific  Workshop or the entire Language Neutral Workshop
8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
8:45 AM – 9:00 AM
Spanish Specific                                      
Language Neutral
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM Open Forum With CLAS Program Manager Kelly Mills (optional)
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Performing From the Stand: Drugs, Guns and Stash Houses Continued
Consecutive Interpretation Workshop Continued
Sunday, June 11th

 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

​The 2017 conference is taking place June 9th, 10th, and 11th.

​Social Reception and Ethics Panel: $60.00
All day workshops: $125.00 per workshop
1/2 day workshop: $75.00

​Yes, we are offering online registration this year.

​No, at this time we are unable to take online payments. You can place your credit card payment over the phone by calling (503) 731-3283, or send in a check made payable to "The Office of the State Court Administrator" to Court Language Access Services 1163 State St. Salem, OR 97301. You can find out more information about payment options when you register online.

​The OJD is not providing lodging for the conference.

​Breakfast and lunch will be provided for conference registrants.

​Yes, free parking is available in parking lots surrounding the hotel.

​We will be offering onsite registration this year. Please note that participants who wish to register onsite the day of the conference will pay a higher registration fee, and we cannot accept cash payments. Also, several of the workshops do have attendance limits, so there is no guarantee that you will be able to register for the workshop that you want to attend on that day.

​Social Reception and Ethics Panel: $70.00
All day workshops: $135 per workshop

​You must attend both presentations in order to earn full credit for attending, half credit will not be awarded.

​Ethics Panel - When Saying More is Better- 2 Ethics Credits
Consecutive Interpreting Workshop - 6 General Credits
Performing from the Stand: Drugs, Guns, and Stash Houses - 6 Language Specific (Spanish) Credits
Criminal Street Gangs and Awareness/Drugs - 4 General Credits

​Continuing education credits have been requested for interpreters in Washington, Idaho and California. Please see the Conference Workshop listed above for more information. 

​Continuing education credits have been requested for RID/ACET. Please see the Conference Workshops listed above for more information.

​The workshop is open to all Spanish speakers, but please note that the curriculum will be geared toward advanced, court certified Spanish interpreters. Preference will be given to Spanish Certified Court Interpreters.

​The workshop will be open to all certified and non-certified interpreters, although the curriculum will be geared more towards experienced interpreters.

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