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8th Annual Pacific Northwest Court Interpreter Conference June 21-23, 2019

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Early bird pricing offered through May 24th, don't miss out!

 About the 2019 Conference

Court Language Access Services is pleased to be hosting the 8th Annual Pacific Northwest Court Interpreter Conference this summer. We are looking forward to the 2019 conference and what it has to offer!

On Friday evening, Karen Borgenheimer, Professor in the Translation and Interpreting Program at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, will be presenting a two-hour workshop focused on vocal care and fine tuning an interpreters' most prized instrument - the voice! By joining this workshop, you will also have the opportunity to warm up said instrument during a one-hour social reception with your colleagues. 

Saturday will give interpreters the opportunity to join one of two intensive skill building workshops. Athena Matilsky, Federally Certified Court Interpreter and owner of Athena Sky Interpreting, will provide a 6-hour language neutral skill building workshop. Workshop attendees will receive practical exercises to approach different problem areas that court interpreters face such as fast-paced speakers, and long, complicated utterances. 

Certified Court Interpreter, and founder of the Southern California School of Interpretation, Néstor Wagner, will offer a six hour workshop specifically for Spanish interpreters on Saturday. Néstor's workshop will focus on localization and providing attendees with a method to properly transfer legal messages into Spanish following localization techniques. 

Sunday we will focus on court interpreter ethics. Court Language Access Services's Interpreter Analysts Ed Alletto, ASL Oregon Certified Court Interpreter, and Jess Kincaid, Oregon Certified Spanish Court Interpreter, will present a four hour ethics course that will examine "old" canons in new ways. Ed and Jess will challenge you to explore new tools that you can use to examine your understanding of and your duty under the Code of Professional Responsibility for Interpreters in the Oregon Courts.  

The Crowne Plaza Portland-Lake Oswego will once again be host to the 2019 Conference. The conference will not have a reserved room block, but lodging is available. 

Make sure to click on the links below for more information about the presenters, workshops, and to register online.

 2019 Conference Presenters


 Conference Workshops

Friday, June 21st
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
4:45 PM - 6:00 PM
Social Hour and Reception
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday, June 22nd
*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
Advanced Localization Techniques in Civil and Criminal Matters -
Néstor Wagner
Skills Building for the Seasoned Interpreter - Athena Matilsky
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
Sunday, June 23rd
8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
8:45 AM – 9:00 AM
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Are Court Interpreter Ethics Changing? New Approaches Old Canons - Ed Alletto and Jess Kincaid

 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Social Reception and Vocal Care:$95.00
Spanish Specific Workshop: $145.00
Language Neutral Workshop: $145.00

Ethics Workshop: $95.00

All workshop fees go up an additional $10/workshop after the June 10th registration​ deadline.

​Yes, we are offering online registration​ this year.

​The OJD is not providing lodging for the conference.

​The 2019 conference is taking place June 21 - 23, 2019

​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.

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

Vocal Care- 2 General Credits
Spanish Workshop - 6 Language Specific Credits
Language Neutral Workshop - 6 General Credits
Ethics Workshop - 4 Ethics Credits

​Social Reception and Vocal Care: $105.00
All day workshops: $155.00 per workshop
Ethics Workshop: $105.00

Hors d'oeuvres will be provided on Friday night.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided on Saturday.

Breakfast will be provided on Sunday.

​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.

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

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

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

​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.