Conflict of interest or no?

I recently interpreted for a person who applied for a civil stalking and sexually oriented offense protection order. The victim advocate helped prepare the petition for an upcoming court hearing. Once completed, a question arose: ”Can you serve as the table interpreter for this hearing?” My interpreter ethics alarm went off. I mentioned that IContinue reading “Conflict of interest or no?”

TAKE TO THE MICROPHONE

ADJUST TO THE CHANGE Things change in the judiciary interpreting world, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly. How to adapt? My courthouse and medical in-person assignments vanished as of 3/12 due to COVID-19. Our household’s revenue stream decreased by nearly half without any warning. Over-the-telephone assignments fill the gap for the interim. Imagine my surprise when aContinue reading “TAKE TO THE MICROPHONE”

Do you have a religion?

QUESTION AND CONTEMPLATION Edgardo: Hi, John. How are you? John: I’m fine. How are you and your family? Edgardo: Oh, they’re OK. Can I ask you a question? John: Sure. Edgardo: Do you have a religion? This simple question gave me pause, forced me to examine morals and ethics honestly. Did my religion interfere withContinue reading “Do you have a religion?”

MOFONGO AND A LESSON

How does an interpreter set the stage as a professional? One tool that serves to that end is the pre-session or briefing session where the judicial interpreter states her role to the parties in both languages before beginning. Over the years I learned to say, “Counsel, may I introduce myself to your client?” Invariably theContinue reading “MOFONGO AND A LESSON”

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Liam O'Dell

Freelance Journalist and Campaigner

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