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MEDIATION: A NEW NICHE FOR INTERPRETERS

MEDIATION: A NEW NICHE FOR INTERPRETERS

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Presenters: Barrie J. Roberts, JD, LLM Dispute Resolution Maria Ceballos-Wallis, MA, CCI, CHI

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CEUs: ATA 4 CEPs, GARID 0.4 Professional Studies/Legal CEUs

Mediation is a collaborative communication process in which a neutral person tries to help disputing parties resolve their conflict without going to trial. To the untrained ear, it may seem like ordinary conversation, but mediation is actually a specific, structured Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process and a routine pre-trial procedure for most civil, family law, probate and other case types. Although mediation is often court-connected, it has its own universe of terms, concepts, procedures, documents, ethics and nuances that are very different from those in the rigid, adversarial court proceedings familiar to legal interpreters. Only interpreters who understand this distinct universe - and the important ways in which it differs from court proceedings - can provide communicative autonomy for LEP parties who have been ordered or referred to participate in mediation.

This 4-hour session introduces interpreters to the fundamentals of mediation and then guides them through practice exercises designed to help them adjust and apply their current knowledge and practices to mediation. Practice exercises include:

• Adapting your briefing and introduction for mediation

• Selecting the most appropriate interpreting mode and positioning for each of the three stages of mediation

• Sight reading common mediation documents

• Considering possible interventions, such as for emotional outbursts and linguistic and cultural misunderstandings

• Applying the NAJIT Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibilities to the mediation context.

Participants will leave the session with the fundamental concepts, terms, protocols, ethics and strategies needed to interpret during mediations. Participants will also receive Practical Guidelines for easy reference before and during mediations.

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Maria Ceballos-Wallis is a FL/GA Certified Spanish-English Court and CHI Medical interpreter and a registered bilingual mediator (GA Office of Dispute Resolution). She has been a staff interpreter with DeKalb County State Court, in Decatur, GA since 2011. As co-founder of InterpretADR with Barrie J. Roberts, JD, Maria is the co-author of the forthcoming ADR REFERENCE GUIDE FOR INTERPRETERS. In 2020, Maria and Barrie, together with Marjory Bancroft (Cross-Cultural Communications), developed "Foundations in Conflict Resolution and ADR for Interpreters," the first online training of its kind. A strong advocate for continuing education and the interpreting profession, Maria has been a trainer with De La Mora Institute of Interpretation since 2014, an instructor for the GA Commission on Interpreters (GCOI) Orientation Program since 2019, and has played key roles in AAIT, the GCOI Board and the GA Judicial Covid-19 Council. Maria also hosts the podcast, "Subject to Interpretation."

  Barrie J. Roberts, JD, MA (TESOL), LLM (Dispute Resolution) has worked as the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Administrator for two southern California Superior Courts to provide high-quality alternatives to trial. As co-founder of InterpretADR with Maria Ceballos-Wallis, Barrie is the co-author of the forthcoming ADR REFERENCE GUIDE FOR INTERPRETERS. In 2020, Barrie and Maria, together with Marjory Bancroft (Cross-Cultural Communications), developed "Foundations in Conflict Resolution and ADR for Interpreters," the first online training of its kind. Barrie also created “Mediation as a Second Language” (MSL) courses to combine ADR and ESL for international students at UC Berkeley. Her publications include "Conflict Resolution Training for the Classroom: What Every ESL Teacher Needs to Know," University of Michigan Press, E-Book Single (2020). Before ADR, Barrie was a staff attorney with Legal Services of Northern California, Inc.

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