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The Legal Ramifications of Interpreting and Translating (MP3)


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MCLE Credit: 1 hour 

This seminar, recorded June 4, 2020 is designed to convey to attorneys the awareness of an aspect in the practice of law, that we may have overlooked or taken for granted.

Understand better whose who’s mother tongue is not English.

  • Culture: A way of life expressed in such language
  • Basic appreciation: World of translating and interpreting as it pertains to law.
  • Better lawyering: Client empathy when your practice requires these services

Translations vs. Interpretations

  • Translators and Interpreters skill sets
  • The variety of legal documents requiring translation
  • When and why to utilize interpreters
  • Cost factors
  • Ethics and globalization
  • Interpreters and translators code of ethics
  • California Translation Act, Civil Code Section 1632
  • Dialects, cultural accents and definitions are critical
  • Cognates in linguistics
  • False cognates
  • Errors in interpretation
  • How Mitsubishi los $123,898,889 due to the lack of a proper Translator (California Court Case)
  • Why translation quality is important
  • Why Interpretation quality is important (criminal case)
  • Interpreter error (immigration case)
  • Importance of having an interpreter for your medical examination evidence in a civil case 

Program materials included. Speaker: Barry Schreiber, Esq.  Recorded June 4, 2020. MCLE Credit: 1 hour 

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Programs by MCLE Approved Providers:

San Fernando Valley Bar Association (#451)

Pasadena Bar Association (#531)

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