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• New Interpreting Equipment: The Legal and Community Interpreting Program has purchased new equipment to support interpreting practice in the classroom. The new state-of-the-art equipment will be available for students as the summer session  starts in June, allowing students to collectively practice interpreting skills in the classroom, as well as record and playback their practice, to facilitate self-monitoring and instructor feedback, thereby accelerating individual improvement.

• Great news news for our graduates! The Northern California Translators Association has generously offered complimentary memberships to graduates of the Legal and Community Interpreting Program! Here are the benefits of membership:

  • Promote your services and help potential clients find you through your listing on our website under the Find a Linguist tab・ Network with the translator/interpreter community at our meetings, workshops and numerous social events around the state
  • Network with the translator/interpreter community at our meetings, workshops and numerous social events around the state
  • Read NCTA’s industry journal Translorial, with articles to keep you informed on tools, tips, people, and industry trends
  • Access the professional community through our member listserv to instantly obtain information on job offers, terminology, translator tools, and to post your questions
  • Connect through LinkedIn/NCTA | Twitter @NCTAorg | Facebook/NCTA.org
  • Obtain member discounts on all NCTA workshops and webinars
  • Add the NCTA member logo to your business card, résumé, and website to demonstrate your commitment to your profession
  • Stay informed about upcoming NCTA events with the Newsflash

Thank you, Mike Karpa and other NCTA officers and staff!


• LCI booth at the CTE Open House

Instructors Angela Zawadzki and David Sweet-Cordero took turns manning the LCI booth at the Career Technical Education Open House at Laney College, last Saturday, April 26th. Interest in the Program was palpable by the more than 30 people who stopped by the booth and signed up for information. Notable was the number of prospects who spoke languages other than Spanish who were eager for information about interpreter training opportunities for other languages.

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  • Lack of interpreters among barriers to justice in California


  • Judicial Council approves expanded use of interpreter services—At its public meeting on January 23 in Sacramento, the Judicial Council approved recommendations that make it explicit that allowable expenses for court interpreter funds from the Trial Court Trust Fund include costs for: all appearances in domestic violence cases, family law cases in which there is a domestic violence issue, and elder abuse cases, as well as providing interpreters for indigent parties in civil cases. – See more at: http://www.courts.ca.gov/24943.htm
  • Bay Area court interpreters get a raise: The California Federation of Interpreters, a Unit of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, Local 39521, ratified a new contract with the Judicial Council and the California Courts of the Northwestern region (Region 2) of California, which includes the entire Bay Area. The new contract provides for a http://www.calinterpreters.org/r2-majority-ratify-ta/

(Currently, full-time Certified Interpreters in the California Courts make about $73,000/year. In U.S. District Courts, interpreters in California can earn $108,000 – $141,000/year.)

  • Michele Mensuk, a Certified  Spanish Interpreter and employee of Alameda County Superior Court, has been promoted to Interpreter Services Manager. Michele Minsuk is a State and Federal certified Spanish Interpreter who has worked in courts around the Bay Area and in the private sector since 2001. In addition to interpreting, Ms. Minsuk has taught Consecutive Interpreting for San Francisco State University’s Court Interpreting Program. Ms. Minsuk has otherwise been very involved with furthering the interpreting profession by serving on the Bargaining Committee and as Shop Steward for the California Federation of Interpreters, the labor union representing all interpreters employed by the California courts.
  • Certificate of Achievement: In the Spring of 2013, the Legal and Community Interpreting Program submitted an application for a Certificate of Achievement to the Chancellor’s Office. We are awaiting a response and will let you know as soon as it has been approved.

For more background information about the LCI program, read the following Article about the LCI Program,  published in the Laney Tower in 2013.