2017 COURT INTERPRETER SYMPOSIUM

2017 COURT INTERPRETER SYMPOSIUM

PRESENTERS

Mark McCaffrey holds a PhD from the University of California, San Diego. He has been a federally and state certified court interpreter since 1998. Mr. McCaffrey is a published literary translator and certified by the American Translators Assocication. He was a professor of Spanish language and literature from 1975 to 1994 at Middlebury College in Vermont and SUNY, Plattsburgh, NY. 8:30 am - 12:00 pm - Phrasal Verbs in English: How the Particles Punch Up Your Interpreting (Language Neutral) - 1:30-5:00 pm - Intonation: the Contours and Music of Everyday Speech (Language Neutral) 

Eileen Spoonhoward is a NM native while her family is originally from México. She is married and has two puppies. Eileen holds an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice from the Santa Fe Community College and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of NM in Criminology with a minor in Professional Writing. She has been a Spanish interpreter and translator for approximately ten years and became a NM certified court interpreter in 2009. During Eileen’s career as an interpreter, she has worked in various settings which include traffic, misdemeanor, felony, civil, medical and business cases. She covers anything from simple walk-ins, complicated multi-day jury trials, depositions, and mediations among others. Currently she is employed by the NM Administrative Office of the Courts as a regional Language Access Coordinator for the northeastern part of the state. She has conducted various language access trainings and truly enjoys her work. 8:30 am - 12:00 pm - Aspiring and New Interpreters' Intensive Workshop (Spoken Languages) 

Eldora Morris is an American Sign Language Interpreter and has worked professionally for 25 years. She holds two national certifications with the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) with a Certificate of Interpretation (CI) and Certificate of Transliteration (CT). She has her bachelor’s degree in Leadership Development and master’s degree in Counseling. Eldora Morris’s personal goals have been to engage in continual, critical self-reflection to improve the effectiveness of her interpreting work and to strive for high ethical, pedagogical, and leadership standards in a broad spectrum of work contexts. Eldora is a freelance ASL Interpreter who also coordinates the ASL & CART Interpreting needs for the Administrative Office of the Courts, and teaches as an adjunct professor in the Interpreter Preparation Program (ITP) at Santa Fe Community College. 8:30 am - 12:00 pm - ASL Workshop (Sign Language) 4:00-5:00 pm - Remote Interpreting (Language Neutral) 

Daniel Garcia is the AOC-Jury Statewide Manager, and has held this position for over 5 years. Before working with the AOC, Daniel was a Clinical Research Manager and Therapist for UNM School of Medicine, and NM VA hospital. He holds graduate level degrees in business administration and behavioral psychology. He has lived in NM most his life, and when he is not working he is enjoys the out doors with his family and eating green chile.

Alex Araiza has lived in New Mexico all her life. She received a Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Phoenix. Alex became a New Mexico State Certified Spanish Interpreter in 2002 and has since been providing Spanish interpreting services in the Doña Ana County area. Alex was hired by the Administrative Office of the Courts as the Language Access Coordinator for the Southwest region in 2014. She is responsible for coordinating and assigning language access services in the 6th and 12th judicial districts and the Las Cruces Magistrate Court. 1:30-4:00 - LEP Jurors (Spoken Languages)

Anabel Vela is a resident of Anthony, Texas. She received a Bachelor in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language from New Mexico State University. Anabel was certified as a Spanish Interpreter for the state of New Mexico in 2004. She worked as a Staff Interpreter in El Paso, Texas from 2001 to 2006 and that same year started contracting with the 3rd Judicial District Court in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Anabel was hired in 2014 as a Language Access Coordinator by the Administrative Office of the Courts and is in charge of the 3rd Judicial District Court. When Anabel is not working she serves as a School Board Trustee for Anthony Independent School District. 1:30-4:00 - LEP Jurors (Spoken Languages)

Peggy Cadwell is a Court Certified Spanish Interpreter for the State of New Mexico.  She was certified by the Administrative Office of the Courts in 1999 and is the language access services coordinator for the 7th, 11th, and 13th Judicial Districts in New Mexico. Ms. Cadwell received her undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico. She is currently a member of the National Association of Judicial Interpreters.  She specializes in legal interpreting and holds certifications in medical, technical, and financial interpreting. She currently co-chairs the committee working to develop an Interpreter Remote Program for Spoken and Sign Languages within the courts, and is part of several working committees. Ms. Cadwell joined the faculty of The National Judicial College in 2014. 4:00-5:00 pm - Remote Interpreting (Language Neutral) 

Carolina Hickey is a Federally Certified Court Interpreter and is also certified by the Judicial Branch Certification Commission at the Master Level. Ms. Hickey holds a Master’s Degree in Spanish and a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Languages with a Minor in Linguistics. She is a member of the National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators and successfully completed the Office of Language Services of the United States Department of State examination at the seminar level. 4:00-5:00 pm - Remote Interpreting (Language Neutral) 

Janie Hernandez is the Language Access Coordinator for the southeast region.  She was hired in January of 2016 after being with the office of the Honorable Gary L. Clingman for 18 years as his Trial Court Administrative Assistant.  She assigns language access services for the 5th and 9th Judicial Districts which include the Magistrate Courts in those regions.  She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Social Science from the University of the Southwest. 1:30-4:00 - LEP Jurors (Spoken Languages) - 4:00-5:00 pm - Remote Interpreting (Language Neutral) 

NM Center for Language Access
New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts 

237 Don Gaspar, Room 25
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
aocjmk@nmcourts.gov
505 827 4822
nmcenterforlanguageaccess.org

 
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