Training for Maryland Interpreters

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November 19th, 2020

10:30 am – 1:00 pm EST

Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR): An Introduction for Legal Interpreters

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is an area of legal services which includes negotiation, mediation, settlement conferences and more. Although these are often court-connected processes, their purpose is to encourage settlement rather than trial. To promote settlement, ADR professionals use collaborative approaches which are in direct contrast to the rigid and adversarial approaches used in trials, hearings and depositions. To the untrained eye and ear, these ADR approaches may seem like ordinary, informal conversations, but they are actually well-defined communication processes, with specific stages, tools and terms, designed to guide parties to a mutually agreeable resolution that they create for themselves. This training will help interpreters understand the goals, language and structure of ADR in order to navigate and anticipate challenges to interpretation that can arise in this unique setting.

The first 60 attendees have been sponsored by the State of Maryland to attend for free. Additional registrants may attend by paying a $12 entrance fee. After registering, you will be notified if you were one of the first 60 attendees. If you were not, you will be notified and given the option to pay.  

10:30 am – 1:00 pm EST on November 19th, 2020

*Please begin logging in a few minutes early to join us on time.
If you are unable to attend live, you can still register before the deadline to be eligible to view the webinar recording and receive a certificate of completion.
Those seeking to receive RID CEUs for this webinar must arrange approval on their own.

Registration closes November 18th at 3:00 pm EST.

About the Presenter

Maria Ceballos-Wallis is a Georgia/Florida Certified Spanish><English Court Interpreter and has been a staff interpreter with DeKalb County State Court, in Decatur, GA since 2011.  She is also a Georgia-registered civil and domestic/divorce mediator.  A firm believer in the importance of continuing education for interpreters, Maria has been an interpreter trainer with De La Mora Institute of Interpretation since 2014 and an instructor for the Georgia Commission on Interpreter’s Orientation Program since 2019. In 2020, she co-developed the course Foundations for Interpreters in Conflict Resolution and ADR with Barrie J. Roberts, J.D. and Marjory Bancroft (Cross-Cultural Communications), the first online training of its kind for interpreters in all domains. An active advocate of the interpreting profession, Maria has served in key roles in AAIT, NAJIT, the Georgia Commission on Interpreters and Georgia Judicial COVID-19 Task Force.

Barrie J. Roberts is currently the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Administrator for the Los Angeles Superior Court working with judges, court staff, attorneys, neutrals and community mediation organizations to provide high-quality alternatives to trial. She is the co-creator, along with Maria Ceballos-Wallis and Marjory Bancroft (Cross-Cultural Communications) of Foundations in Conflict Resolution and ADR for Interpreters, the first online training of its kind to provide ADR training for interpreters. 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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Frequently Asked Questions

Only approved Maryland interpreters may join this webinar. This list of registrants will be verified by the Maryland courts after the registration period ends.

You received a confirmation email when you registered for the webinar. Click on the link in this email that says “Click Here to Join” 15 minutes before the scheduled time. This will give you time to let your computer install the Zoom application if necessary. Once the meeting opens, click “Join with Computer Audio” so that you can hear the speaker once the webinar begins. Please keep your microphone and camera turned off for the duration of the webinar.

All attendees will receive an email with a link to the recorded webinar after it has taken place. If you require continuing education credits, you will need to take a short quiz (which will be sent to you in an email) and send an email to [email protected] to request your certificate of completion.

All attendees will receive an email with a link to the recorded webinar after it has taken place. If you require continuing education credits, you will need to take a short quiz (which will be sent to you in an email) and send an email to [email protected] to request your certificate of completion.

  • Those who attend the webinar live will receive a digital certificate of completion by the following Tuesday.
  • Those who watch the recording only will need to complete a short quiz to verify participation and email [email protected] to request a certificate of completion.
  • If you require additional information or a change in spelling, please email [email protected] after the webinar to request an updated certificate.

Please refer to the “Continuing Education Information” section higher on this page for more information.