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Upcoming Legal Webinar
September 30th, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EST
Anatomy of a Plea: Structure and Process
by Maria Ceballos-Wallis
Court Interpreters are called upon more often to interpret for pleas than any other legal proceeding. While not every plea will be the same, there is a basic structure to presenting a plea agreement for the record. This webinar will help you better understand how the process of plea agreements develop and what may be required of you. We will cover each step of the proceedings, the types of documents used, and the modes of interpretation appropriate for each stage.
After this webinar you will be able to:
- Describe the process of resolving a criminal case through a plea agreement
- Identify the actors and the different stages of a proceeding
- Determine which mode of interpretation is required during each stage (in-person)
- Apply your knowledge and adjust your method of operation to online/virtual pleas and identify and work with basic templates and documents used during this type of proceeding
Approved Continuing Education
NC, NM, MO, OR, TN
Students can individually apply for CEUs in the following states by submitting all necessary information: DE, IA, KY, MD, MI, MS, NE
About the Presenter
Maria Ceballos-Wallis, MA, CCI FL/GA, CHI™, GA Registered Mediator
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.
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