2018 CLAC Conference Presentations



Monday, May 7, 2018

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Keynote: Effective Communication is Key

Hon. Lora J. Livingston, Local Administrative Judge, Travis County Courts

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Language Access Video Highlights

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Development of a Collaborative Citywide Language Access Plan

Raul Alvarez, Executive Director, Community Advancement Network; Mary Esther Diaz, Translator and Interpreter Trainer

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Language Access Tools and Resources for Self-Represented Litigants


Sophia Akbar (IL); Paula Couselo-Findikoglu (NM); Stacy Westra (MI)

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Video Remote Interpreting Update and Database Review

Christine Johnson (LAAC Chair); Felix Bajandas (NCSC)

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Express Lessons

Centralized Scheduling and Invoicing Systems – Peggy Cadwell (NM); Polly Ryan (MN)

Designing and Implementing a Mock Proceeding – Mara Simmons (AR); Jason Daniel (AR)

The Where, When, and How of Using Bilingual Staff – Brenda Carrasquillo (NJ); Paula Couselo-Findikoglu (NM)

Going to Computer-Based Administration for the Written Exam – Bruno Romero (OH); Damia Williams (FL)

• Effective Communication with Local Court Interpreter Coordinators and Court Staff – David Svoboda (AZ); Eileen Spoonhoward (NM)

Reimbursing Courts for Interpreting Expenses –
Carmel Capati (WI); James Wells (WA)

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm

Complaint and Disciplinary Procedures – Case Studies and Break-Out Session

Sophia Akbar (IL); Desiree Allen (SC)

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Collaborative Approaches to Working with Justice Partners (Trainings with Law Enforcements, DV Advocates, ABA, and District Attorneys)

Carmel Capati (WI); Brooke Crozier (NC)

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Storming, Forming, Norming, and Performing: Lessons Learned by Los Angeles Superior Court

Amy Blust (LASC); Aliyah Hassan (LASC)

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

9:00 am – 10:00 am

State Recruitment Efforts Involving Community-Based Organizations and Faith-Based Organizations

Kristina Famolare (ME); Mary Rose Zingale (TN)

10:15 am – 11:15 am

Court Interpreter Candidate Trainings: Lessons Learned

Osvaldo Aviles (PA); Kelly Mills (OR); Elizabeth Reimer (KS)