Roles, Waivers, and Disclosures

  • 01 Aug 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Roles, Waivers, and Disclosures

August 1, 2020 9a-4p Eastern

Amber Farrelly, Esq.

Presented through ZOOM

0.6 CEU Legal

Some of what are considered “simple” concepts can be difficult at best to maneuver through especially when confronted in a court room. Often, we believe we know our roles, but with the intimate nature of the Deaf community and ASL, conflicts can arise.

When you are interpreting, your involvement and decisions will affect people—the Deaf and hearing consumer, other interpreters, society at large, and yourself. A strong grasp of the tenets of the Code of Professional Conduct (CPC) is required to understand roles, conflicts, waivers, and disclosures, and to ensure that the interpreter affects the case in the least intrusive way possible. This workshop will focus on interpreter roles, conflicts, waivers, and disclosures and how all are applied in court.

This workshop is presented in English with ASL interpreters

Level of Participant’s Prior Knowledge of Topic: Little/None to Experienced Interpreters

Presenter Bio

Amber D. Farrelly received her undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma at Norman and her Juris Doctorate degree from Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law with the highest distinction for her pro bono work. Amber began her legal career clerking for both defense teams in the Yogurt Shop Murders shortly after their reversals in 2007 until both cases were dismissed in 2009. She began practicing as a criminal defense attorney in 2009, and has worked with the Innocence Project, The Innocence Project of Texas, and the Texas Civil Rights Project. 

Amber is licensed in and practices throughout the state of Texas and in the U.S. Western District. Amber specializes in Deaf clientele and is a court-certified interpreter in American Sign Language (ASL). Working with the Conviction Integrity Unit in Dallas County, she testified as an expert witness on ASL and Deaf culture in the Stephen Brodie exoneration case—the only Deaf person exonerated in the United States. She has consulted and testified on numerous cases involving Deaf individuals as an expert. 

Amber is the former president and current parliamentarian of the Texas School for the Deaf Foundation Board. She is dedicated to and an advocate for the Deaf. 

Amber received the Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf President’s Award in 2016. She was named Travis County Woman Lawyer of the Year for 2012. She has given numerous presentations and workshops on legal interpreting and Deaf rights. She has also been a guest on 48 Hours, America’s Most Wanted, Intersections Radio, and Legal Broadcast Network.



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