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Mediator Weekly Practice and Discussion

Each Tuesday, 11AM-12PM current volunteers meet with our mediation staff over Zoom for skills practice, role plays, case rounds, and discussions. Some recent topics include: Case development skills, Agenda setting, Defining success in mediation, etc. Email to receive the Zoom link and information.

Working with Interpreters in Mediation and Facilitation

Date/Time: October 4, 2021 at 3-5 pm 

Via Zoom (link provided upon registration)

In this workshop learn about interpretation services and learn about and practice ways to best work with interpreters during mediation. Course meets continuing education requirements for court-connected mediators. 

Registration is required

About the workshop trainers: 

Chantal Portillo realized she wanted to be an interpreter at 12 years old, while watching a documentary of the Nuremberg trials. The role played by interpreters as a bridge of communication between parties captured her heart and is still what she enjoys and values most about being an interpreter. This fascination and the luck of having a multicultural extended family lead to languages being an essential part of her life. Chantal has a BD, a master’s, and a PhD in the fields of Translation, Interpretation and Intercultural Communication. Chantal was also certified as a Judicial Translator and Interpreter in Spain where she worked as a conference interpreter and translator for 10 years before moving to Oregon in 2013. Chantal began working as a freelance interpreter for the Oregon Judicial Department in 2015 which is, “the best professional step she ever took.” After 25 years as an independent contractor Chantal became a staff interpreter for the OJD in January of 2020 and works primarily in Marion County. In her free time Chantal likes to hike in our beautiful Oregon State Parks and creative activities, like furniture restoration and crafting.

Michaelle Gearheart has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management from the University of Portland. She has been working with Court Language Access Services since 2009. As the Certification and Training Coordinator for CLAS she is the first point of contact for anyone interested in interpreting in the Oregon Courts, and helps coordinate outreach education to stakeholders.   She oversees the registration and coordination of all continuing education events, credential application and renewal, and exam scheduling and administration. She also maintains the CLAS internet pages including calendar of events, applications, forms, and event announcements. Michaelle and her husband live in Oregon City and are enjoying being parents to two crazy and wonderful little boys.