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Annotated Bibliography: Theses

This annotated bibliography was prepared by Sandra McClure in 2020.

These theses (below) are resources that are of interest to ASL legal interpreters. The descriptive and evaluative paragraph associated with the citation conveys the quality and relevance of the resource which assists in determining if the resource is of actual interest.

Additional resources are available within this Annotated Bibliography

NOTE: This page was last updated November 2021.

  1. Couch, K.M. (2017). The impact of American sign language interpreter licensure laws on d/Deaf defendants in criminal cases. [Master's Thesis, Boise State University].

    Key Words: ADA, interpreter, licensure, Deaf, defendants, qualified

    This study analyzes the various ways in which d/Deaf individuals should be treated differently within the justice system due to their differences in communication, as well as how statutes defining the qualification of interpreters may be most inclusive of the variances in communication.

    Link to Thesis: https://scholarworks.boisestate.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2326&context=td

  2. Smith, S.W. (2016). Roles, conflicts, and disclosures: American sign language/English interpreters’ adherence to best practices in legal settings. [Master's Thesis, Western Oregon University]. Digital Commons at WOU.

    Key Words: best practice, legal, interpreting, specialization

    This research is designed to collect information about who is currently doing the work of legal interpreting and discover what their daily practice entails. The results of this study provide a glimpse of the legal interpreting specialization as it currently stands and potential implications for future practice and study.

    Link to Thesis: https://digitalcommons.wou.edu/theses/29/

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