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Toolkit for Legal Interpreters

Welcome to the Toolkit for Legal Interpreters developed by Project CLIMB. This toolkit offers a variety of activities and resources to expand the competencies of practitioners working in legal settings. This toolkit is designed to be used by legal interpreting mentors and/or interpreter practitioners who aspire to work in legal settings.

Throughout this toolkit, an introduction to each section of the toolkit is presented in American Sign Language. Naomi Sheneman briefly explains the organization and general content of the toolkit. 

The Honorable Judge Helen Brown Bryant shares a judge’s perspective on diversity in the courtroom and the work of interpreters in this unique setting which provides context for Project CLIMB's overall vision and approach. Additionally, the Honorable Judge supports skill development for interpreters working in legal contexts as well as new pathways into this interpreting specialization. 

Full Interview

Spoken English with Captions

ASL Translation (no English Captions)

The toolkit is organized into two parts.


Offers learning activities for interpreters to develop greater mastery in various competencies. 

Includes activities to develop:


Offers materials to assist interpreters to develop greater knowledge and skills for legal interpreting.

Includes resources related to:

Grant Recognition

The contents of the Project CLIMB website was developed under a grant (#H160D160001) from the Department of Education. The contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education. Do not assume endorsement by the Federal government.

As of December 31, 2021, this grant project is no longer active or soliciting applications.
This website will remain available as a resource.

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