Reflections From Recently Retired Court Interpreter

Jan 4, 2019

Jan 4, 2019 -- After thirty years of working as an English-Spanish court interpreter, Tim Baird is heading into retirement. In this interview, he talks about what it means to interpret languages and cultures for people who find themselves involved in what can be an overwhelming situation.

Baird worked in construction and agriculture for years before educating himself on the Napoleonic Code, common-law English jurisprudence, and how to tell when someone's eyes are glazing over during a bewildering yet vital legal discussion. We'll hear his reflections on his long career, including his faith in the justice system and the importance of doing no harm.