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2023 Winter Plenary

  • 09 Dec 2023
  • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • 4400 S Rural Rd, Tempe, AZ 85282

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The Arizona Court Interpreters Association warmly invites you to attend the final 2023 event, the Winter Plenary. The Arizona Court Interpreters Association warmly invites you to attend the final 2023 event, the Winter Plenary. 


Saturday, December 9th, 2023.


Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Tempe

4400 S Rural Rd

Tempe, AZ 85282

Free parking 


Language Neutral


9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Registration and Opening Remarks


9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Overview of the Federal Court System

  • Juan Carlos Cordova, United States District Court.

  • Isabel Fierros, Federally Certified Spanish Interpreter.


12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Lunch 

Lunch is included for in-person attendees. 

Networking - Interpreting Agencies. 


1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Treasurer's Report 


1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Interpreting in Immigration Court

  • Veronica Muñoz, DOJ Staff Court Interpreter. 

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Raffle 

Raffle donations are tax deductible.


Juan Carlos Cordova has been working in the interpreting field for over 30 years. He is a staff interpreter with the United States District Court, in Tucson Arizona.  He has interpreted in thousands of court events from initial appearances to jury trials.  Previously, and for over 17 years he was the lead interpreter and supervisor for the interpreter’s office at the Mesa City Court.  He has also served as faculty for the University of Arizona National Center for Court Interpretation where he tested and rated interpreter’s performance and provided training on modes of interpretation, ethics, protocol, Spanish regionalisms, and court language. He also has extensive experience interpreting in commercial, medical, and conference settings.  He was also a faculty for the Arizona Supreme Court, Committee on Judicial Education and Training (COJET) providing training to interpreters and other court staff. As such was twice awarded the Court Trainer Excellence Award.  Was also an accredited representative before immigration courts.  He is a certified Court Manager, by the National Center for State Court.  He is also Certified as a court interpreter by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, the State of Minnesota, and the State of Arizona.  

Isabel Fierros, Federally Certified Spanish Interpreter. A Spanish interpreter for a few decades now, Isabel Fierros still looks at language with wonderment and believes the development of language skills is a lifelong pursuit. A few years ago, she obtained a master’s degree from the Spanish Instituto Superior de Estudios Lingüísticos y Traducción. She has also completed the legal translation Diplomatura offered by the Organización Mexicana de Traductores.

Veronica B Munoz. Staff interpreter for the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Department of Justice. Previously worked for Maricopa Superior Court as a staff interpreter and also as a freelancer translator, court interpreter, and conference interpreter. Certified interpreter for California and Tier 4 in Arizona. Federal Certification is in process. Native from Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico with a degree in Chemical Engineering (Mexico) and a master's in business administration (University of Texas). Hobbies include hiking, outdoor activities, and pickleball.


Three and half hours of CEUs.

Language neutral.



ACIA Members, In-person $50

ACIA Members, Virtual $45


Non-ACIA Members $70

Non-ACIA, Virtual $65


Come join us! 



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