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The Couch is a learning place, not only for its contributors but also for our readers who engage in the ensuing discussions. What do you do when you witness something that does not seem kosher? Let's help our colleague find some peace of mind. This happened...

The Couch is a learning place, not only for its contributors but also for our readers who engage in the ensuing discussions. What do you do when you are the victim of unusual practices or an out of control situation? I got this nice job offer, a really sweet deal: they...

- By Armando Ezquerra Hasbun © 2017 Depositions can be grueling. Sometimes we deal with hostile parties, long hours without back up, complex subject matters… often made worse by the unwillingness to advance or share information about the case based on the mistaken belief that we...

The Couch is a learning place, not only for its contributors but also for our readers who engage in the ensuing discussions. What do you do when you are the victim of unusual practices or an out of control situation? You have met them. Sweet looking, polite, state they understand your...

Originally published in January 2015, this post remains relevant. Please enjoy. On this blog, we dedicate a great deal of time and effort to the profession of interpreting for the courts. We tell stories, share experiences, propose new ideas, and issue calls to action. This week,...

The Couch is a learning place, not only for its contributors but also for our readers who engage in the ensuing discussions. What do you do when you are the victim of unusual practices? Discounts are in the spotlight again. How about we all contribute to create a Best Practices...

Here is a double feature on new member benefits and an overview of upcoming webinars. Enjoy!   What is your professional association doing for you? - By Aimee Benavides, NAJIT Chair Professional associations have an important role in the lives of those they serve. In the case of NAJIT, our...

The Couch is a learning place, not only for its contributors but also for our readers who engage in the ensuing discussions. What do you do when you are the victim of unusual practices? First of all, I want to thank the people who write here on The Couch and...

As some of you are already aware, this September I embarked on the Master’s in Conference Interpreting program with Glendon College at York University. At the time of this posting, a month will have already gone by. Time flies when you’re too busy to think! Because...

Not too long ago, I found myself at an arbitration in which one of the parties, John Doe, was attending by WhatsApp from across the globe. That was a first for me. I have already used Google Hangouts, Skype, and straight phone calls, and each...