From the Nebraska Judicial Branch:Ms. Frederique Sevet-Collier, Lincoln, is the first French interpreter to have successfully completed requirements to become a Nebraska Certified Court Interpreter. She joins a small but growing group of certified court interpreters for languages which include Spanish, Russian, American-Sign, Mandarin-Chinese, and Somali. Individuals from French speaking countries like Liberia, Algeria, and Haiti have utilized French Court Interpreters in Nebraska.
Sevet-Collier will participate in the Nebraska Supreme Court Certification Ceremony in Lincoln on August 25, 2014, along with newly-certified Spanish language interpreter Caden Tait, Omaha. Jerry Cuevas, Omaha, and Julie Sellers, Atchison, Kansas will also be recognized during the ceremony with transfer certifications into Nebraska. The ceremony is open to the public and begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Nebraska Supreme Court courtroom located on the 2nd floor of the State Capitol in Lincoln. A short reception will follow.
As a Registered Court Interpreter since 2010, Sevet-Collier has provided sight reading, consecutive, and simultaneous interpreting for criminal and civil cases in Nebraska courts. She is originally from Marseille, France. Frederique first came to Nebraska as a university exchange student in 1996 after earning her maitrise d'Anglais in American History at the University of Aix, France. She holds a Ph.D. in 19th-Century French Literature. Frederique also teaches French at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Doane College.
Tait is a native of Colorado, who refined his Spanish speaking skills while working in a Guatemalan orphanage before moving to Omaha in 2014. He currently holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology through Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA, and plans on attending law school in the fall 2015.
“Access to justice is dependent upon qualified interpreters; the Nebraska Supreme Court’s Administrative Office is very pleased to have our first Certified Interpreter available for French-speaking court users,” said Trial Court Services Director Sheryl Connolly.