Elementary School:       Chihuahua City, Mexico

High School:                 Jefferson High, El Paso, Texas

University:                    California State University at Fullerton: B.A. Degree in Spanish Linguistics and                                                   Literature, 1978

Learning Volunteers of America: Teaching English as a Second Language Training, 1985

University of Arizona: Summer Institute of Interpreting, 1990

Abraham Lincoln University of Law: Law Degree, 2004



Federal Court Interpreter

California Court Interpreter

California Administrative Hearing Interpreter

California Medical Interpreter



1962 to 1969 Gospel Light in Native Tongues

1970 to 1990 Freelance translator

1990 to 1996 Santa Ana Criminal Court, interpreter

1990 to 1996, instructor preparing candidates for California Interpreter Exams

1997 Examiner for the Federal Court Interpreter Oral Exam

1997 Instructor in Consecutive Interpreting at University of California at Irvine


Thirty years as Spanish to English and English to Spanish interpreter and translator in religion, law, medicine, waste management, advertising, music, art, marketing research, science, computer science, biology, botany, textiles, mathematics, culinary arts, linguistics, literature and most endeavors of mankind.

Manuel worked as a court interpreter since 1990. For six years he worked in criminal court in Santa Ana, California. After that, he worked in Immigration Court in Los Angeles. Since 2006 he has been doing only translations.  Manuel now provides court certified translation for LA Translation and Interpretation in Los Angeles.

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