Over a decade of experience in legal translations, fluent in Spanish and English, and every professional certification you might need.


Curtis Draves

California Certified Court Interpreter
Federally Certified Court Interpreter
Translator Certified by the American Translators Association (Spanish to English)

Stanford University BSE
San Francisco State University Certificate in Legal/Court Spanish Interpreting


Stanford University, BSE Product Design 1992
Interdisciplinary major in mechanical engineering, design, art, and liberal arts โ€“ with special emphasis on project management, entrepreneurship, creativity, human factors, and marketing

San Francisco State University, Certificate 2005
Legal/Court Spanish Interpreting Program
Sight Translation, Consecutive, Simultaneous and Medical-legal Interpretation



  • 14 years of experience in interpretation, translation and translation-related services
  • Fully fluent in Spanish, lived in Spanish-speaking Latin America for 5 years, work with native Spanish-speaking colleagues on translation

Federal Certified Court Interpreter (FCCI) (AOUSC)
Translator Certified by the American Translators Association (ATA)
California Certified Court Interpreter (CCCI) (Judicial Council master list)
California Certified Administrative Hearing Interpreter, expired (CPS master list)
California Certified Medical Interpreter, expired (CPS master list)

Professional Associations    
Member, American Translators Association (ATA), Spanish Division, Interpreters Division
Member, Northern California Translators Association (NCTA)
Past President, California Federation of Interpreters (CFI)
Member, National Association of Judicial Interpreters and Translators (NAJIT)
Former member, California Healthcare Interpreters Association (CHIA)

Pro Bono    
VLSP, Volunteer Legal Services Program of the SF Bar
LCCR, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
Babels (the World Social Forum)
(former volunteer) Access, Self-help Center of the SF Superior Court

2005 Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service, VLSP
2004 Outstanding Volunteer in Public Service, VLSP (Volunteer Legal Services Program of the SF Bar Association)
2004 Certificate of Recognition for Public Service, California Senator Carole Migden
2 Certificates of Appreciation, 1/14/04 and 3/5/04, Access Center, SF Superior Court