Remembering Micki Maupin


View the video below to view Patty Drasin's brief presentation honoring Micki Maupin's memory at SCRID's 50 year anniversary Jubilee event. Video description along with video transcript is displayed below the video.


Video Description:

Two females who appear to be Caucasian are standing on stage. The female (Tiffany Green) on the left is wearing a green dress. The female (Patty Drasin) on the right is signing and is wearing a black jacket over a purple shirt with accessorized necklaces.

Video Transcript:

Patty Drasin: Micki Maupin worked as the first ASL Legal Interpreter in the Southern California for many years. She was the only one in all of Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, and Bakersfield. Actually, Bakersfield had (Faye Wilke) (F at chest). Micki Maupin (C above the ear on head like Mickey Mouse). She was one of the first ASL Legal Interpreters to specialize in the Legal arena. She educated judges about the value of Deaf people and their right to equal access.

Not only that, she also worked with Spanish Interpreters, educating them about how to recognize individuals who are Deaf and use ASL, it wasn’t just gesturing, but an actual form of language through the use of individual’s hands.

Micki was a role model during her years of service. Barbara Mathis and Debbie Bradley began working at the Los Angeles Superior Courts and worked with Micki after she opened the door to legal Interpreting field. Barbara and Debbie were lucky enough to have had the opportunity to work with Micki.

I recently found out Micki passed away on September 20, 2017. When Micki retired, she still attended interpreting workshops, supported SCRID, and even visited CSUN just to take workshops there. We owe her gratitude for all the work she did that contributed to our profession in working in the courtroom as Legal ASL Interpreters. When you go into a courtroom or perform any legal work, remember Micki Maupin, we are blessed to work as Legal ASL Interpreters because of the battles she fought. Thank you for your time.

*audience handwaving* *Patty departs*

Tiffany Green: Thank you. *video ends*





Image Description: Obituary. Maupin, Benita "Micki", 83, of Orange, died September 20, 2017. Micki was the loving and devoted wife of Les Maupin who passed away on January 7, 2012 after 58 years of marriage. Micki is survived by her son. Tom (Gail); daughter, Linda Brown (Dave); 5 grandchildren, Sandy, Erica, Matt, Megan, and Hunter; 8 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Kathy Coop and Beverly Rallis; plus many nieces and nephews. Micki was born in Scranton, PA, but lived in Orange for the past 65 years. Micki will be remembered for being a loving mother and grandmother as well as for her care and compassion of the deaf and disabled and for her 30 years of interpreting for the deaf in the Orange and Los Angeles County Criminal Courts. A graveside memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at Fairhaven Memorial Park, 1702 Fairhaven Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705. (714) 633-1442. below the obituary contains a website. www.fairhavenmemorial.com


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