Category Archives: LEP

Michigan Intrpreter Rule May Raise Questions About Middle Income Access to Justice

A recently issued Michigan court rule, dealing with interpreter costs, raises broader and troubling questions about middle income access to justice. As reported by the Detroit Free Press, the US Attorney for Michigan points out that the rule, which requires … Continue reading

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Implications of the “No Lawyer Plus No Interpreter Equals No Access” Truism

With the release of the NCSC Call for Action on Limited English Proficiency, I have been thinking about the very complex relationship between the access to justice challenges suffered by those without a lawyer, and those without effective English proficiency. … Continue reading

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Census issues Language Mapper

That’s right, a tool that lets you plot languages by area. Here is the national Spanish language graph (with each dot representing about 100 people.) The overall message of course, is how fast Spanish and LEP folks are spreading throughout … Continue reading

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DOJ Seeks Comments on Draft Language Access Planning and Technical Assistance Tool for Courts

Comments on a Draft Language Access Planning and Technical Assistance Tool for Courts are being sought by the Department of Justice. The draft from DOJ is here. Comments are due by March 1. 2013. The draft includes sections and checklists … Continue reading

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Post Election Implications for Access to Justice — Part I: Broad Themes

This very much not an electoral politics blog.  But Tuesday had such strong implications for the access to justice discussion that I think it may be useful to start to think through some of the second level themes and implications … Continue reading

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NCSC Summit on Language Access Now Going On

Those interested in the Summit on Languge Access in the Courts that is now going on can see the Agenda here. Self-represented advocates will be particularly interested in the session on Providing Services Outside the Courtroom, which is listed as … Continue reading

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Claudia Johnson Guest Blogs on Information About LEP Services

I (Claudia) recently hosted a webinar on technology to assist self represented litigants as part of the LSNTAP webinar series. In preparing for the webinar it was evident that videos and visual tools are one of the strongest emerging trends. … Continue reading

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Language Flash Cards for First Responders

Here, from KnoxNews.com, via the Huffington Post, is a nice example of creative solutions in practice.  As reported in KnoxNews.com. “Instead of trying to teach 300 firefighters elementary Spanish so they can follow a conversation, we use these,” [Senior Firefighter] … Continue reading

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Plain Language and LEP — Resource Site

In all the talk about LEP and plain language, this site has tended to sit under the radar.  This great resource site includes a wide range of model plain language informational sheets, including non-English information.  WriteClearly.org includes informational materials, and … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Narrows Meaning of “Interpreting” in Cost Shifting Statute

As Claudia Johnston points out in a Comment, the Supreme Court has (6-3) come up with a narrow definition of “interpreting” in a cost shifting statute, excluding translation of documents.  The decision, TANIGUCHI v. KAN PACIFIC SAIPAN, LTD, is here. … Continue reading

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SJI Announces Six Self-Represented Litigation Grants

The latest issue of SJI E-News announces that the Board has approved six SRL related grants. Here is the text of the announcement: During the 2nd quarter Board meeting, 6 SIG grants were awarded totaling $275,158. These projects address one … Continue reading

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DOJ Announces Approval of Colorado Language Access Plan

From DOJ: The Justice Department approved a language access plan released by the Colorado Supreme Court just last week. Adoption of the plan was required by an agreement signed on June 28, 2011, by the Department and the Colorado courts … Continue reading

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National Employment Law Project Offers Webinar on Tools for LEP Applicants for Unemployment Benefits

Here is the description: Since the Clinton Administration, there has been an Executive Order in place requiring entities that receive federal funding to assess needs in their communities and have a plan for access to their services for the limited … Continue reading

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Interesting Points in DOJ Language Access Letter to North Carolina Courts

The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice has sent a letter to the North Carolina Courts as part of its investgatory and enforcment process with respect to Language access.  The letter and accompanying materials are here. (Hereafter letter.  … Continue reading

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Free LSC Webinar on TIG Programs and Language Access, Wed March 14

Here is part of the announcement: On Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. (EDT) LSC will host “Language Access and LSC’s TIG Program: Legal Aid and Court Collaborations.” LSC is offering this webinar to help legal services providers better … Continue reading

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