Annual Meeting Language Access Program


Annual Meeting Language Access Program

Dear Language Access Friend:

We hope you and your staff and colleagues will join us at the language access program at the State Bar Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids on Friday, September 19 at 9 a.m. The Michigan Supreme Court adopted language access rules in September of 2013, and all of the state’s trial courts have adopted plans to improve access to the courts for those with limited English proficiency. The program is a panel discussion that will look at how we’re doing with language access one year after adoption of the court rules.

The panel includes Hon. Christopher Yates, Hon. William Kelly, Donna Bos, and Angela Tripp. They will show attendees how to use the request and order form for interpreters on the Michigan Legal Help website, and introduce the Spanish version of the website. The panel will discuss judicial discretion in determining the need for interpreters, criteria and tests for certification of foreign language interpreters, practical tips for how to work with interpreters and best practices for courtroom and courthouse operations. They’ll also provide a “what’s new” update.

Please share this message with anyone who can contribute to our conversation or who would like to know more about language access. The program is free to attend, but registration is requested to allow for proper facilities planning. Visit the Equal Access Initiative website for more information or to register. If you are not a member of the State Bar, please use the link to download form to register for the free program.

Link: EAI program register form

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