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This session will offer participants guidance on how to properly assess and train bilingual staff. Many organizations do not formally assess the bilingual abilities of their staff or provide regular trainings to ensure that their skills are up to par. Speakers will provide examples of formal testing methods and curriculums for trainings of bilingual staff. This session will also include, from the perspective of a legal interpreter/trainer, an overview of various skills required for specific legal settings.

Presenters:

Eli Palomares, Staff Attorney, Neighborhood Legal Services of LA County
Neal Dudovitz, Executive Director, Neighborhood Legal Services of LA County
Joann Lee, Directing Attorney, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Angie Carrera, Language Access Coordinator, Office of the County Executive, Fairfax County Government

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