The fifth annual State Bar of Michigan Justice Initiatives Summit focused on “Language Access: Best Practices in Michigan Courts,” in light of the recent adoption of Michigan Court Rule 1.111 and 8.127.
The summit, a program of the SBM Committee on Justice Initiatives, took place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, April 28, at the SBM Michael Franck Building in Lansing. It provided an opportunity for all major players in justice initiatives issues to come together to exchange perspectives and information on the most important access to justice issues and the challenges and opportunities facing Michigan.
Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr., and Justice Bridget M. McCormack kicked off the summit with an update on where language access stands in Michigan courts.
Keynote speaker Lisa Wood, a partner and antitrust lawyer at Foley Hoag LLP in Boston who is known nationally for her work in access to justice issues and helped develop the American Bar Association’s Language Access Standards, delivered a presentation on where language access stands across the country.
Breakout sessions covered “Nuts and Bolts – Court Rules, Language Access Plans, Requesting an Interpreter, Enforcement and Oversight;” “Providing Services in Courthouse Operations;” “Providing Services Inside the Courtroom;” and “Document Translation.”
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