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When: 10/18/2018
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Where: State Bar of Georgia
104 Marietta St. NW
Room 2, Suite 100
Atlanta, Georgia  30303
United States
Contact: 404-521-0781

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The Essence of Due Process is the Opportunity to Be Heard: Legal Obligations, Practical Considerations, and Best Practices for Providing Language Access Georgia Courts


This training will provide Georgia judges with substantive information to assist them with presiding over cases that require the appointment of foreign language and sign language interpreters, pursuant to federal and state laws and policies. Topics of discussion include, but are not limited to,: 1)  a review of  the legal underpinnings  of language access in Georgia's courts, including  the Supreme Court of Georgia Rule for Use of Interpreters for Non-English Speaking and Hearing Impaired Persons as well as the recently revised Uniform Superior Court Rule 7.3 (effective 7/13/17); 2)  the requirement that all appointed interpreters be "qualified" and the licensing designations for foreign language and sign language interpreters in Georgia; 3) the court's duty to provide a qualified interpreter, at not cost, in all Georgia legal proceedings, including civil matters, and in court-managed functions ( e.g, ADR ); and 4) suggested best practices and resources available to assist Georgia courts with ensuring they are providing limited English proficient (LEP) and Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH) participants with meaningful access to Georgia courts, including an overview of  Ch. 11: Appointing Qualified Interpreters from the 2016 State Court Bench Book which has been adopted by the Council of Superior Court Judges, Council of Magistrate Court Judges, Council of Municipal Court Judges, and Council of Probate Court Judges.  This training will also address frequently encountered challenges, including but not limited to, : 1)  when an LEP or DHH participant  requests or insists on using a friend or family member in lieu of a qualified court-appointed interpreter; 2) when one of the attorneys of record is bilingual  and speaks the same language as his or her client or the opposing party; 3) when no certified or other licensed interpreter is available for a legal proceeding; 4) the use of telephonic interpreters and other third-party language assistance vendors; 5) securing interpreters for indigenous and other less frequently encountered languages.



Jana J. Edmondson-Cooper

Member, Supreme Court of Georgia Commission on Interpreters


A former legal interpreter and legal aid attorney, Ms. Edmondson-Cooper currently serves as  bilingual federal prosecutor where she litigates labor and employment matters in administrative forums and courts of law focusing on cases involving violations of the “H” provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act—provisions regulating the working conditions of workers who enter the U.S. via temporary work visas, a significant number of whom are limited English proficient (LEP)—, the Migrant and Seasonal Workers Protection Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and other federal labor laws.  Additionally, Ms. Edmondson-Cooper works  to alleviate language access as an access to justice issue. With over a decade of language access experience, Ms. Edmondson-Cooper's advocacy includes contributing to the development of local, state and federal language access policies and the development of state and national curricula for training attorneys and judges on language access as an access to justice issue. Appointed by the Supreme Court of Georgia, Ms. Edmondson-Cooper is a member of the Court’s Commission on Interpreters and the Judicial Council of Georgia's Access, Fairness, Public Trust and Confidence Committee. Ms. Edmondson-Cooper has authored several publications on language access including "Ch. 11: Appointing Qualified Interpreters" in the 2016 [Georgia] State Court Benchbook which has been subsequently adopted by several other Georgia courts. Additional details about Ms. Edmondson-Cooper's  advocacy may be found at .   Ms. Edmondson-Cooper's advocacy has been acknowledged statewide and nationally, including, recognition by the Fulton County Daily Report as 1 of 40 Georgia lawyers under age 40 named a rising legal star to watch, recognition by Gov. Nathan Deal (R-GA) and the Georgia Commission on Equal Opportunity, selection to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, and recognition by the National Bar Association and the American Bar Association as one of the nation’s top 40 young lawyers who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership and legal and community involvement. Ms. Edmondson-Cooper is a graduate of Spelman College and Mississippi College School of Law. 


$20 per person


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