ABOUT LANGUAGE ACCESS
These Web pages were designed to benefit the state courts, prospective interpreters and anyone interested in how state courts meet the needs of, and continuously seek to improve, services to individuals with limited English proficiency.
Contact Persons:Find contact persons by state here.
Judge Patricia Griffin (DE), ChairSteve Canterbury (WV)Nancy Dixon (KS)Glenn Grant (NJ)Christine Johnson (AK)Marla Moore (GA)Artie Pepin (NM)
Gail Prudenti (NY)CLAC Liaisons to LAAC: Carmel Capati (WI)Emy Lopez (CO)Mary Rose Zingale (TN)
Transitional Council:View the members and their terms here.
Konstantina Vagenas Director/Chief Counsel,Language and Access to Justice Initiatives703-841-6903
Jacquie Ring Program ManagerNational Interpreter Testing Programs703-841-6903
Coordinator for Court Interpreting Testing Services and Operations703-841-6903
The Court Consulting Services Division is pleased to welcome you to the website of its newly-established Language Access Services Section (LASS). LASS provides state courts with resources to overcome language barriers in the courts and to ensure that providing individuals with limited English proficiency with access to the courts is a core function of the courts.
LASS works closely with the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) through the Language Access Advisory Committee (LAAC) and the Council of Language Access Coordinators (CLAC).
These Web pages are new, and are a work in progress. We want to hear from you on how we can improve them to better serve you. We look forward to your communication!
Mission and history of LAAC and CLAC; CLAC state contacts; LASS staff; and NCSC's Language Access Resource Guide.
A National Call to Action
NCSC is pleased to announce the release of NCSC's A National Call to Action Access to Justice for Limited English Proficient Litigants: Creating Solutions to Language Barriers in State Courts. NCSC hopes that the Call to Action will serve as a helpful road map to jurisdictions as they work toward improving services to LEP litigants. Read More...
2014 CLAC Conference
The Second Annual CLAC Conference will take place on April 27-30, 2014 in Portland, Oregon. For more details please visit the 2014 CLAC Conference website.
Conferences and Events
CLAC Events. The First Annual CLAC Conference (Invitation only) convened on April 21-24, 2013 in Salem, Mass. Find all the details here.
An online archive of the 2012 National Summit on Language Access in the Courts presentation materials and resources is available at www.ncsc.org/languagesummit