Language Access Services Section

About Us

LASS works closely with the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) through the Language Access Advisory Committee and the Council of Language Access Coordinators (CLAC).  Click here to read more.

Quick Links

Resources for Program Managers

Resources for Court Interpreters

VRI Resource Center

Directory

Contact Persons:
Find contact persons by state here.

LAAC Members:
Tonnya K. Kohn, SC, Chair
Regina Petersen, VI, Vice Chair
Nancy Dixon, KS
Glenn A. Grant, NJ
Kathy Lloyd, MO
Stacey Marz, AK 
Marcia M. Meis, IL
Arthur W. Pepin, NM
Sandra Vujnovich, LA
McKinley Wooten, NC

CLAC Liaisons to LAAC: 
Brenda Carrasquillo (NJ)
Brooke Crozier (NC)
Stacy Westra (MI)

LASS Staff:

Konstantina Vagenas
Director/Chief Counsel
Access to Justice Initiatives
703-841-6903

Jacquie Ring
Program Manager
Language Access Services Section
703-841-6903

Kimberly Brooke
Language Access Court Interpreter Specialist
703-841-6903

Danielle Reier
Program Specialist 
703-841-6903

Justin Apperson
Sr. Administrative Specialist
703-841-6903

The Court Consulting Services Division is pleased to welcome you to the 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.  The information and resources found here 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.

Resources

Resources for State Language Access Program ManagersResources for Court Interpreters

State-specific information, language access tools and resources, guides and standards, and members-only resources for state language access program managers.

Self-assessment and self-study tools, legal glossaries and dictionaries, written and oral exam resources, and related information for current and prospective court interpreters.

Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) Resource Center

NEW: Check out the VRI Resource Center as we continue to develop our collection of database, vendor, and supporting documentation for interpreters and courts. 

Featured Items and Publications

National Call to Action
NCSC's A National Call to Action Access to Justice for Limited English Proficient Litigants: Creating Solutions to Language Barriers in State Courts serves as a helpful road map to jurisdictions as they work toward improving services to LEP litigants. Read more...

Language Access: Called to Action
NCSC's Called to Action: 5 Years of Improving Language Access in the States Courts provides a summary of the significant efforts towards improving language access services undertaken by jurisdictions nationwide in the five years since the 2012 National Summit on Language Access in the Courts. Read more...

Limited English Proficiency and the State Courts: Final Report
In furtherance of the state courts' commitment to developing and improving language access services, the National Center for State Courts provided direct technical assistance, guidance, and new tools for state and local courts with the support of a State Justice Institute (SJI) Strategic Initiatives Grant awarded in 2013.

Language Access Basic Training
The LABT is a downloadable interactive training module for bilingual court employees who interact with people outside of the courtroom, developed by the New Mexico Center for Language Access along with the NCSC, the Council of Language Access Coordinators (CLAC) and the Language Access Advisory Committee (LAAC). It is funded by the State Justice Institute.

Court Talk Podcast: Bridging the Communication Gap
In this podcast, you'll learn about why language access in the courts is important for ensuring that people's right are protected.

News and Updates

The 2020 CLAC Conference has been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  The event was originally scheduled to be held in Bloomington, Minnesota from September 20-22, 2020.  More information on the next conference will be posted to this page as it becomes available.

View past conferences and event details>>

About Us

LASS works closely with the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) through the Language Access Advisory Committee and the Council of Language Access Coordinators (CLAC).  Click here to read more.

Quick Links

Resources for Program Managers

Resources for Court Interpreters

VRI Resource Center

Directory

Contact Persons:
Find contact persons by state here.

LAAC Members:
Tonnya K. Kohn, SC, Chair
Regina Petersen, VI, Vice Chair
Nancy Dixon, KS
Glenn A. Grant, NJ
Kathy Lloyd, MO
Stacey Marz, AK 
Marcia M. Meis, IL
Arthur W. Pepin, NM
Sandra Vujnovich, LA
McKinley Wooten, NC

CLAC Liaisons to LAAC: 
Brenda Carrasquillo (NJ)
Brooke Crozier (NC)
Stacy Westra (MI)

LASS Staff:

Konstantina Vagenas
Director/Chief Counsel
Access to Justice Initiatives
703-841-6903

Jacquie Ring
Program Manager
Language Access Services Section
703-841-6903

Kimberly Brooke
Language Access Court Interpreter Specialist
703-841-6903

Danielle Reier
Program Specialist 
703-841-6903

Justin Apperson
Sr. Administrative Specialist
703-841-6903