This program will address important ethical issues in the representation of clients with limited English proficiency (LEP). In our increasingly global world, lawyers are frequently finding themselves in the position of needing to communicate with clients whose primary language is not one that the lawyer shares. In such cases, lawyers will need to enlist the assistance of an interpreter to ensure effective communication and ultimately effective representation. But how does a lawyer go about determining which clients need an interpreter? How does the lawyer select the interpreter? How can a lawyer make the best use of an interpreter to promote seamless communication between the lawyer and the LEP client? This program, taught by Jami Johnson, an Assistant Federal Public Defender, and Marcia Resler, a federally certified Arizona Tier 4 credentialed interpreter, will address these topics and others with the goal of assisting lawyers in becoming better advisors and advocates for their LEP clients.
Jami Johnson is an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Phoenix, Arizona. She received her JD from Yale Law School, an M.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and a B.A. in English in Economics from Vanderbilt University. Prior to becoming a public defender, she worked for five years as a litigation associate at the firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in New York City. Before and during law school, she worked as an interpreter and translator for indigent French-speaking immigrants from West and Central Africa. As a public defender, approximately half of her cases involve the representation of or communication with individuals with limited proficiency in English.
New York State Bar # 4823373
Born in Mexico and raised in Costa Rica, Marcia Resler, federally certified, is also an Arizona Tier 4 credentialed interpreter. She is a staff interpreter at the Federal Public Defender Office, District of Arizona. Prior to joining the FPD, she worked for the U.S. District Courts for 15 years. She holds a B.S. in Journalism from John Brown University. She has been Faculty and a rater for the Federal Court Interpreter Certification Examination since 2007.