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Interpreting Communities: Lawyering Across Language Difference

Date: 
01/01/2007
Author: 
Muneer Ahmad

This article, by Muneer Ahmad, highlights the complexities of layering across language differences particularly in poverty law. The article examines the many struggles in representing LEP individuals and invites readers to reimagine the traditional attorney client relationship when an interpreter is involved. The article supports community interpreting to facilitate a more collaborative lawyering approach that includes the client, attorney and interpreter.

Ahmad's article sparked increased discussion about the role of interpreters in a legal setting. In response to this article, Gary Blasi wrote Lawyers, Clients, and the "Third Person in the Room".

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