Language Barriers to Justice

This panel will investigate language barriers in the justice system from multiple angles and perspectives. Generally, what does it mean to have an English language justice system in California when non-English speakers will be the majority by 2050? And, more technically, how do language barriers actually play out in trial and negotiation? Bringing together judges, litigators, and policy advocates, this panel will help equip attendees with skills to better navigate language barriers, an understanding of how language barriers can act as barriers to justice, and how we might be able to mitigate their effects.


Lisa Weisman-Ward, Lecturer in Law and Clinical Supervising Attorney, Stanford Law School Immigrants’ Rights Clinic

Honorable Dennis W. Hayashi, Alameda County Superior Court
Winnie Kao, Litigation Director and Senior Staff Attorney for Workers’ Rights, Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Marisa Lundin, Director, Indigenous Program California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.
Honorable Victor Rodriguez, Alameda County Superior Court

Location: Room 280A Date: February 22, 2020 Time: 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
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