Friday, January 27, 2012

Cultural differences as important as language when serving immigrants in court, lawyers told

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — Providing justice to the state’s growing immigrant population requires more than translators, Maine’s legal community was told Thursday at the 2012 Access to Justice symposium.
Cultural competency is just as important, said Judge Fern Fisher, deputy chief administrative judge for New York City courts.
Fisher gave the keynote address at the two-day seminar held in conjunction with the Maine State Bar Association’s annual meeting at the Marriott in South Portland. She is a national leader on access-to-justice issues.

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