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Friday, November 8 • 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Optimizing Language Translation in the Age of Machine Learning: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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This workshop will address advances in Artificial Intelligence and the impact of Machine Translation, including the allure of Machine Translation for under-resourced legal groups and agencies, including courts. We will provide examples of when and how using machine translation fails with legal language, and we will offer best practices and examples when it might be the exception to use these newer tools as a standard source for interpretations or translations. We will incorporate notions of cultural competency, implicit bias, and race equity to explain the harm of poor translation on those who speak a language other than English at home. The discussion will discuss how this community can create a standard of practice in the civil legal aid and public defender community that honors our ethical and legal obligations to provide competent and candid communication and representation. We hope to explore best practices of using AI responsibly, including voice recognition technology and simultaneous interpreter tools.

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Joann Lee

Special Counsel on Language Justice, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Joann Lee is Special Counsel at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA), where she has provided direct legal services to Asian American and Pacific Islander immigrant communities in the Los Angeles area since 2000. Joann specializes in family and immigration law, with a focus... Read More →
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Lillian Moy

Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of NE New York
Lillian M. Moy became the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York, Inc. in 1995. She is a 1981 graduate of Boston University School of Law. She is a former member of the Board of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association

IV Ashton

Founder and President, LegalServer and Houston.AI
Mr. Ashton has a proven track record of providing technical assistance to nonprofit organizations with regard to designing, developing, and implementing vital information and knowledge management solutions. As the co-founder of the Illinois Legal Aid Online, Mr. Ashton developed the... Read More →

Friday November 8, 2019 4:15pm - 5:45pm EST
Marquette A 5th Floor