How To Comply With ABA's New Language Access Guidance

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By Hilary Gerzhoy and Deepika Ravi (November 5, 2021, 5:48 PM EDT) — The American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility recently released a new opinion, Language Access in the Client-Lawyer Relationship, which provides guidance for lawyers working with clients with whom they do not share a common language or with clients with whom the lawyer’s communication may be impeded due to a client’s hearing, speech or vision disability.[1]

In many ways, ABA Formal Opinion 500 is an extension of the ABA’s recent efforts to curtail bias in the legal profession. It also sheds light on a lawyer’s duty to supervise nonlawyers — an obligation that cuts across all aspects of the profession….

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