Representing Spanish Speaking Clients - Module 1 (10/06/21)

This is a 4-week course designed for legal representatives who already have an intermediate-level Spanish language ability, to learn about cultural challenges in representing Spanish-speaking clients, expand their legal vocabulary, and learn to manage client expectations regarding cultural legal differences. This course is offered for a limited number of registrants. Each module is from 5:30-6:30pm. (Total of 3.00 IL MCLE Credit, including 0.75 PR MCLE available for completion of 4-part series).

Module 1 (October 6, 1.0 MCLE, including .75 PR MCLE): Why Are We Here?
- Cultural differences, different systems of law
- Attorney responsibility and role
- Growing market that needs access to justice
- Explanation of presentations that will be given in the final class

Module 2 (October 13, 1.0 MCLE): Issues in Family Law and Personal Injury
- Medical terminology, explaining HIPAA, IOLTA accounts and settlements
- Identifying and addressing legal standards from home country, international parenting/child support, recognition/challenge of foreign marriages and divorces

Module 3 (October 20, 1.0 MCLE): Issues in Immigration and Criminal Law
- Communicating victims of trauma, with regional dialects or for whom Spanish is a second language
- Differences in criminal legal proceedings in Central/South American countries vs. USA
- Instructions and homework assignment: writing a client letter

Module 4 (October 27): Presentations
- Attendees present on their chosen topic
- Attendees turn in their client letter for feedback from instructors

The objective of this course is for attendees to develop oral communication skills to converse in a professional legal setting, develop written communication skills in order to produce basic legal documents in Spanish, acquire a working legal vocabulary, and to expose attendees to the work product in various areas of practice. As a way of providing attendees with the skills needed for effective written and oral communication in Spanish, this course also seeks to develop the cultural competence required for effective communication.  


Salvador Cicero, Principal, Cicero Law Group, P.C.
Alana M. De Leon, Law Office of Alana M. De Leon 
Octavio Duran, Principal, Duran Law Offices
Andrea Duron, Andrea Duron Law Law Firm

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Representing Spanish Speaking Clients - Module 1 (10/06/21)
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