Attorney Brody Ockander
Firm associate Brody Ockander recently served as a presenter at the Nebraska Association for Translators and Interpreters (NATI) 2014 Annual Regional Conference in Omaha.
His presentation included information on both civil litigation and workers’ compensation.
“Many of the interpreters I spoke with are interpreters for various Nebraska courts,” Ockander said. “Therefore, it is helpful for these interpreters to have at least some background knowledge about how the civil court and workers’ compensation systems work in order to ensure the best possible interpretation for all parties. For non-English speaking persons, equal access to justice hinges on whether the interpreter does a good job.”
As part of its conference, the NATI also served as host to the American Translators Association (ATA) certification exam.
The firm’s attorneys need access to translators for the many languages that our clients speak, so it is helpful that Ockander was able to interact with this group and serve as a resource for their conference. I encourage the firm’s attorneys and staff to participate in continuing education and networking opportunities through professional associations and other occasions, taking the occasion to serve as both presenters and lifelong learners.
Thank you to Ockander for representing the firm as a presenter at this conference.
Legal Assistant Kia Itzen has been named chairperson of the Facebook page for the Lincoln Legal Professionals Association (LLPA). Her volunteer duties include promoting the LLPA through social media to provide information, offer continuing education opportunities, and also provide inspiration for the 102 people who have liked the page. Examples of topics covered include workplace efficiency, representing employers well to clients, and advocating for clients’ needs.
“My goal in this leadership role is to have the page be more interactive,” Itzen said. “It’s a resource where associates can have like conversations with peers in our careers, get tips and be inspired as well as find motivation as a professional in the legal field.”
The Facebook site can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lincoln-Legal-Professionals-Association/109562342435363?ref=hl for more information.
LLPA includes 59 members who represent 21 different law firms, businesses, government groups, and educational institutions in the area. Monthly meetings encompass both professional development and social opportunities, and the group also awards a scholarship to students studying in the legal field. LLPA include those working in the legal field, such as legal assistants, paralegals, court reporters, teachers and students, and others. The mission statement held by the LLPA can be found here. The group is associated with the Nebraska Legal Professionals Association, which has four chapters in the state.