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Opening Our Doors to Language-Minority Clients

By Paul M. Uyehara

For quality representation of a client population that is becoming more diverse linguistically, legal aid programs must find a way to meet clients' language needs and must recognize that language access to public services is increasingly being understood as a civil rights issue. The recent experience of Community Legal Services in Philadelphia as it assessed its clients' language needs and adopted a policy to meet them is illustrative.

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