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Plain English in Legal Translation—The Why and How

March 28, 2023 / 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Discover how to meet the legal requirements for plain English in your translation of complex legal documents.

Accurate translation of legal documents does not need to be cumbersome, and in some cases there are even legal requirements for documents to be in “plain English” to make them less so. Attend this webinar to find out what these requirements look like, the rationale behind them, and how to fulfill the requirements in your own translation.

In this webinar, the presenter will show you how to apply simple rules and guidelines to create plain English legal language after reviewing a regulation done in this style. Your resulting translations will not only meet legal requirements but also better serve the interests of the end users. In addition, you will have an opportunity to practice drafting a contract clause in plain English. Legal editors will also benefit from this webinar.

You will learn how to:

  • Understand the concept of plain English and its importance
  • Apply simple rules to achieve plain English when translating contracts and laws
  • Use formatting approaches to meet specific plain English requirements
  • Gain the confidence to take a proactive approach to contract translation

This webinar was organized with the support and assistance of the ATA Law Division.

About the Presenter

Stephen Rifkind has been a translator for 18 years, working from Hebrew, French, and Russian into American and British English. He specializes in legal and financial translation as well as translation of other official documents. Stephen’s education includes a bachelor’s degree in Russian studies from University of California-Santa Cruz, legal studies at the University of Oregon, teaching credentials in French from Portland State College, and a master’s degree in business administration from Leicester University in the United Kingdom. In addition to working as a freelance translator, he also teaches English at the Braude School for Engineering in Israel where he has lived for 30 years.

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March 28, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
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Presenter(s): Stephen Rifkind
Duration: 60 minutes
Presenting Language(s): English
Level: Intermediate
ATA CEPs: 1.0

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