Diane Chin

Diane Chin

Diane Chin

  • Associate Dean for Public Service and Public Interest Law and Lecturer in Law
  • Room 385, Crown Quadrangle


  • Access to Justice
  • Inequality
  • Policy Analysis
  • Public Interest Law
  • Welfare & Poverty Law
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Policy Practicum: Expanding Access to Justice in California Courts for Limited-English Court Users

This policy lab offers recommendations to the California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Associate Justice Maria Rivera of the First District Court of Appeal, and members of the California Judicial Council to increase access to justice for limited English proficient (LEP) court users. The project interacts with the process of the Joint Working Group for California’s Language Access Plan and assist development of a response to a U.S. Department of Justice notice that certain Court policies and procedures may be inconsistent with Title VI of the Civil Right Act of 1964 and its implementing regulations. Numerous state and local laws are also implicated by a potential lack of access for LEP litigants. The California Commission on Access to Justice estimates that well over 7 million Californians (almost 20% of our state’s population) “cannot access the courts without significant language assistance, cannot understand pleadings, forms or other legal documents and cannot participate meaningfully in court proceedings.”

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