Gillian Dutton

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Please describe any professional and extra-curricular activities in which you are engaged that are related to social justice. Such activities can encompass a wide range: examples include service on non-profit bodies or on commissions, pro-bono representation, fact-finding, and other professional and extra-curricular activities.


WSBA Administrative Justice Sub-Committee Meeting - I am the co-chair of the Language Access Workgroup to review best practices for interpreters and language access in administrative hearings and have drafted recommendations for adoption by the WSBA.
Washington State Interagency LEP Workgroup - I helped create this group, modeled on the Federal Interagency LEP Workgroup, in Washington State and continue to participate in quarterly meetings and help plan meeting content. I helped create a training proposal on Language Access Requirements that will be developed to train staff at all Washington State agencies. I am also working with the Department of Education, OSPI, and Washington School District Directors' Association to help finalize a model policy describing the obligation of school districts to serve Limited English Proficient (LEP) children and their parents.
ABA Workgroup with Department of Justice (DOJ) and National Center on State Courts on Promotion of Language Access Standards for Courts - I helped draft the ABA Standards for Language Access in Courts and continue to work with the ABA on promoting the Standards. I assisted in drafting a letter to the ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility requesting that advice to attorneys on the importance of working with interpreters be added to the commentary on the Model Rules. I have been working with the Washington State Bar Association Office of Disciplinary Counsel on related issues in Washington State. Our group is working with the ABA to get an article on language access efforts published in the ABA Journal and I continue to work with the National Organization of Bar Counsel to raise the profile of this issue for bar associations around the United States.

Washington State Coalition for Language Access (WASCLA) www.wascla.org - I helped found this organization in 2005 as a way to increase access to services for Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals in Washington State. I serve on the board of WASCLA and continue to help organize the annual summit and to participate in efforts to improve language access at the state and national level.

Washington State Implementation of Language Access in Health Care Exchange - I am working with a number of non-profits to ensure that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act complies with requirements to provide language access in Washington State's Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) programs and under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Language Access in WA State In-home Care Licensing- I work with Asian Counseling and Referral Services to ensure language access for LEP in-home care providers who need interpreters to help with training and testing required by the new licensing requirements. We have been able to get the Department of Health to provide assistance to 90% of the LEP population needing home care and are working on the remaining 10%. This service will make Washington State a model for the rest of the country.
Cultural Competence and Implicit Bias I do research in the way in which implicit bias impacts cultural competence and regularly provide trainings to the legal community on this topic.
Medical Legal Partnership. (MLP) www.washingtonmlp.org I helped establish the Medical Legal Partnership when I worked at Northwest Justice Project and continue to serve on the Board Swedish Hospital and the SU Clinical Program.
Seattle Youth Initiative. (SYI) I have worked with the SYI to provide training on the requirements for naturalization and the naturalization process itself.
WashAct: Washington Trafficking Task Force. I became a member of this group when teaching a Refugee and Immigrant Advocacy Clinic at University of Washington Law School where we represented numerous trafficking victims. I continue to provide trainings on cultural competence and language access to attorneys and providers.
Civil Right to Counsel: I am part of a group of faculty and attorneys active in supporting projects to further the civil right to counsel in Washington State.
Immigration Law: I regularly present on immigration law topics related to public charge, sponsor deeming, and immigrant eligibility for public assistance.

Please describe any scholarly projects in which you have or are engaged that involve social justice.


I work with a number of colleagues in law schools around the country to increase student awareness of the civil rights laws requiring language access and co-wrote an article "Promoting Language Access in the Legal Academy" http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2249798 that describes ways in which law school faculty can teach students how to be effective in advocating for their clients and in working to improve the legal system as a whole.

For more information, please visit Professor Dutton's Faculty Profile Page.