A different podcast interview with Georgetown Law’s Paula Klammer, legal translator and legal English professor

Post by Prof. Stephen Horowitz, Professor of Legal English

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to interview my colleague Paula Klammer for the Multilingual Lawyer interview series for the USLawEssentials Law & Language podcast, a podcast aimed at helping foreign-educated lawyers and law students improve their legal English.

Here’s a summary of the episode from USLawEssentials:

The USLawEssentials Law & Language podcast continues its series of interviews with multilingual lawyers as Stephen Horowitz interviews Professor Paula Klammer

Paula is a legal English Lecturer & Research Fellow at the Georgetown Center for Legal English. Currently earning her Ph.D. in Law from Universidad de Palermo in Argentina, Paula is an experienced lawyer and translator and is bilingual in Spanish and English. She speaks a few other languages, too, including French and Brazilian Portuguese (but she’s modest and says she’s not proficient yet).

This is a really cool interview with a fascinating guest. Paula’s bilingual background and her work as a translator enable her to provide insights on the special challenges of translating legal English, especially when dealing with false cognates, different writing styles, and very different legal systems.

Link to the episode is in the comments.

And hey – – do you think Spanish people speak faster or slower than most English speakers? Not sure? Got a hunch? You’ll find out.

Paula also discusses her doctoral dissertation so you’re going to learn a lot from this podcast.

Enjoy and let us know what you liked most about this episode.

Want to hear more from Paula? Listen to this May 2022 interview with her on the American Translators Association (ATA) podcast.

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