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Helping Members Advance Professionally during a Unique Time

September/October 2020 Issue

More than six months since a national health emergency was declared, our lives continue to be shaped by the global pandemic. We’re all eagerly awaiting the development and distribution of an effective vaccine and a return to normalcy. In the meantime, ATA’s dedicated volunteers and staff continue to work on your behalf. Registration for a […]

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ATA61: Making Your Welfare a Priority

July/August 2020 Issue

As most of you know by now, we have canceled the in-person conference in Boston and decided to hold ATA61 as a virtual conference. While I’ll leave it to ATA President-Elect Madalena Sánchez Zampaulo to provide the details on how the virtual conference will be structured (see From the President-Elect), I do want to explain […]

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Helping Members Through Difficult Times

May/June 2020 Issue

As I write this, we’re about two months into the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. According to at least one model, the situation is showing signs of improvement, but will not approach normal until the beginning of June. Whatever the timeline, I have faith that we will persevere and survive this crisis. The economic […]

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Advocacy and Other Business

March/April 2020 Issue

As I conclude the third month of my term as president, I find myself spending a lot of time on advocacy efforts. 2020 is shaping up to be a year in which ATA focuses a great deal on state and national legislation affecting the translation and interpreting professions. As expected, California Assembly Bill 5 (AB […]

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AB 5: It’s Not Just in California

January/February 2020 Issue

The recent passage of Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) in California, which implements the stringent “ABC Test” embodied in the Dynamex decision and mandates classification of translators and interpreters as employees, is already disrupting our profession in California. Translators and interpreters in California have reported receiving notices from language services companies saying that they will […]

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An Ending and a Beginning

November/December 2019 Issue

By the time this issue of The ATA Chronicle reaches you, I’ll have moved on to an entirely new role as a past president of ATA. After serving for seven years on ATA’s Board—three years as director, two years as president-elect, and two years as president—my term ends at ATA’s Annual Conference in Palm Springs, […]

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California Assembly Bill 5: ATA Takes a Stand

September/October 2019 Issue

California Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) has been in the news a great deal lately. This bill seeks to solidify and codify the so-called “Dynamex” decision on the classification of contractors and employees in California. The Dynamex decision was a significant departure from the generally accepted definition of contractors and employees. It created a standard whereby […]

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Palm Springs, Here We Come!

July/August 2019 Issue

Getting ready for ATA60 in Palm Springs!

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Interpreters: A Critical Presence in ATA

May/June 2019 Issue

With over 3,000 individual members, ATA’s Interpreters Division1 includes nearly one third of our Association’s total membership. During my time in ATA—now about 17 years—interpreters have played an ever-growing role (literally, and figuratively!) in ATA, to the greater benefit of the Association as a whole. That growing presence has also motivated us in ATA’s leadership […]

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