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Looking Forward More than Backward

March/April 2021 Issue

The president’s column in this edition of The ATA Chronicle often reflects on the year just ended and recaps the highlights for ATA and its members. As I look back on 2020, “The Year of COVID,” I see that ATA and its members faced and overcame some severe challenges. But if you’re as tired of […]

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A Problem with Membership Classes

January/February 2021 Issue

Our membership structure no longer serves our Association as intended. There are too few Active members and too many Associate members. In basic terms, Active membership is intended for citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. who are professionally engaged in translation or interpreting. That describes the vast majority of our members. The Corresponding membership […]

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State of the Association

November/December 2020 Issue

From the President Ted R. Wozniak 2020 has certainly been a unique and challenging year for ATA, as it has been for all of us. The Association, or should I say the hundreds of volunteer members and ATA Headquarters staff, have demonstrated a degree of resilience and fortitude in the face of an unprecedented […]

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Helping Members Advance Professionally during a Unique Time

September/October 2020 Issue

From the President Ted R. Wozniak 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 […]

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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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