On January 25th our Lunch & Learn CLE will be Spanish for Lawyers: Immigration.
Please contact our office to sign up.
Latinos currently comprise 17% of the United States population. In Chambersburg,
PA particularly, Latinos have become a burgeoning minority population in recent
years, presently sitting at 18%. According to the Chambersburg Hispanic American
Center (CHAC), a local non-profit that bridges the language and cultural divide that
sometimes hinders new Latino residents from accessing services for which they are
eligible, Latinos in Chambersburg come from 19 different Spanish-speaking
countries. In CHAC’s first year, 2000, there were only 108 visits. Last year, there
were more than 1,300 visits by more than 400 different individuals seeking
employment, housing, medical help, social work, and importantly, legal services.
In response to the growing need for Spanish-speaking attorneys and support staff,
I plan to develop an immersive, multi-session course, “Spanish for Lawyers”. The
course will cover commonly used Spanish phrases and words in courtrooms and
law offices. This course will help students communicate with Hispanic clients
regarding legal matters that include contracts, wills, trusts, estates, business law,
criminal law, housing, immigration, tort, landlord-tenant, education law,
family/juvenile law, public benefits, elder law, bankruptcy, tax, name change and
real estate law. Students will receive comprehensive glossaries of terms.
This course is geared towards those who have some minimal exposure to Spanish,
either through high school/college coursework or international travel. Beginner,
Intermediate, and Advanced students are most welcome. Sessions will be once a
month during the lunch hour at the Franklin County Bar Association conference
room. Between classes, students will utilize e-flashcards and Duolingo for Schools,
a FREE app for mobile, tablets, and desktop. Duolingo lessons give each student
personalized feedback and practice, preparing them to get the most out of
classroom instruction. As your teacher, I can track and grade all my students in one
place through Duolingo’s brand new online dashboard!
About the Instructor!
Renu Urvashi Sagreiya grew up in Ambler, PA. Her ease in picking up languages stems from her experience growing up bicultural and bilingual in Hindi-English. She began learning Spanish at the tender age of 9 in 1997, and has continued studying it through elementary, middle, and high school. Ms. Sagreiya has Latino relatives (Puerto Rican and Colombian) in her family and loves practicing with them, especially her cousin’s 3 kids. Ms. Sagreiya graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2010 from Agnes Scott College with a B.A. in Sociology & Anthropology and a Minor in Spanish. There, she was selected to work as a Spanish Department Tutor. After undergrad, she served extensively with the Latino immigrant community, both at a predominantly Hispanic high school in Philadelphia, PA as well as at a domestic violence agency in Boston, MA. She graduated from Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law with honors in 2017. During law school, she used her Spanish often, especially at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, where she worked as an interpreter/translator for PDs. She also assisted in leading a Spanish “Know Your Rights” presentation and legal clinic in Gettysburg, PA during her 2016 co-op at HIAS. Ms. Sagreiya sincerely hopes that this course will assist attorneys and support staff to provide linguistically and culturally competent services to Latinos of Franklin County. In her free time she likes kayaking, birding, beachcombing, museums, pets, 76ers and Scrabble.
Note: While the instructor serves as a Judicial Law Clerk full-time, she is offering this course in an individual capacity as a member of the FCBA and not as an employee of the 39th Judicial District.