Zen and working methods

A very interesting article in the Law Society Gazette last week about flexible working patterns grabbed my attention. Here is a taster: “The term ‘work/life balance’ has such negative connotations in private practice that some firms have banned it from their vocabulary.” The article deals particularly with the problems female lawyers have, but not only – it also talks about flexibility enabling men to pursue parallel careers as well, “such as writing a book or singing in a choir”.

Translators, on the other hand, rather than having the problem of getting out of the office, sometimes have a problem with staying at home too much. A great post over at Patenttranslator’s Blog – “Translator’s Dementia (TD) – What it is and How to recognize the Signs” includes a lovely description of the typical “home office” :). Jill Sommer, on the other hand, gave some really good advice for those who work at home in her 2009 post “Establishing a work-life balance and overcoming loneliness“.

So, following in the estimable footsteps above, here’s my seven-point guide.

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Canadian legal advice – webinar library

The Law Foundation of Ontario funds an excellent website which covers family law, consumer law, criminal law, education law, employment and work, environmental law, health and disability, housing law, human rights, immigration and refugee law, the legal system, social assistance and pensions, and wills and estates.

Although the content is specific to Ontario, Canada, it contents a wealth of legal information, links and an archive of legal education webinars that can be freely accessed.

In my opinion, it could be really useful both for translators and for lawyers whose native language is not English.

Here is a direct link to the webinar section of the site.
http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/training-archive

Machine translation of the law

In this post, I would like to give you a taster of the controversial subject of machine translation (MT). Full references are given below so that you can read further if you are interested.

Potentially, MT could, inter alia, reduce costs, widen access to content, process large volumes of data in order to identify items of interest, make translators’ work more interesting by taking over repetitive tasks, and facilitate communication, for example in social networks or where very unfamiliar languages are involved. The key caveat is that users be clear about the limitations of MT with respect to the translation skopos (or purpose).

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