Committees

NAJIT Committees

As a member-driven organization, NAJIT is only as strong as the involvement of its members. Serving on a committee will allow you to know more about the life of our Association and, at the same time, NAJIT will greatly benefit from your insights and contributions.

Committee work is usually carried out under the guidance of the Chair (or co-Chairs), who in some cases is a member of the Board of Directors. Communication will be via email and periodic conference calls. The time commitment will vary based on the specific projects and on the time of the year. For example, the Conference Committee will be busiest from October to January. If you have any questions about the time commitment for serving on any committee, please contact the committee chair.

The following committees have been created to help in the advancement of the association and the translation and interpretation professions.  Ad Hoc committees are created as needed by the board of directors, and all others are permanent committees named in the Bylaws.

Current Committees

Advocacy

Sandro Tomasi, Chair
Robert Joe Lee, Vice-Chair
Ludmila Baker
John Botero
Maria Ceballos-Wallis
Barbara Hua Robinson
Patricia Michelsen-King
Claudia Rubio- Samulowitz

Blog

Gladys Matthews, Editor

Authors –
Urszula Bunting
Athena Matilsky
Janis Palma

Bylaws & Governance

Helen Eby, Chair
Heidi Cazes
Maribel Pintado-Espiet
Steven Mines

Conference

Hilda Shymanik, Chair
Ximena Chica
Judy Jenner
Gladys Matthews
Chris Verduin

Elections

Steven Mines, Chair
Garrett M. Bradford
Milena Calderari-Waldron
Ernest Niño-Murcia
Karola Rangel

Membership

Hebba Abulsaad, Co-Chair
Janis Palma, Co-Chair

Nominations

Heidi Cazes, Chair
Cristina Helmerichs
Gloria M. Rivera

Proteus Editorial

Editor-in-Chief- Kathleen Shelly

Editors-
Arianna Aguilar
Vicki Bermúdez
Andre Moskowitz

Facilitator- Janis Palma

Poetry Contributor- Hall Sillers

Proof Reader- Vicki Bermúdez

Terminology Contributor and Proteus Indexing Project – Sandro Tomasi

Social Media

TBD,  Chair
Aimee Benavides
Francesca Samuel

Position Papers

Teresa Salazar, Chair
Christopher Mellinger
Karola Rangel

Training & Education

Lili Selden, Chair
Aimee Benavides
Gino Lee
Jaqueline Neves Nordin

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Committee Descriptions

Advocacy

The Advocacy Committee focuses on issues that affect the profession and helps the Board monitor and analyze public policies, government initiatives, and press coverage of matters relevant to the judiciary interpreting and legal translation professions. The Committee writes letters as requested by the Board and provides recommendations to the Board of Directors whenever NAJIT wants or needs to respond to issues within the purview of this Committee, as well as requests for comment by government agencies. The Advocacy Committee also educates the general public about the professions of judiciary interpreting and legal translation.

Bylaws & Governance

The Bylaws and Governance Committee reviews NAJIT’s bylaws at least every two years at the request of the NAJIT Board of Directors and recommends changes as appropriate. The Committee collaborates with the Board by proposing policies and procedures for strengthening NAJIT governance. All proposals and suggestions provided by the Bylaws and Governance Committee are subject to review by NAJIT’s legal counsel.

Conference

The Conference Committee plans, schedules, and organizes NAJIT’s annual conference in close coordination with NAJIT’s Administrator and the Board of Directors, including the recruitment and selection of speakers, exhibitors, advertisers, and sponsors, ensuring all deadlines within the conference timeline are met. The Conference Committee works within the conference budget as approved by the NAJIT Board of Directors. Additional duties include brainstorming for entertainment activities, coordinating with local T&I associations, and establishing outreach strategies for non-NAJIT member colleagues as well as members of the legal community. The Committee is also in charge of coordinating volunteers to assist NAJIT staff working at the conference.

Elections (ad hoc committee)

The Elections Committee ensures that the annual election of board members is held within the parameters of NAJIT’s bylaws, and announces election results during the annual meeting.

Membership

The Membership Committee is entrusted with promoting NAJIT among a wide array of stakeholders by working on initiatives to attract and retain membership, ascertain that NAJIT membership materials are available at translation and interpreting events sponsored by other associations or institutions, and works with management to develop a database of potential members.

Nominations

The Nominations Committee ensures that members are informed and involved in NAJIT’s electoral process through the following:

  • Identifying members in good standing with proven leadership qualities and a successful service history working with committees, other groups or associations, and encouraging them to run for the Board of Directors.
  • Reviewing all nominees submitted and preparing a final slate of the most qualified candidates for consideration by the membership within the deadlines specified in the bylaws.
  • Collecting candidate statements and biographical information in a timely fashion so that they can be published either in print or electronic form and made readily available to the membership.

Position Papers (ad hoc committee)

The Position Papers Committee is tasked with researching current topics pertinent to the field such as best practices, ethics, and technical issues related to interpreting and translation, among others. Position papers are published on the NAJIT website and are publicly available to educate stakeholders, the public, and promote best practices among peers. The Committee is always open to suggestions from members as to potential topics to be developed and possible collaborations on new position papers or updating existing ones.

Proteus Editorial (ad hoc committee)

Proteus is a quarterly publication containing news and articles of interest to NAJIT members, available in a printable digital format. The work of the Proteus Editorial Committee is to:

  • Prepare and publish Proteus under the direction of its editor-in-chief.
  • Seek potential contributors.
  • Select submissions to be published, ensuring they meet the submissions guidelines.
  • Have editors proofread submissions, fact-check contents and verify reference sources.
  • Help identify and secure advertisers and sponsors.
  • Maintain a list of key individuals in the interpreting and translation professions, the judiciary, the legal field, and other stakeholders to receive a copy.

Social Media (ad hoc committee)

The Social Media Committee is tasked with keeping up the flow of communication between members, stakeholders, and the Board across all platforms where NAJIT currently has a presence, including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn. The Social Media Committee members contribute social media posts and assist with moderation of the Facebook Group to ensure all exchanges are in keeping with the rules of conduct members accept upon joining the group.

Training & Education (ad hoc committee)

The Training and Education Committee, through the NAJIT Academy, develops and organizes a range of educational and training opportunities for members of the professions, including webinars and workshops on topics such as translation, transcription/translation, note-taking, best practices, and skill-building, among others.