Call for Proposals

The National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators is now accepting presentation proposals for the 41st NAJIT Annual Conference in Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida, June 5-7, 2020.
In keeping with this year’s theme, “LOTS…” (Languages other than Spanish,) presenters are especially encouraged to submit proposals in the following languages:
ARABIC, ENGLISH, HAITIAN CREOLE, MANDARIN, PORTUGUESE, RUSSIAN and SPANISH.
Proposals may be submitted for either pre-conference workshops or conference sessions, or both.

Submission Deadlines

Opens: November 1, 2019
Closes: December 15, 2019
Confirmation of Acceptance: January 31, 2020
Conference: June 5-7, 2020

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS SCHEDULE:  Friday, June 5th

  • Pre-conference workshops are skills-building presentations lasting 3 or 6 hours and may be language-neutral or language-specific.
  • Attendance is limited to allow participants greater interaction with presenters and allow them to receive more personalized feedback.
  • Pre-conference presenters will receive an honorarium and travel reimbursement, and further information is available on the website with the submission form.

CONFERENCE SESSIONS SCHEDULE: Saturday, June 6, and Sunday, June 7, 2020.
These are 60, 90, or 120-minute interactive sessions of an informational nature.

  • Sessions may be conducted in English or be language-
  • Presenters do not need to be NAJIT members to submit a proposal.
  • Presenters receive a 15% discount on the member registration rate for the conference.

The deadline for submitting proposals for both pre-conference workshops and conference sessions is December 15, 2019.

NAJIT’s Annual Conference is the premier event for language professionals and stakeholders in the area of language services in the judiciary and beyond.
For more information about NAJIT’s conference please visit last years website for the NAJIT 40th Annual Conference.

Proposals may focus on all areas of translation and interpreting, including the following specialized areas:

  1. Education and training of interpreters and translators
  2. Skills-building and exam-taking strategies for certification candidates
  3. Ethics applied to the practice of Translation and Interpretation
  4. Transcription and Translation, Transliteration, Translation, Editing
  5. Interpreting modalities, techniques, and best practices
  6. Interpreting in specific settings: immigration, proffers, depositions
  7. Topics of special interest to legal translators, proofreaders, and editors
  8. Technologies and trends affecting the practice of the profession
  9. Best business practices for language professionals
  10. The intersection of legal language in other settings (medical, community, etc.)
  11. Career planning, development, and mapping success for linguists
  12. Panels on topics of specific interest to the profession and the industry

To submit your proposal please send the information below using the submit proposal button at the bottom of this web page or email it to NAJITConference2020@gmail.com.

  1. Name, E-mail, Address and Telephone contact information
  2. Abstract (maximum of 150 words) in English (specifying the language of your presentation, if not in English) including format, goals and content overview
  3. Presenter’s educational trajectory, credentials, and professional qualifications
  4. Suggested time and length of presentation

A video link to a recording of the abstract lasting up to 5 minutes (optional, but especially useful if you have not presented at a NAJIT conference before)

Presenting at the NAJIT conference is a privilege and a mark of distinction in the profession. Our attendees expect and deserve the best content that we can provide, therefore before proposals are evaluated, suggestions may be made in order to meet standards and space/time limitations. Acceptance notices will be sent early in 2020 followed by a formal letter of engagement.

If you have any questions please contact Armando Ezquerra Hasbun, Chair of the NAJIT Conference Committee, at NAJITConference2020@gmail.com.

We look forward to a wonderful 41st NAJIT Conference in 2020.

Presenter Benefits

Main conference presenters are entitled to a 15% discount off the registration fee. They receive no other reimbursement of expenses.

Pre-conference workshop presenters receive an honorarium in the amount of $300 for a three-hour session, or $450 for a six-hour session. You may also be reimbursed for eligible travel expenses up to $600*. If, in addition to a pre-conference presentation, a Friday presenter proposes and is selected to deliver an additional session during the main conference their conference registration fee will be waived. When proposing a Friday workshop, a main conference proposal is also encouraged. **PLEASE SUBMIT A SEPARATE FORM FOR EACH PRESENTATION.

*Only one honorarium and travel reimbursement are offered per workshop. Joint presenters will split the honorarium and travel reimbursement.

Presenters must register for the main conference if you wish to attend any conference events.