David Steib Applauds New Foreign Language Translator Guidelines

Former Skadden Fellow David Steib (’08), language access director at Washington, D.C.’s Ayuda, spoke to the local NBC station for a segment about new guidelines requiring the district’s elected officials to have foreign language translators with them when visiting businesses and residents on official business (“D.C. Elected Officials Required to Have Translators on Official Visits,” Sept. 30). The change followed a report by the station showing Mayor Vincent Gray becoming frustrated while trying to speak with an Ethiopian shopkeeper. “This protocol ensures that the government and the community at large in D.C. can effectively communicate because we have a very diverse population in D.C. and a lot of different languages,” David said.