Paula Couselo-Findikoglu serves as the Director of Court Education at the NM Administrative Office of the Courts. She served as the Court Services Deputy Division Director until recently and as the Sr. Statewide Language Access Program Manager until 2021.
The 2020 Access to Justice Index, published by the National Center for Access to Justice, ranked the NM Judiciary’s Language Access Program under her direction #1 in the nation.
Ms. Couselo-Findikoglu is a nationally recognized expert in court access, and has spearheaded multiple initiatives and technologies to advance court access for LEP and low literacy individuals, and people with disabilities interacting with the NM State Courts.
Ms. Couselo-Findikoglu is an ex officio member in the NM Judiciary of the NM Supreme Court’s Equity and Justice Commission, and created the Diversity and Inclusion Department within the Court Services Division of the NM Administrative Office of the Courts in 2021. She Co-Chairs NASJE’s Diversity, Fairness and Access Committee, and serves as an NCSC’s Council of Language Access Coordinators liaison to COSCA’s National Language Access Advisory Committee.
She was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she received a Master’s Degree in Translation and pursued doctoral studies in English while founding and managing her translation and interpretation services company. She moved to the US in 2005, served as a faculty at the University of New Mexico until 2013, and has been with the NM Judiciary since 2010.
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