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International Opportunities Abound for Fellows to Promote the Rule of Law

American College of Trial Lawyers Journal Spring 2014March 19, 2014 The connection between lawyers and those in need was the driving theme of the CLE presentation "Teaching Foreign Lawyers About the Rule of Law: Training and Opportunities for Trial Advocacy" sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers' International Committee at their 2013 Annual Meeting.  Andra Moss, Director of Communications for ISLP, was one of four featured speakers at the event. She highlighted ISLP's pro bono deployment of highly experienced lawyers to promote the rule of law by working with lawyers in other countries. One example that resonated with the group was that of ACTL Fellow and ISLP volunteer Matthew A. Rooney's mission to provide trial advocacy training with the South African Human Rights Commission. <More>

Kiplinger's Retirement Report: Live and Work Abroad When you Retire

Kiplinger's Retirement Report Feb 2014February 2014 Volunteering as a First Step -- Volunteering also can be a good way to get your foot in the door and determine whether you enjoy living and working abroad. [The] International Senior Lawyers Project dispatches retired lawyers to many African and Latin American countries to advise nongovernmental organizations and other groups on legal matters. Spokeswoman Andra Moss says projects typically last from a few weeks to three months...The volunteers, she says, "are giving of their time and talents, so a lot of positive relationships develop from that."

Joel Brinkley: Coal-Cola steps up for Cambodia land-grab victims

Chicago TribuneDecember 3, 2013 "Earlier this year, Mark Moorstein, a Northern Virginia land-use lawyer, took on a "blood sugar" case as pro-bono, charitable work. He and a partner firm in London sued Tate & Lyle. The suit claimed that "pursuant to Cambodian law, the claimants," 200 villagers, "are the owners of the land" and "are entitled to the sugar cane." Tate & Lyle, it added, "knew that the villagers were the owners of the raw sugar or ought to have known...Enter the Coca Cola Company. As the lawsuit rolled forward, the company apparently realized that its soft drinks were being made with "blood sugar." Or perhaps the company already knew that -- but grew contrite. After all, a Thai sugar-producing giant, Mitr Phol, gets much of its sugar from Cambodia and is one of Coke's top three suppliers. "The Coca-Cola Company commits to zero tolerance for land-grabbing," the company announced in a statement last month. Coke committed to hire third-party investigators to look at its sugar suppliers to be sure none of them are buying "blood sugar." Cambodian human-rights groups lauded the move. "Coke's statement is a watershed moment for the communities" victimized by land grabbers, said Eang Vuthy, executive director of Equitable Cambodia." <More>

Pro Bono Lawyers “Make it Happen” In South Africa

Metropolitan Corporate Counsel articleDecember 5, 2013 Endi Piper was deep into her day’s activities as Senior Vice President for Business and Legal Affairs for cable channel TV One in Silver Springs, VA when a call came in from a friend and legal colleague in Ohio, Craig Owen White. White, a partner with Cleveland’s Hahn Loeser & Parks, and Piper had met years earlier on a pro bono program in South Africa for ISLP and the project – commercial law training for historically disadvantaged lawyers - remained close to both their hearts. While White was planning his 10th return visit to Africa for ISLP in September, Piper had recently taken on the responsibilities of acting general counsel and could not get away this year. What White needed, though, was something she could provide – especially sitting as she was inside a video production facility. “The idea was to do something different,” White explained. “Case studies have certainly worked, but we really wanted this program to “feel real” and have a real client. Who better than Endi, an in-house counsel, to set the training in motion?” <More>

LCA Holds Alternative Dispute Resolution Conference in Lagos

LCA Disputes Arising ConferenceOctober 30, 2013 ISLP is a partner in the Lagos Court of Arbitration's first alternative dispute resolution conference. The initiative aims to deepen awareness around ADR through high-level discussions about the effective and efficient management of disputes in West Africa and Nigeria. The one-day conference, ‘Dispute Arising’, will be held on Nov. 5, 2013 at the Eko Convention Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos. The conference will attract speakers and delegates within the business and law community in and outside Nigeria and will examine: energy & natural resources disputes; common goals in dispute resolution; enforcing awards; trends in infrastructure disputes; and regulatory and industry services ADR. <More>

Private Property, Public Greed in Cambodia

Politico article by Joel BrinkleyMay 6, 2013 Politico  "Mark Moorstein knew little about Cambodia before he got involved in a lawsuit on behalf of land owners there. But as it’s turning out, the suit could end up affecting most every country in Asia. Moorstein is a land-use lawyer in Northern Virginia who, like many lawyers, was looking for some pro-bono, charitable work to do on the side. “I kind of got hooked on the International Senior Lawyers Project out of New York", a lawyers human rights advocacy group. "They've done a lot of really, really high-level stuff, very good stuff," Moorstein said..." <Read>

Book Tying Angola Generals to Diamonds Protected

Marques Libel Case DismissedFebruary 13, 2013 Associated Press Rafael Marques de Morais—a well-known reporter and human rights and anti-corruption activist in Angolahad a libel case brought against him and his Portuguese publisher by nine Angolan generals thrown out in Portugal. Following an urgent request to ISLP from Mr. Marquez for assistance with his defense in Portugal, ISLP enlisted the pro bono support of Manuel Magalhães e Silva, a partner with the Portuguese law firm Jardim, Sampaio, Magalhães e Silva e Associados to represent him.

Malawi: Activist was murdered, inquiry rules

Malawi enquiryOctober 16, 2012  Malawian student activist Robert Chasowa, a critic of the late President Bingu wa Mutharika, was murdered and did not kill himself as police first claimed, a committee of inquiry found this week. ISLP volunteer Robert Kinney assisted with the case.  <Read>

ISLP Co-President Robert Kapp to be Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Robert Kapp to be HonoredSeptember 1, 2012  The American Lawyer will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to ISLP Co-Founder and Co-President Robert Kapp at its October 24 Annual Dinner in honor of his enduring commitment to pro bono. <Read>

ISLP Book Launch: Exporting the Matrix

Deputy Minister for Constitutional and Legal Affairs Ms. Angela KairukiJuly 23, 2012  ISLP introduced its first book-length publication, Exporting the Matrix: The Campaign to Reform Media Laws Abroad, edited by Richard N. Winfield, head of ISLP's Media Law Working Group. Exporting the Matrix presents the personal accounts of 15 international media law specialists who have worked pro bono helping transitional democracies draft and revise legislation involving freedom of information and provide on-site assistance to local stakeholders around the world. 

Access to Information Law: a major step towards transparency in Yemen

Conference discussing access to information lawJuly 10, 2012  "...According to the law, every citizen is able to obtain any piece of information he wants unless it falls under exceptions mentioned in the law. Not only will citizens be entitled to access oral information, but they should also be provided with paperwork which documents it." <Read>

Le Centre arbitral pour accroître l'investissement

White & Case arbitration lawyers lead Haiti trainingJune 18, 2012  Pour attirer les investissements directs étrangers, Haïti a besoin, entre autres mesures, d'institutionnaliser la pratique des modes alternatifs de résolution de différends dans les affaires. La Chambre de conciliation et d'arbitrage (CCAH), avec le soutien de la Banque interaméricaine de développement (BID), jette les bases d'un centre arbitral dans le pays en organisant des séances pour des professionnels haïtiens de différents domaines. <Read>

Tanzanian Taxation Officials Trained to Handle Extractive Industry

Dep. Minister for Constitutional and Legal Affairs, Ms. Angela KairukiJune 5, 2012  Tanzania has been training government officials, taxmen and representatives from various ministries on strategic issues underlying taxation in the country's extractive industry. The 9th training session is currently underway in Arusha under auspices of the Attorney General Chambers, who organised it in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance, the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) and the International Monetary Fund. <Read>

Happily Ever After

The AmLaw DailyApril 2, 2012  Recently I've spent time with several groups of happy big-firm partners. They talk about their fulfilling work, grateful clients, and collaborative colleagues. They say they can't wait to start their next project. Mostly, they smile. Several I've known for years: I can't help but notice how relaxed—and energized—they appear. Is it something in the water? Have the new meds kicked in? Am I imagining things? No. I'm meeting lawyers who have started second careers. <Read>

Unsung Hero: Linda McGill, Portland Lawyer with a Global Reach

ISLP volunteer Linda McGillFebruary 20, 2012  In 2003, while working at a small Maine lawfirm, Linda McGill learned about the International Senior Lawyers Project, a new organization based in New York City and dedicated to providing world-class legal counsel to developing countries. <Read>

 

 

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