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Press Release - New Perimeter delivers two training courses for law students in Zambia

19 April 2017

New Perimeter, DLA Piper's nonprofit affiliate that provides long-term pro bono legal assistance in under-served regions around the world, recently conducted two week-long training seminars for law students in Zambia.

From April 3-7, DLA Piper lawyers from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom partnered with lawyers from global pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) and DLA Piper Africa Group firm Chibesakunda & Co. to deliver training courses at the University of Zambia (UNZA) School of Law. The team led interactive workshops for more than 110 law students on legal writing and analysis, and how to research, formulate and support a strong legal argument. This is the fifth year New Perimeter, BI and Chibesakunda collaborated to deliver the training module, which was developed with UNZA based on the needs of their students.

Starting in 2016, New Perimeter partnered with General Electric and Chibesakunda to launch a new training course at the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (ZIALE) to build upon the program at UNZA. From February 13-17, the team returned to ZIALE to deliver interactive sessions on legal writing skills and techniques to more than 330 graduate law students. Through a combination of practical group exercises, simulations and case studies, the course focused on such topics as negotiating dispute resolution clauses and drafting agreements related to sales and purchases, joint ventures and loans.

"It has been an honor to collaborate with our colleagues at GE, BI and Chibesakunda to work with Zambia's next generation of lawyers and help them develop the legal skills they will use to improve access to justice and support economic development in their country," said Lisa Dewey, director of New Perimeter. "We are proud to have had more than 1,100 complete our training programs at ZIALE and UNZA and look forward to continuing to work with our clients and project partners to build the capacity of lawyers and law students around the world."

The members of DLA Piper's New Perimeter team who participated in the UNZA training included partnersYasho Lahiri (New York), Stuart Morrow (Vancouver) and Jayne Risk (Philadelphia); associate Neal Kronley (New York); and solicitor Rachel Williams (Birmingham, United Kingdom). Pro bono counsel Crystal Doylemanaged the project.

The members of DLA Piper's New Perimeter team who participated in the ZIALE training included partners David Bamlango (Chicago), Simon Boon (London), Denise Hamer (London), Steffen Kaufmann (Moscow) and Kevin Rethore (Philadelphia) and associates Andrew Lloyd (Calgary), Jan-Philipp Meier (Hamburg) and Séréna Salem (Paris). Head of international pro bono Claire Donse (London) managed the project.