Press Release - DLA Piper runs fifth training school for next generation of Tanzanian lawyers
Posted on 31 March 2014
DLA Piper, in conjunction with its client General Electric (GE) and DLA Piper Africa Group firm IMMMA Advocates, today begins a teaching course at the Law School of Tanzania for the fifth consecutive year.
The project was developed in close collaboration with Dr Gerald Ndika, the Law School's Principal. Through the programme, each year DLA Piper and GE send teams of senior lawyers from around the world to Dar es Salaam to deliver a two-week programme of interactive workshops.
Through New Perimeter, DLA Piper’s global pro bono initiative, an international team of 11 DLA Piper lawyers and nine GE lawyers will provide a two-week training on legal drafting to almost 400 law graduates.
The aim of the project is to provide legal drafting skills training to future Tanzanian lawyers and to help build capacity at the Law School, which is a graduate level training institute mandatory for all law graduates seeking admission to the bar.
Simon Boon, leader of the project and GE client partner at DLA Piper, said: "This project has proved invaluable both in terms of the support we are able to give The Law School of Tanzania and for the opportunity it gives our lawyers to interact with and learn from the Tanzanian lawyers. As such, we are delighted to be returning for the fifth year running and are very much looking forward to the next two weeks of teaching."
Alexandra Turton, GE Senior Legal Counsel, Labour & Employment, who also leads GE’s pro bono efforts in Europe, added “This has become a signature programme for GE and we are delighted to be participating for the fifth year running. It is a way to recognise individuals within our legal and compliance teams and at the same time, give them an opportunity to participate in something meaningful and rewarding. This year we have more lawyers than ever teaching at the Law School and we look forward to continued participation in the programme.”
The Hon. Mr. Justice Dr. Gerald Ndika, Principal at the Law School of Tanzania added: "I am delighted to welcome the return of the teaching teams with whom our school’s instructors have worked very closely in the development and structure of the course content. The programme will enable our students gain the benefit of close interaction with senior lawyers from across the globe who can deliver practical insight on legal drafting and commercial law as it is being practised today."
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