An Evening in Laos (From Afar)
Though travel is halted for the time being, I was privileged to spend an evening “in” Laos at the end of 2020. I traversed the globe, virtually, with a team of DLA Piper lawyers that included Aditi Eleswarapu (New York), Kristin Franceschi (Baltimore), and Andrew Valentine (Palo Alto).
New Perimeter Plays Key Role in Success of Regional Virtual Mock Trial for Students in South Asia
For the past several years, New Perimeter has supported an annual mock trial event for law students put on by BABSEACLE, as part of its regional Access to Justice Week, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. In a typical year, BABSEACLE, a nonprofit focused on access to justice and justice education, holds national trainings in a few south Asian countries prior to the mock trial event; in 2019, for example, I helped develop and deliver the national training in Laos.
A Virtual Return to East Africa
I was delighted to be invited to take part in the New Perimeter/EADB negotiations training for lawyers working for East African governments or governmental authorities in August. Having participated in this EADB negotiations training last year in Nairobi, Kenya in the flesh, this year’s program was going to be a little different, because it would be a virtual training program due to COVID-19. We had negotiated with nature and come to an agreement that was amenable to all: Zoom.
Negotiating on Behalf of the Planet
It is close to midnight in a cavernous white conference hall in Madrid, which surely at some point must have been an industrial factory workshop. I am attending the annual negotiations between all the countries that are parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change -- in essence all the countries of the world. This is my second stint at the Conference of the Parties (“COP”) as an official delegate for the Eastern European country of Georgia. I have volunteered to take up this role via my law firm DLA Piper, which supports Georgia in the negotiations through its global pro bono initiative, New Perimeter.
Celebrating International Women's Day
Helping Women Lawyers in the Himalayas
I had the window seat on the final leg of my flight to Kathmandu, Nepal. As the plane approached, I peered out the window to see if I could catch a good photo as we flew over the Himalayas. It took me a few seconds of scanning the Earth before I shifted my gaze to look upwards. Stretching up over 7000m above sea level, the peaks were already overhead as we descended into the Kathmandu valley.
Pro Bono Without Borders
I came to DLA Piper knowing that DLA Piper’s commitment to pro bono was unparalleled among global law firms. The Krantz fellowship, which allows an incoming first-year associate to work full-time on pro bono matters for their first year of practice, is one of those unparalleled commitments and an experience I’ll never forget. In particular, my understanding of what it means to engage in global legal practice was transformed by working on New Perimeter projects. Prior to this experience, I never could have imagined all the diverse ways that lawyers can engage in collaborative, needs-based, and impactful international legal work.
Giving Thanks in Nepal
I was delighted and honored to be chosen as part of the DLA Piper team to participate in the firm’s New Perimeter pro bono project in Nepal in November 2019. This was the fifth time that this training had been delivered – as before, New Perimeter partnered with Canadian NGO Women Lawyers Joining Hands and the Nepal Bar Association as part of an initiative to provide mentorship and legal education to female Nepali lawyers.