Why the Planning of Legal Activities is Necessary for a Legal Clinic?

Why the Planning of Legal Activities is Necessary for a Legal Clinic?

The question is not about the need for global strategic planning, because it is undeniable and unquestionable. Yet is there a need to plan your legal education activities for the near future? Natalia Yesina, coordinator of the legal education department of the UHHRU public reception office in Sumy Region, will tell about this in her blog.

During the monitoring of the Sumy branch of the Kharkiv National University of Internal Affairs (hereinafter – KNUIA), our expert group identified the need to draw up a clear schedule of legal education topics and activities. The report states that we recommend drawing up such a schedule for at least every six months, indicating two different forms of legal education on a monthly basis. Why? After all, the clinic already conducts legal education activities, has excellent feedback from both student counselors and participants of these events.

At first glance, it may seem that this is unnecessary paperwork, which will be needed only for the record. But this is not the case. The optimal distribution of resources helps to achieve this goal. So, first, let’s define the goal: legal education is conducted “to write something in the report or to painlessly path monitoring” or to really raise the level of legal awareness of participants, to help the community learn useful information, teach students to organize, prepare and to hold events? For example, the Sumy branch of KNUIA lacked diversity – events are held regularly, they are not bad, but somewhat similar to each other, publications were entirely absent…

When I started working in the public reception office of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (hereinafter – UHHRU), one of my responsibilities was to draw up such schedules. And I didn’t like planning either… at first!

It soon became clear that by spending an extra half hour a month, I greatly simplify my work. Because there were months when invitations to joint events were held almost every week, there was a need to publish explanations of legislative novelties in accordance with the project theme, and suddenly it was necessary to hold one or two events outside the plan. And there were periods of so-called “silence” when nothing happened in the public sector of the Sumy region. It is on such days that you could hold one thing, and another next week, without overloading your nervous system.

Returning to the importance of planning, it is not difficult to think of one live event for the next 3-4 weeks, to which participants will be invited according to the topic. We add to the schedule the approximate number of participants we would like to invite as participants/partner organization/stakeholder representatives – and half the work is already done.

Planning can take place according to thematic “days”: Human Rights Day, 16 days against violence, Anti-trafficking, etc. In such cases, you can schedule publications. For example, before the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (the closest that came to mind – 3 of December), a student counselor can think and write a relevant article, which is published not only on the website of the institution but also on the websites of partners of the clinic. Writing articles and recommendations with representatives of partner organizations and institutions is another way to diversify your activities and improve cooperation.

Continuous planning will allow you to effectively organize various forms of legal activities and bring your work to a new level of cooperation with partners – tested personally.

 

Author:

Natalia Yesina, coordinator of the legal education department of the UHHRU public reception office in Sumy Region

59% of the ‘Public Reception’ Legal Clinic Development Plan Implementation Result: What’s Next?

59% of the ‘Public Reception’ Legal Clinic Development Plan Implementation Result: What’s Next?

Since 2017, the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine has been monitoring the activities of legal clinics. The purpose of the assessment is to ensure the standard quality of legal clinics in Ukraine. At the same time, the most important stage of monitoring is the development of recommendations, implementation of the Legal Clinic Development Plan and expert support of legal clinics. The so-called “monitoring 2.0”. The head of the Association Yuliia Lomzhets, who became an expert on the implementation of the Plan in the legal clinic “Public Reception” of the Kyiv Cooperative Institute of Business and Law, spoke about the development of the legal clinic and further work.

Legal clinics monitoring continues for the third year. I was lucky enough to take part in six of them. Each time at the end of each visit, the Association’s team tried to set up the management of the legal clinic and the institution of higher education, that the result of monitoring is only the beginning, the impetus for change and improvement. But further communication with legal clinics has sometimes shown that change is not happening as quickly as one would like, and legal clinic managers may not always be able to persuade universities to implement monitoring recommendations.

To help legal clinics change and improve, the Association has proposed a new monitoring model 2.0, which provides expert support and support to the heads of legal clinics.

2.0 monitoring took place in five legal clinics and results of the two are already known. Now we present the third.

The development plan of the “Public Reception” legal clinic of the Kyiv Cooperative Institute of Business and Law was approved on November 29, 2019. For three months, the staff of the clinic, with my support, took various measures to implement the recommendations provided by the Association.

The plan provided for seven areas of development recommendations. Here is a brief overview on the implementation of each.

The most successful and complete was fulfillment of the recommendation “Practice a systematic and diverse legal-awareness events” – the result is 100%. Within three months, the legal clinic has significantly intensified its activities in the field of legal-awareness education: a plan for legal education activities has been developed, classes are held regularly for different age groups of students. The head of the legal clinic initiated the inclusion of the legal clinical section in the International Scientific and Practical Conference “Innovative Approaches to Legal Regulation of Public Relations: Scientific and Practical Discourse”, held by the Department of Law of the Kyiv Cooperative Institute of Business and Law.

80% of successful implementation of recommendations on “Implementation of measures to increase awareness of the activities of the legal clinic”. The legal clinic has developed information booklets about its activities, all activities of the legal clinic are promptly covered on the information resources of the institute and in the group on Facebook.

75% improvement in counseling: the legal clinic has developed and used a written consultation form, introduced a new form of the journal, which contains a column “type of assistance”, teachers-curators check each written consultation and certify it with the signature.

Lower results were achieved in enrolling the work of students in the legal clinic as an educational practice (50%) and in the rationing of the work of teachers in the legal clinic (33%). The KCIBL has developed a new Regulation on the legal clinic “Public Reception”, in the process of preparing job instructions for the staff of the legal clinic and the Regulation on the practice in the legal clinic.

Unfortunately, it was not possible to increase the visibility of legal clinic in the local community (0%). The legal clinic only plans to cooperate with stakeholders, as well as to involve representatives of partner organizations in meetings, classes, trainings with legal clinic students.

As a result, the overall implementation rate of the Development Plan is 59%.

This 59% is a small but confident step in the development of a legal clinic. This is the activation and improvement of all areas of activity, streamlining and stabilizing its work.

This result still needs to be consolidated and further promoted, so my work as an implementation expert is not complete. Together with the management of the legal clinic and the institution of higher education, we will strive to achieve 100%.

Author:

Juliia Lomzhets, implementation expert of the Development Plan of the “Public Reception” legal clinic 

Recommendations for the Development and Implementation of Quality Monitoring Tools

Recommendations for the Development and Implementation of Quality Monitoring Tools

Out of my participations in the development of quality monitoring tools, there are those that you are proud of and those that you are not ashamed of.

I don’t remember the spoiled ones at the development stage yet (there are a couple of spoiled ones at the execution stage, when the customer ignored the start-up recommendations). But let’s talk about the good.

In the personal ranking of successful leaders:

Quality Performance Assessment Tool for Legal Clinics in Ukraine (legal clinics monitoring tool) which we developed together with Julia Lomzhets in 2017. But the first steps in this development were the study of the model of legal clinic in 2005 (with V. Stadnik) and own system of classification of legal clinics by quality in 2009.

– and two Instruments for the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (monitoring the implementation of human rights by local authorities #local_human_index and respect for LGBT rights by the police monitoring).

Important:

  1. To understand that all previously developed similar tools help to make the following better.
  2. Not only to develop, but also to effectively teach the use of tools.
  3. Not only to teach, but also to accompany for some time to acquire a sustainable quality. In principle, the monitoring of legal clinics is the only one of mine that will go floating on its own.

The main recommendations for the development and implementation of quality monitoring tools:

  • It is always better to assess the score and the best approach to scores is 0/1 (none / yes), otherwise subjectivism destroys quality;
  • It is always better to make the smallest possible number of indicators. The more – the longer, more difficult, more controversial. And not to lose the quality of assessment with a small number of indicators – to only assess the final quality indicator, if it requires intermediate. I know it’s hard to understand, I’ll explain it in more detail someday.
  • No need to assess for assessment itself or punishment. This should be done to help make the assessed activity better. This is the so-called concept of a ‘peer monitoring’ approach. In the monitoring of legal clinics, a “2.0” format has been developed for this purpose, which provides for the joint development and implementation of a Development Plan based on the results of the assessment.

Author:

Andrii Halai, member of the Board of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine

Video Interview with Mykola Sioma on Cooperation and Networking of Legal Clinics

Video Interview with Mykola Sioma on Cooperation and Networking of Legal Clinics

Six legal clinics of the Capital region have joined forces to introduce innovative and effective law education topics for different target audiences on equally relevant legal themes. Since October 2019, the regional project “Strengthening Regional and Cross-Sectoral Cooperation of Legal Clinics of Kyiv Region” has been jointly implemented, including an autonomous initiative “Innovative Teaching Methods in Law Education of Legal Clinics for Secondary School Students” with a reinforced component of tax education.

As part of the implementation of regional projects, the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine continues to cover interviews on the relevance and importance of such initiatives. This time, the director of the Ukrainian Legal Aid Foundation Mykola Sioma spoke about the importance of cooperation within the organization, the benefits of both the regional project and networking.

– Mykola, please tell us how important it is to establish cooperation between different departments within one organization.

The ability of the organization to work effectively, according to its mission and objectives, directly depends on institutional development, and institutional development directly depends on the created quality work mechanisms and tools. If the organization has an extensive structure, then a clear division of responsibilities and the presence of quality tools for interaction and cooperation are just essential.

– 6 Ukrainian legal clinics are implementing the project “Strengthening Regional and Cross-Sectoral Cooperation of Legal Clinics of Kyiv Region”. In your opinion, how relevant and useful such a project is?

The network of Ukrainian legal clinics includes several dozen organizations. Each legal clinic is effective and sustainable in its procedures and tools. However, when we are talking about the network, as with any other system, questions appear about the quality of internal communication, the quality of redirection, and the effectiveness of joint work analysis.

Therefore, the joint project to strengthen effective cross-sectoral cooperation of legal clinics in Kyiv region is an essential pilot project, given two circumstances:

  • allows looking at the map of the legal needs of citizens from the legal clinics’ perspective;
  • enables other legal aid providers to orientate and organize joint work, taking into account the interests of both clients and providers.

Legal clinics became an independent player in the legal services market long ago, and today, they receive public recognition.

– How important is cooperation with stakeholders? Comment on the importance of creating a Stakeholder Map for the organization.

The solution to any problem is to solve people’s problems. Stakeholders are those affected by the problem; these are the ones who can influence the problem and not always positively. Therefore, if we want to reduce the problem to a controlled dimension, we just need to work with stakeholders.

Legal clinics that are starting to create a Stakeholder Map for sure are on the right track in solving people’s problems.

– In your opinion, what are the advantages of such a form of cooperation as an exchange of experience?

Experience is all we receive with our senses. The experience is useful – for reasons of common sense and pleasant – for reasons of humanity. And human life is a process of gaining experience. Therefore, the benefits of gaining experience and sharing it are apparent.

– Another form of cooperation used by legal clinics is the organization of joint events. How necessary are such measures?

The organization of joint events is the best form of gaining and transferring experience. It is also a tool to strengthen any network. In particular networks of legal clinics.

As the USSR cartoons’ character, Kot Matroskin, put it: “Working together – it unites.”

– Please, list the advantages of cooperation within the organization and its establishment outside with other stakeholders.

For the Ukrainian Legal Aid Foundation, the quality and success of the tasks is the sufficient work of legal aid providers. In order to assess the quality of others, we ourselves must be effective. Therefore, the Foundation’s team cares both about the quality of internal procedures and communication.

The level of work sufficiency and the usefulness of our work for people depends on the level of institutional development.

* Ukrainian Legal Aid Foundation is an organization engaged in the development and spreading of best practices for ensuring equal legal opportunities. It is a platform for synergies between legal aid providers.

The project “Developing Regional Leadership and Establishing a Coordination Model of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine” is implemented by the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine with the financial support of the International Renaissance Foundation.

 

 

Artem Filipyev Talks about Human Rights and Responsible Business

Artem Filipyev Talks about Human Rights and Responsible Business

“I always reminisce on working in a law clinic with extraordinary warmth. It was an incredible combination of something interesting and useful”. – Artem Filipiev, the General Counsel of PJSC “ArcelorMittal Kryviy Rih”.

The Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine continues to cover success stories of legal clinics graduates.

The next story for the Association was told by the General Counsel of PJSC “ArcelorMittal Kryviy Rih”, former Director of Legal Affairs of PJSC “Consumers-Sklo-Zorya” and graduate of the legal clinic “Pro bono” of the National University of Ostroh Academy Artem Filipiev.

In February 2020, the presentation of the results of the National Legal Essay Competition “Responsible Business and Human Rights” took place. Artem Filipiev and the contestants discussed the features and values ​​in the work of a corporate lawyer.

So, it will be interesting not only to know more about the importance of legal clinical engagement, but also to see the personal experience of business law practice and the uniqueness of UP International Student Internship.

– Artem, can you tell about your personal experience of business law practice? Why have you chosen specifically this sphere?

Most of my professional experience is directly related to business services. I have also worked as an outside consultant, as an in-house lawyer during my years of practice.

I started to work at a law firm as a consultant. However, I decided to become a part of a business team. Since I didn’t want to be just an outside advisor who appears solely to participate in a particular project or to resolve a problematic situation. I am inspired by the fact that I can work not solely in a business service but also a to be a decision-maker. It is important to see how these solutions are subsequently transported into a useful society product.

– Why did you participate in the discussion of “responsible business” together with the participants of the National Student Essay Competition among legal clinics?  What exactly connects you to legal clinics?

I can claim that I started my law career at the legal clinic. In 2003 I became a consultant at the National University of Ostroh Academy “Pro bono” legal clinic.

Later, I worked as an administrator and project manager for the “Pravnychi Initsiatyvy” Charity Foundation. I always reminisce on working in a law clinic with extraordinary warmth. It was an incredible combination of something interesting and useful.

Besides, it was useful not only for me as a professional and an individual but also for society. I learned a lot. For example, conducting Street Law lessons allowed me developing public speaking skills. Communicating with people who approached us with their problems (which did not always have a legal solution) formed the skill of objectively analyzing the situation.

– The topics of the National Competition is rather unusual (“Responsible Business and Human Rights”). Which business do you think is responsible? What distinguishes a responsible business from “irresponsible”?

The purpose of any business is to make profit. However, this goal is achieved by creating a product that is directly or indirectly consumed by people. First of all, for me, “responsible business” is a business that creates a product. However, the consumption of this product does not destroy but builds a person, makes one’s life better. This is not all. In my opinion, “responsible business” is aware that the process of creating the product itself must have a positive impact on society. But not only from the perspective of today but also in the future. In practice, this is embodied in following certain business ethical. Adherence to these principles isn’t an action driven by fear of punishment or condemnation, but – rather a conscious choice.

– How does business affect human rights? What kind of rights are we talking about?

I think that business influences almost all human rights. If we use the well-known division of human rights into generations – the impact of business is felt in each of them.

For example, the enforcement of the right to life is not possible without safe and proper working conditions. The responsibility for this right is primarily the responsibility of the business. After all, it is possible to talk about observing this right if a person does not feel confident (within eight working hours) that he or she will return to their loved ones safe and sound?

Also, business is largely responsible for maintaining the right to a safe environment. Although specific rules for its implementation are created by the state – without their acceptance and implementation from the part of business, the environment will never improve. And there are many more of examples alike.

– On your opinion, who should be aware of human rights – specialized lawyers only or all of them, regardless of field of law they practice?

Undoubtedly – not only specialized! Human rights are about each of us. Therefore, we must not only know them but also implement them. And you know, business today is paying a lot of attention to human rights. For example, at the international company ArcelorMittal, every employee undergoes compulsory human rights training. It is impossible to do business in a world that sees human rights as the cornerstone of civilization – and not to know human rights.

– How relevant is this topic for Ukraine? Is the situation in our country too different from other countries in Eastern and Western Europe?

Of course, the topic of social responsibility in business is relevant to Ukraine. I am convinced that it is equally relevant anywhere else in the world. It includes the countries of Eastern and Western Europe. The conditions for doing business are different – hence the public’s demand for what should the responsibility be. The basic meaning remains the same: the business should review itself as part of society, not perceive society as a resource. However, the attitude of society to the business should be similar. People need to realize that it is business (not even the state) that creates jobs, pays taxes that enable the state to fulfill its social obligations. And it lays the foundation for the general prosperity of the people. Sometimes it seems to me that in Ukraine understanding this sometimes still remains a problem, since business is viewed through the prism of class struggle and dispossession (these phenomena at least have some ideological basis) and – at worst, perceive it as a cynical desire to take possession of another.

– In general, what are your impressions of the Competition? What impressed you most?

The competition is extremely interesting. I want to thank the people who joined the organization. The most memorable thing for me was the communication with the students during the visit to ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih. – the largest mining and metallurgical enterprise in Ukraine. Open dialogue with young people is always inspiring and generates new ideas.

– What is your current job at ArcelorMittal you work at? What are its current projects and plans?

ArcelorMittal is the number one manufacturer of steel in the world and the largest foreign investor in Ukraine. For the last one and a half years, I have been working as the Chief Legal Advisor of ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih. This enterprise is currently implementing a large-scale investment program and is actively updating since it was built over 80 years ago. We are constructing new production units. Also, we are reconstructing existing ones and implementing environmental projects to reduce the industrial burden on the environment. We almost completed an important investment project. We carry out hot examinations of two newly built machines of continuous billets casting. Also, the reconstruction of the second sinter plant with the installation of modern electrostatic precipitators is not stopped. We are planning the construction of a new factory of pelletizing this year. Over 14 years of work in Ukraine, ArcelorMittal’s total investment has already reached $ 9.7 billion.

– Finally, give your three tips to the clinical students.

Firstly, don’t be afraid to dream. But let these dreams be not only about yourself. It is important to think about what you can do for others. Secondly, never lose the opportunity to fulfill your dream. Search for options! And always be ready for the chance to run an extra mile. And lastly, you have to look at the possibilities more broadly, not content with well-trodden and wide roads. You need to be prepared to find your path and not only to take advantage but to create as well.

This publication was made possible through support provided by the United States Agency for International Development under a grant by the USAID Financial Transformation Sector Project.

Conflict and Freedom to Conduct Legal Clinical Education

Conflict and Freedom to Conduct Legal Clinical Education

The head of the Legal Clinic was fired – the end of plans and hopes?

Typical cases of legal clinic problems include conflicts between and with their bosses. The situation sounds like this – now I am not allowed to do this.

Another person is appointed … We cannot find common ground … It humiliates our own dignity … And so on. My vision is subjective. But it is. So.

Firstly, it’s okay.

Exhale and take it. We all have the right to respect for dignity, self-esteem, freedom of opinion (eg about organizing of legal clinic or your own vision of teaching your own class).

We can argue, for this reason, preferably civilized. This is okay. Unless we are the heads of the faculty or department, then this is probably someone else.

He/she can evaluate, appoint/dismiss us. Become a leader and your decisions also may be dissatisfied. Is not it? Or don’t move your career, take a quiet place and “grow moss on the north side”. Just don’t complain then.

ALCU is trying to regulate this.

Support it. Of course, we, the Association, stand for appointment/dismissal based on a well-founded decision.

It is possible that the Association, as an NGO, will in the future raise publicly the question of the validity of the appointment/dismissal of the heads of legal clinics. Of course, with respect for self-government and freedom of managerial discretion in a law school.

Our point in the draft Regulations on the university’s legal clinic, regarding the competencies of the head of Legal clinic and the need to confirm the competence of all involved academics through professional development. Here he is:

“The head of the law clinic is appointed by decision of the head of the institution of higher education institution, upon the submission of the head of the institute, faculty, etc. The head of the legal clinic must have sufficient legal, managerial and pedagogical competence. The head of the legalclinic may also serve as a curator.”

By the way, some heads of legal clinics opposed this point from time to time. That’s funny. But let’s move on.

And, is there a win-win solution?

The issue of decisions about the activities of the legal clinic is the prerogative of the leaders of the faculty, but freedom of view and creativity in our own courses is more accessible to us (at some methodical discretion of the department). Is it?

Here is the solution. You do not get along with the head of the clinic, but you want to engage in legal clinical education? Implement it to your course (s)! Make them more practical, develop forms of coordinated independent work, including advocacy and law education. Find your own organizational form for such de facto legal clinic, for example through a partnership with the public sector. And that’s all, you have another legal clinic in the faculty.

And what is next?

And then do what is convenient for you: unite, disconnect, combine. I think the Association can consider such a legal clinic as an independent, we respect the freedom of the organization.

But act qualitatively – in accordance with our standards.

 

Author: Andrii Halai

Client Consultation Competition without the Scenery

Client Consultation Competition without the Scenery

A few days ago, the next National Round of Client Consultation Competition ended. For me personally, it was the sixth consecutive year when I either organized these competitions directly or coordinated their organization (in 2018, Irpin). without the scenery

And yet, because of the format upgrade – in 2019, I had to organize … one and a half and another half of the Competition. Why? Because, as it turned out, this competition aroused interest not only from me, but also from colleagues from Poland, who offered to hold part of the national rounds in magical Krakow (earlier in 2020). So we traditionally held the quarter-finals of the 2020 Competition in Ostroh in December 2019 and the semi-finals and finals in Poland. And students from ELSA-Lviv also wanted to hold regional Ukrainian language consultation competitions – that is why + 0.5 Competition. By the way, the regional competitions is a great example to follow, because students organized it on their own.

And it turned out that the Competition – is also a some kind of “Pandora’s box” with many personal challenges, strength tests and unexpectedness.

Challenges: Can you find enough resources, judges, clients? And can you do only in English? – because there is the international round later. And more… – Can you do without funding and even offer participants to pay an organizational fee? And can you during the session? Or during the holidays? And will you be able to accommodate participants in Ostroh, where 1.25 hotels and the entire housing stock of the only university have already been booked before you did it?

Strength tests for: nerves, friendships, relationships with colleagues, with your own and not your legal clinic students, your own self-esteem, the limits of endurance and motivation to do it again and again.

Unexpectedness: because you do not expect from people such actions or inactions; because read and thought out again rules create a dilemma again; for receiving help where you have not even thought, and from those whom you did not know or did not know very much; because despite the almost certainty that it just won’t work, it works.

Works. Why?

In these six years and three times participating in the international round, I already know for sure that this is the minimum guarantee of good consultation competition:

  1. High-quality plot of cases. Participants are evaluated on 11 criteria, among which legal analysis and legal advice are only two positions. Others one are the psychological, ethical, and moral aspects that future lawyers should consider and demonstrate. If these aspects are not included in the case, there is nothing to demonstrate.
  2. Talented actors-clients. Performance of the team as a whole depends on the how the guest actor performs his/her role. It also depends on whether this client will be able to open a well-composed story (see para. 1). A good client will always find a moment to talk to the lawyers – even the most frightened and quickest one to tell all she/hethe needs.
  3. Qualified judges. It is not a big secret, of course) Krakow has shown how to do well in a preliminary friendly round, during which both the judges and the team and the clients realised what to do. You can watch the video 10 times, read the rules and criteria, and you can play it once. Guess what will be the best effect?

All the rest – logistics, cultural program, plates and “beauty” of badges, diplomas, programs, etc. – are secondary. This is definitely not something to concentrate on as long as paragraphs 1-3 have not yet been worked out – because they are the foundation.

After the quarter-finals last December, I wrote on my Facebook page: “To me personally, the #Consultation_competition is always an emotion. Strong, deep. And this time, joyful and accomplished one.” Probably the day when it will also be over will come ) But first – the International Round in Ukraine.

The author:

Maria Tsypiashchuk, Coordinator of the National Client Consultation Competition for legal clinics

Development of Regional Leadership as a Key to Legal Clinic Network Sustainable Development

Development of Regional Leadership as a Key to Legal Clinic Network Sustainable Development

The idea of ​​developing regional cooperation and enhancing the capacity of legal clinics is not new. In one form or another it has been discussed for the last five years. However, further talk did not go. Heads of he most active ALCU legal clinics regularly attended annual forums but, returning to their daily routine, forgot about regional leadership until the next meeting.

After the successful implementation of the Project “Institutional Capacity Building of the Association / Network of Legal Clinics of Ukraine” (in partnership with the Ukrainian Legal Aid Foundation with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation), we realized two things: the first – we are capable of more, the second – the development of the network is impossible without strengthening the capacity of the legal clinics themselves. As a result, the development of regional leadership in the network of legal clinics has become one of the main priorities of the Association’s development.

The first step in the search for future leaders of the legal clinical movement was the First Ukrainian-Polish School for Academics of Legal Clinics, held in June 2019 in Warsaw. The participants of the School discussed in detail and openly the vision of regional cooperation development and possible problems and presented their own project initiatives. For the first time in many years, besides the desire to develop a legal clinical movement in the regions, we have received specific proposals and projects from people interested and motivated to implement them. What else is needed? Financing!

The implementation of the project allowed to hold a competition and provided funding for three projects, which, in our opinion, will allow cooperation between legal clinics and enhance their ability to independently search and implement projects.

The project “Strengthening of Regional and Cross-Sectoral Cooperation of Legal Clinics of Kyiv Region” is implemented by the Legal Clinic “Law and Practice” of Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University in cooperation with the LC of University of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine and the LC of Academy of Advocacy of Ukraine.

The project has two strategic goals. The first is to analyze the stakeholders and their interests, to explore the Ukrainian market of legal aid providers.

The second goal of the project was to develop the skills of legal clinic students in the organization of law classes and increase the financial literacy of school youth.

The project “Legal clinics – agents for promoting mediation as a way of resolving disputes” is implemented by the Legal Clinic of Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University in cooperation with the LC of King Danylo University, LC of Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University and LC “Femida” of the Precarpathian Faculty of the National Academy of Internal Affairs.

Can legal clinics settle disputes through mediation? Yes, they can – the authors of the project are convinced. The main thing is to teach the students-consultants to convey the benefits of mediation and to convince the client of its effectiveness. LC students themselves need to know the basics of mediation and promote mediation to the general public. Accordingly, the purpose of the project is to create and develop, on the basis of legal clinics, a regional network of mediation promotion agents.

The project “Free Legal Aid for Small Business” is being implemented by the Legal Clinic “Pro Bono” of National University of Ostroh Academy, in collaboration with the Ukrainian Catholic University, LC of leonid Yuzkov Khmelnytskyi University of Management and Law, and LC “Liberta” Ternopil National Economic University.

This project is an attempt to go beyond and allow students to work with a whole new category of cases. The essence of the project is to provide consultants of participating in the initiative of free legal assistance legal clinics to the representatives of small business and the opportunity to acquire complex knowledge and experience in the field, which they would come across only at work.

By:

Yulia Lomzets, Executive Director of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine

Legal Clinic Monitoring 2.0: in 20 Sentences

Legal Clinic Monitoring 2.0: in 20 Sentences

For more than two years, the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine has been monitoring the activities of legal clinics for compliance with their Standards. Each monitoring is accompanied by a report and specific recommendations for the administration of the legal clinic and the institution where it operates.

How this successful practice evolves, what new approaches have already been put in place – read in the author’s article of the Head of the Association Andrii Halai.

The confidence that you are doing the right thing adds inspiration. Two years ago, the phenomenon of monitoring was relevant. And not only relevant but also scientifically effective, as legal clinics are also an academic and scientific community. That is what helped us to make the assessment tool that received only positive reviews in Ukraine and abroad. It is used as an example to follow and we are pleased because of it.

At the same time, we cannot work without thinking. And after 13 monitoring sessions, we gradually came to the new format, which was given the informal name “Monitorings of legal clinics 2.0”.

2.0 is more about the implementation phase of recommendations. Monitoring in this approach is carried over from the key objective to the preliminary analysis stage. According to its results, the Association together with the legal clinic develops a plan of development of the clinic. It takes into account its specificity. For example, a legal clinic practicing legal education will receive more guidance on this; Legal Clinic of Police Higher Education – more offers to deepen its specialization. The Association’s recommendations not only relate to compliance with standards, but also to enhancing LC own strengths and natural advantages.

Prepared by: Andriy Galay

Photo: From the Internet

 

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