Working Meeting about Signing a Memorandum of Cooperation

Working Meeting about Signing a Memorandum of Cooperation

On May 18, at the Legal Clinic of the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, a working meeting was held between the members of administation of ALCU, Vitalii Yelov and Yuliia Matveeva, representatives of the Coordination Centre for Legal Aid Provision, Marina Lugini, and representatives of the Ukrainian Legal Aid Foundation, Sheilat Afolabi about signing a memorandum of cooperation.

5 main areas of cooperation were agreed:
1. Organization of practice and internship of students in the state free legal aid system.
2. Mutual redirection of clients.
3. Conduction joint events.
4. Preparation of information and educational materials.
5. Joint participation in the project “I have a right”.

The Community of Legal Clinics, Coordinated by the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine, Constantly Improves its Direct Activities.

The Community of Legal Clinics, Coordinated by the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine, Constantly Improves its Direct Activities.

Often, there is the perception that the activities of legal clinics are often not well understood and underestimated by the faculties, or are perceived as chaotical and unsystematical.

There is also the assumption that many legal clinics “exist only on  paper”.

Unfortunately, the budgets of the Association of Ukrainian Legal Clinics do not allow going to each legal clinic for explaining  what it is – to act in a quality manner.

To resolve these and other problematic issues, almost the entire quorum of headmastership went to Lutsk, to test the newly developed in the Dnieper system of assessing the quality of activity of legal clinics.

So, on June 21-22, in Lutsk, at the Eastern European National University, the first law enforcement clinics’ activity was monitored by the College of Legal Clinics of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Legal Aid Foundation.

We share the following conclusions:

  1. The monitoring tool has shown itself in a good way. As a result of the discussion, an item was added on the provision by stationery supplies.

So, find the updated quality rating system file and test your legal clinics yourself, this tool is simple and convenient to work.

 

  1. There wasn`t enough time in the planned 2 days to resolve all issues, so 3 days are needed gor proper monitoring. The round table” discussion has proven to be very effective. Shown for the needs of the organization: 1) availability of standard for preparation of the event (this should be done not only by the head of the local lawclinic, but also by a representative of the monitoring group prepared); 2) involvement of local human rights and higher education community; 3) involvement of local journalists; 4) inclusion of the excursion stage in the legal clinic; 5) the formation of an additional checklist of ideas after completion.
  2. Applied training is required in terms of monitoring the quality of law clinics in general:

– monitorists for monitoring (I think there would be enough two or two regional trainings for 15 people);

– managers of clinics based on the results of several monitorings (I think once every six months or every 3-4 monitoring would be enough)

  1. “Cherry and Cake” or the result of monitoring.

The preliminary calculation of the results had shown  that Ad Astra Legal Clinic of the” Eastern European National University named after Lesia Ukrainka” got the rating “complies with the quality standards of the legal clinics”. This conclusion will be based on the calculation of the points of the monitoring system, not on the eye.

The V All-Ukrainian Scientific and Practical Conference “Legal Education of Legal Clinics on the Basis of Higher Educational Institutions” Was Held.

The V All-Ukrainian Scientific and Practical Conference “Legal Education of Legal Clinics on the Basis of Higher Educational Institutions” Was Held.

During three days conferention,  best lawyers of the country exchanged experience of legal clinics, jointly analyzed and generalized the main tendencies of legal clinical education development in our country. Experts presented their scientific work in two thematic sections: “Legal Clinic as an Innovative Direction for the Development of Legal Education in Ukraine” and “Actual Problems of the Theory and Practice of Application of Sectoral Legislation in the Case of Integration into the European Union”.

 

In addition, within the framework of the conference, the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine held a practical session “Formation of standard quality of activity of legal clinics: strategic plan, monitoring of compliance with the Standards”. It had gathered more than 20 leaders of leading legal clinics from around the country, including Kiev, Bila Tserkva, Dnipro, Kropivnitsky, Lviv, Nikolaev, Odessa, Kharkiv, Severodonetsk, Sumy, Khmelnytsky and other cities.

Among the invited guests at the plenary session  an international expert, Professor of the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law Lei Wohrt was present. In his report “Global Clinical Movement”, the scientist emphasized the new world standards and requirements for the accreditation of institutions that prepare professional lawyers.

In addition, the purpose of the meeting is to develop a tool for assessing the standard quality of legal clinics in Ukraine. For the assistance provided, we would like to express our gratitude to the American expert and representatives of USAID, OSCE. Special thanks go to Irina Ivankov and Ashot Agoyan, who are not only mentors but also “engines” of the clinical movement for several years now.

The partners of the conference were the All-Ukrainian Charitable Organization “Ukrainian Foundation for Legal Aid”, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the OSCE Coordinator in Ukraine.

Work Meeting for Creating a Manual “The Basics of Legal Clinical Practice”

Work Meeting for Creating a Manual “The Basics of Legal Clinical Practice”

The board meeting of Association of legal clinics of Ukraine has been held on 22 October on the base of Legal clinic of Yaroslav Mudryi National law university

Our meeting became possible with the assistance of OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine, Iryna Ivankiv.

 

On the meeting of heads of legal clinics of our Association it was disclosed the direction of our future activity. In particular. the creating of a  manual  “The basics of legal clinical practice” which is unique for Ukraine and became possible with active cooperation between OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine, Iryna Ivankiv and Association of legal clinics of Ukraine.  This manual will containg the best experience of leading legal clinics in Ukraine fot the last 20 years of existing. It’s called up to unify the activity of legal clinics in the country and to ease the way of new members of our community. The manual for legal clinics of such a scope will be created for the first time in Ukraine.

The day was extremely  full of constructive ideas. All participants left with tasks and inspiration for their execution.

By the Eyes of Students. Clinical Movement in Canada

By the Eyes of Students. Clinical Movement in Canada

Legal clinics in Ontario totally differ from all other clinics around the globe.
In Canada there are 2 different types of legal clinics:
student legal clinics, which operate at law faculties or schools, and also community legal clinics, which are funded from local budgets and which involve professional lawyers.
Student legal clinics resemble Ukrainian examples of legal clinics.
But what is new? That is the phenomenon of community legal clinics! That’s why the experience of our colleagues is extremely important for us.
They concentrate their activity on 3 most important spheres:
providing legal consultations, performing legal educational events and carrying out legal research of the most problematic questions in the society with the aim of reforming the system.

The interesting thing here is newly developed course of lectures for people, who work in the services sector with a lot of customers. These events are performed for providing to ordinary people the possibility to recognize the legal problem so they can guide clients to the local legal clinic.
What foreign experience do we have to take into account?
The most important sphere of activity is carrying out legal researches by our Canadian colleagues.
For exploring the problem of poverty and of access to justice Canadian lawyers created public discussion groups.
They gathered people from different age, sex and income categories with the aim of obtaining the fullest image of real situation in the society.
This gave possibility to investigate the problem from the inside and to form effective offers for the government about reforming current system.
Last years in Canada formed the tradition of entering the government by lawyers, members of legal clinics, and others public figures, because they are the ones who can solve current problems by the most nonstandard means.
We can definitely say that the meeting was extremely productive and useful. Not only Ukrainian lawyers get new knoledge, but our Canadian colleagues also found out a lot about new educational methods and Ukrainian experience in implementing programm street law.

Preview of Debate Tournament on Human Rights 2016

Preview of Debate Tournament on Human Rights 2016

This year the VI open debate tournament on human rights among legal clinics’ teams is dedicated to the 40-year anniversary of establishment of Ukrainian Helsinki human rights union and concerns discussion of actual human rights problems and their interaction with the state.

This will be one of the first attempts of cooperation between legal clinical movement with the education department of UHURU, which can definitely become permanent.

The tournament will take place on 18-19 November 2016 in Educational house on human rights (c. Chernihiv) and in c. Kyiv.

Founders:

Ukrainian Helsinki human rights union Association of legal clinics of Ukraine

Partners:

OSCE Ukrainian office, International Renaissance Foundation.

Only 8 teams of university legal clinics will be selected for the tournament (advantage will be given to the members of Association of legal clinics of Ukraine and to the partners of UHHRU) .

Approved the Strategic Plan of the Association’s Activity on 2016-2018

Approved the Strategic Plan of the Association’s Activity on 2016-2018

Evaluation of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine Activity

Prior to Strategic Planning

 Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine achievements for the whole activity period chronologically:

2002 – Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine starts performing as an unofficial public community;

2002 – Due to the Association’s assistance Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine addressed the deans of law faculties with the letter concerning the results of the conference “Development of the Programs which Contribute to the Improvement of the Educational Process at the Law Faculties.”

2002 – Due to the Association’s assistance Ministry of Justice of Ukraine published recommendations of the Ukrainian Interagency Coordination and Methodological Council on Legal Education of the Population “The role of Public Reception Offices and Legal Clinics at Providing Legal Assistance to the Population.”

2003 – first edition of Standards for Legal Clinics of Ukraine was developed and adopted at the first congress of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine.

2004-2005 – at the second and third Congresses of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine Legal Clinic Model Regulation, Legal Clinics of Ukraine Ethical Code were adopted, typical thematic plan training course “Fundamentals of Law Clinical Practice” was defined and outlined.

2004 – First National School on Legal Clinical Education was carried out.

2006 – the Association has promoted that the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine developed and adopted the Order from 08.03.2006, #592 “On Approval of the Model Regulation on the Legal Clinic of the University of Ukraine”.

2006 – first National Client Interviewing and Counseling Competition was held.

2008 – first National Week of Law was held and legal clinics represented the a high-quality institution of free legal aid.

2011 – first Inter-University Open Debate Tournament on Human Rights for the participants of legal clinics was held. 

2014 – first Students National Essay Competition was carried out.

2014 – the new edition of the Standards of Legal Clinics of Ukraine was approved at the regular Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine National Congress.

 

Characteristics of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine Activity after its renewed activity in 2013 till 1st half of 2016:

1) concerning the movement of legal clinics:

  • activation of the network;
  • fragmented increase training of the legal clinics managers and staff qualification;
  • a number of pressing issues are agreed at congresses;
  • strengthening the “attractiveness” of the LC for the students;
  • improving the quality of LC activity, assistance to the newly established LC “at the start point”;
  • Legal Clinics Standards content is updated;
  • particular competitions are held on a regular basis (Consultation Competition, Debate Tournament)

2) concerning networking

  • improving the LC network coordination;
  • renewal of the Board, implementation of democratic principles in the management of the Association;
  • update of the of legal clinics activity analysis tool (register);
  • cooperation with strategic partners Foundation “Renaissance”, ABA / ROLI;
  • established cooperation with the OSCE in the educational field;
  • establishing partnerships with the ULAF;
  • first steps are taken to cooperate with foreign networks, including Polish colleagues.

Activity Benchmarks based on the analysis of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine activity after its renewed activity in 2013 till 1st half of 2016

  • to implement standards, LC standards monitoring;
  • to strengthen the role of legal clinics in the system of legal aid, to integrate them in the regulation of legal aid;
  • to develop Board teamwork;
  • to register ALCU as a legal entity;
  • to promote international cooperation;
  • to achieve effective PR (communication);
  • to develop and launch ALCU website;
  • to improve the flow of information between the Association and legal clinics;
  • to enhance direct cooperation between legal clinics;
  • to implement educational components of clinical legal education in the educational process of the university and conduct training school for the LC;
  • to improve electronic forms of legal clinic events reckoning.

Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine Mission Update

 

What is unique about the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine?

1) it is a unique resource of practice and science combination, visions of different generations and regions for the development of legal education in Ukraine and building up a society based on the ideals of liberalism and the rule of law;

2) it combines the efforts of progressive representatives of Ukrainian universities aimed at quality practical training of law students;

3) it consolidates position of legal clinics as a unique actor of free legal aid

Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine Mission (short version)

Our community improves the quality of higher education through the implementation of social functions – providing free legal aid and raising the law culture of Ukrainian society.

 

Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine Mission (extended version)

Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine – is a public association, which aims at the development of clinical legal education and building a network of legal clinics.

The mission of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine is to provide quality legal clinics functioning in the system of higher legal education in Ukraine.

Legal clinical training system provides systematic lawyers training, willing to practice practical professional activities, thus contributing to strengthening the rule of law, access to justice and raising the law culture of Ukrainian society.

Components of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine Mission:

1) Who are we?

  • LC union aimed at coordinating and development of their activities;

2) What are we doing?

  • improve the quality of legal education;
  • provide free legal assistance;
  • distribute legal knowledge;
  • make a platform for experience exchange by all participants of clinical legal movement in Ukraine;
  • represent clinical legal movement;

3) for whom we work? who benefit from our activities?

  • legal clinics;
  • law students;
  • the indigent groups;
  • all interested in improving their legal knowledge;
  • state and public institutions working in the field of quality higher legal education and building a society with the rule of law as a priority.

Activity Planning on the period of 2nd half 2016 till 2018

 

ALCU Activity Directions:

  1. Promoting quality of clinical legal education in Ukraine

The goal – clinical legal education is an integral part of legal education.

  1. Networking of clinical legal movement

The goal – legal clinics community and each single clinic act on the basis of standard quality, they are known among the population and in similar international networks and are reputable partners;  legal clinical movement  systematically holds traditional events and participates in social development areas which are important for  legal clinics.

 

The Main Expected Results Concerning the Promotion of Quality Clinical Legal Education in Ukraine:

  • an updated Regulation on the activities of legal clinic is adopted, incorporating provisions for: structural unit; availability of clinical legal education in universities in the light of license provisions; educational course “Fundamentals of Legal Clinical Practice”; normalization of pedagogical (teaching) workload (duties) of legal clinics staff; financial support; graduate certificate; particular legal practice in LC;
  • features of practical training of students on the basis of legal clinics is reflected in the Standards for bachelors / masters in law;
  • features of practical training of students on the basis of legal clinics is reflected in the draft law “On Higher Legal Education”;
  • normalization and ensuring details of clinical legal educational components by the means of Ministry of Education in Ukraine regulations;
  • special course on the basics of legal clinical practice included in the curricula of legal training in universities as a selective course;
  • the requirements for legal clinical education as a condition for licensing universities;
  • actual students practice on the basis of legal clinic is considered as an official students practice;
  • normalized pedagogical (teaching) workload (duties) of legal clinics staff;
  • qualitative methodological support of clinical legal education

The Main Expected Results Towards the Networking of Clinical Legal Movement:

  • Qualitative informing on the activities of legal clinics and their communication;
  • Legal Clinics affect important areas of social development;
  • Adjusted monitoring of standards of legal clinics activity in Ukraine;
  • Legal Clinics Community is known for its quality and system network activities, and participates in international events of clinical legal movement;
  • Legal clinics operate independently of administrative changes in universities and ALCU systematically cooperates with them;
  • Achievement of sustainable and equitable partnership of ALCU and ULAF.

Evaluation Markers of Clinical Legal Movement Development after 3 Years:

  1. Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine is consolidated strong partner;
  2. Clinical Legal Education is part of legal education;
  3. Legal clinics are the structural units of the universities educating future lawyers;
  4. Legal Clinical Activity is regulated by law;
  5. Each legal clinic has sufficient institutional capacity and resources to implement its tasks;
  6. Each legal clinic is supported and provided guidance by university;
  7. Legal clinics are effective subjects of free legal aid;
  8. Each legal clinic graduate gains human rights mindset and skills of law enforcement.

ALCU PLAN CONCERNING PROMOTING OF QUALITY LEGAL CLINICAL EDUCATION IN UKRAINE

Goal – legal clinic is an integral part of higher legal education

Strategic Result Activities Terms Executives Resources
An updated Regulation on the activities of legal clinic is adopted, incorporating provisions for: structural unit; availability of clinical legal education in universities in the light of license provisions; educational course “Fundamentals of Legal Clinical Practice”; normalization of pedagogical (teaching) workload (duties) of legal clinics staff; financial support; graduate certificate; particular legal practice in LC 1. A) Assisting at establishing of the Ministry of Education in Ukraine (MEU) working group

B) MEU adopts the updated Regulation (including per sei cooperation with ULAF)

Application till 15.06.16 Yu. Matveeva,

A. Halai

·  Business trips for non-Kyiv habitants

·  Experts work

·  Working group coordination

Features of practical training of students on the basis of legal clinics is reflected in the Standards for bachelors / masters in law 2. Establishing (via OSCE) contacts with the working group on development of Bachelor of Law education standards to include proposals for legal clinical education till 10.09.16 A.Halai

Yu.Matveeva

·       coordination work on incorporating the proposals on clinical legal education to Bachelor of Law education standards
Features of practical training of students on the basis of legal clinics is reflected in the draft law “On Higher Legal Education”; 3. Establishing (via MEU, OSCE, IFR) contacts with working group if instituted till 10.09.16 A.Halai

Yu.Matveeva

·      coordination work on incorporating the proposals on clinical legal education to Bachelor of Law education standards

Normalization and ensuring details of clinical legal educational components by the means of Ministry of Education in Ukraine regulation:

• special course on the basics of legal clinical practice included in the curricula of legal training in universities as a selective course;

• the requirements for legal clinical education as a condition for licensing universities;

• actual students practice on the basis of legal clinic is considered as an official students practice;

• normalized pedagogical (teaching) workload (duties) of legal clinics staff

4. A) Starting monitoring activities on special courses, practice, normalization of teachers’ workload (as a separate networking plan item)

B) within the MEU working group LC development as part of the universities licensing terms

C) if needed, development of specific regulatory segments of courses, practice in the LC and standards of teachers workload

According with  the monitoring plan

during September, 2016

A. Halai

Yu. Savelova

Yu. Matveeva

A. Halai

·   separate project on monitoring

·   Business trips for non-Kyiv habitants

·   Experts work

·   Working group coordination

Component of Systematic Cooperation with OSCE
Qualitative methodological support of clinical legal education Finalization and edition of a handbook for students on Bases of Legal Clinical Practice

A) Contact the authors and agree the improvement of their sections, to determine finalization or the rotation of the authors team; revision and editing; edition;

B) Approbation of the Bases of Legal Clinical Practice handbook

C) Development of a BLCP handbook for teachers

D) Current work to improve the methodological support of the legal clinical education

3.06, 15.06,

Tasks 3-4 terms will be defined in the process of realization

3 months after publication

2017

Constantly

M.Lodzhuk, A.Halai OSCE Project

·  coordination work on the handbook finalization

·  financing on handbook redacting and edition

·  working meetings

·  presentations and schools (trainings)

·  ibidem to the handbook activities

·  person responsible

ALCU PLAN CONCERNING LEGAL CLINIC MOVEMENT NETWORKING

The goal – legal clinics community and each single clinic act on the basis of standard quality, they are known among the population and in similar international networks and are reputable partners;  legal clinical movement  systematically holds traditional events and participates in social development areas which are important for  legal clinics

Strategic Result Activities Terms Executives Resources
Qualitative informing on the activities of legal clinics and their communication 1. Establishing google-mailing for all legal clinics 09. 2016 M. Tsypiashchuk Internet, Gmail, persons responsible from each LC
2. The launch and presentation of the legal clinics website for LCs September, 2016 A.Halai,

M. Lodzhuk

Internet, mass-media
Legal Clinics affect important areas of social development 2. Determining the focuses of impact (“mini-groups” of legal clinics which develop one topic or direction) on 2016-2018

A) Outlining the key issues (information letter) to present them to legal clinics – sending the letter

B) Development of Google or other electronic forms for selecting the most relevant topics-focuses (maximum three) – Voting

C) Voting, analysis of selection results and the formation of “working groups” of clinics in areas

D) Planning activities for groups till 2020, includes the appointing the responsible Board members for each of the “tricks”

E) Interim analysis (reporting) on the focal areas implementation, planning update and adjustment

28.08. 2016

10.09. 2016

Till 30.09 2016

10.12.2016

October, 2017

M.Tsypiashchuk

Yu. Savelova

Board members, other persons responsible

·      Letters to the legal clinics

·      Online communication platforms

·      Congress

·      The general plan and directions plans

·      Workshops

·      Payment of travel / meals

·      Venue

·      Analytical reports, articles

·       Media – Articles

4. Search for the joint project initiatives that are interesting and possible for both partners (research, publication, clarification manuals, training, and media-presentations). Condition – the offer is discussed before submitting the project, not post-factum. Constantly A.Halai Separate project proposals
ULAF assists ALCU at communicating with free legal aid system actors and supports defining the ALCU role and its regulation at management and legal levels. On the ULAF proposals V. Yanyshen Separate system joint plan/project with ULAF
Adjusted monitoring of standards of legal clinics activity in Ukraine Initiating the project on systematic monitoring of compliance with Standards to help high-quality work of legal clinics:

A) Developing the project concept

B) Launching and realizations of a Project

·   development of the LC monitoring methodology

·   studying the Polish monitoring experience

·   training of the monitors

·   Conduct monitoring visits and meetings with the regional law universities administrations

·   feedback from the LCs concerning the implementation of the monitoring missions recommendations

·   development of the general expert report

·  sharing the general report on LC activity monitoring among the  legal universities community

·  ALCU only accepts legal clinics that meet the Standards (since the monitoring project launching)

10.09.2016

10.09.2016

Two years since project proposal approval

A.Halai ·   work of experts on development of the LC monitoring methodology

·   studying Polish monitoring experience

·   training of monitors

·   monitors trips

·   work on the preparation of expert conclusions and general report

·   work on feedback

·   conference for Deans

7. Organization of the current accounting system that would reflect not only quantitative indexes but also the actual LC activity Since publishing the general monitoring report A.Halai ·    by strengthening the responsibility of legal clinics managers, where clinics are supported by the universities
Legal Clinics Community is known for its quality and system network activities, and participates in international events of clinical legal movement 8. Launching the traditional joint (networking) events

A) Determination of the events, regarded as traditional “business cards” of the Association as such

B) Providing support of the joint events for legal clinics

C) Client Consultation Competition counseling: determining the organizational and financial principles (together with ULAF)

D) Client Consultation Competition, conduct

E) Organization of the Debate Tournament on Human Rights

F) The organization and conduct the schools for legal clinics (together with OSCE)

G) The ALCU Congress jointly with discussion platform on clinical legal education

H) Establishing permanent partnerships with internal sponsors of the ALCU activities and events (business environment)

I) ALCU participation in foreign activities of clinical legal movement on stable organizational and financial bases

Constantly

On demands,

September, 2016

March, 2017

December, 2016

2017

Spring 2017, Autumn 2017

2017

Till 03.2017

Constantly

A.Halai, Board members

A.Halai

Yu. Savelova,

Tournament organizer

A.Halai, LC, organizer

Y. Matveeva

A.Halai, LC, organizer

A.Halai, Board members

A.Halai

M.Tsypiashchuk

• Analytical work

• Business trips

• Correspondence

• Workshops

• Search for partner support (travel, accommodation, meal, prizes, rooms, judges)

• Engaging coaches, judges and members of the foreign partnering networks

• Participation in the ICCC, other international competitions rounds

• Participation in international events of clinical legal movement

• Presentation materials

• Media – Articles

Legal clinics operate independently of administrative changes in universities and ALCU systematically cooperates with them 9. Комунікаційна допомога в отриманні підтримки функціонування юридичних клінік у конкретних вишах за запитами

9. Communicative assistance directed on the legal clinic functioning support in particular universities

за запитами

on demand

А. Галай

A.Halai

·                   Надсилання звернень

·                   Зустрічі із представниками вишів

·                   Використання інструментарію положення МОН

· Sending the applications

· Meetings with the universities representatives

· Using the instruments of the MEU Regulation

10. Scientific expertise of the local acts and organizational principles of university legal clinics activity on demand All Board members

·  Sending the applications

·  Meetings with the universities representatives

11. ALCU organizationally supports legal clinics, independent on their membership on demand A.Halai

·  Sending the applications

·  Meetings with the universities representatives

·  Using the instruments of the MEU Regulation

Component of the Systematic Cooperation with ULAF
Achievement of the sustainable and equitable partnership of ALCU and ULAF 12. Participation of legal clinics in training activities of ULAF

A) invitation via transparent selection of ALCU 1-3 participants (teacher-student) to participate in training activities of ULAF, informing of the event 2-3 weeks ahead;

B) as one of the prizes at competitions between LC (participation of a team that took one of winning places)

According with the ULAF plan Yu. Savelova Selection criteria (a document)

travel / accommodation / meal

13. A joint project on ALCU management training

A) Proposal for ULAF separate sessions within training activities in ALCU projects;

B) Systematic initiative in searching the project on the organizational capacity improvement, composed of several blocks (project management, fundraising, internal and external communication). This is development and training in the format of ALCU Board + coaches and session defined together, maybe ULAF patronage of one of the ALCU projects

A) Before the educational events

B) meeting in September, 2016

A. Halai 1) ALCU projects

2) separate project proposal which includes fees, conference services, travel/accommodation/meal; perhaps – as a part of a bigger project on the organizational capacity of the ALCU

 

School of Clinical Legal Education: V4 + Ukraine

School of Clinical Legal Education: V4 + Ukraine

‘School of Clinical Legal Education: V4 + Ukraine’ was held on 15 – 17 September 2016 in Ivano-Frankivsk city and Mykulichyn village, Ivano-Frankivsk region.

Participants discussed features of the clinical legal education in Ukraine and countries which are members of The Visegrad Group. Also they shared their thoughts about cooperation of representatives of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine with their colleges from the West Europe. In this conference took part members of legal clinics and community organizations, especially:
• Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University
• The National University of Ostroh Academy
• National University of ‘Kyiv-Mohyla Academy’
• Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University
• Lesya Ukrainka Eastern European National University
• National Academy of International Affairs (Kyiv)
• Zaporozhye National Technical University
• Lviv National Medical University
• Law clinic of The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (Poland),
• Law clinic of The Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic),
• Law clinic of the University of Szeged (Hungary),
• Palacky University in Olomouc (Czech Republic),
• Human Rights League (Slovakia)
• Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine
• Ukrainian Legal Aid Foundation

One of the important issues was the legal clinics` specialization. In particular, Zuzana Stevulova, professor of the Legal Clinic in University of Trnava and the head of ‘Human Rights League’ (Slovakia), in her performance about the refugees` rights protection in legal clinics emphasized the necessity of each LC`s specialization in order to increase quality of provided legal aid, to increase students` qualification in certain areas. The western colleges said that due to specialization legal clinics do not create unnecessary competition with other legal aid providers, in reverse they get their own group of clients. Thus students significantly increase their knowledge and practical skills. Executive Director of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine Andrew Galay on behalf of himself and the Association has supported the idea of specialization and increasing of qualification level of members of Ukrainian legal clinic movement.

At the end of the Conference Executive Director of the Ukrainian Foundation for Legal Aid Nicholas Sioma shared his considerations such as ALCU cooperation with other providers of legal aid in Ukraine and assured regarding the Foundation`s plans to support the development of institutional capacity ALCU in the future.

All participants expressed their willingness to cooperate and share the best practices of training and legal protection the common European network.
The conference was organized by Legal Clinic of Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University (separate gratitude to the manager of Legal Clinic – Catherine Hychka).

The financial support of the Conference was provided by The International Visegrad Fund.

The Risks & Rewards of Clinical Legal Education Programs

The Risks & Rewards of Clinical Legal Education Programs

Board Member of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine Maksym Lodzhuk attended the 14th Annual Conference “The Risks & Rewards of Clinical Legal Education Programs”, which was held from 10 to 12 July at the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto in Canada.

The organizers of this conference were ” The International Journal of Clinical Legal Education Programs” and the Association of Canadian Clinical Legal Education.

As result of this conference was formulated agreement on the need for more fruitful cooperation between legal clinical movements of Ukraine and Canada.

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