The idea to pursue something qualitatively new, in collaboration with foreign colleagues-friends, and with a focus on the development of regional initiatives, has emerged a long time ago. However, it was quite difficult to find a format that was both meaningful, practical and, on the other hand, not too congested.
Finally, ten participants from the Ukrainian legal community underwent international internship training at the University of Warsaw from June 17-19, 2019, and got acquainted with the activities of the Legal Clinics of the Lazarski University and the SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw.
Prior to the beginning of the internship, all participants were tasked with developing concepts for regional projects, with the mandatory involvement of at least two other legal clinics and public sector partners. With the help of experienced Association mentors, the concepts were refined to form project ideas that ranged from providing legal assistance to small businesses – to financial and tax literacy, developing regional partnership platforms for legal clinics, setting up remote counseling points in remote areas. Finally, each participant presented these ideas on the second day of the School during a joint panel discussion, which was also attended by Polish colleagues from Krakow (Pavel Klimek), Lodz (Dr. Przemyslaw Kubiak) and Lublin (Professor Delaine Swenson).
Then there was the training part of the School, covering issues of topical management for the head of the legal clinic and effective interaction with other partners. Trainers worked in united Polish-Ukrainian teams.
On the third day, the participants visited two progressive legal clinics in Poland and learned how these clinics are organized, how they are involved in the educational process, how they are doing things and what categories of cases they work with.
Of course, participants did not forget to find time for rest and adventure.
Material prepared by Maria Tsypiashchuk