Helping Advance the Legal Sector
New Perimeter has re-joined forces with the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) to provide pro bono services for a USAID-funded project in Kosovo. The Kosovo Legal Profession Program will be a three-year project focused on supporting practicing lawyers through the Kosovo Chamber of Advocates and improving the Kosovar legal education system.
From 2005-2010 New Perimeter partnered with NCSC to assist the UN Mission in Kosovo and the Kosovar provisional government draft the laws creating the Kosovo court system and system of public prosecution. We also provided training on various legal topics to lawyers in the Kosovo Ministry of Justice.
A new international team of DLA Piper lawyers has been recruited to work on the Kosovo Legal Profession project. The team has begun to review Kosovo’s existing ethics rules and disciplinary system and to make recommendations for improvement. In June of 2012, these lawyers traveled to Kosovo to meet with key stakeholders and deliver seminars to Kosovar lawyers on legal ethics in a “train the trainers” exercise.
In addition, we have been asked to advise on strategies to increase the number of Kosovar women in the legal profession. In February 2013, two lawyers worked on-site with the Gender Commission of the Kosovo Chamber of Advocates. While there, the lawyers met with female practicing lawyers and law students throughout Kosovo. They conducted a workshop for the Gender Commission and helped it produce a three-year strategic plan aimed at increasing female bar membership.