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 is a three-year project focused on supporting practicing lawyers through the Kosovo Bar Association (KBA) and improving the Kosovar legal education system.
An international team of DLA Piper lawyers is providing technical assistance to the KBA. The team undertook a comprehensive review of Kosovo’s existing ethics rules and disciplinary system and made recommendations for improvement. Team lawyers have traveled to Kosovo several times to meet with key stakeholders and deliver seminars to Kosovar lawyers on legal ethics in a “train the trainers” exercise. They have also provided training to KBA staff on the conduct of disciplinary proceedings and drafting of disciplinary decisions and participated in panel discussions on the importance of ethics in the legal profession, including at local law schools.
In addition, New Perimeter is advising on strategies to increase the number of Kosovar women in the legal profession. Team lawyers have worked on-site with the Gender Commission of the KBA. They have led consultations with female lawyers, law students, and women’s organizations In addition, the lawyers conducted a series of workshops for the Gender Commission and helped it produce a three-year strategic plan aimed at increasing female bar membership.
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.