New Perimeter delivers legal writing training course to Zambian law students

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New Perimeter, DLA Piper’s nonprofit affiliate that provides long-term pro bono legal assistance in under-served regions around the world, recently conducted a fourth week-long training seminar for graduate law students in Zambia.

From January 21-25, DLA Piper lawyers partnered with lawyers from General Electric and DLA Piper’s Zambian affiliate firm, Chibesakunda & Co., to deliver a training course on legal writing skills and techniques at the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (ZIALE) in Lusaka, Zambia. The team led interactive workshops designed to provide legal drafting skills and practical drafting techniques for approximately 360 law students. The curriculum covered the principles of effective writing and drafting, negotiating and drafting dispute resolution clauses, and drafting agreements related to sales and purchases, joint ventures and loans.

“It was a privilege for our team to return to Zambia and once again collaborate with GE and Chibesakunda & Co to train the next generation of Zambian lawyers,” said Lisa Dewey, director of New Perimeter. “We are always grateful for the opportunity to develop new relationships and learn from our colleagues across the globe while preparing law students for future practice by strengthening vital legal skills, and we look forward to continuing these efforts.”

The program is part of New Perimeter’s extensive pro bono work providing training to judges, lawyers and law students throughout eastern and southern Africa. The week-long training in ZIALE, which launched in 2016, builds upon a seminar on legal writing and analysis that New Perimeter began conducting for law students at the University of Zambia School of Law in 2013.

“The students at ZIALE are tremendously talented and enthusiastic,” said Claire Donse, head of International pro bono. “It is an invigorating and rewarding experience for our lawyers to engage with these wonderful students who will be among the future leaders of Zambia.”

The members of DLA Piper’s team who participated in the ZIALE training included Michael Styczen (Calgary), Michiel Coenraads (Amsterdam), Tomasita Sherer (New York), Parwana Zahib-Majed (London), Sharyn Law (Brisbane), Lina Ferreira Santiago (Sao Paolo), Karen Hallock (Los Angeles), Jasper von Georg (Hamburg), John Milliken (London), Pascal Mwanyika (Dar Es Salaam), Adriana Kupper Pages (Sao Paolo) and Hannah Waymel (Paris). Retired DLA Piper London partner Simon Boon also participated in the training. Chishimba Kachasa, Louise Chilepa, Chilombo Malama, Mwamba Mulenga Chibesakunda and Mapange Nsapato from Chibesakunda & Co. also assisted with the training. Claire Donse (Paris) managed the project.


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