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Afghani Law Professors to Train at McGeorge

Feb 2, 2012

Five Afghani law professors will arrive at Pacific McGeorge on February 5 to begin a six-week training program in the American justice system under a project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Pacific McGeorge has signed a contact with Tetra Tech DPK, an international consulting firm that works closely with USAID to promote rule-of-law initiatives in countries around the world. The Afghanistan professors will be on the law school's Sacramento campus from early February to mid-March for a continuing legal education program that will include English as a second language training, legal writing, legal research, ethics and advocacy components.

Assistant Dean for Library Services Matt Downs and International Programs Director Clémence Kucera will manage the program, with Program Coordinator Ly Lee. A faculty member from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Tenisha Tevis, will lead English language seminars with Pacific McGeorge Professor Hether Macfarlane. Other law faculty members involved in the project include Mary-Beth Moylan, Gregory Weber, Jay Leach, Cary Bricker, Brian Landsberg, Kathleen Benton, Paul Paton and Stephanie Thompson along with Monica Sharum, the emerging technologies librarian.

Pacific McGeorge, which offers an LL.M. in Experiential Law Teaching that attracts many foreign law professors, has a long relationship with USAID. In 2006, the law school began a multi-million dollar program to assist China in creating skills-based legal education programs that focus on the application of law in practice. The project has enhanced the ability of Chinese law schools to play a major role in rebuilding that economic giant's legal system. Last year, USAID granted a three-month, $200,000 extension of that contract's second phase, which is now scheduled to run through the middle of this year.

This is the law school's first contract with Tetra Tech DPK, a San Francisco-based firm that has offices in Ecuador and Washington, D.C. An international leader in leader and governance and rule of laws consulting services, Tetra Tech DPK works on numerous USAID legal projects.

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