Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Earlier this month, a team of four members of the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDL), including NACDL Indigent Defense Counsel John Gross, conducted a five-day training workshop in Kakata, Liberia with Liberian public defenders and trainers from the James A.A. Pierre Judicial Institute. The training aimed to help Liberian lawyers to improve the quality of criminal defense efforts and focused specifically on honing the pre-trial and trial advocacy skills of Liberia's public defenders. The public defenders NACDL worked with will use the skills and knowledge gained during the workshop to train other public defenders in Liberia. NACDL is also the process of building a “criminal defense manual,” which will be used to assist in the training of future Liberian defense lawyers. The workshop was a part of an ongoing project of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC): Promoting Rule of Law & Governance in the Criminal Justice System in Liberia.
Earlier this year, NACDL Secretary and Executive Director of the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, Rick Jones, traveled to Liberia to support the planning and research of the upcoming training. This is the second time that NACDL has sent members to Liberia on such a mission. More information on the effort may be found at: http://nacdlinliberia2014.wordpress.com/