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TitleUSD to Train Mexican Lawyers on Oral Advocacy
Date4.12.12
ContactMelissa Wagoner
Contact E-mailmwagoner, at sandiego.edu
Contact Phone(619) 260-4659
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On Friday, April 13, 2012, USD's Trans-Border Institute (TBI) will host a training for 24 attorneys and law school professors from Baja California. The training is meant to train individuals on how to train others on oral advocacy to promote oral advocacy in light of the legal reforms taking place in Mexico. Instructors will discuss direct and cross examination, impeachment, and closing arguments. This training is part of the USD/UABC Legal Education Program between USD and the Autonomous University of Baja California (Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, UABC) in Mexicali, under the USAID/HED Legal Education Grant.

Through this program, the participating institutions will offer training to prepare lawyers and law students for ambitious new reforms intended to improve the administration of justice in Mexico. Other participants in this initiative will include the UABC in Ensenada and Tijuana, Universidad Iberoamericana in Tijuana, U.S. and Mexican judges and lawyers, and law faculty from other institutions from both countries.

Recently, the state of Baja California adopted major policies in anticipation of national level reforms approved by the Mexican Congress and the current administration of President Felipe Calderón. These changes are expected to dramatically transform the functioning of that judicial sector over the next decade. These reforms will implement a transition from Mexico's long-standing inquisitorial system of criminal justice to a more rights-based accusatorial system, similar to that developed in the United States.

The Legal Education Program combines training for lawyers, law professors and students with a series of events designed with the express purpose of sharing insights and gauging the process of reform efforts. TBI, USD and UABC assemble teams of lawyers to travel to Baja California to train Mexican attorneys and law students on advocacy court processes.

THE PRINCIPLE INVESTIGATORS FOR THIS PROJECT ARE TBI DIRECTOR DAVID SHIRK AND USD SCHOOL OF LAW PROFESSOR ALLEN SNYDER. THEIR COUNTERPARTS IN MEXICO ARE UABC MEXICALI LAW FACULTY PROFESSOR MARÍA CANDELARÍA PELAYO AND THE STAFF OF UABC.

PRESS ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE TRAINING SESSION WHICH RUNS FROM 9 A.M. TO 11 A.M. IN MOTHER ROSALIE HILL HALL, ROOM 127.