Lawyers Without Borders Seventh Annual (2013) Kenyan Trial Advocacy Program wrapped up with both lawyers and attendees reporting the experience as "life changing." As in past, the training program year combined the judicial and lawyer/prosecutor training into one 6 day session. The main program was preceded by a 3 day "Train the Trainer" program the week before, which provided advanced trainer teaching to twenty-five lawyers who had been identified as strong candidates from LWOB prior years' trial advocacy programs.
The program featured several specialized modules that addressed the impact of new laws and their implementation in the context of a trial in addition to the overall framework of the training which hones trial advocacy skills through a full mock trial. LWOB uses its own customized adaption of the NITA-style "learning by doing" method. Fifty percent of LWOB trainers have themselves been trained in the NITA method. Topics this year included corruption, money laundering and terrorism.
Due to the recent surge in random violence in Narobi, on the eve of the launch of the 2014 trial advocacy training, LWOB's scheduled eighth year of programming for lawyers and judges is being postponed. The goal of turning over responsibility for lawyer training to the Kenyan Judicial Training Institute and several in-country NGO's in year nine, with modest support from LWOB's pro bono international volunteer lawyers will now be delayed by one year.
The currently postponed program was expected to be the largest by far, spanning three weeks with three separate segments, one for judges, one for a combined group of lawyers and judges followed by, for the first time, a two-day civil/commercial law program organized and hosted by lawyers at Jones Day LLP.