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First Canadian-Ukrainian Lawyer of Tomorrow Initiative launched in Ukraine
Ukrainian and international experts will present the Lawyer of Tomorrow Initiative Photo by the Coordinating center for legal aid providing
Ukrainian and international experts will present the Lawyer of Tomorrow Initiative

The Lawyer of Tomorrow Initiative will contribute to the development of the legal community, legal aid and justice sector reforms in Ukraine.

On June 1 the Director of the Quality and Accessible Legal Aid in Ukraine project of the Canadian Bureau for International Education Larysa Bizo, President of the Ukrainian Bar Association Denys Bugay, Chairman of the Board of NGO “All-Ukrainian Union of Attorneys of Ukraine who provide free legal aid" Victoria Mitko and the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) John Hoyles told about this at the joint press conference. The event was held at the LIGA Business Inform information agency and was dedicated to the launch of the unique and the first in Ukraine program of professional training of lawyers of the Lawyer of Tomorrow Initiative.

"The program of professional training for lawyers aims to develop skills in providing legal assistance and advocacy to support long-term development of professional legal community, legal assistance and justice sector reforms in Ukraine”, said the Director of the Quality and Accessible Legal Aid in Ukraine project Larysa Bizo.

The day before the parties signed a Memorandum of cooperation to implement the initiative.

"The Lawyer of Tomorrow Initiative for me is a kind of "legal MBA". After all, the participants can improve their professional abilities, develop leadership qualities, communication skills, etc. As a result, we will qualitatively raise the professional level of our colleagues and prepare them to better work in the courtroom and in the implementation of public initiatives of local and national importance”, said the President of the Ukrainian Bar Association Denys Bugay during the press conference.

According to Victoria Mitko, the main objective of the project is to provide citizens who receive legal aid, including free of charge, with the high-quality services. This requires from lawyers to share values, for who human rights protection is the most important thing; who want to be the best, to have successful communication with clients, with all members of the legal community. Participation in the Lawyer of Tomorrow program will help attorneys develop and improve communication skills with their clients and thus to "change the consciousness of citizens who for many years escaped solving their problems in a legal way". She expressed gratitude to the Canadian colleagues for their help in realizing this mission.

The Lawyer of Tomorrow Initiative involves two stages – the stage of needs assessment and the development and pilot implementation of the program of professional training of lawyers.

Roughly 100-150 lawyers from all regions of Ukraine selected in the competition will participate in the first pilot run of the project, as told by the participants of the press conference.
“The key point is that the competition will be transparent and open, and the open call is as wide as possible. We hope that colleagues who will be trained will implement the acquired skills into practice. And this will be their primary responsibility”, said Denys Bugai.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) John Hoyles expressed the vision that the Lawyer of Tomorrow Initiative will help establish communication between lawyers and will contribute to improving the quality of justice in Ukraine. Besides, "Canada is a big country geographically, Ukraine is the largest country in Europe, so we have similar challenges in our profession. We have the desire and thanks to the Government of Canada that supports this project the opportunity to build a professional network of sharing experience".

Also at the press conference they talked about the results of the first official visit of John Hoyles to Ukraine at the invitation of the Ukrainian Bar Association of Ukraine. He noted the good quality of relations between professional organizations and expressed the belief that cooperation between the UBA and the CBA will be long and fruitful.

According to the results of the assessment missions a training program will be developed and recruitment of trainers will be carried out, among who are Canadian experts as well as domestic coaches. According to the Memorandum of cooperation between the parties, the Lawyer of Tomorrow Initiative will be implemented as a pilot program during 2017.

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Photo of the Coordinating center for providing legal aid. The participants of the press-the conference devoted to start of the Lawyer of Tomorrow Initiative

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The Lawyer of Tomorrow Initiative will be implemented with the support of Quality and Accessible Legal Aid in Ukraine Ukrainian-Canadian project implemented by the Canadian Bureau for International Education and funded by the Government of Canada. The initiative provides for cooperation between the Canadian Bureau for International Education, the Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA), the All-Ukrainian Union of Attorneys of Ukraine who provide free legal aid with the expert support of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) to develop and implement programs of professional training of lawyers.

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