Improving access to justice through legal education

DSBA Bar Journal

Access to justice is an international issue. In Delaware, we are fortunate to have a justice system that is considered a role model for other jurisdictions. The fact that Delaware is consistently ranked first among the states for providing a fair and reasonable litigation environment gets attention.

More than 10 years ago, DLA Piper established New Perimeter as a nonprofit organization focused on providing long-term pro bono legal assistance in under-served regions around the world.When I recently taught East African judges about commercial litigation through DLA Piper's New Perimeter, I learned about the international interest in, and the importance of, legal education in building and strengthening legal systems abroad. When the seminar was complete, the East African judges made it clear that what they learned from me and other DLA Piper lawyers would help in their daily work. In the words of one judge, "I'm grateful for this opportunity, which has broadened my knowledge!"

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This article originally appeared in the December 2016 issue of The Journal of the Delaware State Bar Association, a publication of the Delaware State Bar Association. Copyright © Delaware State Bar Association 2016. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.