Cases & Deals

Kenyan magistrate judges and lawyers receive training on the prosecution and trial of cases involving violence against women

Client(s) Lawyers without Borders

Two Jones Day partners were among the core instructors for Lawyers Without Borders' third annual Trial Advocacy Training Program in Nairobi, Kenya. With a goal of eradicating violence against women in Kenya through successful police action and prosecution, the training centered on enhancing the trial skills of the Kenyan Bar. Specifically, the program trained over 110 lawyers and judges during a two-week program at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies. As a part of the training, the faculty instructed and facilitated exercises in opening statements, examination-in-chief, cross examination, evidence, closing statements, plea negotiations, sentencing, and forensics. Two additional components of the program included training Kenyan judges on case management and teaching Kenyan lawyers, who had previously completed the program, to train other Kenyan lawyers. The program was led by U.S. Circuit Judge Ann C. Williams and benefited from the collaborative effort of a number of public and private entities including the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of State, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, the judiciary, law schools, non-government organizations, and private law firms.