About

The “Tomorrow’s Lawyer” is a professional development program aimed at creating, providing content and organizational support for a friendly environment and communication platform for training, exchange of experience and professional communication, as well as the formation of a community of like-minded people in order to promote the rule of law, protect human rights and achieve goals of fair justice.

Participants in the Program – lawyers who share its values and seek to provide legal assistance in accordance with the highest ethical standards and be effective leaders in the professional community and agents of change in society.

BACKGROUND OF THE PROGRAM

The program was launched as a partnership initiative of Ukrainian legal community supported by international donors.

The first training sessions of the Program were developed and implemented during 2016-2017 as a consequence of a series of assessment sessions evaluating the needs of the legal community in Ukraine, conducted by experts from the Canadian Bar Association within the framework of the “Quality and Accessible Legal Aid in Ukraine” (QALA) Project, carrie out by the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) with the support of the Government of Canada.

ORGANIZERS AND PARTNERS OF THE PROGRAM

“Tomorrow’s Lawyer” NGO is the organizer of the Program.

The Non-Governmental Organization “Tomorrow’s Lawyer”, within the framework of its mission, elaborates  and implements professional development programs for lawyers in order to increase their leadership role in accomplishing reforms, strengthening the rule-of-law community and the rule of law state in Ukraine, and develops and maintains an effective professional network of advocacy leaders who adhere to the values ​​of fair justice, provide legal assistance in accordance with the highest ethical standards and are effective agents of change in society.

In 2018, the Program was supported by the INL Section (Technical Assistance to Ukrainian Law Enforcement Agencies) of the US Embassy in Ukraine.

The INL Section is responsible for coordinating and implementing criminal justice and law enforcement training and technical assistance programs in Ukraine funded by the Department of State and other USG agencies. The LES office works closely with the Ministry of Justice, the Office of the Prosecutor General, the Ministry of the Interior, the State Border Guard Service and other agencies in the implementation of assistance programs to combat terrorism, organized crime, corruption, economic and financial crimes, intellectual property rights, trafficking in persons and related criminal activity.

The partners of the Program implementation were the Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA) and the Bar Association of Legal Aid Providers (BALAP).

VALUES OF THE “TOMORROWS LAWYER” PROGRAM:

  • Respect for the rule of law and the protection of human rights. We believe the human is the highest value, while law is the basis of human relations.
  • Accessibility of law and justice. We believe in the vital need for everyone to be aware of their rights, have the opportunity to implement them and protect them and take active advantage of this opportunity.
  • Serving the community and the goals of fair justice. We believe that the Bar is an important social institution and an integral part of the justice system, which imposes a special responsibility before the society.
  • Professional ethics. We believe that adherence to the highest ethical standards is a necessary and indisputable condition for the professional activity of a lawyer in the interests of the client and for the purposes of fair justice.
  • The desire for excellence and constant development. We believe in the need for continuous education, exchange of experience and best practices sharing. Openness to new knowledge, skills and abilities is an important prerequisite for success.
  • Leadership. We believe in the community of participants and graduates of the “Tomorrow’s Lawyer” Program and its leadership in advocacy, promotion of the highest ethical standards in the legal profession, contribution to the implementation of democratic reforms and forward-looking social change.

2019 TRAINING MODULES

MODULE 1: ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONS

  • Expectations management and dual communication. Interview with a client and explaining the role of a lawyer.
  • The ethics of communication with the client, the duties of the lawyer before the client.
  • Providing advice to client and reporting.
  • Managing emotions and stress.
  • The role of lawyer in promoting equal access to justice.

MODULE 2: BUILDING COLLEGIAL RELATIONS WITHIN THE JUSTICE SYSTEM

  • Establishing effective communication with procedural opponents. Ethics of communication.
  • Handling toxic and complicated communication.
  • Conflict management and communication with an aggressive counterpart.
  • Direct and cross examination of witnesses.
  • Strong advocate’s speech in court.

MODULE 3: COMMUNICATION IN THE LEGAL COMMUNITY

  • Leadership in the legal community.
  • Powerful negotiations.
  • Mentoring and coaching.
  • Independence of a lawyer. Continuous education.
  • Interaction with authorities and advancement of changes in the field of justice in the interests of society – how to become agents of change.

MODULE 4: PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MEDIA. ADVOCACY

  • Communicating the rule of law principles and promoting equal access to justice and reforms.
  • Effective verbal and written communication with various media.
  • Managing public opinion. Professionalism and publicity. Working with mass media on matters of public interest.
  • Use of social media.
  • Advocacy.

MODULE 5: LEGAL WRITING

  • Legal analysis and writing based on the structure of the norm.
  • Forms of legal analytical text drafting.
  • Counterparts, facts.
  • Speech writing skills.

In addition, during 2019, participants and graduates of previous Program cycles (particularly selected or by open registration) may participate in optional inter-module events, covering the following topics:

  • Philosophy of law.
  • Legal ethics.
  • Participation in the court session.
  • Mediation

Each module lasts three days.

The training schedule is published annually no later than one month before the commencement of the first training.