Our Projects

LWOB programming is expanding steadily. Its partnerships are strong and the value and impact of the LWOB collaborative model using the cost-share component with the world’s largest law firms cannot be overestimated. 

Some of the areas where LWOB projects are ongoing or in development include the following regions: Ghana, Liberia, Tanzania, Namibia, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Nepal and Indonesia. 

Our work typically falls into the following categories: Trial Advocacy Training, Mediation Training, Neutral Trial Observation, Community Outreach, Civic Education and Research, Technical Assistance, Policy Guidance and Capacity Building Support. 

Themes of our work include: Gender based and domestic violence, Corruption, Human trafficking,  Wildlife Crime, Economic empowerment to drive access to justice and sustainable programming, Electoral violence, Civic and electoral rights,  Conflict mitigation, Mediation, negotiation and  consensus building, Rights of the child (labor),  Succession and inheritance rights, Tax Compliance and Land title.

Our outputs or deliverables usually involve substantial pro bono collaboration and have included: 3- 10 day Trial Advocacy Training modules for Judges, law enforcement officers, trainers and lawyers, Justice Sector Symposia, Roadmaps, Illustrated civic education materials, Training manuals, Digitized educational visuals,  Self-contained or Self-taught eLearning Programs, Awareness materials and public service campaigns, Educational games, Assessment and evaluation reports, Monitoring reports, Case Digests and analysis, Bench Books, law enforcement tool kits  and Trial observation reports.

Course and published materials are first created in English and subsequently translated into one or more local languages. In the past translations have included some of the following: Swahili, Amharic, Creole, French and Spanish.  Lawyers working on these projects come from all disciplines, a diverse array of practice sectors and from law firms, public interest organizations, universities and the private practice.

Unlike many other organizations working with pro bono components, the LWOB model is not a linking, matching agency or clearinghouse. LWOB designs and manages project collaboratives with lawyers and law firms crafting detailed, Task Descriptions and TOR (Terms of Reference). LWOB's own in-house lawyers, provide personal program oversight and management from start to finish. 

LWOB develops the programming typicallysupported by grants that cover the hard costs of producing the pro bono work product or deliverable.   Where 3rd party financial underwriting is not available, LWOB will often tap into an array of in-kind supporters to self-fund worthy programs.

The tasking of work for pro bono lawyers is tailored to ensure that the demands of their practice do not compromise their pro bono work and vice versa. 

LWOB has determined that the key is to integrate and configure the pro bono elements in a way that will not risk program delivery or program quality. This ensures program stability and addresses concerns some funders have in the past with programs employing substantial pro bono cost-share components. 

Ultimately, LWOB crafts its project with mechanisms to ensure it can  deliver the product completely and on time. LWOB selects its partners carefully, ensuring that they are all mindful of the seriousness of the LWOB commitments to project funders, project budgets, deliverables and timetables. LWOB collaborative partners treat LWOB and its projects with the same level of attention and commitment that they apply to their fee paying clients. 

While our work is apolitical and neutrally oriented, security  issues that have arisen around the world prevent us from disclosing the location and timetables of our work in real time. We hope you will appreciate that our effort to keep our volunteers safe and out of harm's way is paramount and essential to long term program sustainability.  


LWOB programming and capacity building efforts (includes trial observation) and collaborations in Africa have included the following: Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Namibia. LWOB is actively engaged in programming in one or more of those regions at any given time. LWOB has fully re-engaged in Liberia after a delay in programming there resulting from the  Ebola situation.  New programming activity in 2015 is currently being planned for Liberia, Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Namibia.  Our work in those regions will touch on themes that include human trafficking, wildlife crime,  child labor and due process. 

LWOB Programming Plans for 2015 and beyond

LWOB continues its work in the Caribbean which first launched in 2007.  Our work there is focused on conflict resolution, capacity building and international and national human rights. Work is expected to continue through 2015+ in the region focused on the enforcement of national obligations under international covenants, agreements, conventions and agreements with human rights programming in the planning stages to serve the LAC region.

Planes de Programación de LWOB para el año 2015 y Más Allá

LWOB continúa su trabajo en el Caribe, que comenzó en 2007. Nuestro trabajo se centra en resolución de conflictos, fomento de la capacidad y los derechos humanos internacionales y nacionales. Nuestros esfuerzos se espera que continúen hasta el año 2015+ en la región de América Latina y el Caribe. Se centrará en el cumplimiento de las obligaciones nacionales bajo los pactos internacionales, acuerdos, convenios y acuerdos con los derechos humanos en las etapas de planificación de programación.

LWOB Programming Plans in Middle East for 2015 and Beyond

LWOB has been working on human rights issues in select regions in the Middle East for the last two years and expects to continue that work through the end of 2015. Our work in that region is based upon the implementation and enforcement at the national level of agreements and obligations under international instruments, starting with the most basic rights rooted in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

LWOB programming in Asia launches in 2015

While LWOB  expected to launch programming in Nepal in 2015 that included high level legislative support in the child labor arena, that programming was delayed by the recent earthquakes there. LWOB's first Judicial Symposium, part of our  trial advocacy training model, will take place in Indonesia in fall 2015.  
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