On Saturday August 16th (2008) LWOB completed its second annual Gender Based Violence (GBV) trial advocacy training program and Magistrate Symposium in Nairobi, Kenya. This was the second annual Gender Based Violence trial advocacy training developed 2007 in collaboration with NITA. This year represents an even broader based collaboration with support from several private and quasi governmental organization including USAid and World Bank as well as lawyers whose pro bono contributions and costs have been donated or underwritten by NITA, White & Case, LLP, Robins, Kaplan, Miller, & Ciresi LLP and Freshfields Bruckhaus and Deringer, LLP.
This program, developed under the leadership of experienced LWOB-NITA lawyers and judges together with lawyers at FIDA-Kenya, is focused on trial advocacy skills in a domestic violence context. Included in the training were law students, lawyers and prosecutors with a special one day session devoted to Magistrates and Kenya’s new Sexual Offences Act. This year’s program had special focus on the role of the child in the trial as victim and witness and the impact of Kenya’s relatively new Sexual Violence laws on trial practice. A group of over 65 lawyers, students and magistrates participated in the two programs which were led by U.S. Circuit Judge Judge Ann C. Williams. The logistics and roll out of LWOB’s Kenya trainings are managed by lawyers from the Paris, London and New York offices of White & Case, LLP working in a close collaborative relationship with LWOB.