Law Office Management Training for Bahraini Lawyers

November 2008

In early November, the Bahraini Ministry of Justice and the Judicial and Legal Studies Institute, with the support of the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI), trained practicing lawyers on law office management. The training was initiated in response to requests, from both new and established lawyers and judges, for a program that enhances their practical skills and makes them more successful practitioners. Ghada Gammoh, a human resources manager at one of the most prestigious firms in Amman, Jordan, conducted the training. The Bahraini Lawyers’ Society advertised the training to its network, drawing significant interest by its members.

The two-day training covered overall management skills and responsibilitiesfor lawyers. The training focused on law office systems (e.g., timekeeping,billing, filing, computers), employee management, client relations (e.g.,confidentiality, billing, client intake, deadlines), public relations, forms(e.g., scheduling and financial) and client development. Participants left thetraining with an array of draft forms for use in their offices.

Experienced and new lawyers attended the training, which received positivereviews from all participants. Additional courses, including a management course targeting young lawyers that will produce a training module and lawoffice management manual, are planned in response to the participants’ feedbackand their interest in similar courses.

These trainings for lawyers are part of ABA ROLI’s ongoing program to upgrade the Bahrain Lawyers’ Society’s capacity to provide professional services to its members.

For more information on our work in Bahrain, contact the ABA Rule of LawInitiative at <rol@staff.abanet.org>.

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