CLE Classes in the Gulf Explore the Role of In-House Counsel

November 2012

This October, as a part of its Gulf Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Consortium, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) hosted a training workshop in Kuwait on the role of in-house counsel in partnership with the Kuwaiti Lawyers Association. An ABA ROLI legal specialist, and faculty member of the Practicing Law Institute, trained Kuwaiti in-house attorneys and private practitioners on serving as and managing in-house general counsel. Similar trainings were held in Bahrain, hosted by consortium partner Baker & McKenzie, and in Qatar, hosted by consortium partner Patton Boggs. The trainings explored issues such as the role of a business legal department, possible structures of such a department, the provision of services, ethics, confidentiality and when to retain outside counsel.

The Gulf CLE Consortium is composed of regional and international legal firms and other legally focused entities and offers CLE training and resources to Gulf legal professionals. Drawing from local, regional and international expertise, the consortium works to enhance the knowledge and practical skills of the Gulf’s legal community. ABA ROLI’s work in the Gulf is supported by the U.S. Department of State Office of the Middle East Partnership Initiative.

To learn more about our work in the Gulf Region, contact the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at