Multi-Pronged Effort Supports Professional Development in Qatar

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January 2013 

In the Gulf region, where continuing legal education is voluntary, Qatar’s legal profession is taking steps to expand professional development and continuing legal education (CLE) opportunities for its members. To support these efforts, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) offers executive CLE courses that are designed for experienced attorneys seeking training in substantive areas and that can accommodate busy professional schedules. 

The second series of courses, held in fall 2012, was co-offered by ABA ROLI and the Qatar University College of Law. The series included three workshops. ABA ROLI Legal Specialist Daniel Fitzgibbon led a course on law practice management that covered attracting and retaining clients, law firm formation and day-to-day operations, while ABA ROLI Legal Specialist Stephen Kotev offered an alternate dispute resolution (ADR) session that covered ADR methods, conflict analysis and mediation. Finally, business law expert Irving Kagan trained 16 Qatari lawyers on the roles and responsibilities of in-house counsel and on best practices in working with outside counsel.  Such offerings allow individual Qatari attorneys to pursue professional development .

As a complement, ABA ROLI also supported the first annual professional development conference in October 2012. The event was led by an advisory panel of law faculty and local attorneys, and speakers included Qatari Justice Minister Hasan Bin Abdullah Al-Ghanem, ABA ROLI Legal Specialist Karen Johnson, who also works at the Supreme Court of Illinois, and ABA ROLI Legal Specialist Irving Kagan. Participants and speakers alike engaged in robust discussions that touched upon legal ethics, structuring the national legal profession and providing CLE to practicing attorneys.

ABA ROLI’s work in Qatar is supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative.

To learn more about the ABA Rule of Law Initiative’s work in Qatar, please contact us at rol@americanbar.org

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