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Pilot CLE Project Begins in Russia as ABA ROLI Welcomes New Country Director

March 2008

In fall 2007, ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) launched a pilot continuing legal education (CLE) project in Russia as part of a joint partnership with the bar to increase the professionalism and education of the country’s advocates. Together, ABA ROLI and the Krasnoyarsk Chamber of Advocates designed a three phase “Training of Trainers” (ToT) program to develop a core group of professional trainers.

According to Russian law, advocates must complete a minimum of 72 hours of CLE within a 5 year period. While this requirement is fairly reasonable, the absence of an institutionalized CLE system throughout Russia limits the number of available training opportunities and also prevents advocates from receiving quality legal training.

The first training focused on interactive teaching methodologies along with the application of effective teaching methods. The trainers, Arkadiy Gutnikov, Director of the Center of Clinical Education in Saint-Petersburg, Valentina Tereshkova, Professor of International Public Law and Human Rights at Siberian Federal University, and Lidia Voskobitova, Professor of Criminal Procedural Law at Moscow State Academy of Law, worked closely with participants to develop two new training curricula. 

Over the duration of the next 3 months, the trainers and participants will continue to develop these courses, one on “Quality Legal Services,” and the other on “Case Strategy.”  In spring 2008, both courses will be launched using the participants as trainers.

As well, in February 2008, ABA ROLI announced a new Country Director for the Russian Federation. Born in Brussels, Belgium, Gleb Glinka was raised and educated in the United States at Reed College, Yale University, and Temple School of Law.  After working with Legal Aid in Vermont as a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow, Mr. Glinka served as Legal Counsel to the Vermont Secretary of State from 1982 to 1985 and as the first law clerk for the United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Vermont from 1985 to 1987. Since 1988, Mr. Glinka served on the Standing Panel of Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Trustees and since 1998 as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Vermont Law School. Since 1986 he has been a founding partner of Glinka & Walls (formerly Glinka & Schwidde), a firm with an AV rating in Martindale-Hubbell and with offices in Cabot and Middlebury, Vermont, which concentrates in commercial law, bankruptcy, and international law.  Last year he was the recipient of the Vermont Pro Bono Award.  In addition to maintaining a private practice, teaching, and serving as a trustee, Mr. Glinka has consulted widely and managed projects abroad for USAID, TACIS, DFID, and others in Russia, Ukraine, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, and Georgia. 

The pilot CLE project, one of a number of programs that Mr. Glinka will direct, is a joint effort supported by USAID, the U.S. Department of Justice’s OPDAT Program, and the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Bureau of the U.S. State Department.