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In December, more than 300 Algerian lawyers attended law firm management conferences held in the Algerian cities of Algiers and Sidi Bel Abbes. The ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) collaborated with the Algiers and Sidi Bel Abbes bar associations to host the two-day conferences. The presentations exposed Algerian legal professionals to the benefits and challenges of collective work in law firms and the best practices of American law practice experience.
Bill Meyer, a Colorado-based attorney who serves on ABA ROLI’s Middle East and North Africa Council and who was ABA ROLI’s first overseas legal specialist, served as keynote for both events and participated in hours of question and answer sessions with Algerian trainees. During the sessions, the young lawyers expressed their curiosity surrounding international experiences and drew direct comparisons with their own system. Both the visiting American speaker and the North African hosts discussed the risks and challenges faced by law firms worldwide.
The conferences, funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative, were successes, as evidenced by the gratitude expressed by the leaders of both bar associations and by the requests of enthusiastic participants for similar events in the future.
To learn more about our work in Algeria, contact the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.