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For lawyers who take the helm of managing their own law practice, the first steps of opening shop and growing a client base can be daunting. In April, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) partnered with the Kuwait Lawyers Association to train lawyers on key skills for running a successful private practice. The training—which was based on a module developed as part of ABA ROLI’s broader, Gulf-based continuing legal education (CLE) program—was the first seminar of its kind offered in Kuwait.
As most Kuwaiti law firms are small, the training also addressed issues specific to small firms, such as seeking partners with complementary skills, sharing workloads and dividing profits.
Professor Ann Nowak of Touro Law Center, who for 19 years ran a law firm in Long Island, New York, drew upon her experiences to conduct the sessions. The topics, which covered fundamental principles associated with law practice management, included partnership agreements, billing techniques, attracting and retaining clients, and managing difficult clients, including those who do not pay. As most Kuwaiti law firms are small, the training also addressed issues specific to small firms, such as seeking partners with complementary skills, sharing workloads and dividing profits. Professor Novak also conducted a breakout session for women lawyers to discuss gender-specific considerations within law practice management.
Since 2011, ABA ROLI has worked with legal professionals and institutions in the Gulf Region to encourage practical skills training for lawyers. Through its support of a Gulf CLE Consortium and enhanced CLE standards, ABA ROLI has helped promote emerging legal trends and reinforce critical legal skills among the regions lawyers. A website, accessible only by consortium members, will host Arabic- and English-language course materials. The U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative funds these efforts.
To learn more about the ABA Rule of Law Initiative’s work in the Gulf Region, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.