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Legal skills boost for Cook Islander and Samoan lawyers

In a continuation of the first South Pacific legal training workshop held in Solomon Islands earlier in the year, this time, private and government lawyers from the Cook Islands and Samoa attended a three-day program to improve legal skills. 
In a project facilitated by the Centre for Asia Pacific Pro Bono (CAPPB), a team of trainers from the Victorian Bar and DLA Piper delivered the three-day program that was similar to the Solomon Islands workshop, but tailored to each location.
In the Cook Islands, 40 lawyers attended the specialised and interactive workshop on 16-19 October, which focused on dispute resolution and negotiation, case management, trial preparation, advocacy, pleas, legal analysis, conflicts, ethics and professional conduct. The training was delivered by Victorian barristers Mr Ian
Upjohn CSC and Mr Tony Burns along with DLA Piper Partner Mr Andrew Forbes and Senior Associate Ms Shona Duniam. 
The Samoan workshop held in Apia on 4-6 December also attracted approximately 40 participants, including members of the Samoa Law Society. Victorian barristers Ms Caroline Kirton SC and Mr Benjamin Lindner with DLA Piper Partner Ms Rachel Walsh and Senior Associate Ms Sophie Devitt delivered the program covering legal analysis on the first day and negotiation and advocacy on the second and third days. 
Participants reported they found the workshops very useful and are already identifying opportunities to implement some of the key skills from the program.