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Latin American Lawyers Laud CWSL’s Spanish Trial Skills Academy

Spanish Trial Skills Academy

“The program is spectacular not only for its content and magnificent speakers but for the practice and feedback,” said Gabriela Chaumeil, a public defender from Argentina as she described the Spanish Trial Skills Academy held at California Western last month.

California Western’s Latin American Institute of Law and Justice ACCESO Capacitación Program welcomed 100 lawyers from across Latin America to the 5-day training program aimed at strengthening their oral litigation skills.

“The Trial Skills Academy is one of the best programs in the United States that focuses on the training of lawyers in Latin America. It is dedicated to the practice of oral skills, teaching participants to become more efficient oral litigators,” said Institute Associate Director Karen Sigmond.

When asked, students had this to say about the 5-day program:

“What I liked most about this course was that it helped us to think, practice, and learn how to litigate in court, and to improve our techniques.”
Alejandro Drago, private defense attorney from Argentina

“It’s been a great experience with lots of knowledge. The professors are of excellent quality. I loved the variety of professors because each one has their own criteria and convictions regarding litigation.”
Rogelio Alvarez, private defense attorney from Uruguay

“It [the program] was essential and very interesting because we were gaining specific skills to apply in our daily lives at work. We had extraordinary teachers.”
William Acosta, prosecutor from Ecuador

“This program has been a watershed in my professional life, as my performance will now be much better which will benefit my clients and also the entire criminal justice system in Peru.”
Aurelio Pastor, private defense attorney from Peru

“I’m leaving CWSL very happy because of the knowledge I’m taking with me and the skills I will put in practice when I go back. I congratulate CWSL, its teachers, and organizers because it was an incredible experience that I would definitely repeat.”
Ignacio Curbelo, private defense attorney from Uruguay

Through its ACCESO Capacitación program, California Western has been working in Latin America for more than 20 years, empowering a new generation of legal change advocates as those countries transition from the inquisitorial system of criminal procedure to the adversarial system.

Each year, the law school hosts the Trial Skills Academy, designed for Latin American lawyers. The goal of the program is to increase the number of qualified lawyers in the new criminal procedure and improve their knowledge of litigation skills as well as the practical application of those skills in the courts.

ACCESO Capacitación is one of four programs offered by California Western’s Latin American Institute of Law and Justice. The other three programs are Maestría en Derecho, the Mexican Moot Court Program, and REDlnocente.

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