Winners of the first ERA-CCBE Young Lawyers Contest

September 26th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

 

On 6-7 September 2018, the first ERA-CCBE Young Lawyers Contest took place in Trier, Germany.

20 contestants from 10 nationalities nominated by their local or national Bars took part in the contest. The Bars participating in the project were: the Dutch Brussels Bar (Belgium), Ordine degli Avvocati di Lucca (Italy), the Bucharest Bar (Romania), Hanseatische Rechtsanwaltskammer Hamburg (Germany), Rechtsanwaltskammer Hamm (Germany), Ecole des Avocats Centre Sud Grand Est (France) and the Warsaw Bar Association (Poland). To enhance the transnational character of the contest, contestants were divided into 6 teams from different Member States with different legal traditions:

Team 1 – Marco Polo
Ester Vets (BE)
Sini Tossavainen (FI)
Kyriaki Georgiou (CY)

Team 2 – Christopher Columbus
Stéphane de Schutter (BE)
Dino Gliha (CR)
Lena Haffner (DE)
Guðrún Olsen (IS)

Team 3- Ferdinand Magellan
Rimma Abadjan (BE)
Michel Dayanithi (FR)
Andria Newton (CY)
Ivana Kikerec (CR)

Team 4 – Jacques Cartier
Justine Van den Bon (BE)
Radosław Maruszkin (PO)
Vilma Markkola (FI)

Team 5 – Amerigo Vespucci
Christian Straker (DE)
Nicoleta-Angela Cherciu (RO)
Diana Romanini (I)

Team 6 – Vasco da Gama
Vincent Berthier (FR)
Ella Hiltunen (FI)
Livia Dianu-Buja (RO)

In each round of the contest, a different task was mastered: a written report on a legal question of the EU business law; an oral debate; a negotiating exercise on company law; and a moot court exercise based on a case. Members of the CCBE Presidency, Margarete von Galen and Ranko Pelicarić, were part of the jury.

Throughout the contest, participants showed a lot of enthusiasm, commitment and motivation.

The winners of the contest:
Vincent Berthier (France)
Ella Hiltunen (Finland)
Livia Dianu-Buja (Romania)

 

A free registration to the upcoming CCBE conference  “Artificial Intelligence – Humane Justice” (30 November 2018 in Lille, France) will be provided for winners.

For more information, please check Young Lawyers’ Contest website.

 

ERA-CCBE Young lawyers Contest “EU Law in practice”

March 19th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

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The “Academy of European Law in Trier” and the CCBE are organising the Young lawyers Contest “EU Law in practice” (September 6-7, 2018).

Aim of the contest

The contest will bring together young and newly-qualified lawyers to spotlight the importance of European law for their future legal practice.

In teams composed of contestants from different European countries, they will be challenged to apply their knowledge of European law in practical role-play scenarios. Under the watchful eye of a jury of leading European law practitioners, they will learn to work with peers from other legal cultures to build strong cases in areas as diverse as business law, criminal justice and human rights.

The contestants will be judged both on their knowledge of European law and on their advocacy skills in drafting written arguments, conducting negotiations and pleading before a judge.

The contest is an opportunity for national and regional Bars to encourage their young lawyers to get excited about European law and to learn how to use it to improve their day-to-day practice.

Format and award

The contest will consist of three rounds. A carefully selected jury will rank the teams after each round. Only the two best teams will go through to the third and final round.

All participants will receive membership of the Friends of ERA Association, giving them access to useful European law resources and a network of practitioners from across Europe.

The members of the winning team will receive a voucher for free participation in an ERA event of their choice, including the cost of travel and accommodation.

All participants will also receive a certificate which they can use to fulfil their required number of continuing training hours if their Bar permits.

The contest will be conducted in English. Participants should be able to use it as a working language.

Participation

The contest is open to trainee lawyers and newly qualified lawyers (in their first year after qualification) from the member Bars of the CCBE.

There will be eight teams, each of three contestants. Each participating Bar may register up to three contestants. If a Bar wishes to register more than three contestants, these will be placed on a reserve list.

Registrations will be processed in the order of their arrival.

Fees and expenses

The participation fee per contestant is €640. This covers all accommodation and catering for contestants, as well as the organisational expenses. Participating Bars will be asked to cover the travel costs of their participants.

Registration

Bars wishing to participate in the contest should inform the CCBE (ofarrell@ccbe.eu). The deadline to nominate contestants is 12 April 2018.

Additional information:  www.younglawyerscontest.eu

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The training of lawyers in the 21st century

January 30th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

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Jarkko Männistö, Asianajaja presenting his paper in Brussels at the CCNE Training conference on 14th December 2017

Jarkko Männistö, Asianajaja presenting his paper in Brussels at the CCBE Training conference on 14th December 2017

This is a short blog by Jarkko Männistö, Asianajaja, OTT outlining key points from his intervention at the CCBE conference on Training of Lawyers, challenges and opportunities, Brussels, 14 December 2017.

I have been teaching advocacy to students, bar exam candidates, and experienced attorneys for almost 15 years. What I have learned, through a series of trials and errors, is that students learn what they want to learn. And only what they want to learn.

Based on this experience I argue that continuing legal education in the 21st century should, above all, be a positive experience to those we wish to educate.

The following are, what I consider, the four cornerstones of the positive learning experience.

Go online, go live
Lawyers are chronically time constrained. So take legal education online whenever you can. If a lawyer can save an hour or two of travel time, he or she just might spend a good part of the time saved learning something new.

If you want to lecture, broadcast it live. Livestream lecture with a real time chat is a great way on engaging students from the comfort of their own office or home.

Show, don’t tell
Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach. If you do not agree with this, show your students how it’s done. It’s easy enough to say that you should write clearly and concisely. Following that instruction is the hard part.

Lawyers must apply law to concrete problems. Continuing legal education should help them do that, which is why continuing legal education should be all about application.

Doing is learning
Sitting still and listening someone talk about the law is, even for most lawyers, dreadfully boring. Don’t put your students’ brain into hibernation.

Instead, activate your students. Ask questions. Create problems. Make them do the work, because that’s what learning requires. Hard work. Doing stuff with your brain. Not having it done for you by someone else (the teacher).

Be a coach
People avoid things which cause them embarrasment. Never make people feel bad about themselves, because most of them will not study harder to avoid further embarrasment. Instead, they will take the easy way out, which is to avoid your lectures.

So, accept everyone come in “as is”. You have succeeded as a teacher, if they leave equipped with more knowledge than they came in. And more importantly, with a hunger to learn more.

Jarkko Männistö
Attorney, LL.D.

This posting is an adaptation of the speech Jarkko gave on 14 December in Brussels in the CCBE Seminar titled “Training of lawyers, challenges and opportunities”.

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Outcome of the CCBE Training conference

January 12th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

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The CCBE Training conference took place on 14 December 2017 in Brussels at the L42 Business Centre (Rue de la Loi 42, 1040, Brussels).

The programme included panels on the transforming management of the law firm in the digital era, neuroscience and new discoveries on effective learning, innovative training tools such as MOOC, virtual reality, webinar, and finally guides to financing projects. Furthermore, the conference provided an introduction to the European Training Platform on the e-Justice portal, and represented a valuable opportunity for training providers and legal professionals to share best practices and innovative solutions for legal training.

Please find the available presentations of the speakers for the conference:

CCBE Training Conference Programme

CCBE Training Conference Presentation

Workshop 1a – Design thinking and legal design

Workshop 1b – EU funds for training of lawyers

Workshop 2 – Choosing the appropriate, innovative tools for training

Workshop 3 – Council of Europe: HELP in the EU

ERA-CCBE Young Lawyers Competition on EU Law in Practice

November 17th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

The Competition, which should have taken place on 7-8 December 2017 in Trier, will be postponed to next year.

You can now register for the CCBE Training Conference!

October 3rd, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

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14 December 2017, L42 – Rue de la Loi 42, Brussels

The Conference which will discuss ‘Training of lawyers: challenges and opportunities’ is now open for registration.

The programme includes panels on the transforming management of the law firm in the digital era, neuroscience and new discoveries on effective learning, innovative training tools such as MOOC, virtual reality, webinar, and finally guides to financing training projects. Furthermore, the conference will give an introduction to the European Training Platform on the e-Justice portal, and will represent a valuable opportunity for training providers and legal professionals to share best practices and innovative solutions for legal training.

Please register your participation by 20 November 2017 at event@ccbe.eu.

Please find the detailed programme for the conference here.

The conference language is English.

ERA-CCBE Young Lawyers Competition on EU Law in Practice, 7-8 December 2017, Trier

September 27th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

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The European Academy of Law (ERA) and the CCBE are organising a ‘Young Lawyers Contest: EU law in practice’ which will take place on 7-8 December 2017 in Trier, Germany.

The aim of the Contest is is to bring together future lawyers from different European countries at a time when they are undergoing entry level training to enable them to share common values and to exchange new experiences/discuss new perspectives in areas of common interest.

Bars/Law Societies/Lawyers’ Schools from the following countries will participate: Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Poland and Romania.

As part of the Contest, teams (mixed by nationality, experience etc.) will have to prepare a written report on a legal question/oral defence session and a negotiating exercise. The two best teams will take part in the final oral debate.

Information about the Contest can be found here.

Save the Date: CCBE Training Conference, 14 Dec. 2017, Brussels

August 24th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

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Please note that the Conference will be held in English.

Further information will follow in the coming weeks.

CCBE Training Conference postponed

March 4th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the CCBE will need to postpone the CCBE Conference on ‘Training of Lawyers – Challenges and Opportunities’ which was planned to take place on 22 April 2016.

The CCBE will examine the agenda to decide which timing could be suitable to organise this conference at a later date.

CCBE Training Conference: “Training of Lawyers – Challenges and Opportunities”

February 2nd, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

As previously announced, the CCBE  is organising a conference on “Training of Lawyers – Challenges and Opportunities”, on Friday 22 April 2016, in Brussels.

The final programme, along with the cost and final details will be published mid-February. Please note that the conference will be in English.

Here below is a draft programme of the conference. Please click on the programme to enlarge.

For more information about the conference, please contact Madeleine Kelleher, kelleher@ccbe.eu

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