OUR LEGAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS


Preparing future lawyers
White & Case is the International Rounds sponsor and a global partner of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. In 2011, 124 teams from 80 countries participated, making it one of the largest International Rounds in the 52-year history of the Jessup. White & Case sponsors Jessup competitions in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Georgia, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa and the United Kingdom, as well as the US Mid-Atlantic Regional held in Washington, DC. The Firm also helped underwrite participation in the 2011 International Rounds of teams from the Baltic Region, Lesotho, Nepal and Ukraine.

Through our University Lecture Program, our lawyers in the Moscow office deliver training to Russian law students to provide in-depth instruction in commercial law practice and English law, as well as the practical research and writing skills necessary to succeed as commercial lawyers. Created in 2005, the Program comprises a series of 10 courses, both mandatory and elective. In 2011, more than 25 White & Case associates and 10 partners taught more than 650 students at eight universities. In a survey by a graduate recruiting organization, 49 percent of all law students surveyed had attended a White & Case lecture or event.

In collaboration with PILnet: Global Network for Public Interest Law, our Moscow office helped organize a four-day legal ethics training program, one of the first such training programs in Russia. It covered a broad range of issues, including the regulation of the legal profession, conflicts of interest, anticorruption, corporate responsibility and pro bono. Thirty law students from throughout Russia, selected based on a legal ethics essay contest, gathered at Moscow State University for the unique program, which brought together lawyers from Microsoft, Verizon, PILnet and other law firms.

White & Case has partnered with Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) to develop executive and continuing legal education programs. The agreement, a first between a major US law firm and an Indian law school, calls for visiting faculty arrangements, adjunct professorships, joint conferences and seminars and internships for JGLS students.

Partners in our Brussels office served as faculty for a week-long European Union (EU) Law course at Sarajevo University in March of 2011. The course covered the organization of the EU, its unique nature and character as a multilateral organization, its genesis and how it has evolved through several treaties. It focused on the EU institutions and their relevance to the political regeneration of the Balkans. The students were selected from diverse backgrounds and the course is believed to be the first time that students from different ethnic and religious communities have studied constitutional law together in Bosnia Herzegovina, a country that aspires to EU membership.

White & Case lawyers in New York coach secondary school students from economically disadvantaged areas in moot court and mock trial competitions each year. Our lawyers teach the students about the US legal system, and basic public speaking and advocacy skills.

Our Tokyo office supports the Intercollegiate Negotiation Competition, which helps competing Japanese and Australian teams develop arbitration and negotiation skills. In December 2011, nearly 270 law students from 19 universities participated. The Tokyo office has supported this program since it began in 2002.

The Paris office sponsors the annual ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition in which students present arguments before professional mediators in mock commercial cases ranging from intellectual property to sale of goods disputes. The sixth annual Competition consisted of 58 teams representing 27 countries.


Training lawyers and judges in Africa and the Middle East
We partner with Lawyers Without Borders on the Kenyan Trial Advocacy Program, which builds trial advocacy skills and extends the rule of law in Kenya. In 2011, the White & Case participants joined a faculty comprising more than 20 lawyers and four US federal judges who delivered trial advocacy training to more than 100 Kenyan lawyers and judges on a gender-based violence case file. White & Case has been a co-sponsor of the training program in Kenya since it was inaugurated in 2007.

We participate in the International Lawyers for Africa Program, which provides three months of training at international law firms to scholarship candidates chosen on a competitive basis from across Africa.

Lawyers from our London office participated in Project Umubano in Sierra Leone. Project Umubano was started in 2007 by the UK Conservative Party with the goal of raising awareness and combating poverty in Rwanda. It has grown to include assistance in Sierra Leone in three focus areas: justice, health and gender equality. Throughout the two-week program in Sierra Leone, we provided legal training to the members of the judiciary at the Judicial and Legal Training Institute and training sessions to a group of paralegals. “Umubano” means friendship in Kinyarwanda, an African dialect spoken in Rwanda.


Publications
In January 2011, the Moscow office held an event to mark the publication of the first in a series of five Russian-language books intended to help law students and recently qualified lawyers improve their professional skills. The first book, The Art of Legal Writing, was written by Olga Khazova, who is also the series editor. The four remaining books in the series were also published in 2011: Contract Drafting, How to Write a Law, How to Write a Court Judgment, and Legal Research. White & Case developed and produced the series, which is being published by Yurait, a leading publishing house.


Fellowships, scholarships and other financial support
The Firm has established the Yuriy Maltsev Scholarship and the Yuriy Maltsev Commercial Law Library at KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Yuriy Maltsev—who founded our Almaty office in 1995 and led it until his death in 2010—was an integral part of our success in Kazakhstan. In 2011, the Firm supported the creation of the library and funded one LLM scholarship for a KIMEP University graduate. In 2012 and subsequent years, we will fund two LLM scholarships for KIMEP University graduates.

The White & Case Orison Marden Fellowship funds summer programs for 15 first-year New York University law students who choose to work in a public interest capacity in Europe and developing nations. The Fellowship was established in 1978 at New York University in honor of Orison Marden, a former Chair of the Management Committee at White & Case who served as longtime director and chairman of the board of The Legal Aid Society.

The Kathryn Aguirre Worth Memorial Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Kathryn Aguirre Worth, an associate with the Singapore office of White & Case, who was on-board the ill-fated Silk Air Flight 185, which crashed on 19 December 1997. The Scholarship Fund was made possible by contributions from White & Case, Standard Chartered Bank and other donors in Singapore and New York. The annual scholarship is open to National University of Singapore LLB graduates who plan to pursue an LLM degree at an accredited law school in the United States.

Created in 1995 by our Paris office, the White & Case Annual Business Law Scholarship provides opportunities for economically disadvantaged law students in France to study abroad. A €30,000 grant is divided among three students, enabling them to complete their training through advanced studies outside France.