UNDP Refurbishes UL Legal Aid Clinic

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From right: Louis Arthur Grimes Law School Dean, Cllr. Negbalee Warner; Maarten Barends, UNDP Rule of Law Advisor, who made the presentation on behalf of the organization; along with other members of the Law School.

As part of support to institutions in Liberia

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) has presented US$30,000 worth of equipment to the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law  at the University of Liberia (UL) for the refurbishment of the Legal Aid Clinic of the law school. The gesture is part of UNDP’s support to institutions in the country, a release from the UL has said.

According to the release, the Legal Aid Clinic is aimed at strengthening clinical legal education as well as providing basic but important legal aid services and advice to socially disadvantaged groups on a wide-range of legal issues.

Also, it will afford law students the opportunity to put theory into practice at an early stage in their legal career.

The Legal Aid Clinic will accordingly be run by law students, who will be supervised by faculty from the law school.

Maarten Barends, UNDP Rule of Law Advisor, who made the presentation on behalf of the organization, said he was happy to make the presentation, because UNDP is in full support of the refurbishment of the Legal Aid Clinic.

“As long as we support the rule of law, we will do our best to support this project,” Mr. Barends said.

Equipment presented included a 15KVA generator, computers, an executive desk, air-conditioners, computer accessories, desktops and many others.

Mr. Barends said in addition to giving the Legal Aid Clinic a facelift, the UNDP was providing one 15KVA generator, office furniture,  ICT equipment, four sets of Dell computers with accessories, laptops, a multipurpose MVP HP Color LaserJet Printer, one projector, four desktop computers with LaserJet 410A ink and a variety of stationery to the school.

“This gesture from the UNDP to the law school is indeed a fundamental initiative that will go a long way in alleviating some of the challenges the law school faces,” Mr. Barends added, stating that UNDP will work with authorities of the UL to make the Legal Aid clinic fully operational.

“The project is the beginning of many more projects the UNDP intends to provide for the University of Liberia, including the provision of support for scholarly publications, scholarships and developing platforms for seminars and dialogues for students and faculty,” Mr. Barends said.

Cllr. Negbalee Warner, Dean of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law and who also received the items, praised the UNDP for its continued support to strengthen institutions in Liberia, especially institutions that are geared towards enhancing the rule of law in Liberia.

“We are deeply honored by the support that UNDP has extended the law school,” he said. “Refurbishment of our Legal Aid Clinic will now afford current and incoming students the opportunity to increase their experience at the law school in a practical way. The equipment would therefore elevate the teaching and learning experience of our faculty and students respectively.”

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