PFP alumnus hosts State Bar of New Mexico expert

June, 17 2014

PFP 2013 alumnus Vladimir Palamarciuc, Chair of the Young Lawyers Association from the Moldovan Bar Association, has coordinated an outbound project entitled "Enhancing Moldovan Bar Association and Young Lawyers Association administrative capacities in strengthening the legal profession via model practices of American Bar Association and Young Lawyers Division" with the participation of Richard Spinello, General Counsel of the State Bar of New Mexico, between April 29 - May 13, 2014.

The goals of the project were:|
- Enhance better understanding by the parties of functioning of the Moldovan and US legal profession institutions;
- Establish and strengthen the cooperation between relevant legal institutions and their representatives from Moldova and USA;
- Promote reciprocal legal and national culture and traditions from Moldova and USA.

The above mentioned goals were achieved by focusing on some specific objectives such as:
-  to familiarize US party with the legal public institutions from Moldova and particularly to introduce to the structure, objectives and role of the MBA for legal profession.
- to assess the administrative and procedural mechanisms of addressing the strategic activities of the MBA and reveal the experience of ABA, particularly that of SBNM, to the representatives of legal profession from Moldova.
- to establish possible solutions how to address administrative and legal education issues for the MBA oriented for the benefit of attorneys and trainee attorneys via implementing good models carried out by SBNM.
- to introduce the US party with the activities carried out by YLA and share the YLD experience with Moldovan lawyers.
- to draft general and specific recommendations for further development of the role and activities of YLA within the MBA. Particularly shall be addressed the long-term YLA objectives of creating local structures, creating committees by sphere of activity and providing YLA legal personality within the MBA via a legal amendment.
- to establish the directions and forms of cooperation between the MBA and SBNM. Particularly shall be established the opportunities in implementation of pre-discussed project regarding the attendance of selected Moldovan lawyers of classes for continuing legal education provided by SBNM via web-broadcasting, as well as to develop the strategy to set up pro-bono activities taking into account the experience of SBNM and YLD structures.

During its visit in Moldova Mr. RIchard Spinello had multiple meetings with representatives from legal profession such as the President and other members of the Moldova Bar Association board; Alexandru Turcan and Octavian Cazac, partners in the Law Firm "Turcan Cazac"; Ronald Wolfson, Director of ABA ROLI Moldova; David Jesse, Director of American Councils from Moldova; Pavel Postica, Director of NGO "Promo-LEX" and others. He also attended classes at Law Faculty within the Moldova State University, Public Discussions for Young Lawyers and Trainee Lawyers, court hearings at the Chisinau Court of Appeal.

The agenda included cultural destinations as well, such as the Moldovan National Cultural Complex Cricova Winery, Capriana and Curchi monasteries, the Ethnographical Museum from Chisinau. Mr. Spinello also attended the open-air concert dedicated to celebration of liberalization visa regime for Moldova with European Union, repetition of the accordion orchestra "Accordion Brio" from the Municipal Music School "Maria Biesu", the demonstrations dedicated to the National Holiday "The Day of Victory" held at the Cultural Complex "Eternitate", a concert from the Organ Hall etc.


The Outbound Project helped both sides to increase mutual understanding about the legal profession and role of SBNM and YLD for New Mexican lawyers, as well as the perspectives for development of the MBA and YLA. I consider that a strong point is that the parties agreed to enhance further cooperation between the institutions and sign the cooperation agreement between the SBNM/YLD and MBA/YLA in near future.

As the result of the Project implementation, YLA’s Board drafted certain proposals to the ongoing initiative for a draft law on amendment the Law on legal profession. The proposals specially focuses on providing YLA with legal personality within the MBA and entitle YLA to appoint a representative to the MBA Board, as well as some other proposals to improve administrative capacities of the bar association.

Another strong point I believe that implementation of the project helped me and Richard to strengthen our friendly and professional relation and maintain it for future.

Thanks to US State Department and PFP team for that opportunity for my professional and cultural development.

With kind regards for PFP team,
Vladimir Palamarciuc

You can read here the narrative report of the outbound project.
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