Professor Barbara Barron, through her work with ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI), conducted a two-day distance learning skills course in Macedonia. The training course, which teaches lawyers American trial advocacy skills with a focus on defense so that they can eventually become trainers, is part of an integrated, comprehensive effort to introduce American-style trial advocacy skills to the Macedonian criminal justice system. Macedonia transitioned from an inquisitorial to adversarial system in the fall of 2012. Professor Barron created the course and all materials for the ABA ROLI.
The course, which includes lectures and “learning by doing components,” was held in Macedonia and at Hofstra Law via Skype using an interpreter for both parties. Two Hofstra Law students, Kaitlyn Flynn and Jana McNulty, demonstrated a mock trial argument for the class. The course took place September 27-28, 2013.
Professor Barron has previously taught abroad in Macedonia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Japan and other countries. She has also done a prosecutorial version of this program through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (OPDAT).