Skills and credentials for a new profession: Community paralegals
White & Case is working with Namati, an NGO building a global movement of grassroots legal advocates to work with individuals and communities who may not otherwise have access to any legal support.
At Namati, we champion a method—grassroots legal advocates—that is giving people the power of the law so that it acts as a force for good.
Director, Legal Empowerment Network
With the UN estimating that four billion people around the world live outside the protection of the law, community paralegals trained in basic law and skills such as mediation, organizing, education and advocacy can have a huge impact. Namati works closely to support legal advocates on the ground while also working at the local, state and national level to advocate for their recognition and legal status.
Says Abigail Moy, Director, Legal Empowerment Network, Namati, "Justice is really about fairness and equality. For most people around the world, the law is a threat or an abstraction—but not something they can use to exercise their basic rights. At Namati, we champion a method—grassroots legal advocates—that is giving people the power of the law so that it acts as a force for good."
White & Case lawyers are assisting Namati with the first comprehensive initiative to examine formal recognition status for community paralegals in multiple locations. Along with guidance and strategies for successful advocacy at a local and national level, these reports will be available to Namati members as a learning and comparison tool and will help local paralegals to better understand their rights and responsibilities. White & Case lawyers in 11 offices are researching practices in 36 jurisdictions.