Faculty and Alumni Lead Chilean Public Defender Training
A contingent of Pacific McGeorge faculty members and students from the law school's Federal Defender Clinic conducted a two-week training program for Chilean public defenders from July 30 through Aug. 10 in Santiago, Chile. Professors Cary Bricker, Emily Garcia Uhrig, and Raquel Aldana collaborated with alumnus Matt Fleming '11, to construct a skills-based syllabus and develop materials that included different kinds of simulations and exercises used in the law school's clinical courses.
Pacific McGeorge students Charlie Young and Meghan Clair also joined Professors Emily Garcia Uhrig, Raquel Aldana, Cary Bricker and Luis Mogollon in a program that focused on interviewing, counseling and engaging in plea-bargaining. The National Public Defender of Chile spoke to the visiting instructors and their 20-plus students on the first day of the training sessions. The Regional Defender of Chile audited the course and expressed enthusiastic support for his participant-colleagues.
In the past decade, Chile completely overhauled its criminal justice system with the implementation of a new adversarial system as opposed to its former inquisitional judicial-tribunal system. The government of Chile first called on Pacific McGeorge for its training assistance in early 2004 when eight prosecutors and 11 public defenders came to Sacramento for a four-week program directed by Professor Jay Leach.