Training for Latin American Lawyers Seeks to Decrease Wrongful Convictions

This past week more than one hundred lawyers from Argentina, Chile, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela participated in a five day intensive trial training course at California Western School of Law in San Diego.  The program was sponsored by ACCESO Capacitación, with the goal of teaching lawyers how to prepare better for trials.  This training is particularly important as many Latin American countries, including Mexico, transition to oral adversarial trial systems.  The program included training on investigation, opening statements, direct and cross-examination, and closing arguments.  There was also a training session on the causes of wrongful conviction and the need to develop innocence projects in Latin America.

There are two upcoming programs sponsored by ACCESO Capacitación.  One in San Diego April 28-30th on advanced trial skills and another in San Juan, Puerto Rico June 11-15th on basic trial skills.  For more information go to

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