Training Information: The Public Law Center co-hosted in March 1997 a two-week judicial reform conference in New Orleans and Washington, D.C. for a delegation of nine judges and judicial reformers from the Dominican Republic. A follow-up visit took place in March 1998 in Santo Domingo, where judges, law professors, and TPLC staff from New Orleans made presentations to a conference of approximately 150 judges and judicial reformers on such topics as judicial disciplinary procedures, public defenders, alternative dispute resolution, and citizen participation in the judicial reform process.
In December 1998, in response to a request from the Comisionado de Apoyo a la Reforma y Modernización de la Justicia of the Dominican Republic, TPLC conducted a four-day conference on law revision and codification for eight members of the Comisionado. The conference, which took place in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, allowed the participants to meet with law professors at three different law schools—Tulane, LSU, and Loyola. The participants also met with the U.S. Attorney, two Federal Bankruptcy Trustees, a U.S. Magistrate Judge, several state Criminal Court Judges, representatives of the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office, members of the Louisiana Law Institute, and numerous private practitioners.
In 1999, TPLC conducted the first segment of a two-part training event on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). A group of twelve participants from the Dominican Republic, representing judges, district attorneys, NGOs, and the Comisionado, visited Louisiana and Texas for a two-week study tour. In phase two of the program, TPLC led a delegation of seven speakers to the cities of Santo Domingo and Santiago where they conducted two-day conferences on ADR in February and March 2000 with more than 200 people attending in each city. TPLC staff met with representatives of the Supreme Court and Congress.