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New York City Bar Association Issues Report on Second Delegation to Guatemala

The New York City Bar Association has issued a of its second delegation of lawyers to Guatemala to examine legal developments in the aftermath of the 2013 prosecution of former President Efrain Rios-Montt and the ongoing appointment of judges to the Guatemalan courts, and to assess whether the management of the judiciary corresponds with strengthening the rule of law in Guatemala (click here to access).

   

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Vance Center Partner Jose Ugaz to Head Transparency International

Leading Peruvian anti-corruption attorney, Jose Ugaz, this weekend won election as the new chair of Transparency International. A partner of Benites, Forno & Ugaz in Peru, he is best known for leading the investigation against former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori for corruption and human rights abuses. He recently participated in the Vance Center's second delegation to Guatemala to assess the state of the judiciary (click here to access report), having also joined in the first delegation examining the prosecution of former president Efrain Rios Montt (click here to access report). As a leader of Alianza Pro Bono Peru, he is a key partner in the Vance Center's promotion of pro bono practice in the Americas.

   

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The Vance Center Participates in The Lawyer of the XXI Century:Transformations in Legal Education and Practice of Law Forum in Colombia (click here to access).

   

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Michael Cooper Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

The Vance Center congratulates Emeritus Vance Center Committee Member Michael Cooper on his receipt of a Lifetime Achievement Award from The American Lawyer. This prestigious award recognizes lawyers who have had long, distinguished careers and shown a dedication to public service. Mike is of counsel at Sullivan & Cromwell and a former litigation partner there. He was president of the New York City Bar Association from 1998 to 2000. (Click here to access.)

   

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Vance Center Environment Program Celebrates Ground-Breaking Water Rights Award to Client in Mexico

For the first time in its history, Mexico’s National Water Commission (CONAGUA) has awarded a surface water concession for “environmental use” to conserve natural water resources and protect fragile ecosystems. CONAGUA’s decision represents an innovative departure from traditional types of water rights concessions, which have commonly been granted for industrial, agricultural, or other consumptive purposes. The concession was awarded to Vance Center client Pronatura Noreste, a non-profit environmental organization in Northeastern Mexico, which received critical pro bono legal assistance along the way from the law firm of Von Wobeser and Sierra. The legal certainty and rights provided by the concession will allow Pronatura Noreste to more effectively protect the fragile ecology in the Cuatro Ciénegas region, where unique and biodiverse wetlands are threatened by excessive extraction of water.

For more, please see their press release (English | Spanish), as well as a recent news article in Mexico’s “Reforma” newspaper (Spanish).