Welcoming Derek Achatoh – our new legal intern

We are very glad to have Derek volunteering with us. Derek is from Cameroon but came to complete his legal professional studies in Sierra Leone due to lack of a law school in Cameroon. He completed his LLB in Cameroon, has taught law part time and also has NGO experience. He is currently assisting Simitie Lavaly, Legal Officer, with research and preparation for a number of Court of Appeal and High Court...

Sierra Leone Externship Blog now live!

AdvocAid is running a legal externship programme with the support of Open Society Justice Initiative. The externs are based with 3 legal aid organisations (Defence for Children, LAWYERS and AdvocAid) and gain practical experience working in legal aid and human rights work. You can now follow the experiences of the externs through a blog they have set up with the help of Volunteer Lawyer, Catherine Seldon. Click here to access the...

AdvocAid’s Legal Officer profiled on UWE Alumni News

AdvocAid’s Legal Officer, Simitie Lavaly, was recently profiled by the University of West England Alumni news. We are proud that Simitie’s work is being recognised by her former university and hope she will inspire current students to use the law to transform lives. You can read the article below: Simitie Lavaly Simitie Lavaly graduated with Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice in 2004. After spending three years gaining work experience in the UK, she returned to Sierra Leone where her sought-after legal skills are transforming the lives of vulnerable women. Chasing her dream After leaving UWE in 2004, Simitie gained a broad perspective of the legal industry working as a Caseworker for The Law Society, investigating complaints made about against solicitors in almost every field of law. Two years later, Simitie left her job to build on the skills she had gained at UWE. ‘I decided I wanted to return to Sierra Leone and pursue my dream of becoming a qualified lawyer, probably one of my proudest personal achievements to date’. Climbing the legal ladder And Simitie is right to be proud. Since qualifying as a lawyer, her legal career has gone from strength to strength. In 2008, she took up a position as a Legal Intern at the Special Court for Sierra Leone – mandated to try those who bear the greatest responsibility for serious violations of international humanitarian law and Sierra Leonean law committed in Sierra Leone since 30 November 1996. During this time she provided support for senior trial lawyers in the Charles Taylor Trial. After her internship, Simitie took the natural next step in her legal...