Bishkek, March 4, 2019. The Association of Legal Clinics of Kyrgyzstan, in partnership with the Center for Coordination of State-Guaranteed Legal Aid under the Ministry of Justice (FLA Coordination Center), will hold a roundtable to discuss the development of legal clinics and strengthening the mechanisms of interaction between the state-guaranteed legal aid entities. The event will take place from 14.00 to 17.00 in the Bridges Hotel at 10 Kalyk Akiev St.
 
At the roundtable, the participants will discuss mechanisms for involving law school students during their internships at university legal clinics in activities of the Free Legal Aid Centers (FLACs), which provide legal consultations as part of the implementation of the Law on State-Guaranteed Legal Aid. At the event, the FLA Coordination Center, the Bar Association of the Kyrgyz Republic, and relevant universities that plan to engage students at legal clinics in FLAC activities will sign a cooperation agreement. 
 
Representatives of the Ministry of Justice, FLA Coordination Center, the Bar Association of the Kyrgyz Republic, Ministry of Education, State Migration Service, National Mediation Center, legal clinics, universities, and experts will participate in the roundtable discussions. 
 
The roundtable is organized with the support of the USAID Collaborative Governance Program as part of the project “Strengthening the Interaction between Legal Clinics, Center for Coordination of State-guaranteed Legal Aid, the Bar Association of the Kyrgyz Republic, and Relevant Universities to Improve Access to Free Legal Aid for Vulnerable Populations.” 
 
The Collaborative Governance Program (CGP) promotes effective collaboration between civil society, the private sector, and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic. The Program is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and is implemented by the East-West Management Institute (EWMI).