FAIRFIELD — Judge Paul L. Beeman recently returned from eight days of traveling to Kampala, Uganda as part of a team of legal experts who gave a weeklong training for 100 Ugandan judges and lawyers.
Beeman left Solano County on March 6 and returned from Uganda this past weekend, according to Brian Taylor, the court’s executive officer. Beeman was accompanied by fellow trainers Judge Mitchell Goldberg, a retired bankruptcy judge, and Pepperdine Law School professors Denise R. Madigan and Stephanie Bell.
The five-day training session was launched by a speech to participants by the acting chief justice of Uganda’s court system, Steven Kavuma, who said the training would tremendously reduce case backlog and improve public confidence in Uganda’s judiciary.
Beeman’s journey was part of a joint project teaching mediation skills and techniques done the Pepperdine School of Law Global Justice Program in the Nootbaar Institute and Pepperdine’s Straus Institute. Pepperdine for years hosted a weeklong training at its campus that typically included two slots for Ugandan judges or lawyers. Pepperdine officials decided last year to take their mediation training to Uganda.
“This was a fabulous experience,” Beeman said in a press release. “I appreciated the opportunity to participate and am honored to have been asked by the Straus Institute to serve as a faculty member. I am grateful to Presiding Judge E. Bradley Nelson and our Supervising Judge of Civil, Scott Kays for their support.”
The Ugandan judiciary began using mediation in 2009 as an alternative to civil courts resolution of lawsuits.
Before the training session got underway Beeman, a first-time visitor to Africa, arose the morning of March 8 to go on safari with his fellow trainers that included a five-hour drive to Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s premier wildlife park.
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