President-elect Kerry Healey attended the Friends of the Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan's (FPPP) 2013 LL.M. Scholarship Conference in Washington, D.C., this Saturday.
President-elect Healey shown at the Embassy of Afghanistan with some of the Afghanistan women lawyers
The FPPP's Afghanistan lawyers are earning the Master of Laws (LL.M.) on full scholarships at partner law schools across the country, ranging from a Visiting Scholar at Stanford, who is helping to draft Afghanistan law books in Dari, to students studying human rights, commercial law and international law at Hofstra, Ohio Northern University, American, Catholic and Chapman law schools.
On their trip to D.C., the FPPP's Afghanistan LL.M. Scholars visited the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Embassy of Afghanistan and were hosted by the partners of Arent Fox and Jones Day law firms.
The Afghanistan LL.M. Scholars also briefed U.S. Department of State officials concerning their plans to advance the rule of law in Afghanistan upon return after graduation. President-elect Healey formally stepped down as president of the FPPP Friday, April 5th, but will remain active as a board member.
Healey said: "These Afghan LL.M. Scholars know the transformational power of education and the importance of rule of law to the future of Afghanistan. With more than half of all Afghans under 18 years old, the future belongs not to any one tribe or faction, but to the youth of Afghanistan. These 12 young Afghan leaders are dedicated to women's rights, democracy, transparency, equal opportunity and participation in the world community. The 2013 LL.M. graduates, together with our graduates who have already returned to home to begin their work, make me hopeful about the future of Afghanistan. They are courageous, principled and optimistic. It is a privilege to know them."
President- elect Healey with 2013 LL.M. Scholarship Conference attendees.
The Friends of the Public Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan (FPPP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit formed in 2009 to administer the programs of the Public Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan (the PPP).
Establishing rule of law in Afghanistan is the linchpin on which all other hopes for the region depend. The PPP was founded by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in 2007, and continues under Secretary John Kerry, to provide support for the nascent Afghan legal community as it develops the institutional capacity to support peace, human rights and democracy. For more information, visit http://www.afghanppp.org/home
By Hilary Katulak; 781-239-0723; firstname.lastname@example.org
4/8/2013 3:44 PM