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The Globalization of Justice: My Experience as a Volunteer Public Defender in China
By Leslie J. Rosenberg
Editor's Note: Leslie Rosenberg's Journey began when she contracted the International Senior Lawyers Project, an international nongovernmental organization (NGO) that recruits lawyers for human rights, rule of law, and economic equality projects. While in China, she worked as a volunteer lawyer with International Bridges to Justice, one of ISLP's partner organizations. Visit www.islp.org and www.ibj.org for more information.
Juvenile public defenders don’t get out much. Not internationally. While international law is sometimes relevant to our cases, mainly we lack the time, resources, and funding to volunteer our skills to the international community — or even to meet public defenders in other countries. Although only an appellate defender in Minnesota in an office suffering a serious funding crisis, recently I was able to spend three months as a volunteer in China through two organizations, the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP) and International Bridges to Justice. From Sept
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