At the end of March 2017 Regional Dialogue organized a working visit for Rector Kanyazov and Deputy Rector Kamalov of the Tashkent State University of Law (TSUL) to Boston, Massachusetts and Washington, DC. They were accompanied by RD staff, Ms. Sever and Ms. Cafuta.
The group first visited Boston College of Law. They were warmly greeted by Dean Vincent Rougeau, Susan Simone Kang and other faculty members and students. They spent two days at BCLS, where they had a chance to learn about the legal clinic and other forms of experiential learning available to students. They also agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding between TSUL and BCLS which will make cooperation between these two institutions easier and more fruitful in the future.
While in Boston the group met with prosecutor Kevin Curtin, Federal District Judge Timothy Hillman, Rachelle Cohen, Editor of Boston Herald, and former Mass. Supreme Court Justice Robert Cordy. The latter arranged a visit to the John Adams Court House at the Massachusetts Supreme Court and the Boston Municipal Court where the group observed a clinical program run in the court with Chief District Courts and Community Prosecutions Christina E. Miller. The group went on to see Federal District Judge Sorokin at the Moakley Federal Courthouse and visit The Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, the main publication for Massachusetts legal community. The Boston portion of the trip was concluded with a brief tour of McDermott, Will & Emery International Law Firm.
In Washington DC they visited Georgetown University Law Center, where they talked to several Directors of Legal Clinics and students involved in clinical work. A Memorandum of Understanding was also proposed by US hosts in a meeting with Dean and Executive Vice President William Michael Treanor.
The group also had a very fruitful meeting with Vice Dean of American University Washington College of Law, Mr. Anthony Varona and Associate Dean for Library and Information Resources, Ms. Billie Jo Kaufman. Alongside many great and helpful ideas, they proposed to sign an MOU between the two universities.
Next, the group met with the American Bar Association where the process of accrediting law schools in the United States was explained in detail.
While in DC, Rector and Deputy Rector also met with Tracee Plowell, Chief, Special Operations, US DOJ and Rob Bryden, Chief of Electronic Surveillance Unit, Office of Enforcement Operations, U.S. Department of Justice. Both of them have been engaged in different Regional Dialogue projects in Uzbekistan and will continue their cooperation with RD in the future, to share their experiences and knowledge with different Uzbek interlocutors.
The group was invited to dinner at the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the United States, H.E. Bakhtiyar Gulyamov, who was very happy to hear about all the knowledge and ideas that were shared with Rector and Deputy Rector during the trip.
Regional Dialogue has been working with the US Federal Judicial Center in a number of activities for several years and the group was warmly greeted at FJC’s offices by the Director of Research Division James B. Eaglin, and others: Dr. Emery Lee, Dr. Jason Cantone, and Dr. Tim Lowe. They also met with FJC Director Jeremy Fogel, Director of FJC International Judicial Relations Office Mira Gur-Arie, Chief Federal Judge Tunheim and Federal Judge Nuffer. The main topic of discussions was various forms of assistance to sitting judges and best practices that could be used in Uzbekistan
The working visit was concluded with a visit to the State Department where the group met with representatives of DRL and INL Bureau who fund Regional Dialogue’s programs in Uzbekistan. Several other officials joined this meeting, including a representative from the Uzbek Embassy to USA. Rector and Deputy Rector described the latest developments in the judicial sphere in Uzbekistan and talked about plans for future development of TSUL.
Finally, the group met with Mark Schamel from Womble Carlyle Law Firm, who had participated in several RD activities in the past and was very happy to hear about all the latest developments in the judicial area in Uzbekistan.
Regional Dialogue, the Rector and Deputy Rector evaluated the trip as very successful and productive and would like to thank everybody that the group met with for their warm hospitality and for sharing new ideas, experiences and knowledge.