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Youth Peer Professionals Leadership Training

August 7th, 2016

Youth Peer Professionals Leadership Training
Event on 2016-08-22 09:00:00
This interactive training is to further enhance the skills of Youth Professionals by giving them the opportunity to identify their strengths as leaders and the tools to operationalize those strengths in support of youth voice and recovery. This curriculum has been customized for Youth Professionals in Washington State based on the Leadership Academy developed and facilitated by Ellen B. Kagen, M.S.W., an international expert in the field of Leadership. IS THIS TRAINING RIGHT FOR ME? Take this small self quiz to see if the Youth Professional Leadership Training is right for you and to confirm your eligability today prior to registration.  MEET THE TRAINERS System Partner Trainer  Andrea Parrish, MA, LMHC,  Andrea's has a long history of working with youth and families, as well as transition age youth moving moving into adulthood. Andrea provided leadership in a system wide development and implementation of children’s mental health improvements at the state and local level. She worked in children’s community mental health, juvenile justice and special education for over 30 years. Andrea has a strong interest in leadership, experiential learning, cross systems work and community and organizational development. Andrea has expertise in clinical supervision, program development and worked in upper management at community mental health providers for 17 years. Andrea can be found hiking, skiing, boating and playing outdoors whenever possible. Youth Professional Trainer  Lorrin Gehring, CPC Lorrin Gehring, is a passionate leader and advocate with over 15 years of experience working within youth serving systems. At 14, she joined a youth advocacy group called Health N' Action (Now Youth N' Action) and began advocating for youth rights and voice to be heard within the systems that serve them. Lorrin served as a peer mentor on Wraparound teams and also as a consultant both locally and federally on issues of youth engagement within a System of Care framework. At the National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health (NFFCMH) Lorrin served as the Youth Resource Specialist and as Social Marketing Technical Assistance Provider/Youth Outreach Director. In her role as the Youth Involvement Resource Specialist she provided support to system of care communities throughout the country on building and supporting youth engagement and leadership for young people with system involvement. While at the Federation, she developed and managed the Federation's first ever youth advocacy track at the NFFCMH's annual conference. Lorrin went on to work as an Employment Specialist and Case Manager at a Homeless Youth Resource Center in Salt Lake City and also as a teacher working with preschoolers on the Autism spectrum in a therapeutic classroom setting. She has authored numerous articles on youth involvement and is the 2011 Voice Award recipient for excellence in the field of youth advocacy, as well as the 2012 Marlene Matarase Advocate for Youth Rockstar awardee. Lorrin recently served as the Youth Engagement Specialist for the Children and Youth Behavioral Health Unit at the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery in Washington State. She is currently the Program Manager for Statewide Youth 'N Action.

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815 Union AVE N.
Renton, United States

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Improv4Business – Weekend workshop for professionals with world famous NY improv troupe Chicago City Limits

May 21st, 2016

Improv4Business – Weekend workshop for professionals with world famous NY improv troupe Chicago City Limits
Event on 2016-10-14 17:00:00
Team Building, Creativity, Presentation Skills & More! One weekend – 2 hrs Friday, 3 hrs Saturday, 3 hrs Sunday.
Class Contact Information
Greg Godbout
571 228-5936
greg@arlingtondrafthouse.com

Improv actors create entire shows on-the-spot. There are no scripts or preconceived scenarios, so improvisors must think quickly and decisively while working at the top of their intelligence. They hone their craft with techniques and exercises designed to enhance creativity, story telling, listening skills and building upon ideas.

Chicago City Limits' Improv4Business uses these tried and true improv tools of the trade to help people and companies unlock their creative potential, enhance presentation skills, and work more effectively as a team.

Improv4Business customizes its workshops to address each organization's specific needs. They are highly interactive. And lots of fun! No previous theater or improv experience is required.

Chicago City Limits is NYC's longest running improv comedy show! The group relocated to New York from the Windy City in 1980. Through the years, CCL has delighted audiences and critics alike with its Off Broadway show, and trained thousands of improvisers and actors. Its National Touring Company has performed at universities and regional theaters throughout the world. The group offers dynamic training programs for businesses and organizations.

Class Location:
Drafthouse Comedy Theater in DC
1100 13th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Class Size: 
Max 10 Students

Class Schedule:
Friday 5pm to 7pm – Instruction (light finger food and drinks will be provided during the workshop)
Saturday 10am to 1pm – Instruction (social gathering from 1pm to 1:45pm – lunch and drinks served)
Sunday 10am to 1pm – Instruction (social gathering from 1pm to 1:45pm – lunch and drinks served)

Are there any prerequisite skills or experience required?
No previous improv experience is required. While improv theater techniques are used for training, participants do not need to have any prior theatrical experience or aptitude to participate. In fact, it’s an ideal experience for those who are hesitant or uncomfortable presenting to others.

What specific skills are taught?
The class introduces techniques used by professional improvisers to hone their craft. Listening, working intuitively, resisting the urge to “edit” oneself and others, building upon team members’ ideas (”Yes and…”) and out of the box thinking skills are at the core of the training. Customized curricula can place emphasis upon specific goals, such as team building, group dynamics, creativity, presentation skills and more.

Who should take the class?
The class is ideal for anyone in business who interacts with people. Whether it’s presenting to a group, working with a team, cold calling, sales visits, or ideation sessions, the class can enhance the skills of the individual and the productivity of the group. Classes are particularly popular with people in marketing, sales, law, advertising and finance.

Am I going to be put on the spot?
We understand. Nobody likes to be put on the spot. Classes are taught in a very positive and supportive atmosphere. We will help you expand your skill sets, but you will never be asked to do anything you are uncomfortable doing.

Who teaches the class?
Classes are taught by CCL’s highly experienced team of facilitators. Each instructor is a professional improviser who regularly applies his or her craft in NYC’s longest running comedy revue. Program Coordinator is Paul Zuckerman, PhD, Executive Producer of CCL, who has over 25 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies as a trainer, consultant and focus group moderator.

Instructors

Paul Zuckerman, PhD combines his unique experiences as actor and director of Chicago City Limits with his extensive experience as a focus group moderator, business consultant and facilitator of team building and ideation sessions.

Linda Gelman is a founding member of Chicago City Limits. As Training Director for the company, she has extensive experience developing curricula for companies and organizations, and also teaches improv at SUNY Purchase.

Joe De Gise II is an award winning main stage performer with Chicago City Limits. He has taught improv for over 20 years, has hosted and performed at numerous corporate events, and led training sessions for hundreds of companies.

Malachi Nimmons has performed stand up comedy across the country, and regularly facilitates business training meetings and team building events. He is a main stage performer with CCL and teaches improv for the company.

Improv for Business News

Clients
Unilever, GE, American Express, MasterCard, Heineken, Credit Suisse, Pepsi, Ernst & Young, P&G, E&J Gallo Winery, Merck, MediaVest, Undertone, New York Community Bank, MarquisJet

Testimonials

  • "Aside from having a tremendous amount of fun, the improv workshop was perfect for team building!"
  • "Every single one of the participants came up to me afterwards to say how much they enjoyed it. The way you weaved performance, humor and getting to know each other better was the key, and made it so helpful and enjoyable."
  • "Utterly fantastic! The team hasn't stopped talking about improv all week."
  • "Those exercises and improvisational games and discussions are great for business creativity, idea generation, presentation skills and, as one of my classmates said, "I feel like I'm going to be better with clients now, because I'm more confident in my ability to think on my feet."
  • "I'm a confident presenter generally, but with complex ideas to explain, sometimes I tend to speed through explanations. Last week, with I4B fresh on my mind, I caught myself speeding up during an important presentation. So I imagined myself in front of the classroom, paused for a breath, and then proceeded calmly and confidently — and now the agency I was presenting to is a step closer to working with me."

 

at Drafthouse Comedy Theater
1100 13th Street NW
Washington, United States

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Improv4Business – Weekend workshop for professionals with world famous NY improv troupe Chicago City Limits

May 21st, 2016

Improv4Business – Weekend workshop for professionals with world famous NY improv troupe Chicago City Limits
Event on 2016-09-23 17:00:00
Team Building, Creativity, Presentation Skills & More! One weekend – 2 hrs Friday, 3 hrs Saturday, 3 hrs Sunday.
Class Contact Information
Greg Godbout
571 228-5936
greg@arlingtondrafthouse.com

Improv actors create entire shows on-the-spot. There are no scripts or preconceived scenarios, so improvisors must think quickly and decisively while working at the top of their intelligence. They hone their craft with techniques and exercises designed to enhance creativity, story telling, listening skills and building upon ideas.

Chicago City Limits' Improv4Business uses these tried and true improv tools of the trade to help people and companies unlock their creative potential, enhance presentation skills, and work more effectively as a team.

Improv4Business customizes its workshops to address each organization's specific needs. They are highly interactive. And lots of fun! No previous theater or improv experience is required.

Chicago City Limits is NYC's longest running improv comedy show! The group relocated to New York from the Windy City in 1980. Through the years, CCL has delighted audiences and critics alike with its Off Broadway show, and trained thousands of improvisers and actors. Its National Touring Company has performed at universities and regional theaters throughout the world. The group offers dynamic training programs for businesses and organizations.

Class Location:
Drafthouse Comedy Theater in DC
1100 13th Street, NW, Washington, DC

Class Size: 
Max 10 Students

Class Schedule:
Friday 5pm to 7pm – Instruction (light finger food and drinks will be provided during the workshop)
Saturday 10am to 1pm – Instruction (social gathering from 1pm to 1:45pm – lunch and drinks served)
Sunday 10am to 1pm – Instruction (social gathering from 1pm to 1:45pm – lunch and drinks served)

Are there any prerequisite skills or experience required?
No previous improv experience is required. While improv theater techniques are used for training, participants do not need to have any prior theatrical experience or aptitude to participate. In fact, it’s an ideal experience for those who are hesitant or uncomfortable presenting to others.

What specific skills are taught?
The class introduces techniques used by professional improvisers to hone their craft. Listening, working intuitively, resisting the urge to “edit” oneself and others, building upon team members’ ideas (”Yes and…”) and out of the box thinking skills are at the core of the training. Customized curricula can place emphasis upon specific goals, such as team building, group dynamics, creativity, presentation skills and more.

Who should take the class?
The class is ideal for anyone in business who interacts with people. Whether it’s presenting to a group, working with a team, cold calling, sales visits, or ideation sessions, the class can enhance the skills of the individual and the productivity of the group. Classes are particularly popular with people in marketing, sales, law, advertising and finance.

Am I going to be put on the spot?
We understand. Nobody likes to be put on the spot. Classes are taught in a very positive and supportive atmosphere. We will help you expand your skill sets, but you will never be asked to do anything you are uncomfortable doing.

Who teaches the class?
Classes are taught by CCL’s highly experienced team of facilitators. Each instructor is a professional improviser who regularly applies his or her craft in NYC’s longest running comedy revue. Program Coordinator is Paul Zuckerman, PhD, Executive Producer of CCL, who has over 25 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies as a trainer, consultant and focus group moderator.

Instructors

Paul Zuckerman, PhD combines his unique experiences as actor and director of Chicago City Limits with his extensive experience as a focus group moderator, business consultant and facilitator of team building and ideation sessions.

Linda Gelman is a founding member of Chicago City Limits. As Training Director for the company, she has extensive experience developing curricula for companies and organizations, and also teaches improv at SUNY Purchase.

Joe De Gise II is an award winning main stage performer with Chicago City Limits. He has taught improv for over 20 years, has hosted and performed at numerous corporate events, and led training sessions for hundreds of companies.

Malachi Nimmons has performed stand up comedy across the country, and regularly facilitates business training meetings and team building events. He is a main stage performer with CCL and teaches improv for the company.

Improv for Business News

Clients
Unilever, GE, American Express, MasterCard, Heineken, Credit Suisse, Pepsi, Ernst & Young, P&G, E&J Gallo Winery, Merck, MediaVest, Undertone, New York Community Bank, MarquisJet

Testimonials

  • "Aside from having a tremendous amount of fun, the improv workshop was perfect for team building!"
  • "Every single one of the participants came up to me afterwards to say how much they enjoyed it. The way you weaved performance, humor and getting to know each other better was the key, and made it so helpful and enjoyable."
  • "Utterly fantastic! The team hasn't stopped talking about improv all week."
  • "Those exercises and improvisational games and discussions are great for business creativity, idea generation, presentation skills and, as one of my classmates said, "I feel like I'm going to be better with clients now, because I'm more confident in my ability to think on my feet."
  • "I'm a confident presenter generally, but with complex ideas to explain, sometimes I tend to speed through explanations. Last week, with I4B fresh on my mind, I caught myself speeding up during an important presentation. So I imagined myself in front of the classroom, paused for a breath, and then proceeded calmly and confidently — and now the agency I was presenting to is a step closer to working with me."

 

at Drafthouse Comedy Theater
1100 13th Street NW
Washington, United States

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Wisconsin Farm Succession Experts Network Meetings

July 5th, 2015

Wisconsin Farm Succession Experts System Meetings
Event on 2015-10-26 13:00:00
Building on last year’s effective conferences, the Wisconsin Farm Succession experts system (WIFSPN) will once again offer networking conferences for experts who end up addressing farm succession dilemmas as they make use of their clients. These conferences are an opportunity to find out about farm succession dilemmas also to network with other specialists in your geographical area. The aim of these meetings is foster better interaction and collaboration among professionals who work with farm business people on their succession planning.  Agenda: 1:00   Registration and casual networking 1:30   greeting, introductions, objectives associated with the organization and time 1:45   monetary training for the family members farm – empowering them in order to make decisions 2:45   Family dynamics – tools to simply help household farms place structure to their communications 3:45   Break 4:00   Medicaid skills and recovery revision 5:00   Adjourn The WIFSPN steering committee has organized regionals meetings in the following times and places: Madison, Monday October 26, Crowne Plaza, 4402 E. Washington Ave, 866-460-7456 Appleton, Tuesday October 27, The Grand Meridian, 2621 N. Oneida St., 920-968-2621 Eau Claire, Thursday, October 29, The Plaza resort and Suites, 1202 W. Clairemont Avenue, 715-834-3181 Wausau, Tuesday, November 3, Northcentral Technical university, 1000 W. Campus Drive, 715-675-3331

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Global Association of Culinary Experts

March 6th, 2015

Overseas Association of Culinary Experts
Event on 2015-03-27 00:00:00

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Washington, United States

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“Can’t Do Without” Administrative Professionals Training Seminar

July 14th, 2014

“Can’t Do Without” Administrative Professionals Training Seminar
Event on 2014-07-31 08:30:00
 

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1919 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, United States

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Where to Go in the District of Columbia with DC Single Professionals

May 11th, 2011

Where to Go in the District of Columbia with DC Single Professionals

Where to Go in the District of Columbia with DC Single Professionals

The District of Columbia is one unique city that is not only known best for its tax issues, but for its historical richness, which makes it a perfect place for DC single professionals to hang out in. DC is filled with government building, historical monuments and museums where couples can date to their heart’s content. The Smithsonian National Mall itself is one place where you can stroll with a loved one and decide which interesting museum to enter to next. The best thing about it is that every museum is free and opens to the public, which makes the learning and experience all the richer. For evening events where you can hang out with your date, the Smithsonian Jazz Cafe is a favorite haunt for many young professionals. Enjoy an evening of truly great jazz music at a most affordable price. For just ten dollars you cover the entrance free and one beverage while you enjoy the musical stylings of local jazz bands playing. Usually open on Fridays in the evening, this is a favorite spot for many students and professionals alike who just like to kick back, relax, and mingle to their heart’s desire.

During the day, you can enjoy the many movies happening in some of the free museums. For instance, in the Smithsonian Natural history Museum, there are at least five different featured stories and documentaries that you can choose from to watch on an IMAX screen. Running for under an hour, this is a treat that DC single professionals enjoy immensely because of the interesting themes and topics that are featured. From underwater wonders to recent explorations in to space and the sky, one can never tire of all the wonderful information one can learn from these movies. For fewer than nine dollars, you can enjoy the movie. Sometimes, if the Jazz Cafe is something you go to, on special days you can use the same stub to gain free entrance into the IMAX theater. It is a world of wonder and excitement that any dating couple can experience in DC, and since most of it is free, it is truly enjoyable!

Allan Tan is an experienced writer on seeking dating and relationships. He has been writing for many years and has had many articles published. Some of Allan’s most favorite topics to write on include single professionals, mature daters, relationships, and matchmaking. Allan’s articles are well written and memorable. They are especially great for anyone looking to begin dating and still keep up with their daily activities.

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How is Obama going to attract math and science professionals to the public teaching field?

April 25th, 2011

Question by Mike g: How is Obama going to attract math and science professionals to the public teaching field?
I have been surfing the internet, trying to find a glimps of Obama’s education plan. I have considered becoming a science teacher myself for secondary education. When Obama was running for President, he said that he would develop a plan to attract Math and Science professionals to teach at our public schools. Does anyone know anything or know where to locate any information about Obama’s plan for education?

Best answer:

Answer by K-mart
He’s not going to. He had to say that stuff to appease the teachers union and get elected. If he wanted to improve the schools he would encourage more *GOOD* teachers by improving standards for teachers.

I’m glad your considering being a teacher. Just take it seriously and do a good job. Don’t let the crappy teachers taint you…

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

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The Role of Legal Professionals in Consolidating Ghana’s Democracy and Good-Governance

December 30th, 2010

The Role of Legal Professionals in Consolidating Ghana’s Democracy and Good-Governance

THE ROLE OF LEGAL PROFESSIONALS IN CONSOLIDATING GHANA’S DEMOCRACY AND GOOD-GOVERNANCE

 Introduction

To talk about Good Governance from the African perspective, we need to make reference to the Durban Declaration on Democracy, Political, Economic and Corporate Governance, which mentions among other things “just, honest, transparent, accountable, participatory government and probity in public life”. Accordingly, African States in that declaration have agreed to work with renewed determination to enforce the rule of law; equality of all citizens before the law; individual and collective freedoms; the right to participate in free, credible and democratic political process; and adhere to the separation of powers, including protection for the independence of the judiciary.

In the achievement of these goals the role of the legal profession is very significant. I would therefore like to talk about the legal profession within the context of democratic governance. Before addressing this particular issue, I deem it equally important to talk about Ghana’s level of commitment and performance in ensuring democracy and good governance as portrayed in its assessment under the African Peer Review Mechanism.  

Democracy and good governance

The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) is a mutually agreed instrument voluntarily acceded to by the member States of the African Union and it is an innovative approach to improving governance. The origin of APRM was the 37th Summit of the Organization of African Unity held in July 2001 in Lusaka, Zambia, adopted a document setting out a new vision for the revival and development of Africa, which was to become known as the New Partnership for Africa’s Development. (NEPAD)

Note that as of June 2005, the APRM Participating Countries were, Algeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda Expressions of Intention to Accede to the APRM have been received from: São Tomé and Príncipe, Sudan, Zambia.

The mandate of the APRM is to encourage conformity in regard to political, economic and corporate governance values, codes and standards, among African countries. Ghana has been a shining example in the APRM process, being among the first group of countries to sign the Memorandum of Understanding on 9 March 2003.

Ghana instituted a National Governing Council in compliance with the requirement for participating countries to have an independent self-assessment of its governance record in  four areas, namely: Democracy and Political Governance; Economic Governance and Management; Corporate Governance; and Socio-Economic Development. This article, however, will focus on Democracy and Political Governance.

To date, Ghanaians have had more than a decade of peaceful and acceptable constitutional rule. Ghana has also been able to change political rulers through the electoral process in a manner generally perceived to be free and fair. The 2000, 2004 and 2008 elections have confirmed the citizens’ acceptance of the electoral principle as the legitimate mechanism for acquiring political power and assuming leadership of the institutions of governance. There is a growing sense of relief, confidence and pride amongst Ghanaians that they have, at last, achieved political stability. It is this achievement that has informed the decision of the US President Barrack Obama to choose Ghana as his first country of visit in the Sub-Saharan Africa after becoming a President.  Addressing the Ghanaian Parliament in Accra on 11th July 2009 to outline the US Foreign Policy towards Africa, President Obama confirmed it by saying “Here in Ghana, you show us a face of Africa that is often overlooked by a world that only sees tragedy or a need for charity” The credit is even that, although our system of governance has identified certain major deficiencies in the laws and practice, Ghanaians are confident that they have the freedom, ability and will to rectify these.

Ghanaians have also created unique institutions and processes that other African countries could consider emulating or adapting for their own use. These include the Annual Governance Forum, where stakeholders discuss selected issues on democracy and good political governance. It is held every year since 1998 under the auspices of the National Governance Programme. The other, instituted in 2001 is the People’s Assembly, an annual interaction between the President and the people. The Assembly allows Ghanaians from all walks of life to pose any questions to the President.

The Assembly and the Forum have expanded the political space for ordinary people and have brought the government closer to them. These institutions have certainly demystified the government, rendering it less remote.

Even more remarkable is the fact that, unlike earlier democratic transitions in the country that lasted only for a few years before they were aborted, the current transition has lasted over sixteen years and Ghana continues to move forward as a progressive and democratic state.

In the past, few women hold key decision-making positions in the economic, political and social life of Ghana, and they encounter serious hindrances to their involvement in politics and in public political life. However, the ruling government stipulates 40% representation of women at all levels of governance, on Public Boards, Commissions, the Cabinet and Council of State. 

Rule of law and supremacy of the Ghanaian Constitution

The supremacy of the Constitution and entrenchment of the rule of law are the basic foundations on which all the institutions of governance are grounded. The constitution and the rule of law offer protection of individual life; protection from the government’s arbitrariness or abuse of power; and the assurance that one can enjoy the fruits of one’s labour.

The 1992 Constitution contains ample provisions that entrench the rule of law, and constrain the abuse of power and discretionary authority of those in government positions. The courts have clearly asserted their independent powers of judicial review and are willing to pronounce certain acts or behaviour of the Executive branch of government unconstitutional. Ghana has demonstrated that it is possible for the judiciary to be independent in Africa.

Although the rule of law is a reality in Ghana, some sections of the populace are routinely denied access to justice because they cannot afford legal representation. The high cost of justice in Ghana is of serious concern. Attempt is being made to alleviate the situation by running legal aid facilities, but these are few and insufficiently funded.

The judiciary itself suffers from lack of adequate capacity to administer justice. Availability of office space and courtrooms is a major problem, both at the headquarters in Accra and countrywide. Each year, budgetary allocations have been insufficient to meet the growing infrastructure needs of the judiciary. This affects the easy flow of justice and ultimately compromises the rule of law.

 

Legal provisions recognizing and guaranteeing human rights

In providing a firm constitutional framework for promoting respect for human rights by all Ghanaians and preventing abuses by the State, the 1992 Constitution has been a refreshing improvement on previous constitutions of the country.

Chapter 5 of the Constitution provides not only for civil and political rights, but also for social and economic rights.  Among the civil and political rights enshrined in the 1992 Constitution, are: the right to life, the right to liberty and security of the person, the right to human dignity, the right to equality and freedom from discrimination, the rights of accused, arrested and detained persons, the right to free speech and expression, the rights of political participation, the rights of free association and assembly.

These rights are not absolute. Conditions for deviating from them, usually for reasons of State, are also stipulated in the Constitution.

Several provisions in the 1992 Constitution underscore the democratic rights of Ghanaians, and secure the independence of electoral mechanisms to ensure free and fair electoral processes. The Electoral Commission (EC) and the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) promote and protect the fundamental constitutional rights of Ghanaians to participate in political and related activities. The judicial system is designed to protect these rights and offers opportunities for redress by aggrieved persons and groups whose rights are violated or infringed upon.

 

Anti-Corruption and Good Governance

Corruption is a major governance problem in Ghana. However, Ghana has made a remarkable progress in the control of corruption in public life over the past decade. This is attributable to the collaborative effort of Anti-Corruption institutions in Ghana such as:  The Serious Fraud Office (SFO); The Commission on Human Rights and Administration of Justice (CHRAJ); The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI); The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GIL); The Ghana Chapter of Transparency International; and The Security Agencies. Through their contributions and recommendations, several anti-corruption bills have been enacted into law by the Ghanaian Parliament including: Protected Public Interest Disclosure Act, (Whistle Blower Act); Public Procurement Act; Financial Administration Act; and many others.

For the first time in 2007, public hearings of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament took place and based on this the Attorney General’s Department had set up an Anti-Corruption Unit to study recommendations made by the Committee and to prosecute cases that need to be prosecuted. Several pre-emptive measures are in place to counter money laundering. The measures include Narcotic Enforcement and Sanction Law, 1990; three conventions on terrorism, ratified in 2002; A four-phase action plan designed in 2003 in response to the Inter- Governmental Action on Money Laundering under the aegis of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS); The establishment in 2004 of the Financial Intelligence Unit. Also, complementary efforts have emanated from the operations of banking and non-bonding financial institutions and the law enforcement agencies.

Although Ghana has been enthusiastic in acceding to, and ratifying regional and global standards and codes, a number of key human rights instruments remain to be ratified. These include Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment and UN Convention Against Corruption, (2003). This can weaken the country’s democracy and good governance record. Ghana should consider adopting a binding time-frame within which to accede to the several AU conventions. They include: African Children’s Charter, 1990; Amendments to the Constitutive Act of the African Union, 2003; AU Convention against Corruption, 2003; Protocol on the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights, 1998; and Protocol on the African Court of Justice, 2003.

The Role of the Legal Profession

First of all we need to know of the legal profession in Ghana because there is a clear link between the profession itself and the role it is playing in democratic governance

The legal profession allows a qualified lawyer to practice as either a solicitor, barrister or both and can practice in all courts. The General Legal Council is the statutory body regulating the profession and deals with complaints against professional conduct.

The Ghana Bar Association (GBA) is the professional association for lawyers in Ghana.   Membership is not mandatory but all admitted members of the profession are automatically registered as members with the GBA.  Although not built in statute, it is recognized by the Constitution.  As at now 450 firms are recognized by the GBA as being of good-standing.

The legal market is dominated largely by small commercial practices, a number of which are increasingly benefiting from building informal associations with international law firms.

Foreign lawyers are permitted to practice in Ghana provided that they have the required qualifications from their home jurisdiction, a letter of good-standing from their home bar, satisfied by the General Legal Council and pass the required exam in Ghanaian Constitutional law and the Customary Law of Ghana. Non-Ghanaian citizens must demonstrate seven years PQE in a country with a compatible legal system.

The legal professionals in Ghana can take pride in the fact that they have played a central part in the restoration and consolidation of democracy and good governance in the Fourth Republic. This is because, throughout the unconstitutional rule in Ghana, the Ghana Bar Association acted as the opposition, insisting at its congresses on the need to return to civilian democratic rule under a constitution that can guarantee human rights and the rule law

It is of great satisfaction to the profession that the recent elections of December 2008 witnessed a historic, peaceful transfer of power from one democratically elected government to another with cooperation from the judiciary and the legal practitioners. The electoral laws and the constitution have been put to test in courts and have reviled several gaps and overlaps in our electoral system, but the test (though controversial) has given cause to amendments and development of the law. 

The quality of the performance of the legal sector is an important determinant of our prospects for consolidating democracy and good governance. An efficient legal system affords more effective protection of the human rights, freedoms and liberties of the citizenry, and available evidence from reputable studies shows clearly that a well functioning legal system promotes business growth and rising incomes. Where there is no rule of law, formal contracts cannot be respected and enforced, businesses will not grow and investors will not risk their funds.

It is for all these reasons that the Ghanaian government is keenly supporting a wide-ranging programme of legal sector reform, which involves: the mechanization and computerization of the superior courts of record; the fast track system, designed to accelerate judicial output; the reform and enhancement of the capability of key legal sector agencies such as the lower courts and the Ministry of Justice; the reform of the legal and regulatory framework for doing business in Ghana; and the reform of the system of land tenure to permit the modernization of agriculture.

Conclusion

Ghana is making great strides to ensure that it remains one of the most stable countries in the region and to sustain good and democratic governance. In other to achieve this goal certain issues need to be addressed seriously.

The time has come for all the legal professionals to make concerted efforts to change the negative image and ensure the reform of the legal system so that it can deliver improved quality of service to the people. The new administration in Ghana under President Mills believes firmly that an efficient legal system is an integral, vital part of the sort of state and society it wants to build. Our vision of the country is to create a society in which the state protects the vulnerable and the disadvantaged, because the humane society requires that each be his brother or sister’s keeper.

Such a society needs a legal system which can resolve disputes quickly, fairly and cheaply; which can frame the laws and regulations in clear, comprehensible language; which can provide the legal support for a vigorous enterprise economy; which guarantees equal access to justice and equal treatment before the law for all citizens; and which can ensure the supremacy of the rule of law and respect for human rights.

As we can see, the lawyer must make a multifaceted contribution to the new democratic society where probity and accountability are expected of all public officials in the performance of their duties. Specialization is today the way of ensuring excellence of service. We need good constitutional lawyers; good human rights lawyers; good commercial lawyers; lawyers well-versed in arbitration law; lawyers familiar with complex financial instruments; we want lawyers who are on top of the incredible expansion in communications law, cyberspace and e-commerce; who specialize in employment law, tax law, property law, natural resource law and environmental law.

We need also lawyers who understand the new rules of engagement of the international trading system being formed under the aegis of the World Trade Organization (WTO), so that we can take advantage of the rules and not be exploited by them and who will lead the way towards the establishment of a more just and equitable trading system. In the trips – regulated world, we need lawyers who are fully conversant with the intricacies of intellectual property law, including the protection of our national heritage and traditional knowledge. Social development and good governance, thus, demand a broad range of legal skills.

We also need to reform the legal profession and modernize our methods of work. We must embrace as a matter of urgency the new information technology and make our legal service easier and quicker.

It is necessary to reinforce the application of our code of ethics and strengthen the sanctions for delinquents and violators. Reforms across the entire breadth of our legal system are what are required to improve the quality of our legal system and strengthen the capability of the Ghanaian legal profession to face up to the exciting challenges ahead of it in our new democratic dispensation.

We have to design a positive organic policy against corruption, emphasizing clear rules and sustainable institutions that achieve sanction with justice.  Entrenching the rule of law is the overriding consideration of public policy in contemporary Ghana. And the rule of law requires that the criminal process, especially, is invoked against citizens not because of their political allegiance but because of their involvement in allegedly criminal activity.  

The consolidation of democracy and the promotion of constitutional rule demand also that we deal with some of the issues from our past that impede the sustainability of democracy and peace in the Ghana.

Oswald K. Seneadza, is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He is also the Assistant Editor of KNUST Law Journal. He has published several articles in refereed journals. He lectures in Public International Law, Administrative Law, Principles of Law and Environmental Law. His interest is in Human Rights and Environmental issues.

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