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Victor Kirschbaum
Justice Advisor , CivPol/JSSP
Gardez, Afghanistan
Mr. Kirschbaum is a highly successful attorney with over 25 years experience as a leader, coordinator, negotiator, controller, motivator, counselor and hands-on performer. He has a JD degree, and twenty-five years of criminal litigation experience, with over fifteen years of that working on serious felony and death penalty cases.
Mr. Kirschbaum has over ten years experience in training and mentoring new attorneys, law clerks, interns and support staff. He is experienced in directing litigati
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Area of Expertise:
  • Capacity Building, Training, Advocacy, Political
Professional Experience:
• Coordinate the development and implementation of CivPol/JSSP-R training and mentoring evaluation throughout CivPol/JSSP-R, including:

o Creation of a uniformed mentoring file to facilitate quarterly review of CivPol/JSSP-R student’s professional successes and to facilitate continued professional growth of CivPol/JSSP-R graduates.
o Interviewing the legal principals from the defense bar, prosecutor’s office, primary court and appellate courts to assure that the professional needs of the specific stakeholder is being addressed.
o Assess public access to court proceedings.

• Traveled throughout Afghanistan to develop substantial relationships with Afghan legal principals.
• Align training efforts with international entities, NATO, ROLFF-A and NGO’s to maximize our training, mentoring and assessment efforts.

June 2010 -May 2012.CivPol/Justice Sector Support Program-Regional Section, (CivPol/JSSP-R).
Team Lead-Herat
• Coordinate the implementation of CivPol/JSSP training and mentoring throughout RC-West, including:
o Creation of “Herat ToT Graduate Leadership Groups,” to mentor current and past FDD-Law students.
o Mentoring ToT graduates to train colleagues and present seminars such as the “Law for the Elimination of Violence Against Women,” (LEVAW).
o Design the First ever “All Female FDD-Law,” training course.
o Creation of “Herat 120-Day Plan,” to strategically focus training and mentoring efforts.
• Develop resilient relationships with Herat legal principals, including providing conversational English tutoring, as well as RoL training and support.
• Align training efforts with international entities, NATO, ROLFF-A and NGO’s to maximize training effectiveness and prevent duplication of efforts.
• Chronicle the achievements of Herat CivPol/JSSP-R, mentoring efforts, financial expenditures, and training successes in a weekly report.
• Oversee and manage an annual budget of over $150,000.
• Provide day-to-day management and oversight of Afghan staff members in multiple venues to build the capacity of staff to play a substantive role in program development and implementation.

January 2010 - June 2010. CivPol/Justice Sector Support Program, (CivPol/JSSP).
Criminal Defense Justice Advisor
• Senior Advisor in charge of developing criminal defense training curriculum based on the Afghan Constitution, Interim Criminal Procedure Code and the Penal Code.
• Coordinated with key criminal defense actors throughout Afghanistan to determine their training and development needs.
• Developed criminal defense curriculum for the capacity building of the Afghan criminal advocate, in the areas of defense statement writing, case preparation, criminal trial, and appellate procedures.
• Aligned development and training efforts with other NGO’s to prevent duplication of effort.
• Provide day-to-day management and oversight of Afghan staff members in multiple venues to build capacity of staff to play a substantive role in program de
Education:
1984 J.D. Santa Clara School of Law
1980 B.A. University of California Santa Barbara, Sociology
• Graduate of numerous courses in criminal case presentation sponsored by the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice and California Public Defenders Association, including: Structuring Penalty Phase Opening; Power Point Presentation to Win Your Case; Crime Scene Investigation; Avoiding IAC/Trial-Appellate Relations; Emerging Mental Health Theories & Techniques; Race & Culture; Substance Abuse Follow-Up; Alternative Techniques for Attaining Dispositional Fairness; Foreign Nationals (From All Countries); Effects of Meth on Teen Brain Development; Evidentiary Presentation and Interpretation; Gang Indicia and Its Interpretation at Trial.
Affiliations and Achievements:
ACCOMPLISHMENTS

• Created “Herat ToT Graduate Leadership Groups,” to mentor current and past FDD-Law students and to provide guidance for future trainings.
• Assisted in the planning, training and the of a ToT graduate to present 5-day seminar, “Law for the Elimination of Violence Against Women,” (LEVAW).
• Co-Created the “Herat 120-Day Plan,” to strategically focus training and mentoring efforts throughout RC-West.
• Developed a current data base of all RC-West legal principals, military and NGO support.
• Overseeing the design of the first ever “All Female-Advanced Continuing Legal Education-Afghanistan,” training course.

Available for:
  • Job opportunities

    Years of Experience:
    More than 20 years
    Highest Qualification:
    Doctorate
    Languages:
    English
    Nationality:
    United States
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