Harold Dampier Jr

with more than a decade of managing access to justice initiatives.

Harold Dampier Jr

with more than a decade of managing access to justice initiatives.

Harold Dampier Jr working with Supreme Court in Bangladesh.

Mentor and Advisor

 Since 1999 Mr. Dampier has mentored and advised Institutional Presidents, Chief Justices, Executive Directors, Educators and Chief of Parties of local and international organizations in Europe and Asia. 

Mr. Dampier has proven experience as an educator.

Chief of Party

Mr Dampier has managed as Chief of Party international development portfolios in excess of 12 million USD.

Harold Dampier Jr assisted the establishment of legal clinics in Kosovo.

Educator

Mr Dampier has served as an educator in the design and creation of a judicial academy and continuous  legal education (CLE)  programs. He has also advised Magistrate Schools, Judicial Institutes and CLE Committees in three different continents. This includes training legal educators and designing curriculum.

Background

While working toward his bachelor of arts in political science at the University of Oklahoma, Harold Dampier Jr. became a Washington Semester scholarship winner to the American University (AU) in Washington, D.C. Completing an AU Washington Semester internship with Congressman David McCurdy, Harold Dampier Jr. served functions that included reviewing relevant legislation, speech writing and helping to resolve specific constituent issues. He subsequently completed his law degree at the South Texas College of Law Houston, where he earned his juris doctor with a strong interest in comparative law and civil trial advocacy.  As a litigator he worked on multinational cases for both plaintiffs and defendants which settled in excess of $300,000,000. Since then he has focused mainly on working in public service. 

Completing an AU Washington Semester internship with Congressman David McCurdy.

Completing an AU Washington Semester internship with Congressman David McCurdy.



Proven Experience

Since leaving his law practice in Houston Texas Mr Dampier has focused mainly on working in public service. This includes working with the American Bar Association CEELI project in Albania, International Bar Association in London, Advisor and Chief of the Legal System Monitoring Section of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Pristina, Kosovo. This OSCE initiative addressed issues like protecting basic human rights and access to justice, to ensuring judicial independence. Harold Dampier Jr.’s responsibilities with the OSCE included managing dozens of international lawyers and local legal experts to monitor important trials and organize regular inter-institutional round-tables with Judges, Lawyers, Prosecutors, Police, and judicial decision makers, including the Ministry of Justice. Harold Dampier Jr. went on to serve chief of party roles with the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), promoting legal education and access to justice in both Pristina, Kosovo, and Dhaka, Bangladesh. For the past year, Mr. Dampier has advised Free Legal Aid Agency operations as a strategic advisor to USAID Justice Matters Activity in Kosovo.

Experience working with:

NCSC USAID OSCE UN EU DOJ COE

Presentations and Publications

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Contributions

 

  • Chaired numerous round tables in Kosovo on reports on the human rights violation relating to the commercial court domestic violence and criminal detention, 2009.
  • Drafted, revised or cleared reports in Kosovo during  2009 on: Conflicting Jurisdiction in Property Disputes, Election Fraud, Insufficient Number of Judges in Kosovo, Insufficient Number of Public Prosecutors in Kosovo, Judicial Proceeding involving Domestic Violence, Failure to Address Interlocutory Applications in Civil Proceedings, Litigating Ownership of Immovable Property in Kosovo, Report on the Commercial Court of Kosovo and Detention in Kosovo.
  • Helped draft and design entry/preparatory exam for candidates into the Kosovo Judicial Institute Magistrate School, 2008-2009.
  • Taught modern teaching methodologies and module development to trainers at Kosovo Judicial Institute Magistrate School, 2008.
  • Prepared initial design of the Kosovo Judicial Institute website, 2008.
  • Prepared framework for the transition of the Kosovo Judicial Institute into a Magistrate School, 2007-2008.
  • Prepared first curriculum for Kosovo Judicial Institute Magistrate School, 2007-2008.
  • Reviewed and edited 2008-2011 Strategic Plan for the Kosovo Judicial Institute, 2007.
  • Prepared internal by-laws and framework for Kosovo Judicial Institute which was later adopted and approved by the managing board, 2006.
  • Contributed to the space allocation and design of the classrooms at the Kosovo Judicial Institute, 2006.
  • Prepared draft Zimbabwe Law Society CLE Code, 2002.
  • Prepared first draft ICC Defense Lawyer Code of Ethics, 2002.
  • Expert, Conference on Constitutional Development in Kibuye-Rwanda, August 19-24, 2001.  Spoke on lessons learned from Eastern Europe.
  • Prepared draft Code of Ethics Textbook and Teachers Manual, Magistrate School, Tirana, Albania, 2001.
  • Testified at a parliamentary hearing regarding draft legislation on the “Organization of the High Court”, Tirana, Albania, 2000.
  • Taught Judicial and Prosecutor Ethics, Magistrate School, Tirana, Albania, 2000.
  • “The Newest Trends and Products to Watch”, Texas Trial Lawyer Association, January 25-26, 1996, Dallas, Texas, February 1-2, 1996, Houston, Texas.  Speaker.
  • “Status of Beaumont, Texas Multi-district litigation”, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, September 29-October 1, 1995, Chicago, Ill.  Chairman and Speaker.
  • Moderator, Contraceptive Implants Litigation Seminar, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, September 29-October 1, 1995, Chicago, Ill.  Chairman and Speaker.

OSCE Mission in Kosovo

This video describes a small part of Mr . Dampier's work while at the OSCE Mission in Kosovo.

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