Send Lawyers, Guns, and Money—but Mostly Lawyers
Jan 28, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 19
Last week brought more gruesome headlines from Africa, with a botched raid by the Algerian military to free hostages seized by al Qaeda-linked terrorists at a natural gas plant in the Sahara desert. Meanwhile, French troops in neighboring Mali were encountering better trained and better supplied enemies than anticipated in their offensive against the Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb militants occupying the north of that country.
So you can imagine The Scrapbook’s relief upon learning that one of the continent’s fundamental problems is being tackled at last. We refer, of course, to Africa’s shortage of lawyers. Thankfully, the American Lawyer is on the case.
The magazine reports with alarm in its December issue that
Yes, imagine! Microsoft’s general counsel “has made legal capacity-building in developing nations a pro bono priority.” Because, he says, “In many countries there are not enough lawyers, and that’s the fundamental problem.”
Just what Africa needs, we’re sure you’ll agree—more lawyers!