Levin Center at Wayne Law provides oversight training in Ukraine

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Elise Bean, front row, center, co-director of the Levin Center at Wayne State University Law School, is shown with some of the Ukrainian Parliamentary staffers she trained in December.

The Levin Center at Wayne State University Law School in Detroit had its first international training in December for legislative staff in Ukraine on how to conduct oversight investigations.

Elise Bean, co-director of the center, conducted the two-day training Dec. 15 and 16 for 22 Ukrainian Parliamentary staffers in cooperation with the Committee on Corruption Prevention of the Ukraine Parliament and with the Anti-Corruption Action Center, a Ukrainian public-interest group.

The "boot camp," or oversight training program, provided information about how to conduct fact-based, in-depth, multi-party investigations and hearings. It took place in the Ukrainian Committee hearing room in Kiev, with welcoming remarks from the committee chairman and a representative of the U.S. Department of State, which provided funding for the workshop.

In addition to the training, Bean gave two presentations. At the Open University of Reforms in Kiev, she presented "Using Oversight Investigations to Effect Change." The U.S. Embassy sponsored her second presentation, "Using Oversight Investigations to Fight Corruption," at the America House in Kiev.

Launched in March, the Levin Center at Wayne Law honors former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin's distinguished career in public service. Levin, Michigan's longest-serving U.S. senator, retired in 2015 after 36 years in the Senate. As chair of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, he was known for carrying out bipartisan, fact-based and fair inquiries that led to meaningful reforms. The goal of the Levin Center is to educate future attorneys, business leaders, legislators and public servants on their role overseeing public and private institutions and using oversight as an instrument of change.

Published: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

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