Loyola University Chicago

Rule of Law for Development Institute

School of Law

Lilian Orieko (2014-15)


Legal Assistant, U.S. Embassy, Nairobi, Kenya

I am proud to have gone through the PROLAW program especially at a time when there is an increasing appreciation of the rule of law and development nexus. After my graduation I was offered a position as the Legal Assistant with the U.S Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training (DOJ/OPDAT) based at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya.  Working with the Resident Legal Advisor, we focus on the justice sectors in Kenya and Uganda primarily, although we work with other countries in East Africa. DOJ/OPDAT’s core mandate is to strengthen the capacity of partner states to deal with emerging transnational complex crimes through technical assistance. This is achieved through developing and implementing joint short and long term programs with various criminal justice sector actors. The knowledge and practical skills imparted during my course of study on assessments, advising on institutional reform, program design and project management have proved to be invaluable. I routinely apply the practical lessons given on the concept of “theory of change” to achieve results. Last but not least it would be important to mention that Nairobi hosted the 2nd High Level Meeting on Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation in 2016. I must admit that my ability to understand the proceedings and the outcome document is wholly attributed to the lessons given on international development architecture. Thank you PROLAW.

January 2017