UKRAINIAN AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
The Ukrainian American Bar Association (UABA) is a national bar association created in 1977 whose members are U.S. judges, attorneys and law students of Ukrainian descent and those American attorneys with an interest in Ukrainian matters. Associate Member status is available to foreign jurists from other jurisdictions, such as Canada and Ukraine, who share the UABA’s goals and dedication to the rule of law, and the UABA’s mission objectives.
We are deeply saddened and mourn the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a cultural icon and fearless champion for truth and justice. We are also inspired by her life and legacy. Justice Ginsburg was of Jewish heritage with her ancestors arriving to the United States from Odesa, Ukraine, and other parts of Europe. Influenced by her family’s and her own life experiences, Justice Ginsburg paved the way for gender equality and fought tirelessly for equal treatment under the law. In a statement, retired Justice Kennedy remarked “By her learning she taught devotion to the law. By her dignity she taught respect for others and her love for America. By her reverence for the Constitution, she taught us to preserve it to secure our freedom.”
Early in her career, Justice Ginsburg used her wit and well-defined arguments to win five landmark Supreme Court cases paving the way for equality in the law for women as well as men. Later, and most notably, in her opinions and powerful dissents she defended and continued to fight for justice and equality on issues surrounding abortion, equal pay, and same sex marriage. Justice Kagan noted that “Her work was as careful as it was creative, as disciplined as it was visionary. It will endure for as long as Americans retain their commitment to law.” Similarly, Justice Breyer recognized that her legacy goes far beyond the courtroom and that she will be remembered for her resilience and as “a woman of valour; a rock of righteousness.”
The second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg will be the first woman to lie in state in the United States Capitol. Her decisions and dissents will influence generations for decades. Вічная пам’ять.
The Officers and Governors of the Ukrainian American Bar Association would like to extend our sincere congratulations to the people of Ukraine as they celebrate Ukraine’s Independence Day! 29 years ago, Ukraine became an independent nation. Like many generations before them, today’s sons and daughters of Ukraine remain resolute in their commitment to the principles of freedom and independence of their nation. We celebrate with you!
Правління Асоціації Українських Правників Америки щиро вітає народ України з Днем Незалежності України! 29 років тому, Україна здобула незалежність. Як і багато поколінь до них, сини і доньки України залишаються рішучими у своїй відданості засадам свободи і незалежності своєї нації. Ми святкуємо разом з вами!
STATEMENT OF THE UKRAINIAN AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
REGARDING THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN BELARUS
August 18, 2020
The Ukrainian American Bar Association (UABA) strongly supports the statement made by U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, the declaration made by the European Union’s High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President Josep Borrell, and the joint statement of HR/VP Josep Borrell and the Neighborhood and Enlargement Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi regarding the presidential elections in Belarus.
We are deeply concerned that the presidential election on August 9, 2020 did not meet the international standards expected of an OSCE participating State and was neither free nor fair.
We condemn the state violence against peaceful protesters, causing death and injuries, detaining thousands of people, and suppressing freedoms of assembly, media and expression. We call on the Belarusian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all the detained people.
We condemn the Russian Federation’s sending its mercenaries disguised as tourists to subvert the election. We remind the world that the Russian Federation, under similar pretenses, invaded and annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, and after more than six years continues to occupy the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine.
We stand for an independent, democratic Belarus where human rights and freedoms are respected and cherished. We support Belarus and its people in their desire for democracy and true Belarusian identity, free of Russian subversion.
We call upon the United States, European Union, and their allies to work with Belarus and its people to find a solution, and to sanction the Russian Federation for its subversion of Belarus’ election and its ongoing violations of international law and human rights.
Dear Friends and Members of UABA,
Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have decided to reschedule our Fall Annual Meeting to now be held in Miami Beach, Florida on May 14-15, 2021. We are actively working to put together a wonderful program in a safe space where we can all practice social distancing. To that end, the venue is TBD and we will provide further details upon confirmation of space availability. We encourage you to monitor our website for frequent updates regarding our meeting's location and schedule of events.
Ukrainian American Bar Association
Dear members and friends,
We care about your health and safety during the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We encourage you to access the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at cdc.gov for answers to most common COVID-19 related questions such as how to protect yourself, detect the illness and prevent exposure. Many state agencies are posting frequent updates on COVID-19 risk levels, number of cases, and recommended precautions. Please check with your state, county and local health agencies for continual updates.
Officers and Governors of the UABA
Тихо плаче Україна сльозами і кров'ю
Кат будує своє "завтра" на горі людському
Гірко плаче Україна і тяжко ридає
Своїх синів,що померли сльозами вмиває
Плаче ненька Україна, плаче кожна мати
Та що сина відпустила волю здобувати...