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 hope that you can join us for a networking event on Saturday, January 13, 2024 at 12:00 P.M. at Leleka Restaurant located at 40 Beldon Place, San Francisco, CA 94104.
For more information and to register & RSVP for the event please visit https://uaba.org/event-5507500
UABA members Board Chairman Judge Orest Jejna and Mike Baraban represented the Arizona Ukrainian American Community at the November 14, 2023 signing of a historic agreement between Ukraine and the Arizona Defense & Industry Coalition to cooperate to provide military weapons and equipment to Ukraine. The Phoenix event included representatives of Ukraine and Arizona’s defense industry and was attended by dozens of members of the Arizona Ukrainian American Community.
Nearly 30 Ukrainian American attorneys gathered for the UABA’s networking lunch at Passage Restaurant in Philadelphia, PA on November 4, 2023. Several UABA Board members were present, including UABA President Andrew Piddoubny, Peter Piddoubny, Oksana Pelekh, Andrew Steckiw and Christina Tershakovec, as well as founding members of the UABA, and newly-minted lawyers and law students. UABA President Andrew Piddoubny gave a warm welcome to the group and shared information about planned UABA activities and current initiatives, which include Pyvo Night at the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York City on November 10 and plans for a San Francisco networking event in early 2024. We were honored to have among the participants, Honorary Consul of Ukraine to Philadelphia, Iryna Mazur, Esq. and her husband, Francois-Ihor Mazur, Esq. Everyone had the opportunity to share experiences and to plan for future initiatives to expand the reach and the impact of the UABA, for the benefit of Ukraine and the Ukrainian-American community.
UABA Board Members Judge Orest Jejna and Christina Tershakovec, as well as members Andrew Fylypovych and Mykhailo Lavrys, joined nearly 500 people from across the U.S. at the third Ukraine Action Summit on Capitol Hill (DC) on October 22-24, 2023, to advocate for continued Ukraine aid and support. The Ukraine Action Summit is organized by the American Coalition for Ukraine, of which the UABA is a coalition partner. Ukrainian-Americans and Ukraine allies at the Summit, representing nearly 100 organizations, came from 37 states to speak with their congressional Representatives and Senators about the importance of significant, uninterrupted aid for Ukraine and to press for additional support for pending legislation relating to Ukraine. Summit participants had over 220 meetings with Representatives, Senators and/or staff, a new record for the Summit. The advocacy event received local and national media coverage, including segments on Business Insider and on NPR’s Morning Edition, and exemplified the power of communities uniting together for an important cause.
The UABA is co-sponsoring a Pyvo Night at the Ukrainian Institute on Friday, November 10, 2023. UABA members enjoy a discounted ticket price of $25, which includes two alcoholic beverages. Small snacks will be served, along with wine, beer and soft drinks.
Registration is available at: https://www.zeffy.com/en-US/ticketing/7ff8a53a-44f2-43c4-a91b-20a044db6c0d
On Monday, October 9, 2023, members of the Philadelphia Ukrainian-American legal community, including UABA Board Members, The Honorable Orest Jejna, Taras Rudnitsky, Andrew Steckiw and Christina Tershakovec met with a delegation of Ukrainian judicial and legal dignitaries, whose visit to the United States was made possible by through the Open World program and the World Affairs Council.
The Ukrainian delegation included:
Herman Anisimov is a Justice of the Supreme Court, Criminal Cassation Court. Justice Anisimov lectures at the National School of Judges of Ukraine on International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law Application by Domestic Courts and is the author of numerous articles and interviews on international crimes adjudication during wartime.
Marian Mytsak, Judge of the Pavlograd City District Court of the Dnipropetrovsk Region, located less than 100 miles from the front lines. Since 2019, Judge Mytsak has been engaged in developing training programs for judges on international humanitarian law and international criminal applications. His court considers numerous war crime cases committed on occupied and recently liberated territories, including Izium.
Yana Schestopalova, is a Judge of the Irpin City Court, Kyiv Region (following her relocation in 2015 from the Leninskyi Court of Donetsk City due to the armed conflict in the territory of Donetsk Region). Judge Schestopalova currently oversees war crimes cases committed in Bucha, Vorzel, and Hostomel of Kyiv region and has participated in training programs for judges on war crimes adjudication at the National School of Judges.
Maryna Slobodianiuk is the Director of Investigations at Truth Hounds, an organization which has been documenting and investigating international crimes and other human rights violations committed during armed aggressions in Ukraine and other regions of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia since 2014. Ms. Slobodianiuk’sinvestigations are based on materials collected from open sources and witness statements. She regularly participates in training for law enforcement agencies and international organizations on the investigation of international crimes.Zera Kozlyieva serves as Senior Legal Counsel at TruthHounds and is a leading expert in Ukraine on issues of criminal justice in cases involving international crimes. Over the past nine years, she has been building a systematic state response in the form of investigations and prosecutions for such crimes.
UABA is co-sponsoring a virtual CLE by the Columbian Lawyers Association, First Department on Wednesday, September 20, 2023, 6:30 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. Via Zoom Videoconference, entitled Ethical and Practical Guidance to Safely and Successfully Use Technology in Your Law Practice.
The program provides 1 CLE Credit in Cybersecurity-Ethics and 1 CLE Credit in Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias.
The program is free of charge to UABA members. You can register for the program here
We hope that you can join us for a networking event on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at 1:00 P.M. at Passage Restaurant located at 10783 Bustleton Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19116.
For more information and to register & RSVP for the event please visit Philadelphia Networking Lunch
Thank you to everyone who came out to our evening of opera and networking last night. It was great to see old friends and make some new ones. We hope to see you at future events!
A special thank you to UABA Board Member Walter Lupan, and programs and organizations such as Operation Renew Prosthetics (ORP), Medical Center Orthotics and Prosthetics (MCOP) and Brother's Brother Foundation (BBF) for their work to provide prosthetics and support for Ukrainian soldier amputees injured in the ongoing war in Ukraine. Please take a moment to view these articles Pavlik.pdf about Yaroslav Pavlik, an injured infantryman, and the work of ORP, MCOP, and BBF.
We appreciate Hon. Orest A. Jejna, Chair of the UABA's Board of Directors, for creating this video entitled: "What We Need to Know About Ukraine." It provides key historical insights and a concise summary of current topics that may be of interest to our members and the general public.
The New Jersey State Bar Association is hosting a webcast entitled: "The Holodomor – Starvation of Ukraine in 1932-33: Genocide, Disinformation and International Law, Then and Now" on June 20, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET. The expert panel includes Victor Rud, Esq., UABA's chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, who will serve as a moderator/speaker. Click here for more information and to register
Members of Pennsylvania Delegation to Ukraine Action Summit meeting with staff of Senator John Fetterman (D-PA), including UABA members Andrew Fylypovych and Christina Tershakovec
You can view the final agenda for the UABA Special Conference by following this link: 2023 UABA Conference Agenda.pdf
As a reminder, if you have not already done so, you can purchase tickets for the UABA's Cocktail Reception - Special Conference on Friday, April 28, 2023 @6:30PM at Ukraine House
and the Banquet Dinner - Special Conference at Sofitel on Saturday, April 29, 2023.
The UABA's Special Conference focusing on Russia's War on Ukraine will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 28-29, 2023, at Sofitel in Washington, D.C.
The conference will feature renowned organizations and speakers, including Oleksandra Matviichuk, co-recipient of the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize.
Conference attendees enjoy a special room rate at Sofitel of $299.00 per night Thursday, April 27, Friday, April 28, and Saturday, April 29, if booked by April 7, 2023, subject to availability.
More information and conference registration is available at:
The FCIL-SIS is hosting a panel discussion addressing the war in Ukraine. The registration link and more information are provided below:
On Saturday, February 25, 2023, Ukrainians and friends of Ukraine gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. to mark the 1 year anniversary of Russia's full-scale war against Ukraine, and then marched in the streets to the residence of the Russian Ambassador. Thank you to everyone who came and for your continued steadfast support for Ukraine!
A message from the Ukrainian Embassy:
A message from the Ukrainian Embassy in the USA:
Please join us at 2 pm on February 25 in front of the Lincoln Memorial at a mass rally to mark the 1-year solemn anniversary of russia's full-scale war against Ukraine.
The rally is co-organized by various nonprofit organizations, including the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, Razom for Ukraine, United Help Ukraine, US Ukrainian Activists, Revived Soldiers Ukraine, Support Hospitals in Ukraine, Ukrainian Women League of America, the Ukrainian School in Washington DC. and many others.
We would be honored if you could join us and demonstrate your solidarity with Ukraine. Speakers will include H.E. Ambassador Oksana Markarova, representatives of the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Congress, former U.S. Ambassadors to Ukraine, and leaders of the Ukrainian American community.
Thank you very much for your support and we are looking forward to seeing you on the 25th!
This November marks another anniversary of the 1932-1933 Holodomor. As Russia’s war against Ukraine rages on, Russia continues to use food as a weapon in achieving its genocidal and political goals. Has the world learned its lesson?
Victor Rud, UABA’s board member and chair of the International Affairs and Foreign Policy Committee, spoke on a panel organized by the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations titled “Weaponized Starvation: Long-Term Effects of Hunger for a Human and a Human Development”.
An international non-profit called Water for All has been working to supply water filters to the people of Ukraine since the war broke out, and has created a "Lawyers for Ukraine" campaign to raise funds to get water filters to the Ukrainian Bar Association. More information can be found here: https://www.waterall.org/lawyersforukraine
The Ukrainian American Bar Association (“UABA”) joins all those who love freedom, all those who respect the law, and all those who refuse to accept a lie as the truth and who have condemned the sham “referenda” conducted by russia’s proxies on the occupied territories of Ukraine and russia’s “annexation” of said territories, in each case, a clear violation of international laws.
The UABA calls for appropriate responses from the international community, including an unequivocal stance on non-recognition of any “annexations” by the aggressor-state, designating russia as a state-sponsor of terrorism, establishment of a special tribunal for the investigation of russia’s aggression against Ukraine, stronger sanctions, and additional weapons that will allow Ukraine to remove the invaders from all of Ukraine’s territories and defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine and the rest of Europe.
On September 18 – 20, 2022, Ukrainian American Bar Association (“UABA”) Boardmembers Judge Orest Jejna and Christina Tershakovec, former UABA president Andrew Fylypovych and member Mike Baraban participated in the Ukraine Action Summit (“Summit”) on Capitol Hill. The UABA was a coalition partner with lead organizer Razom and over 30 other Ukrainian American and Ukraine ally organizations whose members arrived in Washington, D.C. for two days of meetings with House representatives, senators and staffers, as well as with representatives of the State Department.
In total, Summit participants from 32 states, representing 33 organizations attended nearly 140 meetings with Congressional representatives. The over-arching message was the need for continued strong support for and to Ukraine, which message was warmly received. Evidence of the success of the Summit was apparent even in its midst, as participants learned of passage of a pending bill, additional co-sponsorship by representatives of bills and the introduction of new bills. The Summit underscored the importance of follow-up with our elected officials, so that Ukraine remains a top priority.
In meetings with representatives, senators and staffers, delegations emphasized that Ukraine is not only fighting for her right to exist and for her self-determination, but is truly the front line in the fight for Western democratic ideals.
Judge Orest Jejna and Mike Baraban led the Arizona delegation. Andrew Fylypovych and Christina Tershakovec were members of the Pennsylvania delegation.
August 24, 2022
The anniversary of Ukraine’s renewal of its independence thirty-one years ago brings celebration, horror, and a warning.
Ukraine ensured the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and the world breathed with relief. Yet Ukraine’s warnings about an unrepentant aggressive Russia were ignored.
Russia renewed its war against Ukraine in 2014. Since its expansion of that war this past February, Russia proudly advertises its intention to destroy Ukraine not just as a sovereign state, but as a nation. Its actions also amount to the destruction of the “rules-based international order” that the West established and maintained since the cataclysm of WWII.
With the aid from the West, Ukraine is fighting alone against the largest country in the world. And Ukrainians ask: “What does ‘Never again’ mean?” And they warn the West. Again.
The Ukrainian American Bar Association joins in that warning--liberty is both the pre-condition for and the product of democracy. We must ensure both.
Welcome Connect is a first-of-its kind platform created to bridge the gap between Americans who want to sponsor, but don't know anyone fleeing the war, and Ukrainians seeking refuge in the U.S. This platform was launched by our partner, Welcome.US.
The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC), is holding a large community outreach event in Brooklyn this Saturday, May 7th, and is still looking to fill some slots for volunteer attorneys at the Ukrainian legal clinic that will be situated in a private tent within the fair. The clinic will be staffed by immigration attorneys, and they are hoping to expand capacity with legal volunteers to conduct general intake (with supervision). NYIC will be providing training and a detailed intake form and so is not limited to immigration attorneys, but is hoping to work with attorneys who speak Russian or Ukrainian.
Here is the link for volunteers for the event. NYIC will be providing access to a recorded legal training for all who sign up.
Date & time: May 7th, 10am - 2pm (volunteers to arrive by 9:30am)
Location: Owl's Head Park, Brooklyn (Colonial Road, 68 St., & Shore Road, Brooklyn, NY 11220)
On April 21, 2022, President Biden announced Uniting for Ukraine, a new streamlined process to provide Ukrainian citizens who have fled Russia’s unprovoked war of aggression opportunities to come to the United States.
More information about Uniting for Ukraine, how to apply, eligibility requirements, and what to expect, can be found at: Uniting for Ukraine - Program and Instructions.pdf
*The information contained above is solely provided for general informational purposes and does not constitute legal advice from the UABA or any of its members.
The Ukrainian American Bar Association Joins Welcome.US Effort to Mobilize 100,000 Americans to Sponsor Ukrainians Seeking Refuge in the United States. A press release containing more information can be found at: UABA - Welcome.US Press Release.pdf
The Ukrainian American Bar Association (together with Razom, Inc. and Natalie Jaresko as co-petitioners) has submitted to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) a Petition for Rulemaking, pursuant to which it is requested that the Commission enact a rule requiring issuers to disclose their business dealings in and with the Russian Federation (“Russia”) and the Republic of Belarus (“Belarus”). Enacting such a rule would be in line with the current US policy of sanctioning Russia for invading Ukraine and Belarus for its role in the invasion.
On April 18, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security posted a Federal Register notice on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Ukraine. The notice provides information about how to register for TPS. The registration process begins on April 19, 2022, and runs through October 19, 2023. To be eligible under the Ukraine designation, individuals must demonstrate their continuous residence in the United States since April 11, 2022, and continuous physical presence in the United States since the designation date in the Federal Register notice.
For details, please refer to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website:
Information regarding Employment Authorization for Ukrainian F-1 Nonimmigrant Students can be found here
On April 8, 2022, along with several other leaders of the Ukrainian American community, Ukrainian American Bar Association’s President Victoria Kulik and Board Member Christina Tershakovec attended a White House meeting to learn what the US administration’s efforts to welcome Ukrainians to the United States are going to be. We would like to express our gratitude for the on-going support of Ukraine and Ukrainians by the United States and are looking forward to the official announcement of the path forward for those Ukrainians who are seeking refuge in the United States following Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
Attention: Ukrainian Nationals seeking Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the United States of America, please fill out this form to join the list of people to be notified when Ukrainians are allowed to prepare and submit TPS applications. Legal assistance will be provided free of charge.
Увага: Громадяни України, які хочуть отримати статус тимчасового захисту (Temporary Protected Status (TPS)) в Сполучених Штатах Америки, будь ласка, заповніть цю форму, щоб приєднатися до списку людей, які будуть сповіщені, коли українцям буде дозволено готувати та подавати заявки на TPS. Юридична допомога буде надаватися безкоштовно.
Department of State Guidance for Ukrainian Nationals can be found at:
Information on visa options for Ukrainian Nationals can be found at:
Information on scheduling a visa appointment in Moldova can be found at:
March 12, 2022
The Ukrainian American Bar Association (UABA) vehemently condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its terrorist abduction of Mayor Ivan Fedorov of Melitopol, Ukraine. The UABA joins the government of Ukraine in its demands that Russia immediately and safely release Mayor Fedorov and all of the other protestors abducted by the Russian military, and to immediately remove its troops from and deoccupy Ukrainian territory.
UCCA/UUARC Aid Updates can be found at the links below:
Please sign the petition below to have NATO close the airspace over Ukraine
The UABA will be holding a Special Conference in Washington, D.C., April 28-29, 2023. The focus of the conference will be Russia's War on Ukraine. Details will be provided as we get closer to the event.
Тихо плаче Україна сльозами і кров'ю