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This UABA Blog page provides information and commentary on issues that are relevant to the organization and its members. Although the blogs are public, comments can only be made by members. If you wish to join the discussion, you are welcome to become a member.

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  • 22 Jul 2011 2:59 PM | Deleted user

     Kyiv's District Administrative Court on Monday, July 18, 2011, upheld a 2010 decree by former president Viktor Yushchenko that posthumously conferred the status of independence fighters on nationalist militants who were active in western Ukraine during and shortly after World War II, the Our Ukraine party said.  Read more

  • 22 Jul 2011 12:45 PM | Deleted user

    The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has postponed its consideration of a lawsuit filed by former Ukrainian Prime Minister and Batkivschyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko against Swiss-registered gas trader RosUkrEnergo (RUE) and its co-owner Dmytro Firtash until September 9, Radio Liberty reported on Friday, referring to the office of Judge Richard Sullivan. Read More 
    Ed. Note: A Pacer review of the court docket does not show any evidence that the Defendants Firtash or RosUkrEnergo were actually served with process.


  • 21 Jul 2011 7:38 PM | Deleted user
    A group of visiting Ukrainian judges were bewildered and concerned Monday when they were told the U.S.' highest court was intertwined with political parties. Read More
  • 21 Jul 2011 7:32 PM | Deleted user
    A leading Russian law firm thought to be associated with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced its merger Tuesday with a major Ukrainian company, creating the largest law firm in the former Soviet Union. Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners of Russia has announced its merger with Magisters, the law firm that had once advised then-Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on natural gas contacts with Russia.Read More 
  • 05 Jul 2011 5:38 PM | Deleted user

    In a nation where the average monthly salary is $300, not many can afford a lawyer’s hourly rate. This hard fact excludes most Ukrainians from access to legal representation. Since the majority of people don’t use lawyers for even the most basic of services, many aren’t aware of their legal rights or how to defend them. Some Ukrainians don’t know how to obtain state subsidies for utilities, apply for alimony payments or how to conduct simple real estate transactions Read More Kyiv Post

  • 01 Jul 2011 11:35 AM | Deleted user

    The legal profession is undergoing a massive structural shif -- done that will leave it dramatically transformed in the coming years...........
         The biggest problem affecting U.S. lawyers is a failure to understand the origins of our own success. For nearly a century, industry after industry underwent dramatic transformation while lawyers continued to ply their artisan trade. Many lawyers prospered under this conservative path because the substance of what they did was too important to an increasingly complex, interconnected economy.
         No more. As the balance of power shifts from traditional law firms and toward clients and a raft of tech-savvy legal services vendors, the price of continued prosperity for lawyers is going to be innovation and doing more with less. Read More ABA Law Journal

  • 28 Jun 2011 6:02 PM | Deleted user

    The U.S. Supreme Court overturned a ruling that required three overseas units of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (GT) to face a lawsuit filed by the families of two North Carolina boys killed in a bus wreck in France. The ruling was one of two that may give foreign companies and subsidiaries a stronger shield against legal claims filed in American courts. Bloomberg


    J. MCINTYRE MACHINERY v. NICASTRO, Decided June 27, 2011


  • 28 Jun 2011 5:51 PM | Deleted user
    In February 2011, under the auspices of Freedom House, David J. Kramer and two independent analysts, Robert Nurick and Damon Wilson2, traveled to Ukraine to assess the state of democracy and human rights one year after the inauguration of Viktor Yanukovych as the country’s fourth president since independence. The team traveled to Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Lviv to meet with a wide range of government officials, political opposition figures, civil society actors, journalists, and students.3
    The assessment team reached three broad conclusions:
    1) Ukraine under President Yanukovych has become less democratic and, if current trends are left unchecked, may head down a path toward autocracy and kleptocracy.
    2) Yanukovych and his government value their domestic standing and international reputation, and remain responsive to outside pressure. Therefore, domestic actors as well as the West retain a capability (and have a responsibility) to check antidemocratic tendencies and support constructive initiatives both inside and outside the government.
    3) Ukraine’s political and cultural diversity is a bulwark against any one force dominating political space throughout the country. Read Entire Report 
  • 25 Jun 2011 3:05 PM | Deleted user

    The Court’s decision in Wal-Mat v Dukes has ignited a firestorm of comments from the left, right and from women’s groups. Here  is a sample.

    Read the decision WAL-MART STORES, INC. v. DUKES ET AL. No. 10–277. Argued March 29, 2011, Decided June 20, 2011

  • 25 Jun 2011 2:39 PM | Deleted user

    Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS), which hasn’t arranged a debt or equity sale in Ukraine since at least 1999, will advise the government of the former Soviet republic free of charge.Bloomberg News

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