Interesting (and cool) lawyers — Part 2
When the Kyiv Post hits upon a good idea, we stick with it. Such is the case with our second Legal Quarterly this year, devoted to lawyers who have bright ideas, are passionate about their causes and willing to share their thoughts with the public.
This is our 14th edition of the Legal Quarterly, a magazine started in the revolutionary year of 2014 with amazing success thanks to Ukraine’s highly competitive legal sector. In this time, we have tackled such issues as prosecutorial and judicial reform, taxation, civil service, customs, the legal ramifications of Russia’s war and annexation of Crimea, the banking sector (twice), parliamentary immunity and legal changes since the Euromaidan Revolution drove President Viktor Yanukovych from power on Feb. 22, 2014.
But it is people who make the legal system work — or not work. And many of the interesting ones are private-sector lawyers. Their clients include “good guys” and “bad guys” because, whether right or wrong in a dispute, everyone deserves legal representation. Lawyers are often the canary in the coal mine — providing advanced warning of dangers ahead. And, more often than not, they also have ready solutions — or think they do.
The most admirable lawyers, in our view, are those who take the right side in cases and shun the big money of oligarchs and powerful special interests. They are those who take on human rights cases because it’s the right thing to do. Or they are those who look above their selfish personal interests and focus on what’s right for the nation and its people. In other words, these are lawyers with high personal character and altruistic aims.
There are 6,000 legal professionals in Ukraine. Space limits us to telling less than 1 percent of their stories. If you know somebody who deserves the public spotlight, please let us know and be patient — we’ll be doing a Part 3 and likely a Part 4 as well. Best wishes to all readers, advertisers and subscribers from the entire Kyiv Post team
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