In­ter­est­ing (and cool) lawyers — Part 2

Kyiv Post Legal Quarterly - - Contents -

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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