Monday, December 1, 2008

School of Law Hosts Distinguished Panel of Ukrainian Judges

From Saturday, November 15 to Saturday, November 22, thanks to the efforts of Professor Christopher Kelley, the School of Law and the Young Lawyers Section of the Arkansas Bar Association had the opportunity to host five Ukrainian judges. The Judges’ visit included activities in both Little Rock and Fayetteville and was sponsored in cooperation with Freedom House and the Open World Program of the Library of Congress.

In addition to Professor Kelley’s leadership in organizing the visit, several of our LL.M. alumni and candidates were involved in this historic visit, and everyone in the School of Law community had the opportunity to share in this extraordinary opportunity.

The Little Rock activities for the Judges began with a tour of William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library and dinner with the Justices of the Arkansas Supreme Court and other distinguished members of the Arkansas and Federal Judiciary. The Judges also had the opportunity to meet Arkansas Governor Beebe and to tour the Arkansas State Capitol Complex, including the State Capitol Building and the Justice Building.

In Fayetteville, the Judges participated in a live digital video conference on The Judiciary’s Role in Resolving the Tension Between Individual Civil Liberties and National Security. Through this live conference, Kyiv Law Professors, Law Students, Attorneys, and Judges were able to speak directly with the visiting Judges and our distinguished panel of experts, including the Honorable Jimm Hendren, United States District Judge for the Western District of Arkansas, Kitty Gay, Clerk to the Honorable Jimm Hendren, and Professor Don Judges, E.J. Ball Professor of Law. This event was hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.

LL.M. candidate, Courtney Henry, Judge-Elect, Arkansas Court of Appeals led a spirited discussion of judicial independence and integrity in the context of the judicial election process, and many University of Arkansas professors prepared special presentations for our guests.

LL.M. Alumnus and adjunct professor Vince Chadick and his wife Terri were among those in the Fayetteville community that welcomed the Judges into their homes as home-stay hosts. And, LL.M. candidate Ulyana Korzhevych from Ukraine deserves a “special service” award for her assistance in making the visit a great success.

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