Asters and Ukrainian Bar Association (UBA) with the assistance of UBA Students' League are launching a large-scale pro bono project "Let's Support Law Clinics Together".
The project's objective is to engage law firms and bar associations in establishing an effective system of free legal aid, in particular by supporting law clinics throughout Ukraine.
Asters is to commence cooperation with the law clinics at Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhia National Universities, where lawyers together with UBA Students' League have been providing free legal aid to those in need for several years now. Within the framework of this cooperation, the law clinics will receive much-needed equipment, and Asters lawyers will provide advice and support in processing requests of legal aid recipients.
In addition, a series of educational events is to be held with the assistance of experienced lawyers to enhance the hands-on knowledge of students working at the law clinics.
"Our mission in this large-scale programme is to increase legal awareness and ability of the ordinary citizens in our society to protect their rights," says Oleksiy Didkovskiy, Asters Managing Partner who spearheaded the project. "We will make every effort to share our experience with talented and ambitious students working at the law clinics, who will, in turn, use this knowledge to better serve the individuals they help."
On 6 March 2012 Asters, UBA and law clinics signed a Cooperation Agreement at the firm's office in Kyiv. Representatives of the legal community, NGOs and mass media attended the unveiling of the project.
LIGA:ZAKON acts as the Information Partner of the project.
Asters and Ukrainian Bar Association invite law firms and bar associations to join them in striving to create an effective system of free legal aid through law clinics at the national level.
For more information please contact UBA's Executive Director Olexandra Egert, and Asters' Public Relations and Marketing Manager Olga Pikulska.