Law School Assists With Strengthening of Ukrainian Law

Oxford, Miss.—The University of Mississippi School of Law will host “Systems, Principles and Practice of Lobbying and Advocacy in the U.S.” June 2 at the law school.  The program is designed for mid-level Ukrainian public officials and will improve their understanding of government accountability and transparency.

The symposium will be co-sponsored by the Ukrainian Catholic University’s Public Administration Program in the Institute of Leadership and Management, the International Steering Committee of the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA), and the International Committee of the American Bar Association Section of State and Local Government Law.

 The lecture will cover the following topics:
  • recent developments in the field of post-Communist Civil Societies by using the building blocks of advocacy and lobbying,
  • the Building of Civic Societies as a means of strengthening independent nongovernmental organizations,
  • the critical need to help voluntary Civic Societies and organizations develop legal, financial and regulatory frameworks,
  • the role of increased public engagement and accountability in democratic development and sustaining democracy, and
  • examples of how to establish and maintain networks of advocacy organizations that facilitate increased access to justice in the areas of healthcare, employment, property rights, economic development, and governance.

The lecture will be presented by Ole Miss Law alumni Ben Griffith, who also serves as an adjunct professor in the law school’s Skill Session.  Griffith practices in Cleveland, Miss. where he focuses on federal and state civil litigation, with emphasis on voting rights and election law, civil rights, public sector insurance coverage and environmental law.  He will be joined by the law school’s Senior Associate Dean Matthew Hall as well as Ukranian Catholic University.