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«UNBA NextGen»: Experts' Experience - Youth's Perspective!
Advocacy has always occupied an important place in any historical period, regardless of the political and legal orientation of society. However, at each stage of its development, the bar, as an institution for protecting the rights of citizens, always needed some kind of reformal change.
The modern bar, despite legislative regulation and public certainty, still suffers from a number of deprivation by the state.
In previous publications, many colleagues raised a painful issue for the bar, a new edition of the Law №9505 "On the Bar and Advocacy". Unfortunately, the state does not leave ideologically-built idea of establishing total control over the institution of defense in a society - the bar.
At the moment, the bar community has protected its right and expressed its disagreement with the draft law, which the state wanted to use in order to take total control over the bar. However, it should be understood that such attacks would not be isolated and advocates need to take measures aimed at strengthening it. This strengthening should take place not only in legislative regulation, but also in consolidation of the efforts within bar community in order to build a strong and professional, complete institute for the protection of the rights and freedoms of citizens.
Currently, the prospect of the bar self-government's development is a priority task for the construction.
Today there is a significant growth of the number of specialists who have decided to be an advocate. However, young advocates are confronted with many issues and questions that may not always be answered. That's exacly why regional bodies of bar self-government should have committees, members of which would efectively teach their young colleagues and share their experience.
On June 2, 2018 the UNBA "NextGen" Youth Committee was established by the decision of the Bar Council of Ukraine.
"UNBA NextGen" Youth Committee is a permanent collegial advisory body formed under the Ukrainian National Bar Association.
The purpose of the Committee's activity is to ensure the qualitative, progressive, effective and sustainable development of the Ukrainian bar in terms of the sustainability of generations, to facilitate the career advancement of young advocates through educational activities, the establishment of the best modern standards of the legal profession and the integration of young people into the work of the bodies of the bar self-government.
Now, while the social networks are constantly developing, we can observe that, unfortunately, some colleagues use the bar not for its purpose - the provision of legal aid, but to meet their ambitions and often unethical behavior.
The UNBA considers the bar as an active public institution aimed at protecting the rights and interests of citizens in society in order to implement the highest democratic principles. It is for the purpose of improving the professional level of advocates there were established similar committees, which have begun their work in many regions of Ukraine - Kyiv, Odesa, Lviv, Dnipro and others.
The heads of the regional departments of the UNBA "NextGen" Committee now have a clear vision of the development of modern bar, which should be in line with the trends of today's society. The important issues that arise in the activities of a young advocates will be discussed at the events, namely: how to build a relationship with the Client, how to calculate the amount of the fee and what evidence confirm it before the court, how to tax their activities, the art of speech before court and other important issues. It is precisely in order to implement the ideas of the said committee active educational measures are taken to raise the professional level of young advocates.
We must build a strong and modern bar in Ukraine, which will be an indicator of the level of observance of human rights and freedoms in society. This goal can surely be achieved if you share your experience with your youth.
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