Ukrainian Judges Visit Boston
By Roxolana Kozyckyj
Washington - The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation hosted a delegation of Ukrainian
judges in July 2011 as part of a program sponsored by the Open World Leadership
Center of the Library of Congress.
The U.S. Congress established Open World in 1999 to enhance understanding
and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and Russia. In 2003,
Congress made all post-Soviet states eligible for the program. Open World promotes
partnerships and continued communications between delegates and their American
hosts and professional counterparts.
Open World has introduced more than 16,500 current and future decision makers
from Ukraine, Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union to American
political and civic life, and to their American counterparts. Open World delegates
range from first-time mayors to veteran journalists, from nonprofit directors
to small-business advocates, and from political activists to judges at all
For this July 2011 judicial program, which was held in Boston, Massachusetts,
the Ukrainian delegates included Taras Yaroslavovych Bahriy, Judge of the Urban
District Court of Ternopil, Iryna Volodymyrivna Bondaryeva, Senior Consultant
to the Kharkiv Region Court, Lyubomyr Mykhaylovych Butkivskyy, Judge of the
Bohorodchany District Court in Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast, Oleksandra Hennadiyivna
Litvinova, Judge of the Shevchenkivyskiy District Court of Chernivtsi, Oksana
Hryhorivna Zavydovska-Marchuk, Judge and the Deputy Head of Civic Cases Chamber,
Court of Appeals of Volyn Oblast, and a group facilitator furnished by Open World.
After arriving in Washington, DC, the delegation was welcomed at a reception,
hosted by the Foundation’s president, Nadia Komarnyckyj McConnell and
her husband Robert McConnell at their home in McLean, Virginia on Friday, July
The delegation was then off for Boston, where they experienced a very full
8 day professional and cultural program.
The program’s hosting judge in Boston was Marianne B. Bowler, U.S. Magistrate
Judge of the District of Massachusetts. The delegates were also
joined by U.S.-Ukraine Foundation Vice President John A. Kun during their Boston
visit. The interpreters were Ludmyla Lantsuta-Davis and Svitlana Budzhak-Jones.
The Ukrainian judges spent the week observing trials and meeting with their
judicial peers, including Judge Bowler, U.S. Magistrate Judge Leo Sorokin,
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Frank Bailey, Chief Judge Sandra Lynch of the First
Circuit Court of Appeals, Joseph Nolan, Retired Justice of the Massachusetts
Supreme Judicial Court, Justice Robert Cordy of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial
Court, Judge Nathaniel Gorton and Carmen Ortiz, U.S. Attorney.
The Ukrainian judges had several interesting experiences during their week
stay, including witnessing a large U.S. citizenship ceremony, administered
by Judge Bowler, at the John F. Kennedy Library. Tom McNaught, Executive
Director of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, greeted the Ukrainian judges
and provided a tour of the extraordinary facility.
USUF VP John A. Kun presents Marianne B. Bowler, U.S. Magistrate Judge of
the District of Massachusetts, with an award for her outstanding volunteer
leadership in hosting the Open World Judge Delegation from Ukraine at a closing
ceremony at Old City Hall
in downtown Boston, Friday, July 15.
One afternoon was spent at Harvard University, with a guided tour of the campus
followed by an informative session at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute
with Tymish Holowinsky, Executive Director, Dr.
Lubomyr Hajda, Associate Director, Dr. Halyna Hryn, Dr. Marika
Whaley and Dr. Volodymyr Dibrova, attending.
The judges learned about the state of legal education in the U.S. by visiting
Suffolk University Law School, located in downtown Boston, and listened to
the remarks of Christopher Gibson, Associate Dean and Professor of Law.
A meeting at the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, was
Rabbi James Morgan, Ph.D., Director of Israel and International Partnerships.
The JCRC conducts the Dnipropetrovsk Kehillah Project in Ukraine.
The Ukrainian judges were provided the opportunity to make a public presentation – followed
by a question and answer period - at Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church,
following services and a light lunch on Sunday, July 10. The Rev. Yaroslav
Nalysnyk, who was very welcoming to the visitors, helped to arrange this event
which attracted 50 people.
Following a presentation at Christ the King Ukrainian Catholic Church, the
judges were photographed with some of the parishioners who attended.
Social activities also filled the schedule as well. The judges along
with about 60 members of Boston’s Ukrainian-American community got a
real taste of New England by attending a Clam Bake/Lobster Fest, sponsored
by the Ukrainian American Educational Center of Boston, MA, and held in Dedham,
MA on Saturday, July 9.
The delegation also toured Boston, enjoyed an outdoor evening event at the
home of Olga Santos, swam in the Atlantic Ocean at Nahant Beach near Lynn,
MA, and were guests of Judge Bowler and her husband, Dr. Marc Pfeffer, at an
evening reception held at their home.
Ukrainian judges are Boston Fans! ... at a Clambake & Lobsterfest
sponsored by the Ukrainian American Educational Center of Boston. The event
was held on Saturday, July 9 in Dedham, MA. Photo courtesy of the UAEC.
In order for the Open World visitor to truly experience America, a key social
aspect of the program is the emphasis on family hosting. The judges enriched
their U.S. experience by staying overnight at the area homes of Lubomyr Hajda,
Ted and Olya Majkut, Volodymyr and Ludmyla Pushak. Their hospitality
is much appreciated!
The program concluded with ceremony and reception held at a restaurant located
in Boston’s Old City Hall in downtown Boston. The Ukrainian judges
each received a certificate of completion and a keepsake of Boston. The
U.S.-Ukraine Foundation also presented Judge Marianne Bowler with an award
for her outstanding leadership in volunteerism in planning the professional
program, securing venues and arranging for the many speakers to participate.
To see more photos, go to Facebook: Boston Ukraine Judge Delegation.