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Olga Prokopovych

Deciphering the Complexities of Ukrainian Law

ppp Job Title:
Senior Associate

Organization:
B.C. Toms & Co Law Offices

Graduate:
MPPA; Policy Analysis; 2003
University of Missouri at St. Louis

Home Country:
Ukraine


What do you enjoy about your job? What aspects of your job are the most exciting or interesting?
I like to solve challenging problems, and I have a lot of them in my job. Ukrainian legislation is rather complex and controversial, and sometimes it is difficult to find solutions that would ideally suit the client, but I do everything possible to achieve it.

Why did you choose to pursue an MPA/MPP degree?
I think that MPPA degree allowed myself to broaden my horizons not only in terms of conceptual educational approach, but also it allowed me to look at the world from another, not legal standpoint. I am very happy that my MPPA program has met my expectations.

How did you select your graduate school?
I did not participate in the selection process, as the school was selected by the Edmund Muskie Fellowship selection committee.

How do you feel your MPA/MPP is helping you to make a difference?
Prior to MPPA I knew what the law allowed and what was not and gave advice to the clients accordingly. Now, knowing better economic concepts I can identify what is the ultimate goal of the client that might lie beyond the initial request for advice and this allows me to provide better legal service. I am proud of being a part of the group of individuals that provide legal services pro bono for unwealthy, elderly and disabled people. Recently I have passed Kyiv city bar exam that will allow me to represent my clients, including pro bono, in the courts.

How would you characterize your personality?
* Team worker * Creative * Persistent * Organized * Committed * Curious * People person * Diplomatic * Analytical * Service-oriented *

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