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2.5. Availability of Legal Aid. Experience of the Association of Lawyers of Russia in Pro Bono

Track: 2. Legal Profession

Description

The practice of pro bono – free of charge – legal aid gains popularity in Russia. What motivates private companies, state and public organizations to provide legal consulting to citizens without pay? What obstacles do they encounter? Which categories of citizens apply for free legal aid most often? What are the most typical issues they bring to the experts? What is the role of the Federal Law On Free Legal Aid in the Russian Federation? These and other issues will be discussed by participants of the panel: prominent legal scholars and practising lawyers. Representatives of the Russian Bar Association will share their unique experience in this sphere regarding the National Pro Bono Legal Aid Day, consulting centres and mobile offices open in all 85 constituent entities of the Russian Federation, consulting the inhabitants of rural areas and much else.

Moderator:

Vladimir Gruzdev

Chairman of Board, Association of Lawyers of Russia


Biography

Gruzdev Vladimir Sergeyevich – Chairman of the Executive Board of the Association of lawyers of Russia (ALRF).

Born February 6, 1967 in Bolshevo, Moscow region.

Education

1984: graduated from the Moscow Suvorov military school.

1991: graduated from the Krasnoznamenny Military institute.

2000: graduated from the Lomonosov Moscow State University (Law Faculty).

2003: defended his PhD thesis.

Foreign languages: Portuguese, Spanish, English.

Career

1991-1993 served in the Foreign Intelligence Service of the RF.

1993: founded the trading company “The Seventh Continent”, where he held management positions.

2001: was elected as a deputy of the Moscow city Duma.

2003: was elected as a deputy of the State Duma of the fourth convocation.

2007:  was elected as a deputy of the State Duma of the fifth convocation.

2011-2016: governor of the Tula region.

2009-2016: member of the Presidium of the ALRF.

Since 2016: Chairman of the Executive Board of the ALRF.

Awards

- Medal of the Order "For Merit to the Fatherland" 2nd Class;

- Order "For Merit to the Fatherland" 3rd Class and 4th Class;

- Russian Federation Presidential and Governmental Certificates of Honour;

- Gratitudes of the President and the Government of the RF;

- Medal “For Battle Merit”;

- Honourary Title “Soldier-internationalist”;

- Honourary badges of the State Duma and the Federation Council.

Speakers:

Elena Borisenko

Board Member – First Vice-President, Gazprombank

Sergey Bekrenev

President, European Legal Service


Biography

Candidate of Economic Sciences (Ph.D. equivalent).

M.A. in Political Studies (thesis “Information and legal technologies in counteraction of threats to national security in the sphere of improving the quality of life of Russian citizens”).

Deputy chairman of the Russian Football Union Election Committee.

Member of the Russian Football Union Committee on Security and Fan Relations.

Expert on knowledge management in Russia, participant and speaker at Top-Class International congresses, banking forums and Dive in Sale business forums.

Involved in the activities of the Community Council of the Centre of Public Procedures Business against Corruption.

Founder and owner of the European Legal Service company.

Ideologist of the unique concept of LEGAL Cloud, a service for giving timely feedback, improving client service quality, process computerization and cost optimization.

Co-founder of hi-tech companies Deep Brain and Smysloteka.

In 2007, he developed and introduces to the market a 24-hour on-line service of legal prevention, which currently operates in Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Poland and Russia.

European Legal Service was named one of the best companies in Russia; in 2015, it was given the Knowledge Ready Organisation award for implementation and use of a knowledge management system.

Association of Russian Banks rated the company’s services the marketing solution of the year.

European Legal Service is the legal partner of the Russian Premier League. Since 2013, they jointly carry out a social project called Stadium is Our Common Home (www.stadiondom.com), which aims to foster football fans’ legal culture, enhance safety and comfort at football fields and create a discrimination and violence-free space.

In partnership with the Russian Premier League, it developed and implemented a unique legal and information support mechanism, as well as concierge services for Russian football fans during the UEFA European Championship in France in 2016.

The Stadium is Our Common Home project was called Best Social Project of 2015, and in 2016, it was recognized by the professional legal community and won the special Pro Bono nomination of Pravo.ru 300, the annual ranking of Russian legal companies. The project was also endorsed by Vitaly Mutko, president of the Russian Premier League, and was recommended to the 2018 Organizing Committee to be used during the 2017 FIFA Confederation Cup and 2018 FIFA World Cup as a 24-hour multi-language legal and information support and concierge service for football fans.

European Legal Service in partnership with All-Russia Business Association Delovaya Rossiya, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics and Monocities Development Fund initiated Russian National Legal Dictation project, which should help identify the most challenging issues in legal literacy of Russian citizens and allow the people to check their legal literacy level. The project should result in concrete proposals to state authorities aimed at improving legal literacy of citizens of the Russian Federation. The first stage of the dictation was launched in November 2016.

Viktor Blazheev

Co-Chair, Association of Lawyers of Russia, Rector,


Biography

Born on June 10, 1961. In 1987, graduated from All-Union Extra-Mural Law Institute. In 1990, defended a Candidate of Sciences dissertation as a post-graduate student of All-Union Extra-Mural Law Institute.

Since 1990, worked as instructor, then senior instructor and associate professor at the Civil Procedure Department. Since 1994, combined teaching with various administrative positions at Moscow State Academy of Law. Worked as a dean of the full-time education faculty; in 2002, appointed first vice-rector for education. Since 2003, head of the Civil Procedure Department. Since mid-1990s, co-authored all textbooks and study texts, academic and practical legal commentaries published by the Civil Procedure and Arbitration Departments. Author of a special course on arbitration litigation.

Since July 2007, rector of the Moscow State Academy of Law (renamed Kutafin University in 2012).

Honoured Lawyer of the Russian Federation. Honoured Worker of Higher Education of the Russian Federation. Honoured Worker of Science and Technology of the Russian Federation. Vice-president of the Legal Education Association. Co-chair of the Russian Bar Association. Member of the Council for Humanitarian and Socio-Economic Education, Expert Council for Education under the Education Committee of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Council for Local Self-Government under the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Expert Council on Legislative Support of Education under the Committee for Education And Science of the Council of Federation, Research Advisory Council under the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation. President of the Sports Arbitration Court under the Russian Olympic Committee, judge of the International Commercial Arbitration Court under the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, member of the Expert Committee of the Russian Council of School Olympiads on Law. Pro bono advisor to Pavel Krasheninnikov, chairman of the Committee for State Construction and Legislation under the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation.

Active contributor to the development of federal laws On the Bar, On Enforcement Proceedings, On Psychiatric Care and Guarantees of the Rights of Citizens in its Provision. Member of the Commission for Reviewing Comments and Proposals Received during the Discussion of the Draft Federal Law On Education in the Russian Federation. Regularly consults law enforcement agencies and other government bodies.

Holder of a number of state awards, including 2nd class Order of Merit (2013) and a medal 20 Years of Federation Council (2014). Winner of Lawyer of the Year legal award in the special nomination Contribution to the Development of Democratic Society (2012).

Alexander Kim-Kimen

Chairman, Constitutional Court of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) of the Russian Federation


Biography

Kim-Kimen Alexander Nikolayevich – President of the Constitutional court of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Chairman of the Yakut regional office of the Association of lawyers of Russia.

Born August 8, 1958 in Yakutsk, YaSSR.

Education

1983: Graduated from Khabarovsk Pedagogical Institute, degree in physical education.

1990: Graduated from law faculty of Yakutsk State University, degree in law.

2001: Doctor of juridical sciences.

2006: professor at the State law department.

Career

1975-1976: worked at Pokrovsky consumer union.

1981-1982:  senior instructor-methodologist at School of higher sportsmanship of the Committee on physical education and sport under the Council of Ministers of YaSSR.

1982-1983: instructor of Yakut region Committee of the All-Union Leninist Young Communist League (ALYCL).

1983-1984: 2nd Secretary of Orjonikidzevsky dictrict of the ALYCL.

1984-1988: Head of the Sport and defense and mass work of the Yakutsk region committee of the ALYCL.

1988-1991: Head of the Megino-Kangalass department of the district committee of CPSU.

1991-1992:  assistant to the Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Council of YaSSR.

1992-1993: – Head of the Administration of the President of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia).

1993-1995: – President of the state law firm «АйарЮрИнтернэшнл».

1995-1998: – Chairman of the City assembly of Yakutsk city.

1998-2003: – President of the state law firm «АйарЮрИнтернэшнл».

2003-2006: – Deputy Chairman of the State Assembly (Il Tumen) of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia).

2005-2014 – Chairman of the Federation of trade unions of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia).

Since June 10, 2014: President of the Constitutional court of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia).

Current member of the Academy of security, defense and law enforcement.

Member of the State Assembly committee (Il Tumen) of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) on social protection, labour and employment.

Deputy Chairman of the State Assembly committee (Il Tumen) of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) on state building and legislation.

Author of monographs, textbooks on administrative and constitutional law for higher education institutions, has published more than 40 scientific articles in periodicals and trade publications, more than 60 scientific presentations published in the proceedings of international, national and regional symposia and conferences.

Additional information

- Honoured Lawyer of the Russian Federation, Decoration “Parliament of Russia”;

- Honoured Lawyer of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia);

- Winner of the Ammosov State award of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) in state building;

- excellence in professional education of Sakha Republic (Yakutia);

- excellence in youth policy of Sakha Republic (Yakutia);

- excellence in physical culture and sports of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia);

- Honourary citizen of Khangalassky region.

Yuri Melnikov

Former Deputy Prosecutor of Primorsky Krai, Chairman of the Primorsky Regional Branch, Association of Lawyers of Russia


Biography

Melnikov Yuri Borisovich – Chairman of the Primorsky regional office of the Association of lawyers of Russia.

Born December 15, 1958 in Ussuriysk, Primorsky region.

Education

1981: graduated from Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU), degree in law.

2002: Candidate of Juridical sciences, Far Eastern Federal University, “Criminal law, crimonology, criminal execution law”.

Career

1981-1984: worked at prosecution offices of Kirovsky disctrict, Primorsky region.

1984-1985: senior investigator at the investigation unit of the Prosecution office of the Primorsky region.

1985-1988: Prosecutor of Nadezhdinsky district.

1988-1995: Prosecutor of Leninsky district.

1995-2003: Prosecutor of Vladivostok.

2003-2006: Head of the Department ensuring participation of prosecutors in investigation of criminal cases by courts of the Prosecution office of the Primorsky region.

2006-2010: Deputy Prosecutor of the Primorsky region.

2010-2016: Deputy Chairman of the Primorsky regional office of the Association of lawyers of Russia.

2012-present: President of the examination commission on administrating state exams and graduation theses in the law school of FEFU.

2012-present: – President of the examination commission on administrating state exams and graduation theses in the law institute of the Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service (VSUES).

2012-present: President of the examination commission on administrating state exams and graduation theses of the Russian Customs Academy branch in Vladivostok.

2013-present: Deputy Chairman of the Public council of the Department of the Federal Bailiffs Service (FBS) in Primorsky region.

2014-present: member of the Public expert council on standard of life security under the Governor of the Primorsky region.

2016-present:  member of the Scientific-methodic council under the Prosecutor of the Primorsky region.

2016-present: member of the Public administrative council of the Main Department of the Federal service of punishment execution in the Primorsky region.

2016-present: Chairman of the Primorsky regional office of the Association of lawyers of Russia.

Currently occupied with academic and educational activities.

Additional information

- Honoured worker of the Prosecution office of the RF;

- Medal “For Impeccable Service”;

- Personal weapon, awarded by the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation;

- Honoured certificate of the Governor of the Primorsky region;

- Honoured certificate of the Legislative Assembly of the Primorsky region;

- Honoured certificate of the Duma of Vladivostok;

- Commemorative Medal of the Chief Bailiff of the Russian Federation – the Head of the Federal Bailiff Service of the Russian Federation.

Kirill Parinov

Managing Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan


Biography

Kirill Parinov is the managing partner of the Moscow office of Quinn Emanuel. Kirill’s practice focuses on cross-border litigation, international arbitration, and complex financial disputes.

Prior to joining Quinn Emanuel, Kirill served as Group General Counsel and a member of the Management Board for Norilsk Nickel where he oversaw a global team of over 180 people spread across 8 jurisdictions, covering all areas of litigation affecting a multinational company with a U.S. listing in the heavily regulated mining industry.

Before joining Norilsk Nickel in 2008, Kirill was a General Counsel in Interros and Sidanco Oil Company. Prior to that, he was associated with Atlantic Richfield Company in Moscow and Vinson & Elkins and Freshfields in Moscow and Washington, D.C. During this time, Kirill’s practice covered a wide range of areas including public and private M&A transactions and FCPA and global anti-corruption. Kirill holds a degree in law from Lomonosov Moscow State University and a Master's degree from Southern Methodist University. He completed advanced management program at Harvard Business School. He has been admitted in Russia since 1991 and has been a Member of the New York Bar since 1996.

Since 2008, Kirill has been a Member of the Joint Commission on Corporate Ethics of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs.

Due to his expertise in developing cross-border litigation and complex financial strategies across the globe, Kirill regularly appears as a panelist or keynote speaker at international seminars and conferences, featured on TV and attracts regular press coverage.

Andrey Porfiryev

Partner, Egorov, Puginsky, Afanasiev & Partners


Biography

Education

In 2003, Andrey graduated cum laude from the Law Faculty of Moscow Teachers’ Training University and in 2008 obtained his PhD in Laws degree at the same institution.

Professional experience

Andrey has over ten years’ experience in liaising with state authorities at all levels and state corporations, as well as extensive experience of legislative work and of handling litigation involving state authorities. His practice spans execution of joint projects with the state and the defence of interests of clients in the manufacturing, telecommunications, education, science, aviation and pharmaceutical sectors.

Before joining the firm in 2008, Andrey held various posts at the Federal Industry Agency and the Russian Ammunition Agency. From 2005 to 2008, he headed the litigation section of the Federal Industry Agency, overseeing bankruptcy proceedings of strategic enterprises and organisations, protection against corporate raiding of state-owned enterprises and legislative work affecting various branches of the economy.

Andrey is Co-Chairman of the Business against Corruption public and takes part in the Interagency Workgroup of the Government Commission for preventing bankruptcy of Russian strategic and defence enterprises. For several years, he has been involved in many work groups on the development of legislation. Andrey acts as a member of the Committee for Pension and Social Insurance Systems Development at the Russian Union of Industrialists & Entrepreneurs. He tightly cooperates with NGOs, foundations, and self-regulatory organizations of insolvency officers.

Andrey is accredited with the Ministry of Justice of Russia as an independent expert for conducting expert anti-corruption reviews of legislative acts. He is a member of the arbitral tribunal at the Rostec State Corporation.

He acted as an expert for Council of Europe on “Protection of the Rights of Entrepreneurs in the Russian Federation from Corrupt Practices” project.

Competence, Specialization

Andrey Porfiriev specialises in public policy, regulatory and legislative matters, constitutional law, government property management and resolution of state-related disputes.

Achievements and awards

Andrey has received commendations for drafting the Law on the Presidential Commissioner for Entrepreneurs' Rights from both the Commissioner, Boris Titov and the Minister for Economic Development (Aide to the President since June 2013), Andrey Belousov.

Andrey has been named Lawyer of the Year for Aviation by Best Lawyers 2017.

Evgeniya Rostovtseva

First Deputy Minister of Justice of the Republic of Crimea

Veniamin Yakovlev

Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation


Biography

Veniamin Yakovlev is a co-chair of the Russian Bar Association, adviser to the president of the Russian Federation and corresponding member of Russian Academy of Sciences.

He was born on February 12, 1932, in the town of Petukhovo, Kurgan Oblast’, USSR.

Education

In 1953, he graduated from the Sverdlovsk Law Institute (currently Ural State Law University).

Career

1953–1956: professor, director of a law school in Yakutsk.

1956–1960: senior assistant prosecutor of the Yakutsk ASSR.

1960–1987: academic and administrative work at Ural State Law University: assistant professor, associate professor, dean, head of department; programme director.

1987–1989: director of All-Soviet Research Institute of Soviet Legislation in Moscow.

1989–1990: USSR minister of justice.

1991: chairman of the USSR Supreme Arbitration Court.

1991–1992: state counsellor on legal policy for the president of the USSR, head of legal service at the USSR Presidential Administration.

1992–2005: chairman of the Supreme Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation.

May 22, 2003: elected corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology and Law section of the Department of Social Studies.

Since May 2005: counsellor to the president of the Russian Federation.

Doctor of Law. Professor. Author of academic papers on legal theory, civil law and justice.

Awards

– Honoured lawyer of the RSFSR (1982);

– Anatoly Koni Medal of Merit for his achievements in the Russian jurisprudence (1996);

– Golden Public Recognition badge of honour (1999);

– II Class (2002), I Class (2005) and IV Class (2012) Orders of Merit;

– Honorary civil decoration Golden Cross Order For Public Service (2004);

– Letter of acknowledgement from the president of the Russian Federation (2007);

– Honorary certificate from the president of the Russian Federation (2008).

First Row Experts:

Ilnar Girfanov

Chairman of the Tatarstan Regional Branch, Association of Lawyers of Russia


Biography
Date of birth

July 13, 1988

Place of birth

Kazan

Education

In 2011, he graduated from Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University with a diploma in Legal Studies.

Since 2011 to date: postgraduate studies at the Department of Labour and Environmental Law and Civil Procedure of the Faculty of Law of the Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University.

Additional vocational training

2013: studied agriculture technologies in the context of cooperation between small and medium-sized businesses (Joensuu, Finland).

2013: Internal Rural Tourism academic programme (Petrozavodsk, Karelia).

2012: training course “Social technologies: building a net during election process” as part of For Clear Elections project.

2011: training course “Social projects: planning, management, instruments.” Metaver Project Group, certificate.

2009: training course “Fund-raising in project activities (basic fund-raising principles, creating a map of non-commercial project backers, persuasion in fund-raising),” Chelovek Publichny company, certificate.

2009: training course “Business protocol (business communication forms, business etiquette, dialogue culture and phone etiquette),” EBM company, certificate.

Professional background

April 2011–April 2013: deputy chairman of the Tatarstan regional branch of the Young Lawyers Division of the Russian Bar Association.

January 2012 to date: member of the board of the All-Russia Public Movement Corps For Clear Elections, coordinator of the Corps of Observers for Clear Elections in the Republic of Tatarstan.

May 2012 to date: co-founder of the regional office of the Young Russia party.

May 2013–August 2014: chairman of the Tatarstan regional branch of the Young Lawyers Division of the Russian Bar Association.

August 2013 to date: founder of the regional office of the All-Russia People’s Front in the Republic of Tatarstan, member of the Revision Commission.

Letters of Acknowledgement
  • letter of acknowledgement from the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin from May 7, 2012;
  • honorary certificate No 1633-m from the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation from November 30, 2016;
  • honorary certificate from the Russian Bar Association from December 7, 2015;
  • honorary certificate from the Russian Bar Association from December 3, 2014;
  • letter of acknowledgement from the Chairman of the Board of the Russian Bar Association Igor Manylov from December 3, 2011;
  • letter of acknowledgement from the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Tatarstan Midhat Kurmanov from December 7, 2011;
  • Vladimir Potanin Foundation scholarship in the academic year 2010–2011;
  • Vladimir Potanin Foundation scholarship in the academic year 2008–2009;
  • Vladimir Potanin Foundation scholarship in the academic year 2007–2008;
  • Oxford Russia Fund (Great Britain) scholarship in the academic year 2010–2011;
  • Oxford Russia Fund (Great Britain) scholarship in the academic year 2009-2010;
  • Oxford Russia Fund (Great Britain) scholarship in the academic year 2008–2009.

Inal Kerefov

Head of Stuff of the Ryazan Regional Branch, Association of Lawyers of Russia


Biography

Inal Kerefov was born on June 18, 1985, in the village of Shalushka, Chegemsky District, Kabardino-Balkar Republic. From 1991 to 2002, he attended Shalushka’s municipal secondary school No 1, which he finished with honours.

Professional background

From August 12, 2002 to July 7, 2007, he studied at the Academy of Law and Management of the Federal Penal Service of Russia, which he graduated cum laude with a diploma in Legal Studies. Upon graduation in July 2007, he was transferred to Kabardino-Balkar Republic’s office of the Federal Penal Service of Russia for further service. In July and August 2007, Mr Kerefov worked at Kabardino-Balkar Republic’s office of the Federal Penal Service of Russia during his regular annual leave. In August 2007, he resigned from the penal system. From August 2007 to February 2008, he worked as a director of Grant company. From February 2008 to January 2010, he occupied the position of a legal counsel at the Institute of the Academy of Law and Management of the Federal Penal Service of Russia, where his main responsibilities included legal examination of contracts and draft regulations, as well as claim administration. In January 2010, he returned to the penal system and was appointed legal counsel at the legal office of the Academy of Law and Management of the Federal Penal Service of Russia, a position he occupied until March 2012. His main responsibilities included claim and contract administration, legal examination of draft regulations, preparation and legal examination of draft local acts and timely update of the Statute. In March 2012, Mr Kerefov was appointed senior legal counsel of the legal office. His main responsibilities included claim and contract administration, legal examination of draft regulations, preparation and legal examination of draft local acts and timely update of the Statute, as well as legal examination of public contracts. Since 2010, Mr Kerefov has joined several commissions of the Academy. From autumn 2011 to November 2013, he substituted the head of the legal office in addition to his main responsibilities.

Academic career

In 2009, Mr Kerefov registered at the Academy of Law and Management of the Federal Penal Service of Russia for taking qualifying exams for admission to postgraduate study, which he passed successfully, receiving an “Excellent” mark in History and Philosophy of Science and in Criminal Law and Criminology and “Good” in English. In 2012, he defended his dissertation for the degree of Candidate of Legal Sciences (Ph.D. equivalent) with a thesis titled “Pro Bono Legal Aid to Convicts: Legal Regulation and Practical Implementation”. By the order of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation No 165/nk from April 1, 2013, Mr Kerefov received his Candidate of Legal Sciences diploma.

Academic interests

Pro bono legal aid, human rights awareness raising, protection of interests.

Part-time work

On September 1, 2013, he was appointed senior lecturer and a year later promoted to associate professor of the Department of Civil Law and Procedure at Academy of Law and Management of the Federal Penal Service of Russia.

Since 2008, member of the Russian Bar Association. Volunteers as chief of staff of the Ryazan regional office the Russian Bar Association.

Distinctions
  • Letter of acknowledgement from the president of the Russian Federation (2012)
  • Letter of acknowledgement from the first deputy speaker of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation (2012)
  • Letter of acknowledgement from the commissioner for human rights of the Russian federation (2012)
  • Letter of acknowledgement from the governor of Ryazan Oblast’ (2010)
  • Letter of acknowledgement from the Russian Bar Association (2011)
  • Honorary certificate from the governor of Ryazan Oblast’ (2013)
  • Honorary certificate from the Supreme Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation (2013)
  • Letter of acknowledgement from the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation (2014)
  • Honorary certificate from the Parliament of Kabardino-Balkar Republic (2014)
  • Repeatedly praised by the head of the Academy of Law and Management of the Federal Penal Service of Russia

*This schedule may be subject to change