McGeorge School of Law

Ukrainian Lawyers Earn LLMs

May 29, 2009

Iegor Sierov, Andrii Zviagin and Tetiana Rogozianska

Iegor Sierov, standing, with Andrii Zviagin and Tetiana Rogozianska

Three young attorneys from the Ukraine returned to their native country in late May 2009 after each earned an LLM in Advocacy Practice and Teaching.

Tetiana Rogozianska, Iegor Sierov and Andrii Zviagin attended McGeorge during the 2008-2009 academic year under the sponsorship of the Leavitt Institute for International Development, a non-profit devoted to improving the rule of law in Ukraine. The three LLM graduates will work with the foundation in the Ukraine for the next two years, training lawyers in the American judicial system.

One of the highlights of the first semester for Rogozianska and Zviagin was a mock trial in which they were on opposite sides they conducted at the completion of their Trial Advocacy course in the fall semester. Judge Peter Dixon gave each high marks for their courtroom work.

Rogozianska and Andrii Zviagin hold law degrees from the Kyiv ( Kiev) National University of Economics. The daughter of a judge and a mother who has practiced law for 27 years, Rogozianska studied English in the United Kingdom and art in Hawaii before coming to Sacramento. Zviagin studied American jury theory and practice after earning his law degree. He has participated in numerous legal conferences while in law school and has published several legal articles in the Ukraine. Sierov completed his law degree last summer at Kyiv International University. He was selected by the Leavitt Institute to attend McGeorge based on his scholastic achievements and his performance in numerous moot court and mock trial competitions in Ukraine.

The Leavitt Institute will sponsor two more Ukrainian lawyers this fall. In 2006, McGeorge launched the masters program in to meet the increasing demand of countries around the world that are restructuring their domestic criminal and civil procedure systems. The first students in the LLM in Advocacy Practice and Teaching program were law professors from three universities in China who came to McGeorge under a $1.2 million from USAID. They are currently teaching American-style advocacy in several Chinese universities.