Congratulations to Marsha Whyte, Pericles’ Student
of the Month for April, 2003!
Recently Marsha has added one more accomplishment
to her many existing achievements. After the first semester she has
earned the top GPA in the Master of Laws Program, the two year secondary
legal education program launched by Pericles ABLE Project in September
Marsha received her first law degree from Moscow State
Institute of Economics, Management and Law where she specialized in
Civil Litigation. Upon graduation she joined OOO "Greatex Legal
and Consulting" and was subsequently promoted to her current position
of the Senior Lawyer in the firm. Even by most conservative assessments
Marsha fits the profile of the ‘ideal’ student. In Marsha’s
own words, she joined the LLM program because “one has to work
really hard and learn a lot to be a successful lawyer.” The Western
legal education system, according to Marsha, places a lot of emphasis
on the ability to analyze legal issues and write opinions and memos
in a structured way. A lot of case law is studied and a student is expected
to derive legal rules from the cases s/he read and apply them appropriately.
Yet, Russian students are customarily trained to apply statutes first,
and they are hesitant to offer interpretations, which differ from the
traditional view. Thus, the intimate familiarity with both, Russian
and Western legal systems can forge a successful attorney in our age
of global economy.
Pericles’ staff and student body wish Marsha
Whyte further achievements in her manifestly bright future!!!