From the Beginning . . .. 1991 to 2000
LABAS members meet in Lithuania with government officials, lawyers and law faculty to discuss LABAS assistance and training programs.
LABAS members join with ABA delegation to Lithuania to advise on new constitution.
LABAS coordinates visit of Lithuanian parliamentarians to U.S. Congress and Illinois General Assembly
LABAS member is instrumental in helping Lithuania form a system of credit union banking. Efforts resulted in about $1million in grant money from
the U.S. government, that allowed training of Lithuanians in the U.S. By 1999 there were 29 credit unions in Lithuania.
LABAS co-sponsors First World Congress of Lawyers in Lithuania. President of Lithuania, government officials, law faculty, and members of the
Lithuanian Bar attend.
LABAS committee provides pro bono advice and service to Lithuanian government.
LABAS members assist ABA's Central and Eastern European Law Initiative (CEELI) in establishing student exchanges between Lithuania and U.S. law schools
LABAS arranges living accommodations and internships in U.S. for Lithuanian students.
LABAS officers meet with Chief Judge of Lithuania's highest court regarding Lithuania's court reorganization.
LABAS officers meet with officers of Lithuanian Bar regarding control of legal profession, independence of bench and bar, and attorney discipline.
LABAS officials meet in Vilnius to plan Second World Congress of Lithuanian Lawyers. Judges of Constitutional and other courts, prosecutors,
members of Parliament and various executive departments, faculty, law librarians, officers of Lithuanian Bar, and representatives of ABA/CEELI and the SOROS Open Society Fund attend.
LABAS forms organizing committee for Second World Congress of Lithuanian Lawyers and begins preparation for June 1996 Congress.
LABAS recruits university and government experts for Congress. Preliminary agenda includes trial procedure, bankruptcy, international arbitration,
and commercial and criminal law.
LABAS members submit articles on American law for publication in AIDAS, a widely-circulated Lithuanian newspaper.
LABAS works with Lithuanian librarians on computer network and public support of library.
LABAS forwards to Lithuania training film prepared by Friends of Library, USA, and doctoral thesis on organizing community-based library volunteers.
LABAS establishes scholarship fund for U.S. and Lithuanian law students.
LABAS co-sponsors Second World Congress of Lithuanian Lawyers. Over 700 lawyers from 18 countries attend. LABAS feted to champagne reception
by Mayor of Vilnius, President of Seimas, Lithuanian Bar Association, and Kaunas Bar Association.
LABAS applies for and receives federal non-profit status. Bylaws and articles of incorporation are amended accordingly.
LABAS sends law library materials to University of Vilnius. Library materials are a gift of various law schools, including The John Marshall Law
School of Chicago.
LABAS members draft programs for possible use in Lithuania. Topics include U.S.-style security agreements, leases, organizing a private practice, and
LABAS works with law faculty of the Vytautas Magnus University of Kaunas providing LABAS assistance in individual and group levels.
LABAS discusses legal problems associated with European Union and possible programs of assistance.
LABAS ships law library material donated by The John Marshall Law School to the law school at the Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas.
LABAS and The John Marshall Law School Center for International Studies co-sponsor an open forum in Chicago featuring Tadas Klimas, the new Dean of the
law school at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, discussing legal education and professional development in Lithuania.
LABAS President Hon. Thomas Griglun and Vice President Patricia Streeter are added to
the VMU Law School adjunct faculty and each teach an intensive two-week courses in Kaunas in the Fall Semester.
On March 6, LABAS Vice President Patricia Streeter addresses a joint committee of the Lithuanian American Community and Seimas regarding Lithuanian attorney ethics as compared to European Union ethics for cross-border transactions (CCBE). Fellow LABAS Board Member Regina Narusis is also present and participates in the discussion.
On May 31, LABAS hosts a Farewell Reception for Gintarija Samajauskatie, who completed a month-long internship observing the Cook County court system
with the Honorable Jennifer Duncan-Brice, Cook COunty Law Division. Ms. Samaujauskaite, a PhD student at Vytautas Magnus University Law School in Kaunas, Lithuania, received a living stipend from the LABAS
Scholarship Fund during her stay. See her Comments about her internship on the LABAS Scholarship Fund page.
LABAS officers continue working with the VMU law school. Patricia Streeter and Al Sirvaitis supervise graduating students' papers in the Spring, and
Patricia Streeter and the Honorable Thomas Griglun each lecture condensed courses in the Fall (Admiralty and Trusts, respectively)
LABAS sends funding to VMU to print the next (third) issue of the VMU law journal.
On October 21, 2000, the Board of Directors met at the Roosevelt Hotel for a long lunch meeting and discussion on Lithuanian law and
politics. Joining the Board to discuss the role of LABAS and future projects were attorneys from New York and Washington, D.C., as well as a representative from the Lithuanian Permanent mission to the United