Oleksandr Pankiv (LL.M. '10) Helps Families Facing Foreclosures


Before graduating this spring with an LL.M. in American Law, Oleksandr Pankiv used his strong academic skills and diverse international background to help Americans who were hit hardest by the current economic downturn, as a participant in the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship.

Pankiv, who is from Ukraine, completed his community service at the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing’s Foreclosure Prevention project in East Boston. Pankiv consulted with families and filed documents in order to prevent foreclosures. “Because of the financial crisis, foreclosure is an actual and crucial problem in the US,” said Pankiv, who noted that community service is not widespread in Ukraine and that he was glad to help.  

Nationwide, Muskie fellows participating in community service activities at schools, universities, hospitals, business development centers and nonprofit organizations. This year’s “Muskies” contributed more than 4,600 hours of service to their host communities. Through the process of identifying community service projects, Muskie fellows learned about the effects of the economic crisis in America while also positively affecting the lives of Americans affected by the challenging economic times.

The Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program provides opportunities for graduate students and professionals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan for one-year non-degree, one-year degree, or two-year degree study in the United States.  U.S. Congress established the program in 1992 to encourage economic and democratic growth in Eurasia.

-- Elina Troshina