$7,736 raised out of $5,000,000
Start date
Apr 01, 2022
Close date
Jun 01, 2022

Help the Ukrainian lawyers to stop the silly russian invasion


We are the Dead Lawyers Society:

  • Yes, our naming refers to the Dead Poets Society movie.
  • We are a community of 8’000+ Ukrainian lawyers. 
  • We are a community that spreads and fights for its values.

During 5 last years of the peaceful time, we were a collective media writing texts, hosting events, and creating a new format of legal discussion about the insides and the insights of the legal business in Ukraine and worldwide.

After the russian invasion, many lawyers stopped their legal practice and joined the armed forces or started helping the army in other ways.


Our Values

FREEDOM – objectivity, independence, impartiality, and self-regulation.

IMPACT – recognition, and acceptance by the legal community, authority, determination of the criteria for market evaluation.

COMMUNITY – be part of a community and change, like-minded, safe environment, support, share, inspire and inspire.

DEVELOPMENT – to accelerate and encourage changes in the legal world, to determine the criteria for these changes.

QUALITY – exciting and expressive content, integrity, emphasis on high standards of journalism, transparency.


Lawyers at war – you are kidding?

No, we are not. Here are some links front-line hot stories from our colleagues:


What we are raising the donations for

Our community members never had any war practice, they became soldiers just a few weeks ago. 

So, they are not well equipped for this war. We are helping them with the following equipment:

  • Optics: binoculars, thermal imagers, drones, optical sights.
  • Medicines, and
  • Some other useful things like shoes, flashlights, sleeping bags, comsats, etc (on the war you never know what you will need, so we want to be flexible in this campaign).

We are not dealing with anything like weapons and any other stuff which requires licensing. 

As lawyers we exactly know how to deal with documentation so we guarantee clear and transparent reports.


The Impact

Yes, we know that this is not your war, it is our war. But, many of you have friends and colleagues in Ukraine. So, we thought that you may want to help them = help us all.

We are really sorry for this pathetic, but just imagine your city, your office, your home is tens times a day bombed. Your family got evacuated to a safer country. You sleep clothed.

But we will win this fight and will build an even better country with the rule of law.


Why You Can Trust Us

The Dead Lawyers Society is managed by Dima Gadomsky, partner at Axon Partners, Aspen Institute fellow, and the Ambassador for Ukraine of the European Legaltech Association.

Our board members are:

  • Nick Yurlov, Counsel at Marchenko Partners, Jessup Ukraine active community member and 2016 National Champion, ex-EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development).
  • Svitlana Romanova, Head of Legal Department at Metinvest.
  • Oleksandr Melnyk, a lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights.
  • Kate Mischenko, CIPP/E, Lead of Data protection practice at Avitar.
  • Vitaly Chemerys, a litigation lawyer at the Ministry of Justice.
  • Svitlana Panaiotidi, Co-owner of Zviropolis, ex-Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine, ex-Commissioner of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine.
  • Dmytro Foremny, a legal tech entrepreneur, partner of the 3x Capital fund, ex-manager of the business accelerator for legal startups HiiL Justice Accelerator and Head of Lin:go.
  • Den Ivanov, Head of Expert Group at Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine.
  • Volodymyr Petrakovsky, lecturer at the Law Faculty of the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”.
  • Artem Krykun-Trush, attorney, Manager at White-Collar Crime practice in PwC Legal, and
  • Igor Belkin, Bielkin Law LLC.

Before the russian invasion, our day-to-day activities were financed by the community itself (here is our Patreon) and by the following top-tier law firms: Vasil Kisil and Partners, Integrites, Asters, Axon Partners, Moris, and Engarde. They continue the donations, but they only cover the salaries of the newsroom.  


Other Ways You Can Help

If you cannot donate us, then you can also:

  • Share information about our media to help us on the information front.
  • Help lawyers who evacuated from Ukraine to find a temporary job in law firms or other companies.
  • Outsource some paid legal work to any Ukrainian law firm you know.
  • Commit to giving a loan to the Ukrainian law firm you know well if it will require financial aid to save the team.