World Affairs Discussion reviews the History of Ukraine/Russian Relations

Tom Shillinglaw portrait correctedTopic:  An Overview History of the Relationship Between Ukraine and Russia—and the Relevance of This History to Their Relationship Today*

Speaker:  Tom Shillinglaw

*By popular demand: the venue and format of this event have been changed to an EVENING LECTURE at the Santa Fe Woman’s Club. 

Location: Santa Fe Woman’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail

Time:  Doors open and evening refreshments served at 5:00 p.m.; Lecture begins at 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $15 CIR Members; $20 Non-members and Guests

Whereas the events swirling around Crimea are gaining current attention, it is difficult to understand how Ukraine and Russia arrived at this point of confrontation without having at least a general knowledge of the history of the Russian / Ukraine relationship, including specifically the history of an independent Ukraine.  At the end of the talk Tom will also touch briefly on how the U.S. and E.U. may have impacted the Russia-Ukraine relationship since the collapse of the USSR in 1991.

JUNE - Dinner at Pranzo's after talkTom Shillinglaw’s Ukraine specific transactional legal experience was over three decades, each experience dealing with a different region of Ukraine and each with separate issues — (i) in ’77 and ’78 Allis-Chalmers constructed two large metallurgical plants on the Dnieper River near Kremenchug, (ii) in the mid ’80’s Corning negotiated two specialty glass turn key plant contracts in Kostopol and Vinnitsa, (iii) in the mid ’90’s Corning worked extensively with a cable company in Odessa (and with the relevant Ministry in Kiev), and (iv) in the late ’90’s the town of Corning became a sister city of Lvov.  His work in Russia was, however, ongoing from ’75 until he retired in 2006, and Ukraine was frequently a topic of relevance in his Russian work.

Tom retired in 2006 from Corning Inc., where he was Vice President and Assistant General Counsel. He joined Corning in 1983, and from then until his retirement, among his other responsibilities, he did the legal work for the company’s business, primarily technology transfers and investments, in the USSR (and then in Russia and Ukraine).  Tom majored in Russian at Cornell College (Iowa), where he graduated in 1967.  He then studied at the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade (then Yugoslavia) for two years—first on a Fulbright Scholarship before starting at Stanford Law School, and then on an IREX grant during law school.  He received a JD from Stanford Law School and an MA in Russian and East European Studies from Stanford, both in 1971. Upon graduation, he spent three years as an attorney for the US House of Representatives (drafting legislation for the Foreign Affairs Committee), then joined Allis-Chalmers Corp.  He lived in Moscow (with his wife Betsy and their older son) for two years (’77 and ’78) as Allis-Chalmers’ USSR representative.

Tom is on the list of arbitrators of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association and of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission.  He was a co-chairman of the Committee on Soviet and Eastern Europe Law of the American Bar Association, and a board member of the Russian/American Chamber of Commerce.  He is a member of the Wisc., D.C. and N.Y. bars.  Before his retirement he authored various articles on doing business in the USSR and was a speaker on numerous seminars concerning transferring technology to and doing business in the USSR, PR China and Eastern Europe.  In 2009 he authored an article entitled “Technology and Corporate Law Developments in the USSR/Russia and China”.

Join CIR members for dinner at Pranzo’s Italian Grill after the talk. Reservations are required if you would like to sit at the community table with other CIR members. Please call the office and let us know you would like to join the group by Wednesday, June 18.