Bohdan A. Futey

Born: Ukraine
June 28, 1939

Judge Futey was nominated Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims on January 30, 1987, and entered on duty May 8, 1987.  He graduated from Western Reserve University receiving a B.A. in 1962 and an M.A. in 1964; he received a Doctor of Law degree from Cleveland Marshall Law School in 1968.

Judge Futey formerly served as Chairman of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission of the United States from May 1984 until his appointment to the Federal bench.  Previously he was partner in the law firm of Bazarko, Futey and Oryshkewych, 1975 - 1984; Executive Assistant to the Mayor of Cleveland, 1974-75; Chief Assistant Police Prosecutor, City of Cleveland, 1972-74; and a partner in the law firm of Futey & Rakowsky, 1968 - 1972.

Judge Futey is married to the former Myroslava Fur and has three children--a son, Andrew, and two daughters, Lidia and Daria.  He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association and the Ukrainian American Bar Association.  He is admitted to practice in the State of Ohio, the U.S. District Court of Northern Ohio, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Judge Futey has been actively involved with Democratization and Rule of Law programs since 1991 organized by the Judicial Conference of the United States, the Department of State, and USAID in Ukraine.  He has participated in judicial exchange programs, seminars, and workshops and has been a consultant to the working group on Ukraine's Constitution and Ukrainian Parliament.  He also served as an official observer during the Parliamentary elections in 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006 , 2012 and 2015 and Presidential elections in 1994, 1999, 2004, 2010 and 2014; conducted briefings on Ukraine's Election Law and guidelines for international observers. Judge Futey was an advisor for democracy programs to the International Republican Institute (IRI), the International Foundation for Election Systems (IFES), and the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation.

Judge Futey is a visiting professor at the National University of Kyiv Mohyla Academy teaching Comparative Legal Systems to LLM students at the Law School.  Also, he is a professor at the Ukrainian Free University in Munich.  He has lectured at Passau University, Germany; Kyiv State University; Lviv University; Precarpathian University, Ivan-Frankivsk; and at the Transcarpathain State University, Uzhhorod, Ukraine.

Articles published: Legal Recognition of Holodomor as Genocide:  International Covenants, Agreements and Court Decisions, Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) August 22, 2013, Lviv, Ukraine;  80th anniversary of the Holodomor (1932-1933) The Ukrainian Weekly, December 16, 2012; The Role of the Jury in the United States and Ukraine “Comparative Analysis”, published in Yurydychny Visnyk Ukrayiny (Legal Herald of Ukraine), November 17 & 24, 2012;  The Supression of an Independent Judiciary in Ukraine, The Ukrainian Weekly, February 12, 2012; Role of the jury in Ukraine, Kyiv Post, June 1, 2011; Ukraine’s courts and the importance of acknowledging precedents, The Ukrainian Weekly, January 30, 2011; Remarks to the Decision of the Constitutional Court October 1, 2010 (on Procedures Amending the Constitution of Ukraine), published in Yurydychny Visnyk Ukrayiny (Legal Herald of Ukraine), Issue 44, October 30-November 5, 2010, Law on the Judiciary and the Status of Judges of Ukraine, Conference “Judicial Reform in Ukraine and International Standards for Judicial Independence,” Kyiv, Ukraine, October 26-27, 2010, The Basic Law of Ukraine: Strengths and Weaknesses, Kyiv Post OP-ED, July 20, 2010 and Speech given on June 29, 2010 at the Embassy of Ukraine, Constitutional changes needed, but not these changes, The Ukrainian Weekly, July 12, 2009, Analysis of President’s Draft of New Constitution, published in Yurydychny Visnyk Ukrayiny (Legal Herald of Ukraine), May 15, 2009, International Legal Responsibility for Genocide:  Justice in the Courts presentation at an International Conference on Holodomor, September 25-26, 2008 in Kyiv, Ukraine.  Amending Constitution Must Be Lawful, Kyiv Post, April 24, 2008, Constitutional Crisis and Legal Chaos in Ukraine, presentation at George Washington University, May 17, 2007, published in Zerkalo Nedili, Kyiv, May 26, 2007 - June 1, 2007, Legal Chaos in the Wake of Reform, Kyiv Post, January 17, 2007, Averting Civil Conflicts Through Elections in Ukraine, Chapter in book AEvery Vote Counts - The Role of Elections in Building Democracy, University Press of America, Inc. 2007, Reforming The Judiciary In Ukraine, The Ukrainian Weekly, Parsippany, NJ, July 16, 2006, The Rule of Law After the March 2006 Parliamentary Elections: The Challenges Ahead for Ukraine=s New Government, Brussels, Belgium, June 28, 2006, Democracy and the Rule of Law in Ukraine: New Rada, New Government, Old Style?, America - Ukrainian Catholic Weekly, Philadelphia, PA, August 26, 2006, Rule of Law in Ukraine: A Step Forward or Backward?, Ukraine At A Crossroads, Interdisciplinary Studies on Central and Eastern Europe, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, Vol. 2, 2005; Implementation of Judicial & Legal Reforms In Ukraine, Testimony:  Hearing at the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine, March 16, 2005; The Judiciary in Ukraine and the Rule of Law - The Orange Revolution: One Year On, speech before George Washington University, December 2, 2005, Legal Analysis: Ukraine=s Supreme Court decision, The Ukrainian Weekly, December 12, 2004; Judicial Independence in Ukraine, Ukraine=s Quest for Mature Statehood - Round Table V, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., September 13, 2004; Judicial Reform in Ukraine: Transition from Command System to the Constitutional State (Review of the New Law on Judiciary), Hearing of Verkhovna Rada Committee on Legal Policy, Ukraine, March 13, 2003; Suing The Sovereign In The Twenty-First Century: Remarks, The George Washington Law Review, United States Court of Federal Claims Conference, October 14, 2003; Adjudication of Election Disputes in Ukraine (Practice, Problems and Solutions), International Seminar on Election Dispute Resolution, San Jose, Costa Rica, March 27-29, 2000; Comments on the Law on the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, The Harriman Review, Spring 1997, Vol. 10, No. 1; Upholding the Rule of Law in Ukraine: The Judiciary in Transition, in Towards a New Ukraine II Meeting the Next Century, Proceedings of a Conference held on October 2-3, 1998 at the University of Ottawa 59 (Chair of Ukrainian Studies, University of Ottawa 1999); Comments on the Constitution of Ukraine, East European Constitutional Review, University of Chicago Law School, Spring & Summer 1996, Vol. 5, Nos. 2 & 3; reprinted, Parker Sch. J.E. Eur. L., Columbia University, 1996, Vol. 3, No. 3; Constitutional Referendum Predicted, Economic Review, Jun. 24, 1996; Draft Constitution Fails to Establish Strong Judiciary, Economic Review, Feb. 12, 1996; The Proposed Constitution of Ukraine, A Legal Perspective, Demokratizatsiya, Vol. II, No. 4, Fall, 1994; Ukraine's Draft Constitution Meets Political Reality, East European Constitutional Review, University of Chicago Law School, Winter 1993, Vol. 2, No. 1; The Transition from a Command System to the Rule of Law, United States Claims Court Bar Association Newsletter, Apr. 1992, Vol. I, No. 4; Ukraine's Legal Revolution, The Wall Street Journal Europe, Feb. 11, 1992.

Book published:  Establishing the Rule of Law: Ukraine 1991-2001, Kyiv, Yurincom Inter,  August, 2001, updated and republished Establishing the Rule of Law in Ukraine 1991-2005, August, 2005, updated and republished Establishing the Rule of Law in Ukraine 1991-2011, August, 2011.

Honors and AwardsMan of the Year (Achievement Award), Ukrainian Institute of America, Inc., 1987; Doctoris Juris Honoris Causae, Ukrainian Free University, Munich, Germany, 1990; Freedom Award, American Nationalities Movement of Ohio, 1990; Ukraine's Presidential Award (Distinguished Medal), 1995; Honorary Doctor=s Degree, Precarpathian University, Ivan-Frankivsk, Ukraine, 1999; Ukraine President=s Award for Merit, 1999; Ukrainian of the Year (Professional Service), Ukrainian Technological Society of Pittsburgh, 2001; Rule of Law Award, Ukrainian American Bar Association (UABA), 2002; Doctor Juris Honoris Causa, Transcarpathian State University, Uzhhorod, Ukraine; U.S. Court of Federal Claims James Madison Award, October 25, 2006; Honorary Doctor, The National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kyiv, Ukraine, June 28, 2007; Achievement Award, Ukrainian American Bar Association (UABA) 2007; Member of the National Commission to Strengthen Democracy and the Rule of Law, Decree of President of Ukraine No. 238/209, April 13, 2009; Shevchenko Freedom Award, Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, September 29, 2012; Ukrainian World Congress (UWC), St. Volodymyr’s Life Achievement Award, Lviv, Ukraine, August 20, 2013. Member of the Constitutional Commission of Ukraine, Decree of the President No. 273/2015, March 31, 2015.