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O’Melveny’s Yelizarov Details Growing Up As a Refugee and Firm’s NY Scholarship Program

September 18, 2015 The September 18, 2015, New York Law Journal, gave a detailed account of how a scholarship from O’Melveny & Myers put now associate Vladimir Yelizarov on the path to becoming a lawyer and dedicating extensive time to pro bono efforts. Yelizarov emigrated from the former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan in Central Asia when he was 13 years old. While he was in high school, still learning English and delivering groceries after school, Yelizarov was awarded an O’Melveny scholarship and gained mentors in O’Melveny’s lawyers “who took a genuine interest in me and my potential.” That propelled him to study law and come to O’Melveny with an eye on the Firm’s extensive pro bono efforts. Realizing the importance of a well-timed scholarship, Yelizarov and several friends established EduMaKate, a nonprofit organization that "empowers" high school students to get a college degree and realize their career potential, according to the article.

Yelizarov is an associate in O’Melveny’s New York office and a member of the Project Development and Real Estate Practice.