UBC Reports | Vol. 49 | No. 5 | May
UBC Law Grad to be Married in Romania
Lithuanian lawyer adds UBC degree.
By Erica Smishek
From the law courts of Lithuania to the basketball courts
at UBC, Linas Antanavicius has covered a lot of ground in
31 years. Hes about to cover more.
Armed with a new Bachelor of Laws from UBC, Antanavicius
will article with downtown Vancouver law firm Specht &
Pryer, which specializes in personal injury and corporate
and commercial law, later this summer. But first he and fiancée
Ann Seymour, also a new UBC law graduate, will travel to Lithuania,
pick up his mother and brother, and join Seymours family
in her native Romania for their wedding.
I told him he has to take a break, she says.
He hasnt had any time off in three years.
Her genial partner just smiles, knowing that hard work is
ingrained in his character.
Born in Lithuania, 67 Antanavicius received a
degree in civil law at Vilnius University in 1995 and also
studied business law in Sweden and health legislation in Miami.
He was a lawyer for the Ministry of Health in Lithuania and,
at 23, was the youngest person to serve as a City Counselor
in Vilnius, the capital, after the country gained independence.
I had an interest in history and politics and had participated
in the independence movement in Lithuania, he explains
of his public service. It was good experience at such
a young age. I made good connections and contacts and learned
more about how political life works.
Lithuania became the first Soviet republic to declare its
independence in March 1990; the proclamation was finally recognized
in September 1991 and the last Russian troops withdrew in
The country has changed very rapidly, says Antanavicius.
Thirteen years ago, it was hard to imagine wed
be a member of the European Union. Now there is a lot of legislation
to deal with the shift from a socialist economy to a market
economy but the political system is still developing.
Determined to broaden his opportunities to practice law,
Antanavicius came to UBC to study common law.
During his studies he worked at the law firm where he will
article, assisted faculty members with research, conducted
research for the International Legal Resources Corporation,
volunteered for the UBC Law Students Legal Advice Program
and played in the UBC Nitobe Basketball League. He serves
on the Lithuanian Community of British Columbia board and
established the Baltic Business Network to unite professionals
from the Baltic States and assist with trade missions.
I would like to have some clients in Europe who want
to do business in Canada and some clients in Canada who want
to do business in Europe, he says of his future law
career. It would be ideal given my knowledge of both