Written by Sandu Loredana
On July 21, America House Chisinau hosted an event on the topic “How Do You Succeed in Law” with Vladimir Palamarciuc, a lawyer specializing in civil law, contracts, public procurement, litigation and insolvency proceedings.
Vladimir Palamarciuc had many fascinating insights to share with the audience at the event as he co-founded the Young Lawyers Association under the Moldovan Bar back in 2012 and has recently been elected the President of the European Young Bar Association.
Vladimir began the event with a brief overview of his career, as well as of his hobbies and interests. The audience, despite being seamlessly diverse, all listened attentively to his stories and tips. Some of the participants were law students, some were friends of Mr. Palamarciuc and we even had an ex-judge in the audience. Despite the differences, they were all curious about his academic background, his experience as a Professional Fellows Program alumnus in New Mexico, and his inspiring journey to become who he is today.
Mr. Palamarciuc shared both the benefits and drawbacks of a career in law. He began by expressing the difficulty of becoming employed in a prestigious law firm. You had to have excellent grades, great recommendations from teachers, as well as diverse extracurricular activities. He has also noted the importance of having great writing skills, which he acquired and improved over time by writing law-related articles for Revista Națională de Drept. To its core, he is a firm believer that law is essentially about life. At law school, you first study life, the relations between people, and then about law, as he has stated. Additionally, Mr. Palamarciuc believes that to be a lawyer, you truly need a great deal of perseverance, passion, logic, and intelligence.
Of course, this profession has both its ups and downs. In terms of advantages, he said he admires the flexibility that a job as a lawyer offers, as they get to practice the profession independently. However, the disadvantage of such a job is the high amount of stress that comes with it. This caused many young lawyers to quit and switch their professions. He has also stated that sometimes it can be difficult as you have to find the best solutions for your client, even if they may not be the solutions that the client wants. The cases he receives can sometimes be very complex, but he embraces each question with a great deal of curiosity and is not afraid to tackle things that he is unfamiliar with. Ultimately, he believes that those who truly enjoy practicing law will succeed no matter what obstacles come their way.
Besides his career, Mr. Palamarciuc shared some of his personal advice regarding time management and staying productive. When asked about how he manages his time, he explained that he divides his tasks into four categories: urgent, important, non-urgent, and non-important. He prioritizes the tasks that are urgent and important and then delays or delegates the tasks that are non-urgent and non-important. This has helped him a lot in his career. He also mentions how important it is to focus on one thing at a time and avoid distractions at all times, as even 1-2 minutes of distraction can disturb your focus for several hours. He also mentions that it is quintessential to find your “Einstein Window”, the time in the day when you are the most productive, and use it to the fullest. Mr. Palamarciuc also offered us a book recommendation, called “Range” by David Epstein, as he has truly resonated with it and it has personally inspired him in his journey.
After this truly fascinating discussion, our audience felt motivated and inspired to work hard towards their dream and reach their fullest potential day by day! Have you ever thought of pursuing a career in law?