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Newsmaker: Ellen Freeman

| Monday, June 25, 2007, 12:00 p.m.

Residence: O'Hara

Age: 39

Family: Husband, Kenneth; daughters, Katya, 19, and Juliana, 7

Occupation: Immigration attorney for Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, Downtown

Noteworthy: Named to serve on the American Immigration Lawyers Association's Health Care Professionals Committee and the Ethics and Practice Management Committee.

Education: Law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, 1999; master's degree in international affairs from Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, 1999; master's degree of arts from Odessa National University, Ukraine, 1989.

Background: Immigrated to the United States from Ukraine in 1993 and became a U.S. citizen in 1998; secretary of the American Immigration Lawyers Association's Pittsburgh chapter.

Quote: "I always wanted to be an attorney. I just came back from Ukraine and saw what happens when people don't abide by the rule of law. You cannot imagine all the corruption there. It's worse than it was when I was growing up there."

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