I'm extremely humbled to speak at the Criminal Justice Institute before my colleagues this summer. I will focus my attention on opening statements and the skills needed in order to successfully connect with your fact-funder, whether that be directly to the jury or to the court. This will be fun.
Just completed a weeklong Trial Advocacy seminar teaching African lawyers here in Uganda. I was incredibly privileged to have a large number of great advocates and a bunch of them happened to be woman and they all absolutely excelled. I'm so incredibly grateful and learned more than I thought possible. - Northern Uganda. #changingtheworld
If I haven't made this clear, I love this so much!
What an extraordinary evening. Dancing outdoors under a full moon in Northern Uganda with my Ugandan lawyer students as they tried in vain to teach me how to dance like an African. All of this while listening to a live Congolese band from the Democratic Republic of the Congo that none of us could understand as they sang in a dialect nobody understood. And you know what, it didn't matter. It was hysterical, and perfect.
I caught this in a small shop on the edge of Gulu, Northern Uganda from a dirt street. They walked out together and were just in their own little world. Could have been anyplace on the planet. Girlfriends are girlfriends. Frankly, one of my favorite shots of the trip.
Four brothers. Three are waiting to go to school on a cool morning during the wet season as the fourth sits at the end of the bench, waiting his turn. It's coming my friend, it's coming. - Northern Uganda.— at Northern Region, Uganda.
For many, school is the only hope for a brighter future. This is even more true is places that are economically challenged or because of other strike, like disease or war. Gulu, in just such a place.
This young girl was walking with such purpose in the street on her way to school that all I could think was, she will not be denied.
School was getting ready to start and these kids turned a corner and into the sun as they worked their way toward another day — at Northern Region, Uganda.
Trial advocacy here in Africa is about more than making these lawyers better advocates. The by-product is about equality and access and maybe even justice ultimately. You want to help build up a nation and its people? Make sure their legal system works for all and they just might believe. It may sometimes be the only thing that binds them together. What's not to love? If that makes me a subversive, that might be the nicest thing I've ever been called. And it wouldn't be the first time (Faculty members Steve Fury and Jude Ojok).
An incredible Day 2 teaching trial advocacy to Ugandan lawyers in Gulu. One of my colleagues, Jude Ogik, is an extraordinary Ugandan lawyer and teacher. He was just assigned 21 death penalty cases in the High Court. Contemplate the pressure and the capability it takes to do this. It's amazing. Frankly the work that he did with former child soldiers with the LRA is nothing short of mindblowing.
I'm learning more than any of the students here and I'm one of the teachers. Incredible.