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Get to Know … Winnie Uluocha, 3L

Winnie Uluocha, 3L
Chicago, Illinois

For Winnie Uluocha, it all started with an undergraduate course at DePaul University called “Rights of Defendants.”

Though it was the only law class Uluocha took as an undergraduate student, her professor recognized her passion for advocacy and ultimately encouraged her to consider law school.

“He saw my passion for advocacy and we had many discussions about the law and society,” Uluocha says. “At the end of the quarter, this professor, who was also a practicing lawyer, encouraged me to pursue a legal education as the best way to effect change.”

Now a student, Uluocha is a member of the University of Iowa Student Government (UISG), specifically the President’s Diversity Charter Committee, Black Law Students Association (BLSA), the Organization of Women Law Students and Staff (OWLSS), Equal Justice Foundation, and the Pro Bono Society. She’s also a board member of the Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County (NCJC), a member of the Law School and College of Public Health’s Diversity Committee, a Student Ambassador, and a volunteer at the Oaknoll Retirement Community Home in Iowa City.

Uluocha spent her summer working as a health administrative intern for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics under Chief Operating Officer, Sabi Singh. She is looking forward to continuing her work as a graduate research assistant at the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) this fall where she summarizes proposed rules from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for the Health Panel and helps draft the comment letters submitted to CMS.

Additionally, Uluocha was one of three students selected to represent the Iowa MHA program at the 22nd Annual Everett V. Fox Student Case Competition at the 32nd Annual Education Conference for the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE), October 17-20 in San Antonio, TX. This is the first year in the Iowa MHA program’s history that they will send a team to compete at this prestigious national case competition and event.

As a third-year student at Iowa Law and a second-year Master of Health Administration student at the UI College of Public Health, Uluocha hopes to utilize her skills as a health lawyer after she completes her studies in May 2019.

“As I enter my last year in law school, I feel Iowa Law has done an exemplary job preparing me for a dynamic and challenging legal field,” says Uluocha. “I have learned the significant implications my advocacy skills will have on my future clients as well as the social responsibility I have as a member of the legal community.”