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 treasurer of the 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 Themis Bar Campus Representative, a member of the UI President’s Black Student Advisory Committee, Student Ambassador and Global Ambassador at Iowa Law, and a volunteer at the Oaknoll Retirement Community Home in Iowa City.
Uluocha spent her summer working as an intern in the Wrongful Conviction Division of the Iowa State Public Defender’s Office in Des Moines, Iowa. She’s also interned for the Iowa and Midwest Innocence Project, and is looking forward to continuing her work as a graduate research assistant at the Rural Policy Research Institute this fall.
As a second-year student at Iowa Law who is also working on a Master of Health Administration at the UI College of Public Health, Uluocha hopes to specialize in health policy after she completes her studies in May 2018.