Access to justice is something that I sometimes take for granted. I know that I can file a lawsuit and that it will be heard by a jury of my client’s peers. That is not the case around the world. There are many places where justice and the idea of being able to access justice is only a dream.
Many African Countries have very little in the way of formal training to teach lawyers how to effectively advocate for their clients and get the justice they deserve. Justice Advocacy Africa (JAA) is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to teaching lawyers the necessary skills to bring justice to their clients.
I have been fortunate enough to be invited to teach at the JAA program in Kampala, Uganda August 8-12, 2016. I will chronicle my journey in various blog posts that will follow, from booking my flight and getting necessary vaccines, to traveling to Uganda and participating in the program. After the program is over, I also hope to travel a bit throughout Uganda and explore its culture and people.
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Below is a picture of one of the courts in Kampala that I will be visiting and teaching at.
The adventure begins with me booking my flight. Traveling to Africa from Seattle is no small endeavor and I quickly learned it would be a multiple day trip. Since JAA is a non-profit, we pay our own way to go to Africa to teach. Airplane tickets range from the low end at around $1,400 to the high end $5,000 plus. Since I’m on a budget I prefer to spend my money in the country traveling and buying souvenirs. I’ll go ahead and book the low-end budget flight that will take me from Seattle to Dubai with a 22-hour layover until finally flying into Kampala, Uganda.
I have to tell you, I hate flying. I actually get extreme anxiety on planes and so the thought of a 14 plus hour flight to Dubai does not thrill me. But we do what we have to do to get the job done. I am hoping that I will be able to grab a shower and change of clothes in Dubai and explore a bit on my long lay over.
Next steps are to see what vaccines I need and get them as soon as possible. The thought of getting a multitude of shots is about as pleasing as the thought of a 14-hour flight, but certain ones will be required to travel and others are necessary for peace of mind. Stay tuned…
Attorney Sunshine Bradshaw is a trial lawyer dedicated to representing people who have been injured due to the negligence of others. When she is not fighting for justice for her clients, she is riding her motorcycle, playing with her her pug, or snuggling with her cats.