23 April 2018

Uganda: Don't Be Money-Hungry, Katureebe Tells Law Students

Kampala — Chief Justice Bart Katureebe has cautioned law students not to turn into lawyers who "fix deals" upon graduation but follow ethical procedures when practising the profession.

The Chief Justice made the remarks at the weekend during the 20th Makerere University law students' dinner at Kampala Serena Hotel.

"Which side are you going to belong; that of a lawyer who fixes deals or a lawyer who is ethical and professional, satisfies his clients and makes money as well?" Justice Katureebe said. "Do you want to belong to Chambers Global or you want to be referred to the Law Council for disciplinary action," he added.

The Chief Justice also cautioned the law students to be careful on how they treat their clients when they come out of the law school.

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He explained that in the era of social media, anything they do, however small, will be noticed.

"You are going to think, not of yourself but for yourself. This world where social media is the order of the day; you do one small thing such as cheating a client, they will post you on their social media groups and it will be world over and it is hard to be recalled," Justice Katureebe said.

At the same dinner, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Mr Mike Chibita, urged the students to keep time at school and when they join the labour market.

"Keeping time is very important. God was very democratic in allocating time across, with everyone getting 24 hours in a day. There is no one who gets more or less hours. But some people instead are leasing their time while others, the 24 hours are just not enough," Mr Chibita said. "I have indeed come to appreciate that time is money," he added.

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