Our Werk Crush Wednesday’s passion for Health Law and Ethics resonates with me so deeply because I am currently suffering from a terrible toothache. My other source of pain is the thought of how much a trip to the dentist is going to cost me! We definitely need more affordable and easily accessible healthcare facilities!
Lets hear more about Martha Nante, a lawyer from Uganda who is passionate about Health Law and Ethics. She shares with us how her personal experience has led her to advocate for better healthcare for women in Uganda and Africa.
LLB (Hons), Uganda Christian University.
Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Law Development Centre.
LLM, (pending), Nottingham Trent University.
Currently working with a law firm called Fides Legal Advocates as a Legal Associate.
Your practice areas:
I came straight from law school into legal practice with a law firm that mostly deals in Corporate and Commercial Law, Land Transactions, Family Law and Civil Litigation. However, I am working on a switch to advocacy in Health Law and Ethics after my LLM because this is what I have always had the passion for.
The reaction when people find out you are a lawyer:
“You must be rich, lawyers have money”
“I’ll need your help with this matter”
A major move in the last 5 years:
Being a woman that suffers from a reproductive disorder, Endometriosis, whose stats indicate to affect 1 in 10 women, my major move has been the realisation that no one, but me, will advocate for the healthcare system that I wish to see. Dealing with experiences as these opens your eyes to a lot of health injustices people deal with everyday. I believe I am a lawyer that has to reach out and stand for those without a voice.
Why you chose to study law:
Ultimately, I go for paths less paved and I do not follow the crowd. Law is one of those careers that require a lot of input and resources, and many sacrifices but is worth it! I was not willing to settle on anything but law.
Something you wish you could change about legal practice:
I want to see the Law operate the way it’s supposed to operate, without compromise, and with utmost equality. What you are taught in law school is normally not exactly what is happening in practice.I wish there was a way to bridge that divide.
A beauty staple and closet item you can’t live without:
M.A.C Pro Long wear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation (NC50)-This can take me the whole day on the run with a fair face, touched up with M.A.C Studio Fix Powder(NW45).
My most loyal closet item would be my Prada bag that dubs as my work bag, stylish and big enough to carry everything you need on the go.
Describe your Werk style:
Anything formal but also light enough because the weather keeps changing. A jacket is a must have for when it gets cold or when I have court.
Did I thank God for dull colors?
When stressed or overwhelmed, what do you do to refocus:
I discuss whatever it is stressing or overwhelming me with a loved one- this could be a talk with God, a family member or a friend. They help remind you of what truly matters and usually give the best shoulders and advise.
A time you made a mistake at work and how you bounced back:
I remember an incident at law school where I copied a draft examination timetable thinking it was the final timetable. I missed an exam that was indicated to be written in the afternoon on the draft yet, it was written in the morning! I was devastated and waited a whole year to have to do this one paper. I eventually did it and graduated.
A physical or spiritual practice you have adopted:
Spiritual -Gratitude for the smallest of things. I take time off every morning to count my blessings even those I would normally miss before I say my prayer to start my day. Helps me get the perspective of my achievements and appreciate how far God has actually brought me.
Physical- To listen more than I speak, to ask more questions, talk about myself less, to show kindness when presented with a chance, I assume everyone is going through something so a little act of kindness might do someone good.
Bad recommendations or assumptions about law that you often hear?
Lawyers are ‘cheats’or even ‘thieves.’
This narrative is wrong because, honestly, no one goes to law school for 5 years, passes the bar only to charge below average or nothing for a legal service unless they are doing Pro-bono work.
The best or most worthwhile investment you have ever made?
Funding for my LLM basically. This right here is going to be my biggest investment so far.
Major goal for the next 5 years:
Change the dynamics of health law and policy in Uganda and Africa as a whole.
Quote you live your life by:
The quickest way to happiness is learning to be selfless.
Where can people get in touch with you to say hi:
LinkedIn: Martha Nante
Facebook: Martha Nante