AML people, folks, I hope this post finds you all doing well. There is a lot happening in the industry, as always, but I break the momentum of legal news, legal drama and commentary/analysis to share with you a recent interview I granted to Pamelastitch.com. I have always enjoyed Pamela’s writings and interviews so it was a no brainer to say “yes.” I enjoyed the interview and it was one that endeavored to dig a little deeper, as I expected. Check it out. Have a great Tuesday and let’s catch up here on AML real soon.
“Ms. Oduok is a force to be reckoned with within the African and Diasporan entertainment and fashion industry. She is an accomplished lawyer who also has her juris doctorate and is also a partner in a law firm. She is a phenomenal woman and I am so excited that she was open to granting us an interview.
PamelaStitch.com: When did you know that you wanted to be a lawyer?
Uduak: Since I was a child, about five years old.
PamelaStitch.com:What challenges did you have to overcome to achieve this dream?
Uduak: Hmmm . . . I have never thought about it. I just orchestrated my life towards my goal of being a lawyer and did it. In tangible terms, I guess it would be economic hardship. When I told people I wanted to be a lawyer, 99.99% of the time, no one challenged me. They always reaffirmed what I wanted to do. In fact, when I reconnected with my friends from grade school and informed them of what I was now doing, they responded with, “that’s expected.” They said I have always had it written all over me. (Laughs) So, I guess it would be economic hardship more so. But, I don’t see obstacles or challenges when I set my eyes on what I want to achieve. It will come to pass, regardless of what is in front of me, is how I see things.
PamelaStitch.com:Like most occupations, some have a romantic view of the law profession….how is it really? Some think Ally Mcbeal and I know it really isn’t that way..so could you share with us the reality of the law profession?
Uduak: It is hardwork, mentally and intellectually challenging. On a daily basis, for your clients, you are either starting or putting out fires (litigation) or preventing them from happening (contracts negotiations/drafting). Then there is the relationship with your colleagues who represent opponents and of course those you foster with the judges and those you routinely interact with at the courthouse i.e. court clerks, bailiffs etc. It is however VERY fulfilling work if you are passionate about it and practice the kind of law you want to practice. Don’t go into oil and gas law or corporate law because everyone thinks you should or for the money. Do it because you really want to. Otherwise, you can lose your soul and waste years. Especially if you work for larger law firms, you can easily spend over 80hours a week away from home and in the office including weekends. If you choose that path, it is a bit manageable if you are doing the type of law you are most passionate about.
PamelaStitch.com: I know that you are of Nigerian descent, have you found that to be a barrier in terms of your chosen career field and achieving your dreams?
Uduak: (Laughs) I have never been asked that before. It feels funny to be asked that. I have heard people say they feel shy about following law because of their accent as Nigerians. For me, based on my personality and whose child I know I am (i.e. my mother and God’s child), I don’t ask anyone’s permission to be successful. I take what l know rightfully belongs to me. Accent or no accent, stereotypes or no stereotypes I was born to do law and be a lawyer. I belong in the courtroom or doing work that is law related. It just is what it is. . .”
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