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During this second trip to Uganda, I had
been summoned to meet with a Uganda
High Court judge. He explained to me that
two Pepperdine legal interns had written a
memorandum for him the prior summer
urging Uganda to adopt a system of plea
bargaining, which would dramatically reduce
the time prisoners spent on remand waiting
for their day in court. By the end of the conversation, we had agreed that he and five of
his fellow judges would travel to Pepperdine
the next month to study whether the students' recommendation should be adopted.
During this seven-day study tour in Los
Angeles, the judges resolved to move forward with designing and implementing
a plea bargaining system and asked me to
move to Uganda to assist in their efforts. I
agreed to think about it, but didn't commit
to anything other than returning the following month with one of my Pepperdine
colleagues to prepare cases for resolution at
another juvenile prison in Kampala during
the time our student interns were in Uganda.
A few months, later, I hosted a second delegation of Ugandan judges, which included
the chief justice of Uganda, for another study
tour of the U.S. criminal justice system. During
that trip, I cornered the chief justice and asked

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him an important question: "Under Uganda's
constitution, you have the power to authorize
a foreign lawyer to appear in Uganda courts
on behalf of criminal defendant. May I have
your permission to argue an appeal on behalf
of a juvenile convicted of murder?"
He pondered this strange request, then
asked: "Does he want you to represent him?"
"He does," I said, and then held my breath.
"Why not! You will be the first American
ever to appear in our courts," he mused.
Fifteen months later, my family and I relocated to Uganda for six months so I could
assist the judiciary in designing and implementing plea bargaining. While we were
there, Henry was admitted to the top secondary school in the country as he worked toward
his dream of becoming a doctor. By the end of
our six-month stay, two pilot programs successfully utilized the new system in separate
juvenile prisons, including at Ihungu, where I'd
met Henry two years earlier. Henry insisted on
accompanying me back to Ihungu so he could
sit with the prisoners and encourage them to
pursue their dreams after they were released.
In March 2013 three Ugandan judges donning black robes and white wigs filed into the
courtroom. All eyes turned toward me-the
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lawyers waiting for their cases to be called.
I had picked up Henry from school that
morning and he sat a few rows behind me.
When his case was called, he was led to the
"prisoner dock" as I moved to the podium to
present his appeal. For 30 minutes, I confidently explained to the court that Henry had
been denied due process of law and urged
the court to dismiss all charges against him
because he was innocent. While we were relieved to have the hearing behind us, Henry
and I had to endure more than two years of
uncertainty as we waited for the court's ruling.
On June, 19, 2015, it finally arrived: Henry was exonerated of all charges. The case
was over, and Henry was finally fully free-
more than seven years after he was arrested.
It's now been six years since Henry and I
met, and we've talked every week since then.
I've been back to Uganda 17 times and still
work very closely with the Ugandan judiciary. In October 2015, Pepperdine and Uganda
signed a new Memorandum of Understanding in Malibu, expanding the scope of our
relationship. Uganda has now fully implemented plea bargaining in all juvenile and
adult prisons, and is working to streamline
other aspects of its justice system.
I'm scheduled to become a Ugandan citizen early next year, shortly after Henry visits
the United States for the first time between
semesters of his second year of medical
school. Henry and I will be traveling around
the country to speak about the book we wrote
together. The book is aptly titled Divine Collision, and tells the story about how our
improbable meeting dramatically changed
both of our lives. Henry and I will also be
appearing at screenings of a documentary
called Remand that tells the story of how the
passionate efforts of a few Pepperdine students to make an impact on injustice in the
developing world . . . did precisely that. IE
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University. The Global Justice Program partners
with a global network of foreign judicial
systems, human rights agencies, development
organizations, and international universities,
which is described in more detail in the cover
story (on page 20) of this issue.


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Toward a Better World
Tech Abroad
The University of Virginia Seeks to Emulate Its Founder
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Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
International Enrollment
View From Out Here
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