Uchechi Amadi-Ihebuzor ’11 did not enter law school expecting to launch a new legal journal. But that is what the Columbus, Ohio, native found herself doing last year, when she helped launch the Columbia Journal of Race and Law.
“Working on the journal was a great way for me to connect many of the issues I care about,” says Amadi-Ihebuzor, who holds an undergraduate degree in journalism. “Being part of the founding board is something I will remember for the rest of my life.” She also made a lasting impact by organizing the journal’s inaugural symposium this past fall and serving as chair of the Law School’s Civil Rights Law Society.
This fall, Amadi-Ihebuzor will return to her hometown to begin work in the Columbus office of Jones Day, where she will specialize in litigation and employment law.
“I enjoy taking theoretical concepts learned in the first year and seeing how they apply to real-life problems,” says Amadi-Ihebuzor. “A Law School seminar in employment discrimination solidified my interest in the field I hope to enter next year.”
Amadi-Ihebuzor leaves Columbia with other strong interests nurtured over the course of her time at the Law School. For instance, she describes her year at the Child Advocacy Clinic, which represents adolescents who have aged out of New York City’s foster care system, as deeply rewarding. “It allowed me to argue in a New York criminal court, resulting in an order that worked in our favor,” Amadi-Ihebuzor says. “It also improved my writing. I drafted a motion and worked on case-management strategy.”
As for her future, Amadi-Ihebuzor says one thing is definite: “I can say with certainty that I will advocate for clinical education for the rest of my life.”