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GBAM, Uosu

Nigeria & University of Johannesburg, 2019

Degree of study:
LLM in Human Rights

Uosu Janet Gbam is a Lawyer and certified counselor. She offers pro bono legal service to underprivileged people in her community through her organization, Fortitude Attorneys (http://fortitudeattorneys.com). In the course of her three-year law career, she has personally secured the release of about 25 persons standing trial without legal representation, and hundreds more through her co-convened organization the Network of Pro bono Lawyers. The Network of Pro bono lawyers is a 500 plus legal community of pro bono lawyers committed to creating access to legal representation for indigent persons in Nigeria by collectively harnessing power, fostering collaboration and increasing the capacity of pro bono legal service providers. Janet has over seven years of volunteer experience across several justice organizations, including the Brooklyn Defenders Services (New York). Janet completed a six-week Civic Leadership Institute from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in 2017 as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship programme for young African Leaders. In addition, Janet has consulted for the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) on a US Agency for International Development (USAID) funded project “SMILE” aimed at helping families have a sustainable livelihood by preventing human trafficking and migration. She has also implemented projects funded by the United States Department and the US Embassy Abuja. Janet is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society.