• ULS President Francis Gimara Meeting Law School Presidents

    ULS President Francis Gimara Meeting Law School Presidents

    ULS President Francis Gimara meets Law School Presidents from Makerere University, KIU, UCU and IUIU to discuss linkages and ways of supporting the University Law Societies to produce vibrant and ethical Lawyers. At the meeting they discussed strategies on how to improve the teaching of the Law and promoting ethical behavior.

  • ULS Executive Council Press Conference on Attacks at Court

    ULS Executive Council Press Conference on Attacks at Court

    ULS Executive Council address members of the Press in respect to the 10th August 2016 attack on Makindye Chief Magistrates Court and members of the Legal Fraternity. The press conference was on 11th August 2016 at the ULS Secretariat.

  • ULS Executive Meeting With Justice Remmy Kasule

    ULS Executive Meeting With Justice Remmy Kasule

    The Executive Council pose for a photograph with Justice Remmy Kasule, the Chairperson of the Law Council, after a meeting at the ULS Secretariat on 20th July 2016 to discuss a number of key issues affecting the Fraternity

  • Award Winners at FLC High Tea

    Award Winners at FLC High Tea

    Panelists at the ULS Female Lawyers' Committee High Tea and ULS President together with the ladies celebrated for their service to the Legal Profession, ULS Past Presidents: Justice Solome Bbosa; Harriet Diana Musoke; and Ruth Sebatindira pose for a photograph at the event held on 4th August 2016.

President's Message

AN URGENT LETTER TO ADVOCATES ON INTEGRITY OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION

Dear colleagues,

It is now three months since a new Law Society Council was constituted. During this time, we have embarked on several innovations to make the Law Society more engaged in protecting the interests of its membership, the public and the rule of law.

It is our belief that these initiatives will restore public confidence in the society and place it on the path of fulfilling its statutory mandate.
Regrettably, we have been inundated with complaints from members of the public about unprofessional conduct by some members of our esteemed society. Our analysis of disciplinary cases before the Law Council shows an increase in the number of complaints against practicing advocates over the last three years. These have involved allegations of failure to account for clients' money, failure to carry out instructions, land transactions and generally conduct unbecoming of an advocate.

While we reject any unsubstantiated omnibus condemnation of the members of the Society as many Advocates go about their jobs with integrity, we remain concerned about the increasing number of disciplinary cases and of late criminal convictions of some lawyers in courts of law on allegations of unethical conduct. We believe that these happenings, soil the image of the Law Society and its members; undermine the integrity of judicial processes; and inhibits access to justice.

I write this urgent letter of appeal to all Advocates to continuously remind ourselves about maintaining a high level of professional ethics. Let us all recall that an advocate is a minister of justice, an Officer of the Courts, a client's Advocate and a member of an ancient, honorable and learned profession.

We all owe a duty to carry on the practice of law and discharge our responsibilities to clients, courts, the public and other members of the profession honorably and with integrity.

FRANCIS GIMARA
PRESIDENT - UGANDA LAW SOCIETY

Upcoming Events

Aug 26
Young Lawyers' Training and Members' Open Day
ULS 2016 Members Open Day and Young Lawyers Training on Ethics and Practice Management this Friday 26th August at the Secretariat
Aug 27
ULS Members' Sports and Fun Day 2016
ULS Members' Sports and Fun Day at the KCCA Football Grounds - Lugogo starting at 12:00pm.

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