Ever wondered what smart, well-behaved, beautiful advocates sound like? Wonder no more! I picked a quintessential example of the said advocate, Joanne Wanjiru. She is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, she enjoys good jokes, good food and bad puns, and this is what she said: 😂😂

Joanne, you realise people are probably wondering how heavy that book is? 

This book is as heavy as the content in it. If you lack weights in your house for those biceps and triceps talk to me nicely 😜😜

Haha, studying law is tedious. Numerous books, and lots of years in school. What made you love law enough to put yourself through 5 years of education?

I actually didn’t want to do it initially, but as the years went by I realized I actually love it and all its melodramatic ways. I enjoy the dynamics that come with practice. Everyday is a learning experience, a chance to make things better for someone out there.

Very noble. Lawyers are viewed as smart people, who make lots of money. The recent unemployment spikes haven’t spared anyone, and so employment, regardless of the pay grade is to be celebrated. Is it frustrating to be a lawyer that doesn’t drive a 3000cc car?

The age-old myth, everyone assumes now that I’ve done law I should be one of the youngest millionaires around driving the latest German car (beautiful machines) but that’s sadly not the reality on the ground. Practice can be frustrating and yes at times you sit and think, years of schooling for this? I encourage myself that it’s gonna get better; patience pays…that’s what they say, right? 😄 (guffaws like a smart lawyer would)

Riiiight, 😏 seeing how long lawyers, engineers and doctors stay in school, what are the odds of you mentioning you’re a lawyer in a random conversation?

Hahaha once in a while I’ll slide it into a conversation (part of marketing yourself) other times people will notice from how I engage them in conversation. My dad though, 😀 he shouts it from the rooftops my daughter, the advocate! Makes me smile every time, how proud he is when saying it 😊😊

The number of television series nowadays is huge, spiked by a drama-hungry public. How many times have you poked holes in a television drama that depicts a court room, and they made a legal faux pas?

Countless times!Worst part is people come to you with the mentality of “that’s how my case is supposed to go, why aren’t you doing this or that”? People…that’s not how practice works! Each case is different, our laws are different and procedures are different as well, don’t expect your advocate to go all Harvey in a court room 😂😂

If the price was right, would you represent Donald Trump?

Depends on what he did or didn’t do 😝

How integral is your faith when making decisions on who to represent or avoid?

Very very key. Being a born again advocate is interesting. It can makes the practicality of the faith you practice a reality. Do you seek justice, show love, practice fairness, honesty or any of the things we are called to do as Christians? Or are you always compromising your faith for that extra shilling? It can be hard and when you see injustice and at times you are part of the problem. It challenges me to play my part.

Finally, pineapples on pizza, pardonable or punishable by death?

Do I get pizza after this? 😏 Definitely pardonable, who would have thought those two would produce such sweetness to the palate? 😉


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