Becca O'Neill, a second-year University of Louisville law student, spent this past summer in Kigali, Rwanda, as one of the first two Americans to intern at Rwanda’s National Service of Gacaca Courts. The Gacaca system represents Rwanda's effort to achieve “a sense of order and basic justice” after militias in 1994 killed an estimated 800,000 to 1 million people. More than a decade after genocide ravaged their country, Rwanda citizens live among people they know to have killed their mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and children.
Many Americans know that genocide happened in Rwanda. Thanks to the Law School’s Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program and a grant from the Student Bar Foundation, Becca O'Neill has become one of the few outsiders to experience firsthand Rwanda's struggle — and to contribute to that country's quest for order, reconciliation, and justice.
You can read more about Becca O'Neill in the fall 2007 issue of our alumni magazine, University of Louisville | Law, on the UofL's online news feed, and on the Kentucky Law Review blog.