ProBono.Org is a dynamic NGO that works with the private legal profession to provide pro bono legal services to the poor.
We harness the enormous skill, might and strength of the South African private legal fraternity to cases and clients that we identify. Our existence is a response to the lack of access to justice for people in South African who are unable to pay for their own private legal representation.Section 34 of our Constitution, giving everyone the right to have any dispute resolved by the application of law decided in a fair public hearing before a court, or… another independent and impartial tribunal or forum, has no meaning whatsoever, if a person is unable to afford representation. ProBono.Org has as its goal, the creation of sufficient free legal representation for all who need it.
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Welcome to Michelle Odayan - ProBono.Org’s new National Director
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Michelle Odayan as the National Director of ProBono.Org as from April 2018. She is a nonpractising Advocate of the High Court of South Africa (BA.LLB), a social entrepreneur and the co-founder of the Indiba–Africa Group, a human and rights centered development practice.
Durban office welcomes staff attorney Seshni Govender
Change is inevitable and every organisation goes through staffing changes. However, while we frequently see interns leave after a year or two, the Durban office has welcomed a new staff attorney, Seshni Govender. Seshni joins us from private practice where she primarily worked on family law and criminal matters. She
The Department of “Happiness Affairs”
By Zekhethelo Cele, Legal Intern, Cape Town On 6 April ProBono.Org Cape Town together with Sonke Gender Justice, the Legal Resources Centre, the South African Human Rights Commission, UCT Refugee Law Clinic, Scalabrini, Resilience Africa and UNIFAM held an awareness event as part of their mission to ensure that the
By Masechaba Modise, Legal Intern Emily Ruth West is a young, vibrant legal practitioner, practising at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. She was born in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. She obtained her law degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and relocated to Johannesburg to commence her articles with the firm in 2015. In May
New interns for Cape Town
Courtney Cupido obtained her LLB Degree from the University of the Western Cape in 2016, after which she attended UCT’s School for Legal Practice which solidified her interest in human rights law and social justice. During her studies she was a member of the Street Law Society, the Institute of
LEGAL CLINIC OPENS FOR THE LANGA COMMUNITY OF CAPE TOWN
South Africa has robust laws which protect the vulnerable but enforcement of these laws lags behind. There is a scarcity of lawyers working at community levels which hinders much needed legal reform. Grassroots justice is therefore required to fill the gap. In response to this problem, the Cape Town office
Patrick Bracher speaks to Yasmin Sooka, the Executive Director of the Foundation for Human Rights
Our guest was Yasmin Sooka, the Executive Director of the Foundation for Human Rights. On 26 March the FHR launched the results of their attitudinal survey on the SA Constitution, entitled Democracy Challenged. Over 24,000 people were interviewed across all provinces on their awareness, access and attitude to human rights,
Lavanya Pillay of Webber Wentzel talks about the right to freedom of expression
Our guest was Lavanya Pillay of Webber Wentzel, who was talking about the right to freedom of expression. Lavanya was part of the three person Webber Wentzel team (the others were Dario Milo and Thando Khumalo) who brought an urgent applicaton on behalf of the producers to have the X18
Human Rights Festival - Constitution Hill - Friday 23 to Sunday 25 March 2018
Festival Overview: Constitution Hill, in partnership with the human rights and social justice fraternity, is proud to present the inaugural Human Rights Festival. The Human Rights Festival commemorates Human Rights Day which pays homage to all those who lost their lives in the fight for democracy, particularly during the Sharpeville Massacre of
Welcome to our interns for 2018
JOHANNESBURG The Family Law, Labour Law and Wills Unit has two interns this year: Molebogeng Manyako hails from Rustenburg and completed her LLB degree at North West University (Mahikeng Campus) in 2015. She wanted to work for ProBono.Org to assist indigent people with their legal problems. Suraya Mckenzie-Pillay graduated