DECEMBER 2015 NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 43

DECEMBER 2015 NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 43

2015 has been an eventful year, with many dramatic issues hitting the headlines, from xenophobia rearing its head again to the recent student activism against the cost of higher education. In this edition we highlight some of the prominent issues dealt with in our Joburg, Durban and Pretoria offices this year.

 

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OCTOBER 2015 NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 42

OCTOBER 2015 NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 42

We dedicate this issue to the Pro Bono Awards Ceremony held at The Hill, Constitution Hill on 17 September 2015

This year’s ceremony was held on home ground, at The Hill Café at Constitution Hill. Over 180 attorneys, advocates and friends attended the event. Our Master of Ceremonies was David Lewis, Executive Director of Corruption Watch, and we were honoured to have the Public Protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela as our keynote speaker.

The awards are held to recognise the valuable contribution made
by pro bono attorneys, law firms and advocates to the lives of low- income people in South Africa. While last year’s awards were based on hours worked, the categories this year focused more on the quality and impact of pro bono work. New categories of Human Rights Champion, Children’s Rights Defender and Students at university law clinics were added.

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AUGUST 2015 NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 41

AUGUST 2015 NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 41

We dedicate this issue to the Public Interest Law Gathering held at Wits University from 22-24 July 2015, and introduce two new additions to the ProBono.Org staff in Joburg and Pretoria.

From July 22 – 24, the halls of the University of the Witwatersrand School of Law (WLS) were abuzz with the voices and presence of Public Interest Law Gathering (PILG) participants.

This initiative, organised by a number of local public interest law organisations, brings together a vast array of people – from across the country and beyond – who are concerned about the cutting edge of human rights and social justice. Focusing on public interest advocacy and litigation, the Gathering and its associated activities is a knowledge and skills-sharing exercise as well as an opportunity to promote greater collaboration and networking within the public interest law and human rights communities. Participants include, amongst others, public interest legal practitioners, advice office workers and paralegals, social movement activists, law students, legal academics, lawyers from the private sector and public servants. The aim of the Gathering is to serve as a focal point for practitioners, activists and other interested persons to share and develop learnings and insights, with the ultimate goal of improving and enhancing access to justice and the quality of services provided to marginalised, vulnerable individuals and communities. Indeed, this process provides an important opportunity for attendees to exchange ideas, strengthen partnerships, discuss, debate, reflect, strategise and commune.

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JUNE 2015 NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 40

JUNE 2015 NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 40

ProBono.Org supports refugees and asylum seekers at our Refugee Legal Clinics in Durban and Johannesburg. We were outraged and shocked by the recent wave of xenophobic violence that swept through areas of KZN and elsewhere. Seeing as many foreigners at these two legal clinics as we do, we are acutely aware of the hardships and difficulties these people encounter, both in the countries that they leave and in South Africa. We relate how we participated in peace marches held in Durban and Johannesburg, to add our voice to all the others that have condemned this outbreak of xenophobia. We also draw your attention to our 2015 Pro Bono Award Ceremony and invite you to nominate either yourself or a colleague

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FEBRUARY 2015 NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 38

FEBRUARY 2015 NEWSLETTER – ISSUE 38

In this issue we introduce you to the legal interns at the Johannesburg and Durban offices. We also update you on some new ProBono.Org developments and highlight current reckless lending cases that are worth watching, as they will hopefully have some impact on policies related to lending.

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