From left to right:
Samantha Misner, Teresa Yates (ProBono.Org National Director), Mikaela Cheslock, Mpho Mogodi (ProBono.Org staff attorney), SerenaMeghji and Calaeb Goff.
On 12 May we were visited by four Canadian law students who, through the SASLAW pro bono fellow ship programme, were afforded an opportunity to visit South Africa for a period of three months
The purpose of the programme is for the Canadian fellows to learn about areas of law dealt with by organisations within the SASLAW umbrella. Three of the fellows are from the University of Toronto and the other from Western University. The University of Toronto has an International Human Rights programme through which the students were able to apply for this fellowship. Fasken Attorneys hosted them for the week they spent in Johannesburg and introduced them to ProBono.Org.
From our interaction with the students, we realised that Canada is also grappling with the same issue as South Africa – access to justice for all. Moreover, access to justice is not just a South African or Canadian problem; all over the world, people are striving for fair and equal access to justice.
During their visit to our office, the students were given a tour of Constitution Hill, the old prisons and the Constitutional Court.
We were very happy to have been able to host the students and tell them about our work. We wish them all the best with the rest of their tour around the country and hope that they also had a wonderful experience with us!