For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic we held our annual Pro Bono Awards ceremony on 26 January 2023 in person. Grateful thanks to Bowmans for offering to host us this year. They really mad the evening a very special one. MC for the evening was Seehaam Samaai, Director of the Women’s Legal Centre in Cape Town and the keynote address was given by Prof.

Prof. Joel Modiri

Joel Modiri, Head of the Department of Jurisprudence at the University of Pretoria. “Let me say congratulations in advance to all the award recipients whose hard work and diligence is being recognised tonight. As a law teacher myself, it is my hope that we cultivate in our students a spirit of public-mindedness and service; and that they use their skills towards causes that are human and just in their daily lives”, he said.

Pro Bono 2022 award winners with Centre: Mohamed Randers (Chairperson) and Teresa Yates (National Director)

Teresa Yates with the Special Mention recipients

The spirit of public-mindedness was evident in the recognition being given to the legal practitioners who received acknowledgment through their awards. Tribute was paid to the following practitioners in the various categories of law that are dealt with at ProBono.Org:

Child Law

Adv Leigh Franck and

Attorney Jonathan Stephens

The Rev Leon Forsman

Adv JP Weitz

Labour Law

RW Africa Attorneys

Family Law

Fox & Barratt Attorneys

NiSAA Clinic, Gender Based Violence, Lenasia

Fasken Attorneys

Domestic Violence

Bowmans Pro Bono Department

Represented by Fatima Laher


Sarah Goldman – Lawtons Africa

Deceased Estates

Nomusa Ndaba Attorneys


Chrysi Kripotos


Patricia Afagwu – Umennaka Attorneys Inc.

Varsity College Students – practical work experience

Group 10 from July 2022

Advocate Award

Glenda Swart

Special Mentions

Elsie Mokoena, Thulisile Buthelezi, Zola Khumalo, Elgene Roos, Mukhetwa Chauke, Chrysi Kripotos, Nthabiseng Gambushe, Phateka Maliphale, Naledi Motsiri (Werksmans) and Rita Tladi (WATLA Community Advice Office).

We are most grateful for the support of our sponsors – Spier, AJS Business Management Systems and Bowmans.

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