The LSSA conference and AGM was held on 1 and 2 April 2016 at the Emperors Palace Convention Centre. View the conference programme.
Some of the papers and presentations made at the conference can be accessed on the conference programme page. These include the following:
- The keynote address by Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa
- Presentation by Jan Stemmett on regulation ito the Legal Practice Act
- Terence Nombembe's presentation on the role of professionals in the economy
- Susan Abro's presentation and paper on development's in family law arbitration in South Africa
- Ebrahim Patelia's presentation: Court-Annexed Mediation - The 8 Step Plan To Move Forward
The conference and AGM brought together the leadership of the attorneys’ profession, including council and executive committee members of the LSSA and its six constituent members – the Black Lawyers Association, the Cape Law Society, the KwaZulu-Natal Law Society, the Law Society of the Free State, the Law Society of the Northern Provinces and the National Association of Democratic Lawyers.
The council meeting session adopted the report of the Co-Chairpersons for their term in office as well as the annual report of the LSSA's activities and the annual financial statements.
Conference sessions focused on IT in the profession, finding implementable solutions to challenges faced by women in the profession, what role can attorneys play in combating the scourge of human trafficking, an update on court-annexed mediation and the latest developments in family arbitration. We will upload presentations relating to these sessions soon.
The speaker at the gala dinner was scheduled to be Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, but due to the address to the nation by the President in dealing with the Nkandla judgment, the Deputy president could not address the dinner at the same time. His address was read on his behalf by outgoing Co-Chairperson Busani Mabunda and is available here.