Professor Penny Andrews, Dean of the Faculty of Law, warmly congratulates Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng on his recent naming as 2017 South African of the Year. Mogoeng attracted two thirds of the support in a recent News24 poll, in which almost 40,000 people voted. This is strong testament to Mogoeng’s standing in the public eye, and to his reputation as our Chief Justice.
The Faculty of Law, as part of its Women’s Month Programme, will be hosting a conference entitled Spotlight on Violence Against Women, on 25 August 2017. The event starts at 10:30, with registration and coffee. Attendees will be welcomed by the Dean of Law, Prof Penelope Andrews, at 11am. The Keynote Speaker, Prof Dee Smythe, will discuss violence against women & myths we teach law students, at 11:10. For a full programme, see below.
The emotional health of law students was recently brought to my attention in an email from a student at the University of Cape Town’s law faculty where I am the dean. The student noted a perceived hyper competitive, overly demanding and alienating environment. This, he told me, was putting the mental health of some law students under severe strain. He stated that because of the atmosphere, “the use of anti-anxiety and antidepressant medication has become the norm amongst students” and alcohol is being consumed in alarming proportions.