Law 150 Endowment Fund
It was in 2009 when the faculty celebrated 150 years of the teaching of Law in South Africa that a fundraising campaign under the banner of Sustainable Justice was initiated by the then Dean, Professor Hugh Corder.
Why Sustainable Justice? ‘Sustainability will depend crucially on the production of knowledgeable, articulate, skilled and critically-minded graduates at LLB and LLM level, ready to play an influential role in this country and further afield,’ said Corder. ‘Without such potential leaders of the legal profession, the rule of law is set to lose its place at the centre of the enterprise, to the detriment of all concerned. So the primary objective of the Faculty remains its core business of teaching and research, but with a clear awareness of the social and global context in which such graduates will find their place. ‘
The aim was to raise at least R25 million such that the annual income could assist the Faculty in the Law 150 objectives; the annual budget is ratified by an external Board that includes Judges O’Regan and van Heerden and Ezra Davids (Bowman Gilfillan) and Joel Baepi (Old Mutual).
In 2013 the fund supported:
43 LLBs, seven LLMs, three PhDs, 1 staff PhD and provided 250 student meal tickets
In 2014, these are the Law 150 first year awardees
l-r Tanya Pienaar (Durban Girls), Carmel Absolon (Wynberg), Asanda Biyana (DGS, G'hstown), Nonku Sibanyoni (St Cyps) and Robin van Wyk (Hoerskool Kathu).