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LSSA Annual Conference Programme: A Blueprint for our Future Profession

Registration for the conference closes on Monday, 19 March 2018

Friday, 23 March 2018

08:00 Registration
09:00 Welcome to Cape Town - Lulama Lobi, President, Cape Law Society  
  Welcome to the Conference - Walid Brown, LSSA Co-Chairperson  
  Introduction of opening speaker - David Bekker, LSSA Co-Chairperson  
  Opening address
Adv Tembeka Nckukaitobi, constitutonal lawyer
10:30   Refreshment break



A professional body for legal practitioners  - Setting the scene
A professional body for legal practitioners: A critical necessity or an optional extra?
Facilitators: Nolitha Jali and Janine Myburgh
Guest speaker: Prof Dr Wolfgang Ewer, Immediate Past President, German Bar Association
Panel: Core functions: Walid Brown and Krish Govender
Membership: Lutendo Sigogo and Jan van Rensburg
Sustaniability: Ettienne Barnard and Nano Matlala

13:00   Lunch

Breakaway sessions

Commission 1

Membership and governance: Are we ready to be ‘legal practitioners’ or are we still ‘attorneys’ and ‘advocates’? Should individuals or organisations be members? How will the governance be structured?

Commission 2

Core functions: Are you just a practice number or are you a member?
How can your professional body support you in practice and in matters before the Legal Practice Council and the Legal Services Ombud?

Commission 3

Sustainability: Can we afford a professional body against the increasing costs of practice?
Can we afford to be without one?

15:00   Refreshment break
15:30 Plenary - Resolutions from commissions and the way forward

Saturday, 24 March 2018

09:00 Towards a client-centric environment
Clients and fees: How section 35 of the Legal Practice Act envisages changing the way you deal with and charge your clients.
Ettienne Barnard

Transparent disciplinary processes
Fidelity Fund inspections; open disciplinary hearings; publication of outcomes, the role of the Legal Services Ombud.
10:30   Refreshment break

The Millennial legal practitioner: New work-life challenges
The new workplace for digital natives, social media in the workplace, work-life balance and social consciousness challenges for young lawyers.
Facilitator: Mabaeng Denise Lenyai
Guest speaker: Lenja Dahms-Jansen, attorney, Bowmans, Johannesburg andco-author of Social Media in the Workplace
Panel: Nape Masipa,
candidate attorney, Maponya, Bloemfontein and Ugeshnee Naicker, attorney, Naicker Attorneys, Port Shepstone

13:00 Closure by new LSSA Co-Chairpersons  
13:15   Lunch

Register online here

Registration is free of charge, but travel and accommodation are for the delegate's own costs.
View hotels in the Century City precinct here.