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Programme: LSSA Conference and AGM 2017


Time Session Speakers
FRIDAY, 21 APRIL 2016 

09:00 – 10:00  

Welcome to Port Elizabeth

Welcome to the LSSA AGM

LSSA Council meeting (Including report on Women in the Profession and Briefing Pattern Action Groups)

Lulama Lobi, Acting President, Cape Law Society
Jan van Rensburg, LSSA Co-Chairperson

Council meeting chaired by Mvuzo Notyesi, LSSA Co-Chairperson

10:00 – 10:30 Refreshment break  
10:30 – 10:35 Introduction of speakers Mvuzo Notyesi
10:35 – 10:45 Opening remarks: Message from Judge President Themba Sangoni,
Eastern Cape Division of the High Court
Judge Buyiswa Majiki
10:45 – 11:20 Keynote address  Tendai Biti, human rights lawyer and President of the People's Democratic Party in Zimbabwe
11:00 Session 1 - Legal Practice Act

Progress report  on the National Forum on the Legal Profession
Q&A with delegates
View presentation

Facilitator: Nolukhanyiso Gcilitshana, LSSA Manco
Max Boqwana, LSSA councillor and Deputy Chairperson of the National Forum on the Legal Profession;
Jan Stemmett, LSSA Councillor and National Forum member
12:30 to 13:30 Lunch  
13:30 – 15:00 Session 2 - Functions post-Legal Practice Council inauguration
A discussion on the importance for the profession and the requirements of practitioners relating to
►practice and personal development; communication channels; advocacy; rule of law; independence of the judiciary; promotion of the profession; needs of young practitioners and more.

Facilitator: Jan van Rensburg
Panel: Nolitha Jali, Richard Scott and Nkosana Francois Mvundlela
15:00 -- 15:15 Refreshment break  
15:15 - 15:30 Signing of MoU between LSSA and Human Rights Commission  
15:30 – 16:30

Session 3 - SADC Lawyers Association and Pan African Lawyers Union

Facilitator: Mvuzo Notyesi
James Banda, President, SADCLA
Elijah Banda, President, PALU

Dress: Dark suit/Traditional The LSSA: Where we came from - In conversation with the LSSA Elders: Justice Willie Seriti, Esmè du Plessis
and SIlas Nkanunu

09:00 -- 10:30

Session 4: Taking practice and case management to a higher level: New developments in the IT space for legal practitioners / Practising in the Legal Practice Act dispensation – What these will mean for your firm

View case management presentation here.
View legal technology innovation presentation here.

Facilitator: David Bekker, LSSA Manco
Panel: Ettienne Barnard and Brendan Hughes

10:30 Refreshment break  
11:00  Parallel session Session 5: 11:00 – 12:30 Session 5: The profession and education - Facilitator: Ncumisa Nongogo, CLS Vice President

• Decolonisation: Meaning and impact for the profession View presentation here.

• The LLB: Position of the Council on Higher Education, the standards and review process; a future role for the Legal Practice Council

• The SASSETA: Adding value to the profession View presentation here.


Prof Rushiella Songca, Executive Dean, School of Law, Unisa

Prof Rosaan Kruger, SA Law Deans Association

Jenni Irish-Qhobosheane, Administrator, SASSETA

12:30 – 13:00 Closing session

Announcement of new Co-Chairpersons.
Vote of thanks to outgoing Co-Chairpersons 
Closure by current Co-Chairpersons


Lunch for all delegates


Registration is free of charge for practising attorneys and candidate attorneys. Registration deadline:  Tuesday, 4 April 2017.
If you register and cannot attend,  please cancel by e-mail to LSSA@LSSA.org.za  before 10 April.
The LSSA reserves the right  to charge a no-show fee  of R200 if you register  but do not attend and do not cancel by 10 April 2017.
For more information: Nomfundo Manyathi-Jele or Barbara Whittle - Tel: (012) 366 8800

Register online here.