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Probono.Org

Johannesburg, South Africa
Joined January 2019

Expanding access to justice through probono and more!

Presence in: South Africa
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Economic Empowerment, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Land & Natural Resources, Women's Rights

ProBono.Org seeks to break down the multilayered set of barriers to accessing justice, recognizing that social justice outcomes cannot be achieved if people do not have equal opportunity for high quality and affordable legal services, support and representation.  To this end, we will continue to positively impact the private legal profession to fulfil their professional and social responsibility in delivering much needed legal services and support, provide an innovative learning and development platform for young lawyers and nudge the legal sector to implement key transformation actions towards greater gender and race equality. 

Our Vision

ProBono.Org’s vision for South Africa is to see improved legal, social and economic justice for poor and vulnerable people.

Our Mission

ProBono.Org supports the private legal profession and public interest organisations to effectively render access to justice and legal services through :

  • An efficient and effective clearinghouse model in which much needed legal advice and litigation services are provided by legal practitioners;
  • A strategic learning and development platform for young law volunteers, graduates and interns to increase their technical and behavioural competencies;
  • Strategic lobbying and advocacy on collaborative justice and legal sector transformation;
  • Research and trends analysis on pro bono innovations and knowledge development.

People Associated With This Organization

Michelle Odayan

South Africa  
Probono.Org
Joined January 2019
Interests: Access to Information, Citizenship, Community / Customary Land Rights, Economic Empowerment, Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance
Michelle D Odayan is an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa and social entrepreneur with 20+ years multisectoral experience in leading and supporting innovative change and transformation efforts in Africa.

She has substantive experience in the fields of Business and Human Rights Integration, Employment Law, Access to Justice and Rule of Law, Democracy and Governance, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Local Economic Development, Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development. She thrives in high impact, people centered environments that converge around ethical leadership, good governance and sustainable development that deliver social and economic value. She is currently the National Director of Probono.Org.
Michelle Odayan is the network champion (main point of contact) for Probono.Org.

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