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Dear Friends,

The legal empowerment movement has its roots in activism. Community paralegals started out helping people survive apartheid in South Africa in the 1950s. In the Philippines, paralegals began as part of the resistance to martial rule.

In less brutal circumstances, some legal empowerment movements have sought to professionalize: with common standards for training, accreditation, and quality.

How exactly does professionalization work? What can we gain from it, and what could we lose?

On Wednesday, May 31st, we will explore these questions in an online conversation with three dynamo legal empowerment leaders: Sonkita Conteh from Namati Sierra Leone, Gagan Sethi from Center for Social Justice, and 
Simbongile Kamtshe from the Association of Community Advice Offices of South Africa (ACAOSA). Namati CEO Vivek Maru will moderate.

The presentations will be short—we’d like to deliberate on these important questions as a community.

We hope to hear your voices soon.

In solidarity,

Tobias, Ashley, and the whole team supporting the legal empowerment network

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