Transformation of the Legal Profession

This document is the final report on the Transformation of the Legal Profession project (“the project”) conducted by the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (“CALS”) in partnership with the Foundation for Human Rights from 15 February 2014 to 31 August 2014.

When initially conceptualised, the project was envisaged as being twelve months in duration. Ultimately, the project was agreed to be of six months’
duration from 1 January 2014 to 1 August 2014.

The CALS team on the project consisted of Kirsten Whitworth (Project Lead); Cebile Ndebele (Team Member); Alice Brown (Researcher), Jonathan
Klaaren (Researcher) and Bonita Meyersfeld (Director of CALS).

CALS is a centre of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, and is therefore subject to the requirements of the Human Research Ethics
Committee (non-medical). Any research carried out that involves human subjects must go through the ethics application process. An ethics application has been submitted to the Committee under protocol number HDS14-08-00008.

The research is not designed to be conclusive evidence regarding transformation in the legal profession. Rather, it is designed to test the accuracy of the assumptions identified. All three methodologies used yielded consistent evidence that affirms the following: that sexual harassment and the intersection between gender/race discrimination are factors that impede advancement in the legal profession.

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