African Legal Fellows Program Update

December 2017

Vance Center African Legal Fellows Naeem Hirani, Mbali Khumalo, and Opeoluwa Osinubi are now settled at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Morrison & Foerster, and Shearman & Sterling, respectively. Work at their firms coupled with activities organized by the Vance Center have introduced them to legal practice in New York.

New York City Bar Association President John Kiernan and Executive Director Bret Parker recently met Khumali and Osinubi, along with Vance Center Africa Program Manager Brenda Kombo, to discuss legal issues and practice in Nigeria, South Africa, and the United States. Khumalo, Osinubi, and Hirani visited the New York Times and met with Vance Center Committee member David McCraw, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of the New York Times Company, as well as General Counsel Diane Brayton.

The Vance Center is planning events for the fellows in early 2018 at the law firms hosting the Fellows, as well as meetings in Washington, D.C. Recruitment of candidates for the program’s next cycle in 2018-19 also is underway.