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Vance Center African Legal Fellows Program Update

June 2018

The Vance Center since 2002 has brought more than 50 corporate lawyers from South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria to practice in New York firms and corporate legal departments. The program provides these lawyers with international experience and contacts through training, mentoring, and direct participation in legal practice. Nearly every fellow has returned to her/his home country to share the program’s benefits with colleagues and advance in their own professions.

The Vance Center so far this year has placed fellows from Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa in four law firms and continues to seek further placement. These fellows will begin work in New York this September. The Vance Center plans to expand activities for the fellows while they are in the city, including greater engagement with US government agencies and US and African companies, while continuing to emphasize pro bono practice as a key feature of the program.