Protimos’ Atticus Fellowship programme forges links between our local legal teams in Sub-Saharan Africa and our sponsors in the global legal fraternity. We continue to seek groups of lawyers and other professionals to sponsor Atticus Fellows.
The award of a Fellowship helps a local lawyer to work for their local community in Southern Africa, and provides an enhanced level of cooperation and interaction with his/her sponsoring group.
Atticus lawyers, given the nature of their client communities, their opponents and those in charge of the legal process, are regularly confronted by a huge range of complex issues. The great inequality of resources between communities and their opponents adds to the challenges faced by our Atticus Fellows, but create opportunities for professional development.
The total cost of an Atticus Fellowship is £25,000 per annum, with Gift Aid, the cost to a group of sponsors is a total of £20,000 per annum. This includes the annual salary of the local lawyer, a contribution to their continuing professional development (CPD) and an 8% Protimos administration fee.
Atticus Fellow Reitumetse Nkoti Mosae-Mabula (left) with Seinoli Legal Centre lawyers
"I am a young Basotho lawyer, who trained at the University of Lesotho. I am deeply committed to the establishment of a healthy public interest legal facility in Lesotho, for the benefits of those impoverished communities who seek justice. I have worked on the Protimos Seinoli Project for over three years. My first role in the Seinoli Legal Centre (SLC) is to make sure that the people of Lesotho, who are affected by large dam developments, are empowered in order to allow them to partake in decisions that directly affect them. Without the support I receive from my Atticus Fellowship I wouldn’t be able to offer these communities legal empowerment and inform them of their rights and offer legal advice as well as representation before courts."