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Fellow elected Vice President for Africa of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association

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2014 Fellow Linda Kasonde has been elected to a senior role on the governing body of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association. She was elected Vice President for Africa in April at the Commonwealth Law Conference in Livingstone, Zambia.   She is also the first woman President of the Zambia Law Association in the country’s post-independence history.

The theme of the conference was: The Rule of Law in Retreat? Challenges for the Modern Commonwealth. This conference has always been a unique event for the commonwealth legal fraternity -  which is spread over several continents - as it offers a space to discuss topical issues they might otherwise not be able to easily do.

The conference covered diverse topics from association research projects that included roundtables on Women in Leadership; Freedom of Expression vs Fake News; Data and Cryptocurrencies; IP Law; and a plenary session on Fighting Corruption. Linda chaired the panel on Democracy, Politics and the Law - The judiciary as the last line of defence.

Since her admission to the Zambian Bar, Linda has worked as an Advocate at the National Legal Aid Clinic for Women and was employed at her current firm in 2004. She rose to the position of partner in 2009, and in 2014 became the first female to be elevated to the position of named partner in a top ranked firm in Zambia.

In 2016, she was elected as the first female President of the Law Association of Zambia, a position that she held for her two-year term until 2018. Linda has always been passionate about justice in Africa. She has been vocal about various issues around maternal health, gender equality and repression or attacks on rule of law - as can be seen from just a few of her essays posted on the AFLI website.

The Commonwealth Lawyers Association is a membership organisation for professional lawyers, academics and students practising within the Commonwealth, although it welcomes qualified international lawyers and academics with an interest in its work. Linda will serve on the organisation's Secretariat for a two-year term. The Secretariat is responsible for the general management of the association’s activities, including all projects and all relationships with the Commonwealth itself; external agencies; and sister organisations in the Commonwealth.

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