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Eric Friedman
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Kathryn Inman

Vance Center Seeks Firms to Participate in Visiting South African Lawyer Program

Firms Needed to Sponsor Worldwide Exchange of Talent

New York, January 8, 2010 – The Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice is currently seeking law firms to participate in the South African Visiting Lawyer Program, a program that brings young lawyers from historically disadvantaged backgrounds in South Africa to New York for one-year fellowships at law firms and corporate legal departments.

The program began in 2003, aiming to support a new generation of black lawyers in the post-apartheid nation. The exchange gives meaningful experiences to rising attorneys, exposing them to complex, large-scale legal and business transactions, as well as worldwide networks of associates and colleagues.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for a New York firm to train budding South African legal leaders while establishing a relationship with foreign lawyers,” said Joan Vermeulen, Executive Director of the Vance Center. “In the past, firms who have sponsored visiting lawyers have found the experience very gratifying, with many continuing their participation in succeeding years..”

Firms and corporate legal departments are expected to cover the salary of the visiting lawyer for one year, usually beginning in the fall, along with travel related expenses. Interested parties should contact Joan Vermeulen at or 212.382.6680.

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The New York City Bar Association ( was founded in 1870, and since then has been dedicated to maintaining the high ethical standards of the profession, promoting reform of the law, and providing service to the profession and the public. The Association continues to work for political, legal and social reform, while implementing innovative means to help the disadvantaged. Protecting the public’s welfare remains one of the Association’s highest priorities.