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Sushila Dhever, Partner

Sushila Dhever

Partner Fasken
I see law as a means to empower people. My social mission is to facilitate access to justice through my legal practice.
Jurisdiction South Africa, 2008
Language(s) English, Afrikaans
Office(s) Johannesburg
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Overview

Sushila is a partner in the Labour, Employment and Human Rights Department of in Johannesburg and the Head of Pro Bono. She was admitted as an attorney in 2008 and has 14 years post qualification experience in human rights and public interest litigation and advocacy. She has been employed at Fasken for 12 years and has been responsible for sourcing and managing the firm’s pro bono litigation and CSI initiatives. She has expertise in human rights, constitutional impact litigation children's rights, gender law, housing policy, land rights, legal advocacy, law reform, and assisting refugees from sub-Saharan Africa.  She is an admitted attorney with Rights of Appearance in the High Court. Sushila is recognized in the Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans 2017, for improving the lives of others through her work in justice and law. She leads the regional Pro Bono team.

Sushila has extensive experience in children's rights, gender law, housing policy, land rights, refugee law, legal advocacy and law reform.  She has expertise in CSI projects and advocacy. Passionate about restoring dignity to disadvantaged individuals and communities in South Africa and ensuring equal access to the law, Sushila coordinates legal clinics in the townships of Soweto and Lenasia. These clinics service impoverished communities, individuals, non-profit organisations and start- up companies and facilitate access to justice. She also pioneered a project for entrepreneurs in partnership with the University of Johannesburg Centre for Entrepreneurship and Pro Bono.Org to render pro bono legal assistance to SMME’s.

Achievements

  • Leading author in the Lexology Legal Influencers, 2022
  • Fasken received awards for the firm for Staffing a Legal Clinic, 2021
  • Winner in the Legal Africa Awards, 2020
Laurels image Leading author in the Lexology Legal Influencers In 2022, recognised as a leading author in the Lexology Legal Influencers Q1 2022 for Future of legal services - Africa and Middle East.
Laurels image Fasken received awards for the firm for Staffing a Legal Clinic In 2021, Fasken received awards for the firm for Staffing a Legal Clinic - Facilitating workshops for SMME’s during the Covid-19 lockdown period; the large law firm with the most pro bono hours; as well as a special mention for “availing themselves for client who was unfairly evicted, bringing an urgent application on a Friday, having it heard on the Saturday, and executing the order which was in client’s favour.
Laurels image Winner in the Legal Africa Awards In 2020, winner in the Legal Africa Awards for the category of Children’s Right Advocate.

Client Work

Date Client

Career & Education

Education

  • Certificate, Social Entrepreneurship GIBS
  • Certificate, Global Advocacy and Legal Writing University of the Witwatersrand
  • Certificate, Advanced Constitutional Law University of the Witwatersrand
  • Certificate, International Law of Armed Conflict University of the Witwatersrand
  • Certificate, International Criminal Law University of the Witwatersrand
  • LLB University of the Witwatersrand
  • BA, International Relations and Law University of the Witwatersrand

Community involvement

  • 2014 to 2018 Pro Bono Org
  • 1998 to present Member Committed Friends
  • 1996 to present Member Help Organise Protect and Educate - HOPE

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member Legal Practice Council of South Africa

Knowledge

News

Publications

Speaking Engagements

Presenter Sexual Offences presentation to social workers at NISAA Institute for Women’s Development NISAA Institute for Women’s Development
Guest Speaker Defining Access to Justice University of North West
Panelist A panel discussion on Women’s contribution to Pro Bono services during Covid-19

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