Odette Geldenhuys of Webber Wentzel named ‘Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year’
Webber Wentzel lawyer Odette Geldenhuys has been named this year’s Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year by the International Bar Association (IBA), marking the first time the award has gone to a lawyer on the African continent. The award follows last week’s victory for Geldenhuys in the Constitutional Court in a case concerning emoluments attachment orders (EAOs) in South Africa.
The award was presented on September 19 at a ceremony held in Washington, DC. In addition to working on pro bono cases, Geldenhuys is the founder and director or ProBono.Org, a clearinghouse for public interest matters in South Africa. According to Webber Wentzel senior partner Christo Els, Geldenhuys is a key part of the firm’s Pro Bono Practice, founded in 2003.
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