When mounting problems and declining resources make the challenge of fulfilling our special ethical responsibility as lawyers for the quality of justice seem too daunting, it helps to look at places where the challenges were greater and progress seemingly impossible. No example is more stunning than the changes that have taken place in South Africa in our lifetimes.
That's why the message that landed in my inbox this morning was so intriguing:
This is the 500th issue of De Rebus since it became the national South African Attorneys’ Journal in 1968. In the Editorial De Rebus at 500: The times, they are a-changing, we trace De Rebus’ history and wonder about its future under the imminent Legal Practice Act which will revolutionise the registration, regulation and representation of the whole practising legal profession, attorneys and advocates.
We are sending this notification to the officials of law societies and bar associations in English-language jurisdictions around the world with the request that they forward it to all their members. Should any of the latter be interested in following legal and professional developments in South Africa and the Southern African Development Community free of charge on a monthly basis, they need merely send an e-mail request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Philip van der Merwe, Editor, De Rebus
I highly recommend taking a look at their publication. You will find the content and format both familiar and exotic. Just click here.