Steve Kahanovitz

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Steve Kahanovitz first started working in an Legal Resources Centre "supervised law clinic as a student and joined the LRC full-time in 1986 as an attorney in the Johannesburg office. His tireless efforts on behalf of the LRC's clients have earned him an excellent reputation as lawyer and defender of human rights. Steve served as National Director of the LRC in 2005 and is currently an attorney in the Cape Town office.

"After many years representing clients facing an oppressive apartheid state, his primary work since the adoption of a democratic Constitution with a Bill of Rights has been in the realisation of socio-economic rights on behalf of the LRC's poor clients. Several of these cases have become important precedent-setting cases in relation to housing and evictions. He has often acted as the attorney for amici curiae in the Constitutional Court, particularly for the Centre of Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) and for the Community Law Centre of the University of the Western Cape.

"Steve is a graduate of the University of Cape Town (BA), the University of the Witwatersrand (LLB) and the London School of Economics (LLM). He was the recipient of a British Council scholarship and has been a visiting fellow at Harvard and NYU Law Schools. Steve also taught briefly at the University of Maryland at Baltimore." [1]

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  1. Former Directors, Legal Resources Centre, accessed February 25, 2010.