ILF Welcomes Judge Dunstan Mlambo and Ernest Duncan to its Board of Directors

The International Legal Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors: Judge Dunstan Mlambo and Ernest Duncan, who was also appointed Board Treasurer. Judge Dunstan Mlambo brings three decades of experience as a lawyer and judge in South Africa, and, as the chairperson of Legal Aid South Africa, extensive experience in establishing and managing a legal aid system. Ernest Duncan brings over 15 years of experience in nonprofit management and governance.

Judge Dunstan Mlambo, the ILF’s newest board member, was recently appointed Judge President of South Africa’s busiest court, the North and South Gauteng Divisions of the High Court. He was previously a judge in the Supreme Court of Appeal and Judge President of the Labour Courts of South Africa.

Judge Mlambo’s career has been characterized by a passion for access to justice and legal representation for the disadvantaged. For the past decade, he has been the chairperson of Legal Aid South Africa, which provides legal assistance to people who would otherwise be unable to afford it. Through its Justice Centres, Legal Aid South Africa provides legal aid to about 250,000 people throughout the country each year. Under Judge Mlambo, the number of these Centres more than doubled and Legal Aid South Africa has been recognized internationally as a model for delivering legal aid. Judge Mlambo also played a central role in the adoption of the United Nations Principles and Guidelines on Access to Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems by the General Assembly, chairing the intergovernmental expert group that finalized the draft and actively participating in their adoption by the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

After completing a law degree at the University of the North in 1984, he spent nine years in public and private practice. He then served three years as a Labour Court judge and five years in both the South Gauteng High Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal.

The ILF also recently welcomed Ernest Duncan to its Board of Directors as Board Treasurer. Duncan is the chief operating officer and chief financial officer at the Vera Institute of Justice, and has over 15 years of experience in advising nonprofit organizations on governance, fiscal infrastructure and human resources. He has worked with the Wildcat Service Corporation, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the Museum of African American History, and the Smithsonian Institution, helping them to streamline their operating procedures and function more effectively as nonprofits.

Duncan is also a member of the board of directors of the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem, a public defender organization in New York City; a member of the American Institute of CPAs; a member of the New York State Society of CPAs and its Not-for-Profit Organizations Committee. He is a life member of the National Black MBA Association, and was previously the president of its Nashville chapter.

He holds a BS in accounting from the Culverhouse of Accountancy at the University of Alabama, an MBA in strategic management and public policy from George Washington University, and a DBA in management and leadership from the University of Phoenix.

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