The Friends of the Legal Resources Centre of South Africa assists the Legal Resources Centre financially, contributes to its work through joint initiatives, and helps publicize its accomplishments in the United States and globally. LRC attorneys provide legal services without charge to the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized throughout South Africa. With offices in Cape Town, Durban, Grahamstown, and Johannesburg, the LRC uses a range of legal strategies, including impact litigation, law reform, participation in partnerships and development processes, education, and networking within South Africa, throughout the African continent, and at the international level.
The LRC was established in 1979 with the financial support of three American foundations – the Carnegie Corporation, the Ford Foundation, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. When four distinguished Americans – Lloyd Cutler, Erwin Griswold, Louis Loss, and Bernard Segal – learned that Arthur Chaskalson, Geoff Budlender, and Felicia Kentridge intended, during the height of apartheid, to establish what would become the LRC, they decided to establish a U.S. charitable organization, now known as the Friends of the Legal Resources Centre of South Africa, hopeful that the FoLRC might offer some level of protection to LRC lawyers and staff during those dangerous days.