Ms. Sharita Samuel

Sharita Samuel

Land Co-Lead and Durban Regional Director

Sharita worked with the legal division of a commercial bank before joining the Legal Resources Centre’s Fellowship Programme. After successfully petitioning an amendment to the law society rules to permit the LRC in Durban to register her as an articled clerk, she proceeded to admission to the roll of attorneys and commenced her equality and non-discrimination rights practice at the Legal Resources Centre. Between 1995 and 2009 she advocated, trained, published and litigated precedent-setting family law and gender equity cases from a constitutional and socio-economic perspective. 

During this time she also worked with the Southern African Legal Assistance Network and assisted with training the working groups on discrimination issues in Namibia, Malawi and Zambia; served as a director on the board of Agenda – a feminist media project that advances publishing opportunities for black women writers; under the auspices of the Workers College she trained union members and factory workers on labour economics and workers’ rights and then worked in partnership with Global Rights (Washington) to provide strategic women’s rights litigation training for women lawyers from the Maghreb region and Mongolia. 

In 2010 Sharita commenced her private law practice specialising in labour and family law but was persuaded to return to the Legal Resources Centre as the regional director in Durban in February 2016.