Nelson "Madiba" Mandela
1918 - 2013
The Lawyers’ Committee joins the world in mourning the loss of President Nelson Mandela, an exemplary human being and a fearless leader in the struggle for human and civil rights. In the days and weeks to come, much will be written and spoken about this great man. Today we simply join the chorus to say “Thank you, Madiba, for all that you sacrificed and all that you did by example to ensure justice for all.”
While the grief we feel today will make our hearts heavy, we will also rejoice for his legacy that lives on. And on days that we grow weary from the often uphill climb to protect and advance civil rights, we’ll reflect on the lessons he has left us, and his strength and courage will buoy us for another day.
Many will know and remember that the law was his chosen profession. He thought that as an attorney he could use the impartiality of law to make his case for equal treatment. Although it took decades for there to be integrity in South African law, we know that, as attorneys, our training gives us access to the tools we need to keep a check on laws, policies and systems that should be adhered to without prejudice or bias. We are honored to know that we can call Mandela a colleague, and we will continue using the law as an indispensable device for justice and equality in his honor.