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Ms. Linda Kasonde

Owner and Founder of LCK Chambers & The Founder and Executive Director of Chapter One Foundation

Linda Kasonde is a lawyer and a civil rights activist. She is the owner and founder of LCK Chambers and is also the founder and Executive Director of Chapter One Foundation. Linda was admitted to the Zambian Bar in 2001. She holds an LLB Law from the University of Leicester and an LLM from the University of Cape Town with a particular emphasis on commercial law.

Prior to setting up LCK Chambers and Chapter One Foundation, Linda worked in one of the most well-recognised commercial law firms in Zambia for fifteen years earning the position of named Partner. Her current practice centres on general dispute resolution, human rights and Constitutional law advocacy and strategic and public interest litigation. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration (MCIarb). She is the first woman to be elected as President of the Law Association of Zambia in the history of the Bar Association in Zambia. Linda has written a memoir about her experiences as a woman in leadership in Zambia between 2011-2021 trying to challenge creeping authoritarianism in Zambia. It is a call to arms for more women everywhere to take up leadership positions. The book is due to be released in July 2023.

Linda has undergone several leadership fellowships and programmes including the Stanford University Draper Hills Fellowship, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellowship, the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP), the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth and Development Office’s International Leaders Programme (ILP), and the Harvard University Leadership in the 21st Century programme. Linda has received both local and international recognition for her leadership including as a 2017 recipient of the IE University’s Extraordinary People Inspiring the IE Community (EPIC) Award in the ‘Women Inspiring Women’ category. In December 2016, the prestigious The Africa Report named her as one of the people to watch out for in 2017 in Southern Africa. Linda is also the Vice-President for Africa of the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association and formerly a member of the Advisory Board of the Africa Regional Forum of the International Bar Association.

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Thursday 6th July 2023 Conference Day 1

Stream 2 – Section on Legal Practice

Venue: Lion Hall

Women, the Law and Justice: scaling up the advocacy

Sponsored by: the Legal Services Facility (LSF)

Moderator: Mr. Alphonce, GURA, Senior Programme Officer, Legal Services Facility (LSF)

Panellists:

  • Adv. Linda KASONDE, Vice President for Africa, Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA); Founder, LCK Chambers
  • Adv. Adaobi EGBOKA, Africa Program Director, Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, New York City (NYC) Bar Association
  • Ms. Lulu NG’WANAKILALA, Chief Executive Officer, Legal Services Facility (LSF)