Come meet the people behind Out in Africa Ride! The common thread connecting us is that we met while clerking at the Constitutional Court of South Africa. We hope that this project will be the first of many collaborations.
Board of Directors
Nate is the director of Out in Africa Ride. He generally spends half his time being a lawyer and half his time dancing, but has somewhat insanely decided to spend all his time cycling across Africa for the next few months. Nate is an Iowa native who received a B.A. in Physics-Astronomy from Whitman College and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He spent two years in Salt Lake City, where he had the great privilege of clerking for the Honorable Tena Campbell and the Honorable Robert J. Shelby. Nate has spent the past year working at the Constitutional Court of South Africa for Justice Edwin Cameron, who is widely admired for his advocacy of the rights of LGBT people and people living with HIV and AIDS.
Genevieve is the treasurer and general financial guru for Out in Africa Ride. She'll be helping set up the group as a 501(c)(3) organization in the States while Nate is on the ride. She is a California-based attorney who worked as an environmental and litigation associate at Latham & Watkins for three years before following her passion for environmental human rights to South Africa. There, she spent a year working as a legal advisor to Lawyers for Human Rights in their Environmental Rights Programme and serving as a law clerk to Justice van der Westhuizen at the Constitutional Court. Aside from her legal interests, Genevieve is an avid runner, cyclist, and reader and writer of fiction. And of course she's a huge fan of the Out in Africa Ride cause!
Nthabi Thabang Pooe
Thabang is Out in Africa Ride's nonprofit organization liaison. She graduated from the North-West University in Mafikeng where she obtained her LLB degree. She has been a legal researcher with SECTION27, a South African nonprofit organization that focuses on the rights of access to health care, food, water, and education, which she joined in January 2012 as part of a fellowship programme with the Students for Law and Social Justice. She recently clerked for Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga at the Constitutional Court of South Africa. After her clerkship, Thabang returned to SECTION27 as a researcher for the Director of Litigation. She is opinionated and passionate about social justice, and is also failing dismally to learn the guitar.
Michael is Out in Africa Ride's legal advisor, media coordinator, and website consultant. He obtained his law degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and has clerked for Judge Kathleen Satchwell in the High Court of South Africa and Justice Bess Nkabinde at the Constitutional Court of South Africa. He practices as an attorney in the Johannesburg Office of the Legal Resources Centre, South Africa's largest public interest litigation firm.
Khomotso is one of Out in Africa Ride's legal researchers. He will complete his studies in Modern China this year. Alongside his academic interest in China, he is also a law graduate. He has clerked at the Constitutional Court of South Africa and has been regularly involved in national and international mooting competitions. He was the Best Oralist and Winner of the national rounds of the 2012 Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition, and was one of the Top 40 Oralists of the 2012 International Round. He was a Judge and Assistant at the 2011 National Schools Moot Court Competition, and served as the Chairperson of the University of Pretoria Moot and Debate Society during 2012. For relaxation, Khomotso reads fantasy novels, and writes poetry and short stories. In the long term term, he hopes to have a career in public service.
Linette du Toit
Linette is one of Out in Africa Ride's legal researchers. She holds a Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa from the University of Pretoria's Centre for Human Rights. She spent the past year clerking for Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke at the Constitutional Court of South Africa and is excited to begin a clerkship at the Supreme Court of Kenya in 2015. She has previously been an intern at the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum and took part in HRAPF's fight against Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act. She tries desperately to teach Nate proper Afrikaans but secretly enjoys all the fun swears he has learned.