ILCA Mentorship Program [Cohort 1]

About the Mentorship Program

Application Deadline: 6 October 2020

The Innovation Law Club Africa (the “ILCA“) is organizing a Mentorship Program designed to provide mentees with access to mentors who have expertise in technology law practice. Mentors and mentees will be matched based on their interests. Mentees will have the opportunity to engage with assigned mentors on career and academic matters.

The Mentorship Program is a thoughtful, well-considered program crafted to guarantee an enjoyable, rewarding experience for the mentors and mentees. In this program, our mentors will leverage their expertise and experience to guide mentees who are committed, engaged, and willing to learn and develop. The program is open only to penultimate and final year law students in African universities.

Specifically, our mentors will:

  • Help mentees clarify their academic and career goals as well as address mentees’ professional challenges
  • Provide networking opportunities by introducing mentees to contacts who can prove to be valuable professional networks
  • Discuss interpersonal and professional skills, and identify communities or groups where mentees can practice skills learned
  • Invite mentees to continuing legal education programs and events that may be of interest to them
  • Invite mentees to sit in on meetings, important client interactions, or nonconfidential calls that will give them an opportunity to learn
  • Provide feedback on mentee’s performance

Requirements:

  • Interest in technology law and innovation;
  • Curiosity and commitment to learn and develop;
  • Penultimate or final year law student in an African University; and
  • Member of the ILCA [If you are not a member of the ILCA, click here to indicate your interest].

Meet the Mentors

Dr. Adekemi Omotubora

Lecturer, University of Lagos

Ayo Ogunkanmi

Partner – Oak Advisory

Chukwuma Okoroafor

Corporate & Technology Attorney

Damilola Oyebayo •

Associate, Olaniwun Ajayi LP

Emmanuel Salami •

Privacy Advisor

Kenneth Okwor

Doctoral Candidate, University of Cambridge 

Leah Molatseli

Co-founder & CEO, Lenoma Legal

Mordecai Adejo

Managing Partner, Mishai & Mordecai LP

Prince Nwankwo

Independent Consultant 

Senwelo Modise

Associate, Collins Chilisa Consultants

Sijuade Animashaun

Partner, AAF Legal Practitioners

Temitayo Ogunmokun •

Legal Counsel, Elvira Salleras & Associates

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Dr. Kemi Omotubora

Lecturer, University of Lagos

Dr. Kemi holds Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in information technology law from the University of Leeds, UK and currently teaches law at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She specialises in investigating the law, ethics and regulation of emerging technologies particularly in developing countries. Her research interests cut across data privacy and identity management, the intersection of cybersecurity, national security and human rights and the impacts of technology on legal pedagogy and legal practice.

Chukwuma Okoroafor

Corporate & Technology Attorney

Chukwuma is an attorney, with considerable experience in Technology Transactions, Emerging and High Growth Companies, Innovation, Impact Investing, and Products.

In his experience in this field, he continues to counsel companies across industries interested in innovation, leveraging technology, and scaling to drive growth; including VC backed tech (Fintech, Edutech, Legaltech, Healthtech, Life Sciences, and Agritech) companies on a range of subjects. Also, he has at different times led diverse teams, creating solutions and processes that enhance service delivery to clients.

Chukwuma has been recognized by the World Bank for his contributions to Nigeria’s ease of doing business program, working through policies and legislations that shape and foster innovation in Nigeria.

He is an Arbitrator, licensed by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) and obtained his Masters of Law (LL.M) in Law, Technology and Entrepreneurship from the Cornell Law School, Cornell University.

Keneth Okwor

Doctoral Candidate, University of Cambridge 

Kenneth is a key Associate in the Templar’s Finance and Projects practice groups, and an Adjunct Lecturer of Corporate Law and Practice at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos Campus.

His practice focuses on complex banking, finance (corporate, leveraged, and structured), projects and infrastructure finance, M & As, international capital markets transactions, and domestic and international financial regulation.

Kenneth holds a Master’s degree in Corporate Law (MCL) from the University of Cambridge and an LLM in International Financial Law and Regulation from Harvard Law School. Kenneth graduated with First Class Honours from the Nigerian Law School and a Second Class Upper Honours from the University of Jos, where he made distinctions in Commercial Law, International Law and the Law of Evidence.

He graduated top of his class at the Nigerian Law School, winning several awards and prizes including the Council of Legal Education Star Prize, the Best Overall Performance, all categories of Best student of the year, Best student in Corporate Law Practice and Property Law Practice prizes, among others.

Leah Molatseli

Co-founder & CEO, Lenoma Legal

Leah, is an admitted attorney of the high Court in South Africa, with 10 years overall experience in the legal industry. She is a Legal Technology and Innovation Specialist, Council Member of the University of the Free State, Co-lead of Research and Insights of the South African Chapter of the Innovation Law Club Africa. She is the co-founder of award winning virtual legal tech startup called Lenoma Legal which offers legal services to small businesses in South Africa (www.lenomalegal.com). She is a renowned speaker on Legal Technology having graced audiences in Ghana, Kenya, US & South Africa, she is published author of #legaltech startups & innovation: changing business law firm models one innovation at a time.

She’s been named by Global Compliance as Top 50 Social Media #legaltech influencers, Digital Female Leader Award Finalist by Global Development Women in Germany, 2020 Finalist of the Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans, a recipient of the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship which annually recognises young African Leaders & places them in US based Educational Institutions for training, University of the Free State Young Alumnus of the Year, Inspiring Fifty Women in STEM Winner an award which annually recognises Inspiring women by the Kingdom of the Netherlands Embassy in SA & CoCreate SA and named one of 2020s Top 100 Most Influential Young South Africans.