Business has a significant role to play in ensuring women empowerment and gender equality in the workplace. At Rushmere Noach Incorporated, this social and corporate responsibility is implemented across all its levels and service departments. Currently, Rushmeres boasts a gender diverse Board comprising equal numbers of female and male Directors.
In 2000, Rushmeres appointed its first female Director, Judy Theron. Judy is involved in litigation, including family law matters, and also runs the cost recoveries department. Judy is an Associate Fellow of the Association of Arbitrators.
Liane Koorsse was appointed to the Board in 2010, two years’ post her attorney’s admission and became the youngest practitioner to be so appointed in the history of the firm where her practice focusses on commercial law and litigation.
In 2016, three years’ post admission as an attorney, conveyancer and notary, Nicole Deschamps became the female Board appointee in the conveyancing department of Rushmeres.
Shelby Leigh Roberts was appointed to the Board in 2018, two years’ post her admission as an attorney, where her practice includes commercial law and general litigation. Shelby is also an admitted notary and in 2017 completed a post graduate diploma in financial planning.
The collective practices of Rushmeres’ female Directors cover the full spectrum of services offered by the firm, including those already mentioned.
Mentoring is recognised by Rushmeres to be a fundamental component in advancing women empowerment. After starting their legal careers as Candidate Attorneys at Rushmeres; Liane, Nicole and Shelby now hold Director positions.
Rushmeres is also proud to say that at present both of its Professional Assistants and three of its five Candidate Attorneys are women. Rochelle Velkers and Refilwe Tsatsimpe were appointed as Professional Assistants in 2020 and 2021 respectively, both having completed their articles at Rushmeres. Mmabale Masipa is currently in her second year of articles, whilst Bathobile Vilakazi and Caitlin Birch joined the firm in January 2021. Eighty percent of Rushmeres’ remaining staffing compliment consists of women. Bathobile is presently undertaking a Masters qualification in the field of Law of the Sea.
Rushmeres is driven to empower women. Through executive female leadership, mentorship and merit recognition Rushmeres is committed to diversity and equal work opportunity in its workplace.