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Membership2018-09-14T12:15:49+00:00

Membership Benefits

WOLELA engages actively with our members to find ways to assist them to be happier, healthier, more successful lawyers. Do we have all the answers? Nope. But we have created a platform which supports women lawyers while they explore how to get from an often frustrated, burnt out, unbalanced life in the law to a fulfilled, healthier, more satisfying place. This looks very different for each individual. It may involve a career change but it may just as likely be a new perspective on oneself and a new definition of what “success” looks like. Our annual conference is an opportunity for very busy women lawyers to take a day to reflect on where they’re at, where they want to be and how they might get there.

We aim at a diverse membership of women ranging from the female pioneers of the legal profession to senior legal leaders to the emerging next generation.” 

Membership is on a rolling basis for 365 days from when your 1st payment is received. You can select annual or monthly payment options. Monthly is a little higher as it creates 12 x the admin!

Frequently Asked Questions

We think about this a lot. We don’t want to turn anyone away and gender is increasingly a fluid concept. If there is anyone who identifies as female who would like to join, you are welcome. Talk to us, let’s figure it out together.

We want you to be happy. We’re not a gym trying to lock you into a contract you hate and never use! So if you’ve joined and  don’t feel you’re getting value, all you need to do is mail us so we can set up a time to chat and see what we can do differently or how to refund you. We started in 2016 and no one has asked for money back thus far. A few have left for various reasons and we’ve learned stuff in the process.  

Absolutely. While women have had a rough time, we acknowledge many minorities have had it worse. We believe in diversity and inclusion. Please join us and help us figure out how to make WOLELA a welcoming place for the LGBTQI community.

Membership starts on the day you pay, which confirms your registration. It’s for 12 months. If you are a monthly member, you’ll be charged the day you register on Payfast and can terminate at any time.

If you can’t make a session, you are welcome to send a colleague or friend, however we ask that they (or you) pay the very small R250 attendance fee for a bunch of reasons including that we’ve found people value something they pay for AND we need funds to cover women who really cannot afford to attend sessions, such as our students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Your small payment makes this possible.

Of course you can bring your friends! There’s always a registration form so please register, helps us manage numbers and we ask that every delegate pays the very small R250 attendance fee for a bunch of reasons including that we’ve found people value something they pay for AND we need funds to cover women who really cannot afford to attend sessions, such as our students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Your small payment makes this possible.

We’re not holding one in 2018 because Exec Director Amanda Lamond got too burned out putting on the last ones with no staff! So we are raising funds in 2018 and looking for conference partners for a 2019 conference, that will enable Amanda to have a proper event management team. Plus we’d like a team of WOLELA volunteers to help so get in touch if you’re keen.

Contact us to discuss a multiple member package. There are discounts for block members. We’re not yet at a stage of systems development where we can say “join all the women in your firm” and have 200 women join. We like to have a relationship with each member, so there is buy in and WOLELA isn’t “something the firm makes me do”. Get in touch, let’s talk and get your lawyers signed up. We can also talk about doing some things in house at your firm.

WOLELA memberships are often paid for by an organization or institution, and to reflect this, the membership remains with the institution even when an individual member might move before the membership has expired. It is up to you to chat to your organisation about whether you will keep your membership or not. If you’d like to re-join in your personal capacity let us know. Either way, please stay in touch to ensure systems work smoothly.

For now it’s the R199 p/m option. We are trying for funding for a nationwide student mentorship programme. For now there’s only funding for the Western Cape Chapter. But get in touch so we can ensure you’re on the waiting list if you want to join but can’t afford it.

For now it’s the R199 p/m option. WOLELA at the time of writing this, has no real funding. Until we do, we’re managing on next to nothing so can’t take on members who can’t pay. Oh we wish we could!

We’re using a Membership Management system called Wild Apricot. We’ll send you all the details when you register.

Membership Packages

We have 3 packages. The Basic is mainly aimed at CA’s and those from non profits, but you choose which package is right for you. You can select annual or monthly payment options. Monthly is a little higher as it creates 12 x the admin! Below are our packages.

Basic

R199/month
  • Directory listing
  • 4 WOLELA PPD sessions* yearly at member rates (you save R600)
  • News updates & articles relevant to women in law
  • Discounted services with affiliates including executive coaching

Premium

R499/month
  • All the Basic benefits plus:
  • 4 paid up PPD* sessions annually (value: R1000)
  • Job posting notifications
  • Work referrals amongst members
  • Speaking & Panellist opportunities
  • Informal mentor/ mentee opportunities

Mentorship

R999/month
  • All the Premium benefits plus:
  • Exclusive participation in WOLELA’s mentorship programme
  • You will choose a mentor from our panel
  • 6 face to face Mentorship sessions
  • Personal career support from WOLELA Council & trusted advisors

Annual Packages

Save by paying annually

Basic

R2000/year (save 388)
  • Directory listing
  • 4 WOLELA PPD sessions* yearly at member rates (you save R600)
  • News updates & articles relevant to women in law
  • Discounted services with affiliates including executive coaching

Premium

R5000/year (save 988)
  • All the Basic benefits plus:
  • 4 paid up PPD* sessions annually (value: R1000)
  • Job posting notifications
  • Work referrals amongst members
  • Speaking & Panellist opportunities
  • Informal mentor/ mentee opportunities

Mentorship

R11 000/year (save 988)
  • All the Premium benefits plus:
  • Exclusive participation in WOLELA’s mentorship programme
  • You will choose a mentor from our panel
  • 6 face to face Mentorship sessions
  • Personal career support from WOLELA Council & trusted advisors

Corporate Membership

Corporate memberships offer discounts to law firms, chambers and other organisations that support WOLELA’s mission, to extend the benefits of membership to multiple employees. This is a valuable opportunity for firms and government departments and their lawyers to engage with the WOLELA legal community and promote the interests of women lawyers at a time when attrition rates for women lawyers continue to remain high.

3 to 5 Members

10%/discount

6 to 10 Members

15%/discount

11 to 20 Members

20%/discount

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We aim at a diverse membership of women ranging from the female pioneers of the legal profession to senior legal leaders to the emerging next generation.

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