The 21st Anniversary of the Judge JP Karuaihe Trust and the 14th Annual JPK Trust Legal Excellence Awards ceremony took place on Friday, 4 December 2020 at De Kayak, Windhoek.
For the 8th time, the JPK Trust Legal Excellence Awards ceremony took place on the same day as the AGM, just prior to the LSN AGM. Since the awards are centred around legal practitioners and law students, the LSN created an opportunity for its members to be present when future legal practitioners and their peers are awarded for their achievements.
The JPK Trust was represented by Patty Karuaihe-Martin – Chairperson: Amanda Hauanga – Trustee; Umbi Karuaihe-Upi – Trustee; and Ngamane Karuaihe-Upi – Director.
The LSN’s involvement with the Judge JPK Trust commenced in 2006, when the trustees of the JPK Trust approached the LSN to assist them in identifying and selecting deserving winners for the ‘legal excellence awards’, thereby acknowledging the dedication, efforts and commitment of legal practitioners who are enhancing and protecting the Rule of Law in Namibia and honouring their social responsibilities.
Legal Excellence Awards
The LSN received the names of the best students from the Justice Training Centre and University of Namibia, respectively.
With regard to the human rights and social responsibility awards, many LSN members contribute to society but they do not always ‘advertise’ their good deeds. The LSN invited nominations for the awards from its members.
Vice-Chairperson, Vanessa Boesak, officiated the event.
Patty Karuaihe-Martin honoured the legacy of her late brother, Judge Fonnie Karuaihe and the difference that the JP Karuaihe Trust Fund (JPK Trust) has made amongst the previously disadvantage communities. The JPK Trust has been instrumental in providing bursaries to over 66 students who have completed their studies and who are employed in various sectors and capacities. The JPK alumni have positively paid it forward by contributing donations and sponsorship to the JPK Trust. In particular the firm Dr Weder Kauta Hoveka Inc has been one of their key partners throughout these years.
Last year history was made when Luderitz Street was renamed to Judge JP Karuaihe street. The JPK Trust held the first ever 1-mile race in Namibia to honour this event. She urged the law fraternity, to continue sponsoring this noble initiative and to annually participate for the greater good of developing the Namibian law fraternity.
Judge JP Karuaihe Trust: Legal Excellence Award: Best JTC Student for 2019
MONET BRUNDYN achieved an average of 73.92% respectively in all 11 subjects.
Ngamane Karuaihe-Upi and Amanda Hauanga, on behalf of the JPK Trust, presented her with the trophy.
Vanessa Boesak, on behalf of the LSN, presented her with a LSN voucher in the amount of N$3,500.00.
Judge JP Karuaihe Trust: Legal Excellence Award: Best LLB Final Year Student for 2019
PANASHE NHEKAIRO achieved a 72.47% average in the final year LLB programme. Ngamane Karuaihe-Upi and Amanda Hauanga, on behalf of the JPK Trust, presented him with the trophy.
Vanessa Boesak, on behalf of the LSN, presented him with a LSN voucher in the amount of N$2,500.00.
Judge JP Karuaihe Trust: Legal Excellence Award for Social Responsibility
VANESSA BOESAK accepted the award, on behalf of the firm LORENTZ ANGULA INC / ENS AFRICA NAMIBIA, from Ngamane Karuaihe-Upi and Amanda Hauanga.
Judge JP Karuaihe Trust: Legal Excellence Award for Human Rights
Toni Hancox accepted the award, on behalf of the LEGAL ASSISTANCE CENTRE from Ngamane Karuaihe-Upi and Amanda Hauanga.
Vote of thanks
The LSN thanked the JPK Trust for joining hands with the LSN to honour these achievements.
The LSN congratulates the JPK Trust with its 21st Anniversary and wishes the JPK Trust much success with their future endeavours.
The LSN trusts that their commitment to providing bursaries to deserving candidates to study law and honouring achievements will go from strength to strength and that the LSN and the JPK Trust will have a long and fruitful relationship.