Leah Molatseli – alumna and Council member of the University of the Free State (UFS) – is the first African woman to be recognised by the American Bar Association in its list of Women of Legal Tech for her contribution and influence in the legal tech industry.
A commitment to diversity is one of the core values of the American Bar Association, which the Law Practice Division aims to reinforce in the legal tech sector. Annually, talented women in the legal tech space are recognised for impacting legal tech.
A lawyer by profession, published legal tech author and speaker, and legal tech and innovation specialist, Molatseli uses technology and innovative means to empower and educate law professionals.
She is currently head of business development at Legal Interact, a South African law firm that provides technology solutions for the legal industry.
Prof Francis Petersen, Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the UFS, congratulated Molatseli on her achievement: “On behalf of the executive committee of the University of the Free State (UFS) and the university community, I would like to extend my warmest congratulations on being recognised by the American Bar Association for your contribution to the legal tech industry.
“Being the first African woman to be honoured in this way makes this accomplishment even more extraordinary. You are a trailblazer in your field in so many ways,” said Prof Petersen.
Prof Petersen said, “The university, and the Faculty of Law, in particular, is proud to be associated with you. We also appreciate your continued support of the institution. Your dedication and expertise inspire us all – I will continue to follow your professional journey because I know there is much more in store”. Prof Petersen continued to thank Molatseli for contributing to the legal field in an innovative and contemporary manner.
Molatseli is the host of and guest speaker for various legal tech talks globally, as well as a guest lecturer at the University of Cape Town, where she develops and teaches legal tech innovation-related courses to the legal industry.
A Mandela Washington fellow, as well as a Notre Dame alumna, she is a member of the Women in Tech South African Chapter, a country member of the Global Legal Tech Consortium, and is one of 2022’s ILTA’s Most Influential Women in Legal Tech honourees.