LSSA saddened at death of former Co-chairperson, Julian von Klemperer

February 1st, 2018

Julian von Klemperer (second from left) representing the KwaZulu-Natal Law Society at the signing of the constitution of the Law Society of South Africa in March 1998, together with John Anderson (Law Society of the Free State), Piet Langenhoven (Law Society of the Northern Provinces), Silas Nkanunu (National Association of Democratic Lawyers), Jake Moloi (Black Lawyers Association) and Christoff Pauw (Cape Law Society).

By Barbara Whittle

The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) expressed its sadness in a press release at the untimely passing of Pietermaritzburg attorney and former LSSA Co-chairperson, Julian von Klemperer, on 9 January at the age of 71.

‘Julian played a crucial and prominent role in the discussions between 1996 and 1998, which brought the Black Lawyers Association and the National Association of Democratic Lawyers, together with the four provincial law societies, to embark on the transformation of the profession. He was one of the signatories, on behalf of the then Natal Law Society, of which he was president, to the LSSA’s constitution and was present at the launch of the LSSA in Parliament in March 1998. His commitment to transformation was also evidenced by his inclusion in the delegation representing the attorneys’ profession before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in October 1997,’ said LSSA Co-chairpersons David Bekker and Walid Brown.

Mr von Klemperer served as Co-chairperson of the LSSA from 1999 to 2000 together with the late Judge Jake Moloi, who passed away in July 2017. He represented the attorneys’ profession on the Judicial Service Commission from 2003 to 2009.

Mr von Klemperer was admitted as an attorney on 22 January 1969 and practised at his firm, Von Klemperer & Davis, until 1994 and then as Von Klemperers Attorneys until his firm amalgamated with Shepstone & Wylie, where he was a consultant until his death. He served on the then Natal Law Society council, and was its president from 1997 to 1999.

Barbara Whittle, Communication Manager, Law Society of South Africa,

 This article was first published in De Rebus in 2018 (Jan/Feb) DR 16.