Willene Hollness is a senior lecturer at the School of Law, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban where she has taught since 2013. She holds BA (Rhodes), LLB (Rhodes) and LLM (UKZN) degrees and is a doctoral candidate at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria. She teaches at both under and post-graduate level and supervises a number of post-graduate students in Constitutional Litigation and Child Care and Protection master’s programmes. She has published numerous articles and textbook chapters on diverse aspects of disability law, gender, children’s rights and constitutional law.

She clerked for Justice Kate O-Regan and Acting Lex Mpati of the Constitutional Court in 2007; and at the New Jersey Circuit Court in Camden, USA in 2008. She was a candidate attorney and attorney for the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) from 2009 to 2012 focusing on children’s rights litigation, and other strategic litigation and advocacy issues, including disability, gender and economic (informal trade) matters. The CLRDC utilises paralegals for provision of advice on non-litigious matters and this interaction with paralegal advice office sparked an interest in paralegals’ promotion of access to justice.

She is a former Rotarian and formerly a board member of Feed the Babies Fund for three years. She has been a board member of the CLRDC since 2016.