Jack Mason Law & Democracy Initiative

Books For Africa

In Africa, law schools and bar associations often have only a few old, tattered law books. A few have no books at all. Imagine the challenge of creating a civil society when students and lawyers have no access to the fundamental texts on which the rule of law is based. Books For Africa launched the Law & Democracy Initiative to address this emerging continent’s appalling scarcity of law and human rights books, and by doing so to further the rule of law in Africa. Your financial support will allow the Law & Democracy Initiative to send these books to African law schools, bar associations, and other legal entities. Please help us end the law book shortage in Africa!

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Since 2008, the Jack Mason Law & Democracy Initiative of Books For Africa has shipped law and human rights libraries to 21 African countries. See where the books have been sent or view our brochure.

The Law & Democracy Initiative is named to honor the late Jack Mason, a federal magistrate judge and Books For Africa board member.

Thomson Reuters and numerous law firms and law schools have generously agreed to donate the needed texts. The Advocates for Human Rights provides key human rights material.

 What kinds of law books are we looking for? View our Law Book Donation Requirements.

Special thanks to Thomson Reuters, and to Robins, Kaplan LLP, major sponsors of the Law & Democracy Initiative. Thanks also to the Manhattan firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, which provides periodic pro bono legal assistance to the Law & Democracy Initiative.

Co-chairs Kofi Annan and Walter Mondale at Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, May 2009.
Co-chairs Kofi Annan and Walter Mondale at Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota, May 2009.

Jack Mason Law & Democracy Initiative Advisory Board

Co-Chairs:

Kofi Annan, former U.N. Secretary-General
Walter Mondale, former U.S. Vice President

Advisory Board:

Fatou Bensouda,Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court, The Hague
Chris Bercaw, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney law firm
John Bessler, Professor, University of Baltimore School of Law
Marla Butler, Partner, Robins Kaplan firm
Neneh Cham, President, Female Lawyers Association-Gambia
Michael Ciresi, Partner, CiresiConlin law firm
Chris Coleman, Mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota
Eric Cooperstein, Past President, Hennepin County Bar Association
Ingrid Culp, Shareholder, Fredrikson & Byron law firm
Judge Michael Davis, Former Chief Judge, Federal District of Minnesota
James E. Dorsey, Co-founder, Advocates for Human Rights, Fredrikson & Byron law firm
Mike Essien, President, Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers
Yvonne Fiadjoe, Legal Manager, Ghana National Gas Company
Chris Fomunyoh, Africa Director, National Democratic Institute DC
Barbara Frey, Director, University of Minnesota Human Rights Program
Sam Hanson, Former MN Supreme Court Justice, Briggs & Morgan
Moh'd Makame Haji, Dean, Faculty of Law and Shariah, Zanzibar University
Stephen Hayes, Former CEO, Corporate Council on Africa, D.C.
Christof Heyns, Dean, U of Pretoria Law School; Human Rights author
Christina Holder, Attorney, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft law firm, NYC
Sam Kaplan, Former U.S. Ambassador to Morocco
Pat Mandile, Chief Operating Officer, Robins Kaplan firm
Vivian Mason, Former Member, Minnesota Board of Law Examiners
Olufunmi Oluyede, ABA International Law Section, Lagos, Nigeria
Tom Pfeifer, Global Head of Sales, Thomson Reuters Legal
Steve Pfeiffer, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright law firm, DC 
Warren Spannaus, Former Minnesota Attorney General
Korir Sing'Oei, Litigation Director, Katiba Institute, Nairobi, Kenya
Arnold Tsunga, Africa Director, International Commission of Jurists, Geneva
Georgina Wood, Chief Justice, Ghana Supreme Court

Contact:

Jack Mason Law & Democracy Initiative
Lane Ayres, JD, Director
(612) 616-5661 • lanebfa@gmail.com
c/o Books For Africa
26 East Exchange Street, Suite 411 Saint Paul, MN 55101

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