UCLA School of Law is the youngest top law school in the U.S. It has pioneered innovative specializations and cutting-edge research centers, and has long been committed to skills training courses that offer students hands-on lawyering experience as they master legal doctrine.
Sonke Gender Justice Network is recognized internationally for its pioneering work that supports men and boys to promote gender equality, prevent gender-based violence, and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS across Africa.
The UCLA Law - Sonke Health & Human Rights Fellowship will be co-directed by Lara Stemple at UCLA School of Law, and by Dean Peacock and Desmond Lesejane at Sonke Gender Justice Network.
Lara Stemple is the Director of Graduate Studies at UCLA School of Law, where she oversees the law school's LL.M. (masters) and S.J.D. (doctoral) degree programs. Stemple teaches and writes in the areas of human rights, global health, gender, sexuality, HIV and AIDS, and incarceration. Stemple currently serves on the Board of Directors of Just Detention International, the Advisory Board of UCLA's Center for the Study of Women, and is part of the Leadership Core for the new UC Global Health Institute's Center of Expertise on Women’s Health and Empowerment.
Dean Peacock is co-founder and Executive Director of the Sonke Gender Justice Network. Peacock's work and activism over the last twenty years has focused on issues related to men, constructions of masculinities, health, and social justice. He is a member of the United Nations Secretary General's Network of Men Leaders formed to advise Ban Ki-Moon on prevention of gender-based violence, is a research analyst at the Program in Global Health at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and is co-founder of the MenEngage Alliance.
Desmond Lesejane is Deputy Director of Sonke Gender Justice Network and Manager of Sonke's Policy Advocacy & Research Unit. Lesejane has worked in a range of civil society, religious and government initiatives aimed at attaining social transformation for a more just society. Prior to Sonke, Lesejane had several leadership positions with organizations promoting gender equality and social justice, including as the Director of Ecumenical Service for Socio-Economic Transformation, and as the Chief Executive Officer of the Civil Society Secretariat of the World Summit on Sustainable Development. Lesejane has published widely on men, gender equality and fatherhood.