Carolyne Kamende Daudi: The Advocate Redefining the Role of LSK Vice President

Carolyne Kamende Daudi: The Advocate Redefining the Role of LSK Vice President
Law Society of Kenya Vice President Carolyne Kamende Daudi. Photo: Standard Group

Carolyne Kamende Daudi has redefined the role of the Vice President of the Law Society of Kenya as the indefatigable champion of the welfare of Advocates more than any other holder of that office before her. She is always there when her learned colleagues need her shoulder to lean on. She is the first to come to mind when any Advocate is in trouble. Even at wee hours of the day, she always picks Advocates calls, never fails when called upon to help and goes out of the way to attend to the welfare of colleagues.

So committed is Carolyne Kamende in the pursuit of the welfare of Advocates of Kenya that many, even her friends and colleagues, assume that is all she does for living. But unbeknown to many, the LSK Vice President has perfected the art of time management and prioritizing, she is a full-time formidable legal practitioner who is very active in court and in midwifing commercial deals and transactions when not answering the distress calls of LSK Members.

Carolyne Kamende: The Advocate

Carolyne Kamende is an advocate of 16 years standing who is acknowledged by her peers and clients as a leading specialist in Family Law, Constitutional and Criminal Law, Corporate and Commercial Law and Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution. She graduated from the University of Nairobi in 2003 with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B), obtained a Diploma in Law from Kenya School of Law in 2004 and joined Kyalo & Associates Advocates the same year as a pupil.

After admission to the bar on 15th December, 2005, Carolyne Kamende served as an Associate at Kyalo & Associates for 8 years until when she left to found her law firm. While at Kyalo & Associates, she also worked as a Legal Assistant at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda for a year engaged in taking depositions, conducting legal research and assisting duty counsel in case preparation gaining broad expertise and exposure in International Criminal Law.

Carolyne Kamende: The Managing Partner

In 2013, Carolyne Kamende launched Kamende DC & Company Advocates and provided the leadership to grow it into a medium size boutique law firm in the last 8 years. Today, the firm is recognized for its legal services expertise in various practice areas including litigation and dispute resolution including arbitration, banking and securities, real estate and construction law, environmental law, employment and labour law, insurance law and intellectual property.

From the start, Carolyne built Kamende DC & Company Advocates as a firm to meet the core purpose of "creating partnerships that provide clients with peace of mind through expert advice and zealous representation." The firm does this by providing high quality, creative and results-oriented services to individuals and businesses in professionals, ethical and competent manner and serve as primary resource and partner in all aspects of clients' business growth and development.

Kamende DC & Company Advocates serves many private and corporate clients. The firm's corporate clients include large Banking Institutions, esteemed Educational Institutions and Schools, several County Governments and Devolved Institutions, leading Media Houses, Publishers and Publications, and numerous private sector players and companies including insurance companies, security companies, real estate developers and consultants, aviation services providers and oil and gas distribution companies.  

Besides offering leadership to Kamende DC & Company Advocates, Carolyne Kamende is also intimately engaged in the day to day rigors of the firm's legal practice. She has handled many significant briefs and on daily basis is routinely engaged in all aspects of legal practice including interviewing clients, giving legal advice, conducting case researches, drafting legal documents, court attendance and representation, negotiating on behalf of clients, administrative work and training and mentoring young lawyers and pupils.

Carolyne Kamende: The Public Servant

As part of giving back to the society, Carolyne Kamende and her firm provides pro bono legal services to leading High Schools across the country including her alma mater Alliance Girls High School, Starehe Girls Centre and Machakos Girls High School. She also sits in the Board of Management (BOM) of several schools including Mulumini Secondary School, AIC Nyayo Girls (as Vice Chair) and Woyani Primary School (as Chairperson).

In addition, Carolyne Kamende is the Chairperson of the African Bar Association (AFBA)-Kenya Forum, the 50-year-old premier professional body uniting individual lawyers and national legal associations in Africa. She is also an active member of the FIDA-Kenya Branch where she is a member of the Disciplinary Committee. Previously, she served as LSK Council Member (Nairobi Representative) 2018-20 and Co-Chair of the LSK Gender Committee which formulated the LSK Sexual Harassment and Anti-Bullying Policies.

Carolyne Kamende: The Future

Many parallels have been drawn between LSK Vice President Carolyne Kamende and the United States Vice President Kamala Harris who are both as legal practitioners of note committed to public service. Indeed, as many around the world wait to see what will next become of Kamila Harris, so do many Kenyans, especially lawyers, look forward to what the future holds for Carolyne Kamende. But Carolyne Kamende is not sitting still waiting for that future to come. She is happy to continue serving her clients and LSK members with distinction as she ushers the future.   

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