The CLA is dedicated to unifying lawyers from across the Commonwealth, promoting the rule of law, and supporting an independent and effective legal profession throughout its member countries. Mbeneka has been a Council Member of the CLA since 2019 and has also served as a former Council Member of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK).
Back in her home country in Kenya at the Law Society of Kenya, she held the position of Treasurer and General Member Representative from 2018-2020 and also served as the Vice President of the East Africa Law Society from 2016-2018. Furthermore, she served as a member of Kenya’s Industrial Property Tribunal from 2010 to 2013 and is currently a member of the Cooperative Tribunal.
Maria holds a Bachelor of Social Legislation Degree (BSL) and a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB First Class Honours) from Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University in Maharashtra-India and a post-graduate diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law. With such a wealth of experience, education and dedication to public service, it is no wonder that Maria has been elected to this prestigious position. Her qualifications and experience are truly impressive and will serve as an asset in her new role.
Joining Mbeneka at the CLA are Dr. Peter Maynard from the Bahamas as President, Linda Kasonde from Zimbabwe, Hasan Ifran Khan from Pakistan and Mark Stephens from England who will serve as Joint Vice Presidents representing various regions.