Dmitri Holtzman is Executive Director of the Equal Education Law Centre (EELC). While at the university, Holtzman helped establish the “Street Law” Project, a program which promotes and facilitates legal and human-rights-based community service by law students. He was also the National Chairperson of Students for Law and Social Justice (SLSJ), a national law students’ organization which works to promote and use the law as a tool for social justice.
After graduation in 2009, Holtzman was appointed as a researcher and parliamentary liaison for Equal Education (EE) – now South Africa’s foremost social movement working for quality and equality in the public education system. He later became the Deputy Head of EE’s Policy, Communication, and Research Department.
In 2012, Holtzman was appointed as the founding Executive Director of the Equal Education Law Centre (EELC), an independent public interest law firm established as a key partner to Equal Education. The EELC conducts legal advocacy, strategic litigation as well as providing pro-bono legal services to advance the right to basic education in South Africa.
Holtzman was recognized as one of the ‘Mail and Guardian 200 young South African leaders’ (in 2012). He is also a member of the Board of the Sonke Gender Justice Network.
Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, he has a BA degree (in Law and English Literature) from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and an LLB degree from the University of the Western Cape (UWC).