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THE NEW WIG AND HIS B.L CERTIFICATE

A cross section of new wigs

A cross section of new wigs

Dear New Wig,

Welcome to the Nigerian Bar. You have the license to practice law, the prized crown for your 6 or more years (for ASUU strike victims) struggles. You learnt and read because the legal profession ought to be a learned one. You have learnt little and will learn more. Don’t be surprised that you were not told the simplest things.

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WARNING TO ROOKIES; NAIJA POLICE BAIL IS NOT FREE (PART 1)

The curtains were slowly falling on the 2nd year of my call to the bar when it dawned on me that I had never handled a police case. So when the opportunity presented itself, I grabbed it with both hands.
A neighbour had come on a Saturday afternoon to complain that his brother was being detained by the police (for guess what ridiculous offence? Nah! Ain’t telling ya! Read further down for the full gist) and needed a lawyer to get him out as the police was demanding for N15, 000. 00 ($84.01) for his bail. I had made my plans for the day and going to the police station was not part of it. I was about to apologise for my inability to help, when he told me he was directed by the lawyer in the next compound to meet me as the lawyer was out of Lagos on a business trip.

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“YOU MAY PUT ON YOUR WIGS”; 3, 436 CANDIDATES ADMITTED INTO THE NIGERIAN BAR

Photocredits www.thenationonlineng.net

Photocredits www.thenationonlineng.net

The 3, 436 successful candidates at the 2014 bar exams were on Tuesday and Wednesday this week, admitted as Barristers and Solicitors of the Supreme Court of Nigeria by the Body of Benchers at the International Conference Centre Abuja.

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THE 21ST CENTURY NAIJA LAWYER

The advent of the 21st Century and the changes it brought about has virtually affected all facets of human existence including the practice of law. The world is now a global village, accessible via the click of a button. No innovation has affected human existence after the creation of nuclear technology like Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
All professions and professionals have taken advantage of the many benefits of the IT boom. Although known for its conservatism and slow response to change, legal practice has not been left behind by the fast moving IT train.

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MOHAMMED TAKES CHARGE, MUKHTAR BOWS OUT

Justice Mariam Aloma Mukhtar

Justice Mariam Aloma Mukhtar

Justice Mariam Aloma Mukhtar took a bow from her job at the zenith of the Nigerian Judiciary on Thursday, 20th November after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70 years. The former CJN who mounted the saddle after the announcement of her appointment as the 13th CJN, made history as the first female CJN of Nigeria.

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GRAHAM TURNBULL ESSAY COMPETITION

photo credits www.mcmillanlawgroup.com

photo credits www.mcmillanlawgroup.com

The Law Society of England and Wales invites law students, trainee solicitors, pupil barristers and junior lawyers (current, prospective or in between stages)  to enter the Law Society’s annual Graham Turnbull essay competition.

This year’s essay title is:
“The roots of many of our basic rights go back to the Magna Carta whose 800th Anniversary is being celebrated in 2015. Given this important legacy, to what extent would proposals to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998 and pull out of the European Convention on Human Rights impact on the protection of human rights in the UK and around the world?” Continue reading

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YOUNG LAWYERS CHARGED TO TAKE THEIR RIGHTFUL PLACE IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION

L -R Mrs Funmi Falana, Hon. Justice Safari, Mr. Issa Adedokun (YLF Chairman, NBA Ikeja Branch) Hon. Justice I. N. Buba

L -R Mrs Funmi Falana, Hon. Justice Safari, Mr. Issa Adedokun (YLF Chairman, NBA Ikeja Branch) Hon. Justice I. N. Buba and Mrs. Gloria Nweze (ex-2nd Vice-Chairman NBA, Ikeja Branch)

The Young Lawyers’ Forum (YLF) of the NBA Ikeja Branch, held its annual seminar on Thursday 13th November, 2014 at the Ikeja Bar Centre. This year’s event which was based on the theme “Surmounting Professional Challenges for Young Lawyers in Legal Practice: the Way Forward” witnessed a huge turnout of young lawyers and many legal heavy weights.
The roll call of guests were the Hon. Justice Safari who represented the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Hon. Justice I. N. Buba of the Federal High Court Lagos, The DG of the Nigerian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies Prof. Lanre Fagbohun, Mr. Nourison Quakers SAN, Mrs. Funmi Falana and a hosts of others.Continue reading

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APPLY FOR THE 2015 INTERNATIONAL LAW FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME

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Applications for the 2015 International Law Fellowship Programme are currently being accepted. The deadline for applications is 1 December 2014
Application process

Qualifications
To qualify for the Fellowship Programme, candidates should be between 24 and 45 years of age at the beginning of the Fellowship Programme. They must have a legal background with professional experience in the field of international law. The selected participants are required to submit a medical certificate of good health and to certify that they are able to attend the entire course period.

The 2015 Fellowship Programme will be conducted in English. Fluency in spoken and written English is required.
Application
Complete the application form in English, typewritten. Answers should be clear and as detailed as possible. If you need extra space, you may attach additional pages. Incomplete applications will not be considered.Continue reading

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PING! NBA YOUNG LAWYERS’ FORUM 3RD ANNUAL SEMINAR HOLDS

The YLF Seminar Flyer

The YLF Seminar Flyer

The NBA Ikeja Branch Young Lawyers’ Forum (YLF) will hold its annual seminar on Thursday 13th November, 2014 at the Bar Centre , Ikeja at 9: 00 am. The 3rd since it’s debut this year’s YLF seminar’s theme is “Surmounting Professional Challenges for Young Lawyers in Legal Practice: the Way Forward”, and is open to young lawyers of 1-7 years at the bar.

Lined up for the event are many lecture sessions by reputable legal practitioners drawn from the academia, Bench and the inner Bar ( see flyer above for more information).

Admission is free and there would be free medical tests for all participants as well as a cocktail after the event. So where would you rather be on 13th November, 2014?

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