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THE 21ST CENTURY NAIJA LAWYER

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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 (IT).
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

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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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THREATS TO OUR INCOMES

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Ever wondered why there are very few briefs coming to lawyers? There are so many threats to our jobs and incomes. They include but are not limited to the following:

TELECOMS LAW: Lawyers are expected to wait for the clients but these days, the Telecoms companies are taking law to the clients. Ever got the SMS offering legal tips for as low as N50 per SMS? Say messages like “get legal tips by sending legal to 222, SMS cost N50 per sms”. You would say how much is that but for Telecoms companies with millions of subscribers, it’s a lot of money. Majority of Nigerians also Continue reading

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“PRACTICE IS HELL”, FEELING THE PULSE OF NEW WIGS

Cross section of new wigs photo credit www.nigerianmonitor.com

Cross section of new wigs photo credit www.nigerianmonitor.com

“Practice is hell” Ikem (not real name) answered with a straight gaze. “You won’t believe I earn just N30, 000. 00 monthly”, he continued as sweat formed on his brow. Dabbing his brow with a white handkerchief, he announced “my uncle is helping me out with one civil service job sha and once that clicks, am off this hell called practice, you diehards can continue with it”.

“How is practice”, is the usual question amongst new wigs who were mates at the University or the Law School. Save for the lucky few who work in well paying firms, majority have tales of woes over poor pay and working conditions.
Ikem was my classmate in the Law School and had been so enthusiastic about practicing law that he bought his wig and gown before the release of the Bar Finals result.

“Can you believe that of all my siblings, am the only one who is still being supported by my parents despite the fact that I spent the longest period of time in school and my training was the most expensive?”
“I work from 8 am till whenever my Boss leaves the office which is usually at 9 pm on weekdays and from 1 pm to 6 pm on weekends. The cost of transporting myself to the office everyday takes half of my pay and we are just two lawyers besides my principal and his secretary who doubles as the receptionist. We have no litigation officers so we prepare, file and serve court processes and letters ourselves. At the end of every day, am so overworked and stressed out that all I do is to eat and sleep off after I get home and wake up early the next working day for another stressful day. I only have a little reprieve on weekends and during the period of court vacations.”Continue reading

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GOATS ARRESTED, DETAINED, CHARGED AND FINED FOR “WANDERING”

 

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photo credits habanaija.com

Despite the courts declaring the ridiculous offence of wandering as being inconsistent with the constitutionally guaranteed freedom of movement, the Nigerian Police never stopped its sweeping arrest of people for “wandering and loitering” for extortion of “bail money”.
So it was an incredible story when goats not humans became the arrested “wanderers”. It was a media storm. Then a colleague had argued with me that it was impossible till he saw the news (seeing is believing).Continue reading

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THE NAIJA LAWYERS’ HUSTLE

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photocredit: www.sgglit.com

My steps were confident as I stepped out of the gate for the day’s lawyer’s hustle. Dressed in black suit over my lawyer’s collarless white shirt and in my two hands were my work bag containing my case file, books and stationeries and in the other bag my wig and gown. It had rained all night so I had to navigate through muddy stagnant puddles that dotted the road that led out to the junction where I entered a Keke Marwa to Orile Bus Stop, a famous Lagos suburb from where I could get a bus to Lagos Island.Continue reading

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