We got Mr. Issa Adedokun, the visionary president of the NBA Ikeja, YLF to speak to us on this year’s annual seminar of the body. Here were his responses to our questions.
The 4th Edition of the NBA Ikeja Branch YLF annual seminar is coming up again this year, what should we expect?
As we all know, law is a noble profession and the society places a great demand on every individual practitioner out there to be among other things, driven with dynamism at work and be above board in carrying out his/her duties with great distinction. The YLF constantly organises several projects/programmes aimed at capacity building for young lawyers. One of such is an annual seminar targeted towards an average of about one thousand lawyers, In house Solicitors, Directors/Managers and Consultants from different jurisdictions.
At this year’s seminar, participants will be treated to a great platform for the acquisition of skills and practical knowledge from great men of the bar and the academics.
This is also an avenue to help young lawyers and lawyers generally both in and outside the field of practice to attain distinction and excellence in their chosen fields and keep up a high professional standard.
What informed the choice of this year’s theme for the seminar?
Last year seminar of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Ikeja Young Lawyers’ Forum’s (YLF)’s topic was carefully chosen in line with latent daunting challenges faced by many young lawyers. The seminar came up on the 13th November, 2014 at the NBA Ikeja Bar Centre. The erudite professor of law, Lanre Fagbohun of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies was the keynote speaker on the theme Surmounting Professional Challenges for Young Lawyers in Legal Practice: the Way Forward. The seminar featured legal titans and speakers.
This year, the forum is moving ahead with renewed vigour and distinction, to raise standards in the legal profession. For that purpose, it chose this year’s theme; Dynamism and Distinction in Legal Profession: Quest of a Young Lawyer. The theme is also apt considering the current tides in the profession.
The working conditions for young lawyers in today’s challenging economy is shadowed by severe pressure, stiff compettition and declining income. Increasingly, ’new wigs’, as the newly called lawyers are described, are in the habit of complaining about the less than adequate monthly wages paid by the firms of lawyers or law chambers where they are hired. The so-called inadequate remuneration soon burn out the young lawyer who becomes de-motivated and eventually loses the passion for the practice of law. Rather than blaming the senior lawyers on the problem of the economic situation and lack of opportunities in the country, the young lawyers as a way out, must continually work hard to attain dynamism and distinction in view of the daunting challenges.
Mr. Issa, what other benefits would participants get from attending this seminar?
This year seminar without doubt in my mind will be a rewarding one in giving an answer to these challenges as the forum is poised to assemble some of the best brains in the country to do justice to the theme. This year’s seminar would be anchored by Prof. Fidelis Oditah, QC, SAN and Prof. Taiwo Osipitan SAN.
Other notable Guest speakers at the occasion will be the discussing the paper focusing on the following areas of Law
- DR. WALE OLAWOYIN SAN: Appreciation of Arbitration At The Industrial Court And Evaluation Of Acceptable Evidence In Arbitration Proceedings.
- TITILOLA AKINLAWON SAN: The Winning Brief: Appellant Brief; Respondent Brief, Reply Brief, Addendum, And Supplementary Brief, Navigating Your Way To Success At The Appellate Court.
- J.S OKUTEPA SAN: Legal Ethics In Practice Adhering To Professional Ethics: Decorum At The Bar, Lawyer Client Financial Ethics, Lawyers And The Bench, Ethos, Decorum To Colleagues, Modern Trend In Practice Effective Means Of Achieving Distinction At The Bar.
- PAUL OMOIJIADE ESQ: Corporate Law Practice And Its Challenges: Achieving Dynamism And Distinction.
The Seminar also proposes to have in attendance the doyen of human rights activism in Nigeria, Chief Femi Falana SAN and an eminent jurist, Hon. Justice George Oguntade JSC (Rtd) will chair the occasion. Hon. Justice Funmilayo Atilade (Hon) Chief Judge of Lagos State would be the the chief Host. Other notable guests of honour are also expected to grace the occasion.
Another benefit participants would derive from attending the seminar is that they would get the NBA Continuing Legal Education (CLE) points. As you know, CLE is mandatory and each lawyer is expected to get the minimun number of CLE points and this is an opportunity for young lawyers to do so at no cost. The NBA and its affiliate institutes for the mandatory CLE has approved and certified the seminar as one from which CLE points could be earned. Consequently, all participants will be awarded a certificate of participation and would earn CLE points.
I must commend you for the array of speakers who would be coming for this year’s Seminar. How were you able to get them?
I must confess that the glory and commendation must go to the Planning Committee not me. The Committee has done a marvellous job in bringing together the resource persons. As you know, it is not an easy task to bring together these erudite keynote speakers and other distinguished members of the bar.
You would agree with me that these are seasoned members of the bar anywhere in the country.
How did you manage to fund this year’s seminar considering the harsh economic situation in the country?
It has not been easy going the round the town appealing to the senior members of the bar to help out with funds. But I appreciate the sacrifice of the members of the planning committee, Executive and other members of the YLF in this regards for their time and dexterity. I also appreciate the electronic law reporting outfits like Law pavilion, Lawbreed and other well wishers for their financial support.
Have you received any support from the NBA Ikeja Branch for the organisation of the Seminar?
We have received immense support in advisory capacity and blessings from the Branch towards making this a successful seminar for all participants.
Thank you Sir for taking time out of your tight schedule to speak to us.
You are welcome