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NBA AGC DAILY – Wednesday 28th August 2019 Highlights

Learned friends,

This year’s  NBA Annual General Conference is slowly grinding to a halt today with the Press Conference by the NBA President, Paul Usoro SAN and the Association’s Annual General Meeting scheduled to start by 9:30 am. It has indeed been a productive time for all.

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Here are highlights of yesterday’s activities and thoughts from the Plenary Session on The Future of The Legal Profession, and The Regulation of Legal Practice and Practitioners.

THE CRISIS OF SEXUAL AND GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE IN OUR COMMUNITIES

This session was of great interest to many legal practitioners especially those within the human right advocacy and gender issues practice space. The Chairman of the session H.E. Erelu Bisi Fayemi led the speakers, Olawale Fapohunda (A.G and Commissioner for Justice of Ekiti State), Rhoda Tyoden (President of FIDA Nigeria) and Itoro Eze Anaba (Founder Mirabel Centre), through the discourse.

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They all emphasised the need to care about gender-based violence especially violence against women. Ms. Itoro Eze Anaba shared on some of the cases the Mirabel Centre is working on. She shared that there is an increasing spate of incest in the country as many girls are being raped by their fathers. At the end of the session, it was agreed that there was a need to change the narrative on Gender-Based Violence and to do so quickly.

LAW CLINIC – TECHNOLOGY, ELOQUENCE, BRANDING, MILLENNIALS AND PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 

This session was the draw of many of the young lawyers at the Conference. The session was facilitated by experts in the areas in focus: Dr Adeoye Adefulu (Moderator), Samuel Falolu (Google Digital Skills Trainer), Joy Harrison-Abiola (Association of Law Firm Administrators of Nigeria), Adeyinka Aroyewun (Director of the Lagos Multi-Door Courthouse), Yomi Badejo-Okusanya (GMD of CMC Connect Limited), Ubong Essien, CSP (Dean, School of Eloquence) and Yimika Adesola (CEO, Legally Engaged). The speakers spoke extensively on the need for law clinics to begin to open up to the technological changes. Furthermore, legal practitioners should rebrand while also effectively reorganising their legal practice.

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PLENARY SESSION – THE FUTURE OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION, AND THE REGULATION OF LEGAL PRACTICE AND PRACTITIONERS

The plenary session was an insightful icing on the cake for the entire conference. It featured the report of the Nigerian Bar Association Legal Profession Regulation Review Committee (NBA LPRRC) delivered by Chief Anthony Idigbe, SAN. The session also witnessed a series of what many young lawyers will term “table shaking”, especially as it affects the conduct of legal professionals on ethical issues and the welfare of young lawyers. The other members of the plenary panel led by Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, OFR, Prof. Fabian Ajogwu, SAN and Senator Ita Enang emphasised the need for self-regulation of the bar. Below are thoughts as shared by each panelist:

Chief Anthony Idigbe, SAN
Statistically speaking, there are about 190,000 lawyers in Nigeria with a growth rate of 32% annually. This does not mean, however, that the country is over lawyered. Reform is key to the continued relevance of the legal profession. Presently, the regulation of the legal profession is fragmented. He then presented the committee’s report and highlighted some of its key features such as the introduction of a licensing procedure for legal practitioners and for legal service providers e.g. paralegals. Another key highlight is the Legal Profession Regulation Bill.
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Prof Fabian Ajogwu, SAN
the learned silk emphasised the need for the enforcement of sanctions for lawyers. He then pointed out that the future of law is self-regulation. The legal profession is based on the apprenticeship model. Therefore for the profession to be sustainable, it is important to ensure that the model thrives and special attention be paid to the welfare of the apprentice.
Senator Ita Enang
The former Senator drew the attention of the delegates to legislative practice. In his words, legislative practice is an arm of legal practice. He then recommended that the bar starts by reviewing the curriculum of the faculties of law and the law school to capture the new laws.
During the Q&A session, several delegates asked questions and made important comments. The most exciting was when Chief ‘Folake Solanke, SAN (the first female Senior Advocate of Nigeria and the first Nigerian female lawyer to wear the silk gown as Senior Counsel) addressed the delegates. Some of her thoughts included that the older lawyers pay their junior lawyers adequately. She advised that they be allowed to go home after work in the evenings and be given public holidays. She emphasised that junior lawyers have a life to lead apart from the law. She spoke on interpersonal relationship and respect amongst other things.

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