2018 Law Week: NBA Lagos Branch Holds Press Parley
The 2018 Law Week of the Lagos Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) whose theme is ‘Human Capital and the Legal Profession in the 21st Century,’ promises to be an eventful one, with a rich curriculum of issues, programmes and topics to be explored by an equally rich faculty of speakers and resource persons.
This was the assurance given by the Chairman, Planning Committee of the Law Week, Mr. Tola Oshobi, SAN, at a press parley to intimate relevant stakeholders on the range of activities lined for the event. Held at the law chambers of Babalakin & Co on Victoria Island, the parley was also presided over by the chairman of the NBA Lagos Branch, Chukwuka Ikwuazom, Esq., and the Alternate Chairman of the Planning Committee, Ken Ahia, Esq.
According to Oshobi, the 2018 Law Week is slated to commence on Saturday, May 5 with a Health Walk for members of the branch, which will take them from the premises of the Lagos High Court at Igbosere to the Falomo Roundabout, and culminate with a session of aerobics. This, Oshobi said, was a departure from the practice of previous Law Week celebrations, which usually featured football matches.
The opening programme will also see members paying visits to the Ikoyi and Kirikiri prisons in Lagos – an activity which will feature a Legal Clinic for the inmates, and the presentation of various gifts to them.
Other activities also include Health Checks for branch members at the foyer of the Lagos High Court, a National Identity Card registration exercise, and a Welcome Cocktail, also at the aforementioned foyer of the Lagos High Court.
According to the Planning Committee chairman, the intellectual part of the Law Week programme begins on Thursday, May 10 with a keynote address by an erudite legal luminary and academic, Prof. Kanyinsola Ajayi, SAN, after which participants will sit down at a plenary sessions to explore such topical issues as ‘Client Expectations in the 21st Century;’ ‘Technology & Innovation;’ and ‘The 21st Century Young Lawyer;’ as well as sessions with eminent Judges of the Lagos State High Court, specifically on such vital but contentious issues as taxation, land use, etc., which lie at the heart of most our people’s transactions with governmental agencies. The day’s programme will culminate in an Elders’ Night (during which senior and retired members of the Lagos Bar would be honoured in appreciation for their service to the legal profession in general, and the Lagos Bar in particular).
This engagement with members of the Lagos State Bench, Oshobi said, is scheduled to continue on Friday, May 11, the last day of the 2018 Law Week programme, with important discourses on labour matters, especially in view of the reconstitution of the National Industrial Court and the new range of powers it is set to wield going forward. Similar sessions will also be held on taxation on this day, he added, along with more plenary sessions on topics such as ‘The Rainmaker Lawyer,’ among others.
The learned silk also announced that in line with its growing emphasis on health and wellness in a profession whose members mostly operate in high-stress situations, the last day programme will once again feature a Health Walk, as well as an intensive session designed to help participants achieve a healthy work-life balance.
A Closing Party, he said, would bring the 2018 Law Week programme to a close.
The Chairman of the Lagos Branch of the NBA, Chukwuka Ikwuazom, along with Tola Oshobi (SAN) and the alternative chairman, Mr. Ken Ahia, also fielded questions from members of the press, most of which bordered on issues such as the promotion of professional ethics; the nature of the NBA’s pro bono services, including its legal clinics, among others.