The President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olumide Akpata has admonished members of the legal profession to respond proactively to the changes currently defining and shaping our world in the technological as well as socio-cultural realms.
NEWSWIRE Law and Events Magazine’s correspondent reports that Akpata made these remarks during the opening ceremonies of the 2021 annual conference of the NBA’s Section on Legal Practice (SLP) currently going on in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
Quoting Lord Sales, an English jurist on the connection between the law and the digital world, Akpata urged his colleagues to ‘integrate the global, automated digital world with traditional …legal structures in order to provide a framework within which these new technologies can be used well.’
In the face of these changes, Akpata said, the relevance of the Nigerian Bar will not be measured by the impeccability of the lawyer’s advocacy or drafting skills, but his ability to give practical solutions to emerging, technology-driven challenges.
It is in view of this, he added, that his administration has undertaken a review of the law school curriculum with a view to standardizing it and bringing current legal education in Nigeria in tandem with global realities