Lagos Chief Judge, Others, For Caleb Varsity Law Week — Dean


By Chinyere Nwachukwu

The Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba, among other top legal luminaries, will interact with Law students of Caleb University, Imota, as part of activities marking the institution’s Law Week.

The Dean, College of Law, of the institution, Prof. Foluke Dada, disclosed this at a news conference organised to kick start programmes lined up for the week, on Monday, in Lagos.

She said that the interaction, to hold on Tuesday, in Lagos, would see the students drawing from the experience of the eminent personalities.

The interaction, she further stated, would form part of the law dinner, with the theme: Igniting the Torch of Excellence; Passing the Flame to Budding Lawyers.

Prof. Dada noted that the dinner, which was in line with the requirement of the Council for Legal Education, was also to train the students in the etiquettes of the profession.

She Noted that having lunch and dinner dates with clients normally formed a big part of the job that one does as a lawyer.

Prof. Dada said that the law week would be filled with educational and recreational activities.

Said she: “The students will be undertaking valuable trainings, which will largely be made up of mentorship programmes, among which will be a fireside chat with the learned Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) Kwame Ogala.

“He will be talking to the students about the road to becoming a SAN, the ups and downs, the challenges and the future opportunities that may be available for the students.

“On Tuesday, which is the dinner, they will be meeting with other very distinguished SANs, including judges, among whom is the Chief Justice of Lagos State, Hon. Justice Kazeem Olanrewaju Alogba, who will also be a co-chairman at the event, and some other prominent lawyers from all walks of life”.

The don added that the essence of having the highly placed legal practitioners in attendance was to teach the students how to form and maintain important relationships.

She described the theme of the law week as apt, with the aspect of training that would distinguish law students of the university from others.

The don Said that it would make them stand way above their peers from other institutions.

Speaking on other activities lined up for the week-long event, the Dean noted that on Wednesday, some young and senior lawyers would be having a mentorship programme for the law students.

She noted that these lawyers would be basically talking about law and technology.

Noted she: “Importantly, we have this Centre for Human Rights and Technology that we just developed and will be inaugurated on that day of the dinner.

“At the same time, we are also going to be inaugurating the new executives of the Law Students Association of the university.

“The importance of talking about law and technology is rife, as you find out that presently, there is nothing one can do without technology.

“So, we are introducing our students to that aspect of life. We will have speakers from Duale Ovia Adedipe law firm, to speak to the the students on that”.
The don noted that on Thursday, the principal officers of the university would sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with their counterpart from the Institute of Chattered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria.

She said that prior to that ceremony, there would be collaboration between the institution’s college of law and the Public Interest Lawyering of West Africa (PILWA).

She added that PILWA was an organisation that had a mother arm in the Attorney Centre for Community Alternatives (ACCA) in the U.S.

“We received a grant recently from them and that will help us in furthering clinical legal education. When I say clinical, I am talking about the practice or training on law as it should be.

Offered she: “So, on that Thursday, PILWA will be here to inaugurate our students into their community.
“We are going to have interesting activities run through the Centre for Human Right and Technology, in collaboration with PILWA going forward.

“It is going to be a month by month alternative. We call them alternative because they are initiatives that would run through the entirety of the curriculum, as has been designed for the whole academic season”.

She said that on Friday, there would be social interactions among the students, as they would engage in activities such as quiz and lots of in-door games.

Stated Dada: “This will be followed by a football match on Saturday and will be held in batches.

“It will involve team Adebogun, team Dada and team Nosa Owens, who is our vice chancellor. It is all about creating and having fun.

“On Sunday, the grand finale, is going to be a day to showcase diverse cultural heritage”.

She gave the theme of the Sunday ceremony as: Traditional Attire Day.

She noted that law students were traditionally known to always dress in black and white, but the day would provide an opportunity for all of them to showcase their traditional costumes.

The don said this was in a bid to make them always remember their roots, just as she pointed out that the university was founded on christian values, and open to people of all faith.

She said that it would stop at nothing in teaching and inculcating those values in its students.

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