The Planning Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Lagos Branch, 2019 annual Law Week has unveiled the programme of event which would hold between 15th and 21 June, 2019 with the theme: “Law and Development in an Emerging Economy”
In a press briefing in Lagos on Tuesday, the Chairman of the branch, Chukwuka Ikwuazom noted that the law week , would be most memorable in the history of the nation’s premier bar branch, being the last to be organised during his tenure as Chairman.
Ikwuazom noted that the law week would feature many of the trademark events from previous editions such as a Health Walk, Elders’ Night, and so forth, in addition to new features like a visit to places like the Pacelli School for the Blind, among others.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the 2019 Law Week Planning Committee, Tola Oshobi, SAN, gave further breakdown of the technical sessions during the one-week event – beginning with the opening ceremonies which, he said, would feature a keynote address by a Justice of Nigeria’s Supreme Court, as well as goodwill messages and presentations by other critical stakeholders in the nation’s legal firmament. Coming at the beginning of a new administration in Lagos State, the learned silk said, the 2019 Law Week would provide a platform for members of the in-coming government to engage stakeholders on its economic policies and projections for the people of the state. The technical sessions, which would attract a rich and distinguished faculty of speakers and panelists with formidable resumes to match, would cover such thought-provoking and topical themes as the following, among others:
- The Nigerian Economy in 2019: Opportunities for Lawyers;’
- Emerging Trends in Technology and Innovation
- Smart Response of the Legal Profession to Technological Advancement
- The 21st Century Workplace in Context: The Law Firm in Focus
- Sustainable Development and Environmental Management
- Rainmaking and Managing Clients’ Expectations
- Reward System for Young Lawyers
In addition to the above sessions, Oshobi said, there would be discussions with members of the Bench on ways towards an effective administration and delivery of justice in Nigeria, as well as issues of mental health among lawyers. The Law Week will be capped by a Young Lawyers’ Forum, whose focus would be on Entertainment, Sports and Media Law – shining a spotlight on a fast-growing area of the Nigerian economy which today accounts for about 7% of the nation’s rebased Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The Planning Committee’s presentation was followed by a question-and-answer session in which a number of the media personnel expressed concern on the registration process, as well as the need for the NBA’s Lagos branch to seize the opportunity of the Law Week to take a more robust stand on some current issues in the country – notably the seeming retreat of the rule of law and the principle of due process in our national life.
One of the highlights of the 2019 Law Week would be the Closing Party, which the Planning Committee has promised would be every bit as colourful as last year’s much-acclaimed Ankara Party.
The vote of thanks at the end of the briefing was given by the Alternate Chairman of the Planning Committee, Andrew Malgwi, who pledged a Law Week experience which would linger in the memory for a long time to come.