Conventional style of practicing law no longer prevails, judge says

Senior District and Sessions Judge Mustafa Hussein Syed Azeez inaugurated Pratibha Puraskar, an award ceremony, during the farewell of the academic year at the Raja Lakhamagouda Law College of the Karnataka Law Society in Belagavi on Thursday.

He urged young people to seriously consider joining the judiciary as a career option.

“There is a need for good judges now. The teaching of law has evolved over the years and young graduates are educated through a mock court. They should realize that in addition to a clear understanding of the law, they must develop good common sense to become a good judge,” he said.

“Young people should inculcate social responsibility. They should study further and specialize in one or a few of several verticals. The conventional style of practice such as strict divisions between civil and criminal practice no longer prevails,” he said.

He urged young law graduates to consider a profession such as business practice and consulting, to join the service as court officers and government lawyers and judges, in addition to individual practice.

He advised students to develop social responsibilities. “A lawyer should work as a social engineer for society. A lawyer must work hard. These days there are many opportunities for aspiring defenders to practice in different areas,” he said.

He pointed out that today there is greater scope for cyber law and intellectual property rights. “A budding lawyer has to work hard for at least 10 years to establish himself,” he said.

Mr. Azeez presented the MK Nambyar Memorial Gold Medal to Vaishnavi Vibhute who achieved top marks in Constitutional Law. The medal was instituted by the Attorney General of India KK Venugopal, an alumnus of the college.

KLS Secretary SV Ganachari congratulated the rank holders and recipients of the endowment award.

He asked young lawyers to be patient, follow professional ethics and keep studying. “A lawyer must keep in mind that he must solve his client’s problems and not make them worse,” he said.

Principal AH Hawaldar highlighted the college’s achievements since its inception in 1939.

Union Gymkhana President D. Prasan Kumar, Physical Director Amit Jadav and other faculty members were present.

Jon J. Epps