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Nwana Emmanuel Chuks declares Interest to run For the Office of Vice Chairman NBA Lagos Branch

Nwana Emmanuel Chuks has declared his intention to run for the office of Vice Chairman to the NBA Lagos Branch on Thursday 16 May 2019. Find below his formal declaration:

MY MANIFESTO
Learned Senior Advocates, Seniors and Colleagues

INTRODUCTION:
My name is NWANA EMMANUEL CHUKS, may I humbly present myself to you to seek for your vote to elect me as the next Vice Chairman of our prestigious Premier Branch. It is a huge credit to the present Executives of our Branch in rolling out a lot of laudable activities to harness the social and mental potentials of the Branch. However, I am of the view that the Branch may pay more attention to the happenings around the Human Right circle.
As an active member of the Branch Human Rights Committee we visited Ikoyi and Kirikiri Prisons. The result of the visits show that a lot should be done to help the needy who in the first place ought not to be there. The Human Rights Committee as of today has recorded huge successes in prison decongestion, as a pace setter Branch we need to sustain the achievements of the Human Rights committee through continuity as the key to success.

MY AGENDA:
1. To be a quality stand-in for the Chairman in his absence in whatever capacity.
2. Incorporating the leadership of all our Senior Advocates and Seniors in the activities of the Human Right Committee and plead for their support in the pro bono services from the outset,
3. Encouraging the participation of the seniors of the Branch into the Human right activities,
4. Encouraging Seniors to sponsor a pro bono case for a willing junior member of the branch and make sure there is a one-to-one interaction with the junior and the such seniors for direction,
5. Using social networking medium to create and sustain a synergy between the various committees of the Branch and Human Right Committee,
6. Encouraging more participation of the members in the activities of the Branch through the direct involvement of Human Rights Committee,
7. Involve the members more with permission of the Chairman in some academic enhancing resources and welfare policies of the Branch,
8. Creating more avenues to gather and utilize innovative opinions from the members.
9. To carry out all delegated duties by the Chairman and the General House to the best of my ability at all times.

CONCLUSION:

Dear Learned Senior Advocates, Seniors and Colleagues, vote for me NWANA EMMANUEL CHUKS as Vice Chairman, Lagos Branch, The Premier Bar during the 2019 election and you will be happy you did. Thank you!

Ben Ihesiulo declares to run for Legal adviser NBA Lagos

Ihesiulo Marcus Ebenezar has declared his intention to run for the office of Legal adviser to the NBA Lagos Branch on Thursday 16 May 2019. Find below his formal declaration:

The very eminent Benchers,, Learned Silks, Seniors and also very distinguished colleagues; I come with utmost humility and avowed commitment to service to our beloved Branch to intimate you of my well considered intent to run for the office of THE LEGAL ADVISER of the LAGOS BRANCH( PREMIER BRANCH) of The NBA in June 2019. I have never shirked from calls to duty to our dear branch. Till date, by your grace, I’m part of the Welfare Committee that drew the extant WELFARE SCHEME for The Branch, which, unarguably is adjudged; classic. On this score, I once again covet your support, vote and prayers as I embark on this quest to serve you better.

Iam , IHESIULO MARCUS EBENEZAR( also fondly called; ben Ihesiulo). Thanks for your kind attention.

NBA-AGC 2019: Young Lawyers to Enjoy 25% Discount for Early Birds

The Nigerian Bar Association Technical Committee for the Conference Planning of the 2019 Annual General Conference held a meeting yesterday, the 16th of May, 2019 in Lagos. The Committee deliberated on alot of issues and received reports from the various sub committees on preparations for the Annual General Conference to be held in Lagos at the Hotel Eko & Suites and Harbour Point (easy walking distance between each other). Presentations were made on critical issues like conference materials, socials, logistics, accommodation, speakers. The Committee took into primary consideration complaints of members regarding previous conferences and the need to satisfy the generality of members of the NBA.

The TCCP affirmed it’s readiness to deliver a world class conference that will also be pocket-friendly in line with the assurances of the NBA President, Paul Usoro, SAN. In this regard, the TCCP recommended and same was approved by the NBA President for a drastic reduction in the conference fees for lawyers between the ages of 1-9 years at the bar. In furtherance of this the NBA President approved the TCCP’ s recommendation that lawyers between the ages of 1-4 years and 5-9 years at the bar shall be entitled to a 25% discount on early bird registration. The TCCP also resolved to retain the conference fees as scheduled for the 2018 conference (which was the same as that of 2017 conference). Therefore, the TCCP refused to increase the conference fees that were paid for the 2018 conference, and added a further discount for early birds only for members between 1-9 years of call.

Further information on the commencement of registration and the payment portal shall be released soon.

Tochukwu Chukwumerije declares his intention to run for NBA Lagos Secretary

Tochukwu Chukwumerije has declared his intention to run for NBA Lagos Secretary and the full content of the declaration letter is displayed below

LETTER OF INTENT TO RUN FOR THE OFFICE OF SECRETARY OF THE
NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION – LAGOS BRANCH

I write to formally inform you of my intention to run for the office of Secretary of the NBA – Lagos Branch.
Teddy Roosevelt once said, “credit belongs to the person who gets the job done; when you voted me in as the 1st Assistant Secretary of NBA-Lagos Branch to support the office of the
Secretary I learned the qualities that should be expected of the Secretary of the Premier Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association- qualities of leadership, charisma, erudition, integrity, dignity, excellence and competence. I demonstrated some of these
qualities when discharging my duties as the 1st Assistant Secretary and also the duties of the very technical office of the Branch Secretary satisfactorily for five (5) months (March 2014-July 2014), after the passing on of our late Branch Secretary Mr. Babatola Apata, during the administration of our emeritus chairman, Alex Mouka. I was able to do just that by the grace of God.
I assure you that if you find my candidacy worthy, and you support me, I would create a secretariat reposition for result oriented service delivery that will guarantee professional growth and capacity building for members. A secretariat that will step up the knowledge sharing session to other professional skills acquisition ie, project management wherein the secretariat will engage professionals to train our members at a pocket friendly cost.
I was called to the Bar in 2004. I have been in private legal practice since my call date. I worked for the Law firm of Chris Uche & Co (SAN) in Abuja, 2005 as well as the maritime law firm of Mike Igbokwe (SAN) & Co., in Lagos 2007 amongst others. I then established a corporate/commercial law firm under the name
Bulwark Attorneys.
I am an active member of the Premier Branch. I served as the Secretary of Human Rights Sub-Committee on prisons and welfare (2009 – 2011). I also served as the last Branch 1st Assistant Secretary (2013 – 2015). At the Nigerian Bar Association, I served as Council
Member, Nigerian Bar Association Human Rights Institute (2017 – 2018) and from 2015 to present date being serving as Secretary
Nigerian Bar Association Disciplinary Committee Panel “B” for Lagos.
It is therefore with a great sense of purpose and sincere stead￾fastness that I put myself forward for the office of the Secretary
NBA – Lagos Branch which shall become vacant in July 2019 when the term of the present executive will end. I am inspired to place my time, energy and resources at the
disposal of the Branch for another two years, and to offer the kind of leadership which the Premier Branch definitely needs at this
time. I therefore, most humbly count on your support for my candidacy, your endorsement, and your vote on the Election Day.
Thank you.
Yours Faithfully:

Tochukwu Chukwumerije, Esq.
(LATO)

NBA President Appoints Olumide Apkata as Co-Chair of NBA-TCCP

The NBA President, Paul Usoro, SAN has appointed Mr. Olumide Akpata as a Co-Chair of the NBA Technical Committee on Conference Planning for the 2019 Annual General Conference.

The appointment of Mr. Olumide Akpata is a further assurance of the promise of the NBA President to deliver a world class conference for NBA members. Mr. Olumide Akpata, the immediate past Chairman of the Section of Business Law, brings with him valuable experience garnered over more than 2 decades in conference organisation and networking in the business world. The great team of Mr. Gbenga Aluko (Co-Chairman), Mr. Olumide Akpata(Co-Chairman) and the members of the TCCP are working hard to ensure that this year’s conference would be the best.

Mental health charity pilots online messenger service in bid to reach more young lawyers


Legal mental health charity LawCare is set to pilot a new online messenger service as part of an expansion of its wellbeing support service.

The charity, which operates a free, independent and confidential helpline offering support to legal professionals, said the new webchat service is aimed at junior lawyers and trainees who are more likely to seek help online than pick up the phone. The pilot will go live from July 1.

Elizabeth Rimmer, CEO of LawCare, said: “More and more people in the legal community are reaching out to us for support every year so it is vital we expand our support service”. Rimmer, who will be speaking at the Future of Legal Education and Training Conference next Wednesday, continued:
“Our webchat service will allow anyone working in the legal profession to contact one of our trained team members online for emotional support on any issue that is troubling them.”
News of the pilot comes after LawCare revealed it had received its highest ever number of helpline calls last year — 932 calls from 624 callers in 2018, an increase of 5% on 2017. Worryingly, the charity further reported calls concerning bullying and harassment had nearly doubled over the same period — 68 calls in 2018, an 80% increase (38 calls) on the previous year.
Elsewhere to mark the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, a further nine law firms have signed up to the Mindful Business Charter, an initiative developed by Barclays, together with Addleshaw Goddard and Pinsent Masons, to advance a culture of “openness about mental wellbeing”.

The new signatories are Capsticks, CMS, DWF, Freshfields, Herbert Smith Freehills, Michelmores, Osborne Clarke, Stone King, and Weightmans. They join inaugural signatories including Ashurst, Baker McKenzie, Clifford Chance, Eversheds Sutherland, Hogan Lovells and Simmons & Simmons. There are 20 signatories in total, 17 of which are law firms.

Richard Foley, Pinsent Masons senior partner, said: “Just six months since launch, the Mindful Business Charter has already started to promote a cultural shift in our daily working practices. Small adjustments have the potential to dramatically improve our day-to-day professional life and support mental wellbeing. By working together we can foster positive change.”

Source: Legal Cheek.

Notice of Monthly General Meeting of the NBA, Lagos Branch

The Lagos branch of the NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION will have her monthly general meeting and the schedule is as follows:
Date: Monday, 13th May 2019
Time: 2: 30pm
Venue: Foyer of the Lagos State High Court, Igbosere, Lagos.
Meeting Sponsors: Mr Kelechi Obi and Mr Henry Omu.

Mr Kelechi Obi is the Managing Partner at McPherson barristers and Solicitors. He has over 16years experience as a legal practitioner. His practice focuses on general civil litigation , arbitration, commercial advisory and financing.
Educational Background:
LLM , Kings College London
BL , Nigerian Law School

Mr Henry Omu is the Principal Partner of Henry Omu & Co. He was called to the Nigerian bar in 1990. He is also a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, International Bar Association, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and American Bar Association(Section on International Law)
Educational Background:
LLM, University of Lagos
LLB Hons University of Benin

FRN v Paul USORO-EFCC wrongfully obtained a bench warrant against AG A/Ibom

Justice Aikawa of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has discharged the bench warrant issued for the arrest of the Attorney General of Akwa Ibom state and three other Government officials in the ongoing  trial of the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Mr. Paul Usoro SAN in respect of the professional fees his firm and five other firms received the Governor of Akwa Ibom State

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