Advocate is Social Engineer, Honorable Justice Mr. M. M. Sundresh at Surana & Surana Moot 25th Anniversary Legal Conclave

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New Delhi, 29 March 2022: The Jindal-Surana Conclave, ‘Moot at 25 Years’ commemorated the 25th anniversary of Surana and Surana International Attorneys (SSIA) in association with Jindal Global Law School (JGLS), OP Jindal Global University (JGU) last week. Driven by its commitment to developing the advocacy skills of law students, the SSIA has collaborated with many law schools in India to organize various moot court competitions. The firm also held essay and judgment writing competitions for law students in areas such as corporate law, criminal law, environmental and energy law, social justice and environmental law. public empowerment, and technology. The conclave was opened by Hon. Justice MM Sundresh, Justice of the Supreme Court of India, the chief guest of the conclave, who said, “A lawyer is called a social engineer. Law and society are intrinsically linked. The law must change according to the needs of society and the law would in turn facilitate change in society. When we talk about society, we have to think about the units attached to it: art, belief, culture, custom, tradition, language, caste, community, economy, politics; it all belongs to the broader generation of society. As a law student, the primary objective is to understand how society works and in my opinion, this is the most important aspect. Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Senior Advocate at the Supreme Court of India and Member of Parliament, in his special address, said that “while learning the art of advocacy, young lawyers should be reminded that the law is a profession and not a business. “The spirit of public service is what underpins a profession as opposed to a business. It is true that certain structures within the law are very business and commercial, this is not to decry them, belittle them or diminish them, but it is to say that we must not forget the idea basis, that ultimately you are doing public service work for society, even if you are paid for it, and this applies especially to litigators. Prof. (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice-Chancellor, OP Jindal Global University and Founding Dean, Jindal Global Law School, in his Presidential Address observed that the academic commitment of Surana and Surana International Attorneys is an example striking of a law firm’s social commitment to legal education and the legal profession. Bringing law school collaborations to their full potential, under the capable leadership of Dr. Vinod Surana, the firm has played a huge role in promoting and advancing the culture of advocacy in India. The firm’s commitment has left an indelible impact on many law schools and law students. Reflecting on the larger theme of the Conclave, Professor Raj Kumar presented his dream for the future of legal education and the legal profession: “I dream that the future of legal education will have a strong and substantial impact on promoting research, knowledge, creating and sharing great ideas that can help us solve important legal problems in our society. Second, I dream that in the future, law schools will emphasize speaking truth to power, and that law schools will be able to strengthen democratic institutions and create independent thought to influence the society. I dream that the law schools of the future in India are not limited to the narrow proposition of studying law, but also focus on stronger interdisciplinarity with particular emphasis on liberal arts, humanities and social sciences. No student can aspire to be an outstanding lawyer or judge without having a solid grounding in history, philosophy, and many other disciplines. Law schools of the future will embrace technology but will not hesitate to challenge the use of technology by acknowledging ethical and privacy issues. Future law schools will place more emphasis on experiential learning. Dr. Vinod Surana, Managing Partner and CEO, Surana & Surana International Attorneys, said: “This is an opportunity to mark 25 years of successful administration and hosting of what has become the world’s largest firm. . advocacy program. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the transformative forces that drive and influence the learning, teaching and practice of law. The panel on “Access to justice and information technologies” observed that justice is a common good and that technology must serve this common good. The courts have a central role to play in bridging the digital divide. The second panel, “The Future of the Legal Profession”, discussed the transformation that technology has brought to the legal profession. Discussing the theory and practice of mock courts in the panel “The Idea of ​​the Moot Court: Pedagogy, Practice or Pride”, speakers focused on the pedagogical usefulness of mock courts and the extent to which it is under -used. Emphasizing the relationship between theory and practice in the “Future of Legal Education” panel, speakers observed that there should be active and intense collaborations between law schools and the legal profession. Unless students are aware of social changes and become expert in the use of technology, they will find it difficult to succeed in the profession. Moderating the panel on the future of legal education, Professor Dabiru Sridhar Patnaik, Registrar, OP Jindal Global University, said, “There are external factors that affect legal education today due to the globalized world in which we live. Therefore, it is very important to understand how legal education should be conducted. The pandemic has brought a new set of challenges. Virtual learning, which used to be a support mechanism, has now become a primary activity and has also made us revisit the origins of the foundations of law as well as the functioning of the law school. During the farewell session, guest of honour, Mr. Vikas Singh, Senior Counsel and former Additional Solicitor General, and President of the Supreme Court Bar Association, said: “Oral argument is an excellent way to give aspiring lawyers hands-on experience before they actually enter the profession. It’s a way for you to realize how good you are on your legs. Surana and Surana were probably the first to launch institutional debates in the country. I hope they can do more so that students can experience first-hand how to stand, think, and think while standing. REP REP

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