An appeal to law students to make full use of the opportunities available to them so as to bring out their academic talent, and later to uphold the traditions of the Bar and nobility of the profession was made by Judges of the Madras High Court here on Saturday.

Participating in the inauguration of the K.R. Ramamani Memorial National Taxation Moot Court Competition here, they urged the students to take pride in the lawyer's profession and to conduct themselves in a dignified manner.

Inaugurating the programme, jointly organised by the School of Excellence in Law, Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University and the SAPR Association, tax consultants, Justice M. Sathyanarayanan regretted that ethics and respect for seniors in the profession of law was going down.

He expressed the hope that the younger generation would uphold the traditions and nobility of the profession.

Stating that taxation law was interesting, Justice B. Rajendran, who presided, said that the subject kindled one's thought.

In his special address, Justice N. Kirubakaran said that as budding lawyers, students should take pride in the profession.

Advocates should be a model to others in society and should have concern for the weaker sections. Infrastructural facilities in colleges were better and when opportunities were more for students now students should bring out their latent talent and learn to excel in advocacy.

Advocacy was not only the gift of the gab; but mastery of facts and laws was essential, explained R.V. Easwar, President of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal.

Excellent court room manners were part of the advocates' arsenal. Misrepresentation of facts should be avoided and ethics should be followed scrupulously.