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CJI asks law students topractice ‘cause lawyering’

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra   | Photo Credit: PTI

Chief Justice of India (CJI) Justice Dipak Misra on Sunday called upon law students to engage in the practice of ‘cause lawyering’ and develop the idea of serviceability to law by taking up pro bono cases to protect human rights and rights of individuals.

Justice Misra was delivering the first Madhusudan Das Memorial Lecture at his alma mater here, Madhusudan Law College, on the topic ‘Role of Lawyers in the Dispensation of Justice Delivery System’. It was attended among others by Chief Justice of Orissa High Court Justice K.S. Jhaveri as guest of honour.

Speaking on the personal capabilities of a lawyer, Justice Misra emphasised two aspects saying that it was wrong to say that lawyers practice only to earn money; rather lawyers as a class are supposed to do service to society like that of the judiciary as an institution and protect human values.

“In some judgments of the Supreme Court, it has been mentioned about the serviceability of the institution and the lawyers are to develop the idea of serviceability to the cause of law and to the cause of adjudication by believing in cause lawyering,” Justice Misra said.

‘Stand for the law’

Quoting Shakespeare, Dr. Samual Johnson, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi and Mahadev Prasad Singh extensively in his address, the CJI told the students to believe and stand for the law. “When you practice law, you must hold the brief for your client and do the best as the client should have done.”

Speaking on the Lincoln’s concept of lawyering, he asked the students to be very articulate, passionate and to have a tremendous sense of intellectual honesty. On the duties of lawyers, the CJI said: “It is the duty of a lawyer to argue forcefully, articulately and passionately but without aggressiveness.”

He also askepd the students to continuously study for self-improvement. “Unless you are continuously involved in educating yourself, there is a danger” the CJI said, adding that for this, he was still a student of law and a student of philosophy.

Earlier, paying tributes to legendary Madhusudan Das, the CJI particularly emphasised Madhu Babu’s leadership qualities, bravery and his belief in the pride of Odisha and his love for the motherland and mother tongue Odia. Justice Jhaveri too in his address threw light on Madhu Babu’s contributionsp to the judiciary and legal education in Odisha.

Presided over by Utkal University Vice-Chancellor Soumendra Mohan Patnaik, the memorial lecture was also attended by several sitting and former judges of the Orissa High Court, and eminent lawyers.

College principal Sukant K. Nanda proposed a vote of thanks.

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