The 2nd National Client Counseling Competition concluded at University Institute of Legal Studies. The ongoing competition brought the best of the upcoming lawyers in the areas of legal acumen, negotiation skills and professional and ethical practices. The competition witnessed brain storming sessions with each team competing neck to neck with each other. They not only revealed their academic assimilations in various disciplines of law including Intellectual Property Rights and Consumer Protection Laws and Company Laws but also exhibited practical exemplification of academic assimilations.
It was a matter of distinctive honor for the finalists to be adjudged by a panel of sitting judges of Punjab and Haryana high Court, senior advocates and distinguished academicians in the field of law. The judges included Hon’ble Justice Gurmeet Singh Sandhawalia, Judge Punjab and Haryana High Court, Hon’ble Justice Tejinder Singh Dhindsa Judge Punjab and Haryana High Court, Senior Adv. Mr. R.S Cheema, Mr Parminder Saini, Barrister & solicitor of England and Wales, Prof. Nishtha Jaswal, Chairperson Department of laws, Prof. G.I.S Sidhu, Registrar, Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law. The team of S.V.K.M Pravin Gandhi Mumbai emerged triumphant and were awarded a cash prize of Rs. 5000 and the Best 2nd Team of AIL Mohali was awarded the amount of Rs. 3000 . Dhiraj C.Gole of S.V.K.M Pravin Gandhi Mumbai was adjudged the Best Counsel (Final Rounds) and Nisha Thomas of AIL Mohali was declared as second best counsel (Final Rounds ). Moreover, Priyanka Srivastava was announced as Best Counsel (Preliminary rounds) and Saroj S., as Second Best Counsel(Preliminary Rounds).
The valedictory function was presided over by Hon’ble Mr. Justice T.S. Dhindsa, Judge, Panjab & Haryana High Court, Chief Guest and Hon’ble Mr. Justice G.S. Sandhawalia, Judge, Panjab & Haryana High Court. The judges exhorted the students to participate in such endeavors as they not only act as catalysts to boost their CV’s but give them an opportunity to interact and socialize with doyens of the profession. The Judges expressed their gratitude and congratulated the students on their performances. They also expressed the importance of communication skills for legal profession by citing interesting anecdotes.
Mr. G.K. Chathrath, Senior Advocate, Dean Faculty of Law, Panjab University graced the occasion with his presence and congratulated the winners as well as the participants for putting up a brave show.
In her address Prof. Sangita Bhalla dedicated this competition to Dr. Gurdial Singh Dhillon, alumnus of Law Department, Panjab University, Speaker Punjab Legislative Assembly and Lok Sabha. He died in March 1992 and the University has already established a chair in Department of Laws, P.U. This is a tribute to Dr. Dhillon.