The Moot Court Association of National Law Institute University (NLIU), Bhopal, organised the 1st NLIU Link Legal National Client Counselling Competition from 7th to 9th September at the varsity campus.
Twenty law schools across India participated in the event.
The opening ceremony (7th September) had the gracious presence of Justice Alok Verma (Retd.), former judge, Madhya Pradesh High Court as the chief guest. On the second day of the event, Justice Navin Sinha, judge, Supreme Court of India, shared his valuable experiences and insights with the students and participants during the interactive session. In the session, a detailed interaction took place on the requirement of ethics and morality in the legal profession, and that a lawyer must be true to his profession.
The valedictory day (9th September) began with the final match between the teams from KLE Society's Law College, Bangalore, and West Bengal National University of Judicial Sciences (WBNUJS), Kolkata. The competition was adjudged by Justice JK Maheshwari of the Madhya Pradesh High Court and Atul Sharma, managing partner of Link Legal India Law Services.
The final round was won by the team from KLE, Bangalore. Archi Pawar of Institute of Law, Nirma University, won the Best Counsel and Shivang Puri of NLIU was adjudged as the Best Client. The winning team was awarded a cash prize of Rs 31,000 along with an internship with Link Legal India Law Services. The runners-up received a cash prize of Rs 21,000. The Best Client also won an internship with Link Legal.
The competition was followed by the valedictory ceremony. Justice JK Maheshwari was the chief guest for the ceremony. Atul Sharma, managing partner of Link Legal India Law Services, Prof. (Dr.) V. Vijayakumar, NLIU Director, and Giribala Singh, Registrar, graced the occasion.
Justice Maheshwari threw light on the importance of litigation and how the field is seeing less participation from the current generation of lawyers as newer branches of law are emerging.
In his speech, Atul Sharma encouraged students and participants to understand the expectations of client and counsel.