*The 62 SAN Designates Will Be Inducted On November 28th
The Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (BOSAN), Saturday, inducted 62 successful applicants for the SAN rank, charging them to be alive to their roles as mentors.
The ceremony which was held in Lagos, was the 4th of its kind having been started in 2018, and was in accordance with the role of body of senior members of the bench and the inner Bar of acquitting the new inductees with their new leadership role.
Some Senior members of the bench and inner bar charged the new inductees to keep their integrity, maintain the prestige of the rank, come alive to their roles as mentors and abound by the professional rules of conduct of the profession.
Speaking to the new inductees, Retired Justice of the Court Appeal, Hon. Justice Mojeed Owoade Rtd, said, “Because they are leaders, they must neccesarily keep their integrity.
“Their integrity must never be stained. Therefore, they must continue to mentor younger ones in the profession so that on the whole the profession would be better off for their role as leaders in the profession.”
Also, Oluyemesi Bamgbose SAN urged inductees especially academic SANs to improve on their mode of teaching and researching to be more beneficial to the other members of the legal profession now that they have attained the rain if Senior Advocates.
“When you are made a Senior Advocate of Nigeria especially in the academic category, the way you used to teach before, you are not the same again. You are a new wine.
“There’s a new bottle. So, the way you used to do your research is not for yourself now, but it is to enhance the legal practice”, she said.
The ceremony witnessed discussions on topics such as Legal Ethics and Professionalism, Understanding the Culture and Demands of Continuous Excellence as well as Regulation of Senior Advocates and their Duties to the Courts, Bar and the Society.
Remarking on the importance of adhering to required ethical standards and charging new inductees to do so, Secretary of BOSAN, Seyi Sowemimo, said, “As leaders of the noble profession, they are to ensure that they wear the rank with the kind of dignity and honor that it truly deserves.”
Speaking on what is expected of a new SAN, one of the new inductees, Admson Adegoro noted that, “As a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, you need to be more responsible.
“You are at this stage an elder in the legal profession. So, much would be expected from you and I can tell you that we are up to the task.”
The 62 SAN designate who were the successful applicants out of the 129 shortlisted applicants released in June 2022 is made up of 53 advocates and 9 academicians.
The 62 SAN designate are expected to be formally conferred the rank on November 28th, 2022.