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Early career crisis

Its been long. Too long! The legal world has me wrapped. Tight. With no room to breath. Haven’t written my thoughts in a while. Perhaps they are consuming me too much. Being immersed into this world wouldn’t be so bad if it gave you the good that came with it. What have I gained? Yes, I am now an “Associate” – promoted from a junior associate. Salary – slightly increased. Professionally – where am I? Da Boss isn’t around too much to teach me. I’ve gotten responsibility, but I’m not sure of what I’m doing at times. Maybe I should wait and learn on my own. Or, should I think of moving.

Judges! Lower judiciary has disappointed. Superior judiciary – heartbreaking. Wild jurisprudence, volatile – at times chaotic. No method, unidentifiable principles, and….a non-existent system. Maybe our society needs this. Maybe our people favour this.

….But what about me. My career. My idea of justice. My notion of the rule of law. My appreciation of principles. My love for order and decorum. Universal core values, respect for the system, the holiness of propriety. The Pappu legal system!!!!!

Amidst all of the above I need to finish drafting this goddamn constitutional petition!! AArgggh!!!

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The Law’s got Back

As soon as I got off the car and walked into the premises of the district courts, it felt as if I had arrived at a flea market. Black coats rushing from one end to the other, the corridors of the building buzzing with the non stop chatting of advocates with lay clients. They were so many of them and then I realised while making my way towards the court room that the district bar association elections were coming up in a few days. Continue reading

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A new friend and new values

Father, Brother & Co. had hired a new junior to mid-level advocate, TechnoVakil. I had come across him a short while back in the High Court. He wasn’t too friendly that day but it seemed that there was a large shift in his attitude and demeanour today, towards me in particular. Perhaps he felt that I was more capable of having an intellectual conversation than N-PickerPleader and that it would be good to make friends at a new place. Continue reading

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Practice, Rules and Conventions

I was at the High Court waiting for our case (i.e. DaBoss’s case) to be called when I heard an interesting conversation between some advocates who had just stepped out of the Court room.

“The Judge should have recalled the Stay Order!” said AdvocateJawaan.

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Words of wisdom on the first day of work

‘Finally bagged a job at the renowned law firm Father, Brother & Co.,’ I thought to myself while jumping off my car to walk into my new place of work.

“Haan jee, ho’re you Barrister saab?” said MasterNakamma, one of the senior associates at Father, Brother & Co. Continue reading

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Trick questions and trickier investments

After what seemed like a long day, I decided to have coffee with my friend Giggles, at a posh cafe in the city.

“So how did your interview go at the large multi-national company?” Giggles asked with her usual wide grin.

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