'Law fiction' new addition to annual SDM law festival

College hosts 'Lex Ultima' from today; 100 odd students from different states expected 

In a first-of-its-kind, the annual national law festival ‘Lex Ultima’ at Sri Dharmasthala
Manjunatheshwara Law College and Centre for Postgraduate Studies
and Research in Law here, has a contest on ‘law fiction’.

Gauthami S Bhandary, secretary of Moot Court Society and Students Bar Council of the college, told reporters on Thursday here that it is a novel among various other contests conducted by law colleges elsewhere. The participating contestants have to weave a story on the basis of the information given, similar to real life, she added.

The three-day festival, beginning from Friday, has several events listed like-quiz prelims, youth parliament, legal drafting, bail petition, client counselling to name a few.

The youth parliament appears promising with discussions initiated on certain Bills, the information on which will be provided to the contestants half-an-hour prior to the contest. In all, more than 120 students from 18 different colleges are taking part in the festival.

It includes students from National Law School and Amity Law University, Bengaluru; Symbiosis, Pune in Maharashtra; Amity Law, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), Cochin, Kerala, besides the law students from Odisha and Noida in Uttar Pradesh.

Principal Dr Tharanath said that the festival has witnessed a paradigm shift from previous Moot Court, titled as ‘Lex Ultima’ meaning ‘Law ultimate’, in its recent years.

H K Jagadeesh, additional law secretary, Government of Karnataka, will inaugurate the festival at 10.30 am on Friday. Former vice chairman of Karnataka State Bar Council Subhash Kowdichar will be the chief guest. Secretary of Mangalore Bar Association Dinakar Shetty will be the guest of honour. Secretary, SDME Society, Ujire Dr B Yashovarma presides over the programme.

President, SDME Society, Ujire, Dr D Veerendra Heggade graces valedictory session at 11 am on March 12. The guests of honour include Justice S Abdul Nazeer, who was recently elevated as Supreme Court judge, high court judges A S Bopanna, A N Venugopala Gowda, Jonh Michael D’Cunha and additional solictor general of India K M Nataraj.

Endowment lecture
Supreme Court judge Justice U U Lalit will deliver endownment lecture at the college at 10.30 am on March 18, Tharanath added.
 

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