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Call for Applications – Public Interest Fellow

Written by by on Jun 8, 2018

Call for Applications – Public Interest Fellow

Since its inception, P-PIL has taken up a number of notable public interest causes, the latest being the filing of a public interest petition before the Delhi High Court taking the government to task for various data breaches related to the Aadhaar database and seeking compensation. P-PIL hired its first public interest fellow earlier this year. And is now looking to hire the second fellow. The Fellow will be tasked with all of P-PIL’s major activities and will play a critical role in shaping its future. The applicant should be a law graduate and should be passionate about public interest litigation and advocacy. Prior experience in dispute resolution/litigation is desirable, but not mandatory. 2018 graduates are welcome to apply.

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Lessons from the Legal Rebel: Lainey Feingold on Structured Negotiation

Written by by on May 22, 2018

Lessons from the Legal Rebel: Lainey Feingold on Structured Negotiation

Leading disability rights lawyer Lainey Feingold wanted to solve problems differently. Rather than the skeptical and distrusting demeanour she feels some American law schools still cultivate amongst their students, Lainey advocates for cooperation, patience, kindness, optimism, and equanimity in her legal practice. She believes that in nearly every field, people are yearning to solve problems without conflict.

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Guest Lecture on Ambedkar Jayanti, 2018 – ‘Will the Dalits Survive?’

Written by by on May 2, 2018

Guest Lecture on Ambedkar Jayanti, 2018 – ‘Will the Dalits Survive?’

My name is Trilok Chand and I am proud to be an IDIA scholar. Recently, we organized a lecture on “Will the Dalit Survive?” to commemorate Ambedkar Jayanti 2018 at National Law University, Odisha (“NLUO”). The lecture was delivered by Dr. P.G. Jogdand, a renowned sociologist, and retired Dean – Faculty of Arts, University of Mumbai. Here is an account of this though-provoking event!!

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IDAP Interview Series: Interview XV with Judge Ronald M. Gould

Written by by on Apr 26, 2018

IDAP Interview Series: Interview XV with Judge Ronald M. Gould

This IDAP interview features Judge Ronald M. Gould, who has served on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit with distinction since his appointment by President Bill Clinton in 1999. Judge Gould, an alumnus of the University of Michigan Law School, was diagnosed with a progressive form of multiple sclerosis in 1990. While the impact of his disability was initially confined to facing occasional stumbles and numbness in other extremities, his disability has now progressed to a point where he uses a power wheelchair, has no hand mobility and is supported by caregivers around the clock.

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IDAP Interview Series: Interview XIV with Tomer Rosner

Written by by on Apr 16, 2018

IDAP Interview Series: Interview XIV with Tomer Rosner

Tomer Rosner, an Israeli civil servant, developed an optic nerve condition at the age of 13 which eventually led to complete blindness. As a legal advisor to the Parliament of Israel, Tomer’s position is one of great importance and responsibility. He directly advises three parliamentary committees including the committee on internal affairs. This has allowed him to make great contributions to the disability rights movement in Israel. He has played a fundamental role in the ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty by the Israeli Parliament and inclusion of the copyright exemption in their domestic law. An advocate by qualification, Tomer pursued a Master’s in Public Administration at the prestigious Harvard Kennedy School. In this interview, among other things, he discusses his experience of studying in a mainstream school and the role that the State played in providing adequate support to him during his formative years.

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Formal Collaboration between Herbert Smith Freehills and IDIA

Written by by on Mar 27, 2018

Formal Collaboration between Herbert Smith Freehills and IDIA

We are happy to announce a formal collaboration between Herbert Smith Freehills, a leading global law firm and IDIA. As part of Herbert Smith Freehills India Practice’s wider commitment to “give back” to India, the firm will provide financial, mentoring and pastoral support to a number of IDIA Scholars during the course of their legal education in various law colleges in India. In addition to assistance with fees and ancillary university expenses, Herbert Smith Freehills will also provide practical assistance through other means to the IDIA scholars which it will support, such as providing graduate recruitment support and internship opportunities, which can help the scholars in shaping their legal careers.

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IDAP Interview Series: Interview XIII with David Shannon

Written by by on Mar 21, 2018

IDAP Interview Series: Interview XIII with David Shannon

as an author, activist, lawyer, policy-maker, human rights commissioner, accessibility advisory council founder, first quadriplegic to the North Pole (and accessible parking sign planter!) — and so much more. In recognition of his lifelong work, David was inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame, and granted some of the highest citizen honours – the Order of Ontario and Canada. In this interview, David shares that he believes there is a very thin line between people with disabilities, and those without; and that the solutions are often extremely simple. The biggest barriers are often attitudinal — the insidious, subtle lowered expectations of people with disabilities, and the resultant social exclusions. These ultimately lead to what David terms as ‘learned subordination’.

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IDAP Interview Series: Interview XII with Judge David Szumowski

Written by by on Mar 12, 2018

IDAP Interview Series: Interview XII with Judge David Szumowski

Judge David Szumowski. a war veteran, lost his eyesight at age 23 when shrapnel from a grenade hit his face during the Vietnam War. Instead of lamenting over this accident, Judge Szumowski displayed tremendous grit and perseverance to overcome the odds stacked against him.
After becoming blind, Judge Szumowski studied law and spent 12 years in the office of the District Attorney in trial advocacy. Thereafter, he was appointed to the Superior Court of San Diego County in California in the year 1998 and served on the court for 18 years until his retirement. In this interview, Judge Szumowski shatters the myth that a blind lawyer cannot successfully partake in a jury trial as he cannot see the faces of the jurors. While doing so, he provides detailed insights of how he discharged his functions effectively as an advocate and later on, as a judge on the criminal side. Judge Szumowski also shares with us many life lessons on overcoming adversity, in order to lead a meaningful and productive life.

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Creative Destruction at it’s Best: The Death of Manual Scavenging?

Written by by on Mar 9, 2018

Creative Destruction at it’s Best: The Death of Manual Scavenging?

IDIA had the opportunity to welcome Dr. Bezwada Wilson at its Annual Conference 2017, where he delivered a powerful keynote address on “Creative Leadership and Social Change”. He had rightly pointed out that with creativity and willingness, it is possible to eradicate manual scavenging with technological solutions. And now, Genrobotics, a Kerala based firm, has come up with ingenious solutions for this problem. Dr. Shamnad Basheer writes about this creative advancement that will change potentially the law and practice relating to manual scavenging.

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Creative Fund Raising: Legal Luminaries Evolve Ingenious Ways to Support IDIA!

Written by by on Feb 26, 2018

Creative Fund Raising: Legal Luminaries Evolve Ingenious Ways to Support IDIA!

IDIA has always championed creativity in all of its myriad forms. In fact, the acronym for our training programme “CHAMPS” starts with “C” for Creativity—a value we seek to instill in all our scholars. We’re very fortunate in having some of the most creative minds serve on our advisory board. Two of them just helped us raise money in a rather creative way. Justice Prabha Sridevan, a celebrated former judge and a champion of equality and human rights, has been a long-standing IDIA supporter. But her talents are not limited to the law alone. She is also a great artist! For more on her, see this interview. For an IDIA fund raising event, she agreed to contribute two of her sketches. These sketches titled “Access to Justice” fetched a fair price (Rs 75,000) at an auction during the IDEX Legal Awards 2017, an amount that was then sent to IDIA. And next, we had an even more creative fund raising idea from Mr. Pravin Anand, widely revered as the country’s leading IP lawyer, and managing Partner of “Anand and Anand”. Easily one of the most creative legal professionals in India, Mr Anand not only helps clients on the legal side, but also helps them come up with smart and savvy brand names. He once advised that the mark METRO be flipped around. And thus was born the mark “ORTEM”, famously applied on many household appliances several decades ago. He decided to leverage this talent for coining creative brands by registering them with the Indian trademark office. He then proposed that companies desirous of having strong brands pick from his repertoire. All they needed to do was pay a fair sum for the assignment. Given that trademark registration is a long-drawn process and companies often need them at a short notice, this creative idea worked. At our IDIA annual conference last year, Mr Anand proposed that the proceeds of these trademark assignments be transferred to IDIA to help fund the legal education of our underprivileged scholars. With the first assignment of one of Mr Anand’s brands to a client, IDIA received a wonderful contribution of INR 5,11,000; enough to support two years at law school for one of our...

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