|Mr. L Badri Narayanan
Mr. L Badri Narayanan is a lawyer practicing in the area of tax, intellectual property and regulatory laws. His practice includes a mixture of litigation practice in the area of tax and intellectual property before the High Courts, Tribunals and quasi-judicial authorities and advisory practice in the area of tax, particularly Goods and Services Tax (GST). Currently he is a Partner at Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan Attorneys.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Narayanan practiced as an intellectual property lawyer in the United States and has drafted and negotiated intellectual property licensing and cross-licensing arrangements. Mr. Narayanan holds Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, Law Degree from the University of London and Master’s Degree in Law from the Cornell Law School. He is admitted to practice in India and New York and is a qualified Patent Agent in India. He delivered his lecture on 10th March, 2018 on: “Crypto Currencies: Legal Framework and Challenges”.
||Mrs. V. Mohana attained her law degree from Coimbatore Law College and, after successfully passing the Advocate on record examination in 1996, has been practicing independently in the *Supreme Court, High Court and National Consumer Court. She has also been a Panel Lawyer for the Government of India, representing the government in various cases, like the NJAC case. She was designated as a Senior Advocate by the Full Court of the Supreme Court in 2015. She spoke on: “Tapping Gavels on the Glass Ceiling: Supreme Court on gender jurisprudence”
||An alumni of NALSAR University of law, Dr. Anup Surendranath is the recipient of prestigious academic scholarships to study law at Oxford, like the Felix Scholarship, Gregory Kulkes Scholarship and the Peter Birks Memorial Scholarship. He is a notable columnist and also writes for the blog 'Law and other things.' He has served as the Deputy Registrar (Research) in the Supreme Court for a year, and is currently the director of the NLUD Centre for Death Penalty. He spoke on: “Why Do You Defend Child Rapists?: Reflections on Defending Death Row Prisoners in India”
||Senior Advocate KV Viswanathan has been in the profession for more than 25 years. Designated as a Senior Advocate by the Supreme Court in 2009, Mr. Viswanathan has appeared in a number of high profile matters, the likes of Jessica Lal Murder Case and Aadhar case.
He was also designated as the Additional Solicitor General of India in 2013. Mr. Viswanathan became the member of the Editorial Board of SCC in 2015. Inclined heavily towards Academia while striking a perfect balance between the former and his practice, he has been consistently taking out time to interact with students through his lectures across the country. In his talk, he touched upon his illustrious journey at the bar and offered practical advice to the audience on joining the profession.
| SUMEET MALLIK
After graduating from NLSIU in 1999, Mr. Sumeet Malik briefly worked with Senior Advocate Mr. K K Venugopal. He then pursued a LL.M. in Intellectual Property from the Franklin Pierce Centre of Intellectual Property at the University of New Hampshire. He is currently the Director of Eastern Book Company. He has authored a large number of books and manuals in diverse fields of law. He discussed about the importance of legal research and its development over the period of time. He also introduced the audience to various means of research and shared few tricks and tips to do the same as well. Drawing on his experience in Intellectual property, he spoke on the learning, practising, creating and protecting the intellectual property rights.
||Dr. Aditya Sondhi is one of the youngest Senior Counsels in the country and has been a trailblazer as a first-generation lawyer. In addition to his duties as the Additional AG of Karnataka, he regularly undertakes high-stakes arbitration and tribunal matters. He discussed about law school life and his experiences at the Bar. Having been designated a Senior Advocate after only 16 years of practice, he provided an insight into the world of litigation. Drawing on his experience in constitutional matters, he analysed Centre-State relations in political and constitutional context.
||Mr. Pallav Mongia is a graduate of HNLU (2009) and is currently an Advocate on Record at the Supreme Court, with seven years of litigation experience. Mr. Mongia began with Lakshmi Kumaran and Sridharan in 2011 and has since worked at the chambers of Sr. Advocate Jayant Bhushan, following which he was a senior associate at Karanjawala and Co., after which he worked under the chambers of Sr. Advocate L Nageshwar Rao and has currently started his own practice at the Supreme Court of India. Mr. Mongia was the first recipient of the Supreme Court Welfare Trust Award. In 2015, he was responsible for holding Air India accountable for its overbooking policy. He is currently involved in the WhatsApp matter before the Constitution Bench as petitioner in person. He is also currently a member of the Alumni Advisory Board of the HNLU Student Bar Journal.
||Mr. Mayank Mishra is a gold medalist in law and holds B.A.LL.B. (Hons.) from Hidayatullah National Law University, Raipur (2009). With numerous achievements in his satchel, Mr. Mishra also happens to be the co- founder of www.teamresearch.in, – India’s premier online legal research and drafting portal for law students, professionals and corporate(s). He guided the students on how to draft a Resume and a cover letter, how to follow up on an application the right way, how to get the most out of an internship and convert it into PPOs, and finally, how to tackle personal interviews and group discussions.
|A. K. SAMANTARAY
||Retired District and Sessions Judge Mr. A. K. Samantaray is one of the torchbearers of the legal scenario of the State. Mr. Samantaray has formerly served as Additional Secretary, Secretary and Principal Secretary- Law and is currently holds the office of Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Authority and is also the member of Senior Judicial Services of Chhattisgarh. Besides working in several districts of Chhattisgarh, he served at the helm of the government, at the Mantralaya, for a fairly considerable time. Known to be a man of few words, Mr. Samantaray holds command over the Judicial Procedure and Constitutional Law. He spoke on preparing for Judicial Services Examinations.
|ASHOK KUMAR PANDA
||He has done his graduation in B.Sc. from Robertson College, Jabalpur M.P. and obtained degree of Law from Jabalpur University. He started his legal practice in the year 1978 and remained in the profession till 1997.
Later on he was appointed as the Additional District Judge and he served as District Judge, Koria, District Judge Durg, and as Registrar General of Chhattisgarh High Court. He superannuated in the year 2015.Currently he has been posted as Judicial Member C.G. Arbitration Tribunal & Secretary, Chhattisgarh Law Commission, Raipur. He spoke on how to prepare for the judicial services examinations and key point on cracking the same.