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The Lecture Series aims to help the students of HNLU consider their potential career options and provide an insight into various contemporary legal issues. The Lectures introduce the students to the basic concepts of corporate practice, litigation and Judicial Services. Experienced speakers have been invited to deliver lectures on various facets of their profession. Through the lectures we hope, to prepare students for their internships, give them insights into various legal dimensions and a platform to understand what a career is like in law firms and practice before court.

HNLU Lecture Series has seen some of the Legal Luminaries addressing our students and sharing their own experiences on the know-hows of the profession. Brief descriptions of all the speakers who have delivered lecture at our university is hereby mentioned:

Apar GuptaApar Gupta

Apar Gupta is a lawyer and the Executive Director of the Internet Freedom Foundation. He completed his post-graduate degree from the Columbia University School of Law and has practised law for more than a decade. His writing includes op-eds, journal articles and legal commentary on the Information Technology Act, 2000 published as a book by Lexis Nexis that is presently in its third edition. Mr. Gupta visited the university on 12 August 2019 and spoke to the students extensively about data privacy.

Abhinav SekhriAbhinav Sekhri

Abhinav Sekhri graduated from the National Law School of India University and went on to complete his LLM from the Harvard Law School. He is a criminal defense attorney specializing in white collar crime. He spoke to the students as a part of the panel on 12 August 2019 about the recent amendments in the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and other burning legal issues.

Jayna KothariJayna Kothari

Ms. Jayna Kothari is the co-founder of Centre for Law and Policy Research and has been designated a Senior Advocate by the Karnataka High Court. She has been at the forefront of the legal battle for LGBTQ rights in India. During her visit to the university on 31 March 2019, she spoke on the topic ‘Section 377, Transgender Rights and Today’s India’ where she recounted the steps involved in the legal victory in getting Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code read down. She also exhorted the students to pick a cause they are passionate about and to try and effect change in that sphere.

Murali NeelakantanMurali Neelakantan

Mr. Murali Neelakantan was formerly associated with the drug majors Glenmark and Cipla as their Global General Counsel. Prior to his in-house role, he was a Senior Partner with Khaitan & Co, and Partner with Ashurst and Arnold & Porter. He visited the University on 30 March 2019 and addressed the students on the privacy concerns in the Aadhaar infrastructure, National Health Stack and the DNA Bill. In a freewheeling discussion later, he spoke to the students about his life in law school and law firms abroad.

Faizan MustafaProf. Faizan Mustafa

Prof. Faizan Mustafa is the founding President of the Consortium of National Law Universities and the Vice-Chancellor of NALSAR University of Law. A noted constitutional law scholar, he visited the University on 17 March 2019. Prof. Mustafa addressed the students on ‘The Right to Freedom of Religion in Today’s India’. He delved into the topic by analysing the landmark Triple Talaq and Sabarimala judgments of the Supreme Court. He concluded the session by taking questions on various issues such as Uniform Civil Code and the Ayodhya dispute from an eager audience.


Amrito Das2Amrito Das

Mr. Amrito Das practices before the High Court of Chhattisgarh at Bilaspur where he specialises in service matters. He visited the University on 16 March 2019. Drawing on his legal schooling in both classrooms and courtrooms and addressed the students on the Efficacy of Legal Curricula in the Practice of Law. In a talk filled with personal anecdotes, Mr Das laid out the path for law students to become responsible lawyers and warned them of roadblocks that one faces in the profession.

Aakanksha Kumar
Ms. Aakanksha Kumar
Ms. Aakanksha Kumar is an Assistant Professor at Amity Law School, Raipur. She has previously been an Assistant Professor at the National Law University, Jodhpur; and has headed the Centre for Advanced Research and Training in Arbitration Law.

She is an alumnus of the University and graduated from Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, in June 2013 with specialized Masters in International and Comparative Law. On 09th February, 2019 she delivered a guest lecture on international arbitration. In the lecture, she covered the theories of international arbitration and basics of international arbitration law.


Mr. Gautam Bhatia

Mr. Gautam Bhatia is an alumnus of National Law School India University, Bangalore. Mr. Bhatia, who also studied at Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship and holds a degree from Yale University, appeared along with Senior Advocate Arvind Datar for one of the parties opposing the Aadhaar scheme in the Supreme Court challenge. Having recenlty made it to the 2018 Forbes India 30 Under 30 list, a 29 year old Bhatia is currently pursuing his PhD in Law from University of Cambridge. His blog on Constitution – IndConLawPhil – is hugely popular with students and lawyers alike. He has also authored “Offend, Shock or Disturb: Free Speech under the Indian Constitution.” Mr. Bhatia delivered his lecture on 23rd October, 2018 on: “Transformative Constitutionalism”, a topic on which he has recently completed writing a book. 
L Badri NarayananMr. 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”.

V MOHANAV MOHANA 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”
ANUP SURENDRANATHANUP SURENDRANATH 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”
KV VISWANATHANKV VISWANATHAN 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.
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.
ADITYA SONDHIADITYA SONDHI 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.
PALLAV MONGIAPALLAV MONGIA 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.
MAYANK MISHRAMAYANK MISHRA 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. SAMANTARAYA. 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 PANDAASHOK 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.



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