Report on the NLA’s Swearing-In Ceremony
On March 24, 2016, the Nigerian Lawyers Association (“NLA”) swore-in its newly elected Executive Officers and Board of Directors. The swearing in ceremony took place at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Ceremonial Court Room, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and was presided by the Honorable Judge George B. Daniels of the Southern District of New York.
The ceremony began with the introduction of The Honorable Judge Daniels by Shamsey Oloko, Esq., who is a founding member and former President of the Nigerian Lawyers Association and also served as a member of the Association’s Board of Directors. Judge Daniels gave a brief speech highlighting the service that is expected of members of the legal profession, and encouraged those in attendance to learn from those preceding and follow the good examples shown. The NLA Executive Officers that were sworn in are Nexus U. Sea, President; Lydia Obasi-Hills, Vice President; Conway Ekpo, Treasurer; Stephanie Ijoma, Secretary; Eunice Adeleke, Public Relations Officer; and Ifiok Nwa, Parliamentarian. The Board of Directors sworn in are Olayinka DanSalami, Abayomi Ajaiyeoba Whint, Chisom Ananaba, Mariam Sanni-Adigun, and Shereefat Balogun.
A networking reception commenced after the swearing-in ceremony and was followed by a panel discussion entitled, “From Foreign Courts to U.S. Jurisprudence: Finding Success in the U.S. as an International Lawyer.” The panel discussion was moderated by Oliver Mbamara, Esq. and featured the Honorable Jude Obasi Nkama – the first Nigerian schooled attorney to be appointed as a judge in New Jersey, as well as Ben Okeke, Esq., Eunice Adeleke and Yetunde Amodu.
The event also hosted a 30 member student delegation from the Department of Public Law, University of Lagos, Nigeria, who were competing at the 2016 National Model United Nations (NMUN). The students had an opportunity to ask questions from the judges, lawyers and other students present. A brief vote of thanks was delivered by Chisom Ananaba, Esq, conveying gratitude to those who made the time to attend the event.
The NLA is a national non-profit professional bar association founded in 1999, whose mission includes improving the administration of justice in the United States and Nigeria, representing the interests of Nigerian and African lawyers and law students across the U.S., and strengthening the legal education pipeline by creating opportunities for law students of color through strategic partnerships with corporations, law firms, non-profit organizations and the public sector.