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What is Advocates: The Podcast?
It is a platform on which we can introduce you to some of the best advocates in the world. We will hear them speak not just about their technical knowledge, but more importantly about their lives and everything that drove them in the pursuit to be the best advocates in the world.
How did it come about?
Two words. Boredom and curiosity. Lockdown allowed us time to think. Gopal applied his mind in that time to what it took to become an advocate. Curiosity and one phone call with Razlan and Michelle was all it took to give birth to this project. How and why had the best in the world done it, we asked? This podcast is an answer to all those questions. For you.
Creating Season 1
In lockdown, asking for time from these top advocates was a little easier. What was remarkable was that they gave their time not just easily, but generously and pleasurably. We have for you over the next 10 episodes some of the most recognised talent in the world of advocacy. They have committed to sharing their lives, experiences and skills.
MEET THE ADVOCATES
Gopal reckons himself a man of letters. Not so much read as written. He still reaches for a sheet of paper and a pen which he fills from a bottle of ink. Despite this vanity, Gopal woke up one morning and thought that he might like to speak to a few advocates. Technology which he thinks irredeemably evil provoked and then allowed him to do this. He called Razlan and Michelle, and this led to Advocates The Podcast. Gopal still waves his inky pen in court every day and greatly enjoys it. He has decades of experience as counsel in all tiers of court in Malaysia.
In any conversation of interest, Razlan can be expected to cock his head at an angle. It projects his intense curiosity. This is a badge he has worn throughout his career as an advocate in Malaysia. When he was asked to be part of the Advocates project, there was cocking. Once his neck centred, he approached the enterprise with the usual insufferable curiosity and bloody mindedness that he brings to every case he does. Razlan is counsel of decades of experience in all tiers of court in Malaysia.
Michelle is from Ipoh, a city in Malaysia that prides itself on its contribution to both tin and legal scholarship. She has kept up that tradition and drinks from a tin cup. Granted, it is whisky. When Advocates was suggested to her, she took to the project with robust command. Michelle not just ensured the best advocates in the world were online and prepped when they needed to be, but also that Razlan and Gopal slacked just shortly behind. Michelle runs her own commercial practice in Kuala Lumpur.
01| Tommy Thomas
Former Attorney General of Malaysia and distinguished veteran of the Malaysian Bar, Tommy Thomas, speaks about his meticulous approach to trial work, his legacy as an advocate, and the historical development of the Malaysian judicial system, on the inaugural episode of Advocates: The Podcast.
02| Alan Dershowitz
Alan Dershowitz is renowned not only as a successful criminal defense attorney, but also as Professor Emeritus at Harvard Law School and as an award-winning author. Listen to Dershowitz discuss his legal philosophy, his activism, and the rest of his 60-year-long journey as an advocate.
03| Benjamin Aina QC
Benjamin Aina was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2009, and has established himself as a prominent barrister in the United Kingdom as both a prosecutor and a defender. On this month’s episode of Advocates, Aina speaks about his childhood influences, his experience as a Black barrister, and the emphasis he places on courtesy as defining factor of a successful advocate.
04| Hina Jilani
The fourth episode of Advocates features Hina Jilani, an internationally-renowned litigator and activist from Lahore, Pakistan. Her brand of human rights advocacy is fierce and fearless, and has brought her face to face with death threats and assassins. Listen to Jilani discuss her career as a pioneer for women’s and children’s rights in Pakistan and across the world, on Advocates: the Podcast.
05| Robert Lazar
Robert Lazar is a litigator with more than forty years of experience at the Malaysian Bar. He represented former Supreme Court Justice Datuk Seri George Seah during the 1988 Judicial Crisis, appeared as lead counsel for the Bar during the 2008 Royal Commission of Inquiry into V.K. Lingam, and litigated one of the only cases before the Special Court, in 2009. Tune in to this month’s installment of Advocates: The Podcast to listen to Robert Lazar speak on his illustrious career as an advocate.
06| Davinder Singh SC
Eminent Singaporean litigator, Davinder Singh SC, outlines his philosophy and approach to advocacy on this month’s first episode of Advocates, the Podcast. After spending 37 years at Drew & Napier, one of Singapore’s leading law firms, Singh started his own firm in early 2019. Among countless other accolades, Singh was most recently inducted into the The Legal 500 Asia Pacific “Hall of Fame” for his expertise in Dispute Resolution and International Arbitration.
07| Eason Rajah QC
Ipoh-born English barrister Eason Rajah discusses life at boarding school, inspiring colleagues, and his thirst for winning, on this month’s installment of Advocates, the Podcast. Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2011, Rajah also acts as a Deputy High Court Judge and as Chairman of the Chancery Bar Association. In 2018, Rajah was awarded “Private Client: Trusts and Probate Silk of the Year” by the Legal 500.
08| Johann Kriegler
This episode of Advocates stars Johann Kriegler, a veteran litigator at the Johannesburg Bar. In late 1993, Kriegler was assigned to direct the Independent Electoral Commission, the body responsible for overseeing South Africa’s first universally democratic election. A year later, Kriegler was appointed by Nelson Mandela to the Constitutional Court of South Africa, a position he held for eight years.
09| Ambiga Sreenevasan
Few in Malaysia command as much admiration as Ambiga Sreenevasan – admiration among her contemporaries as a skilled litigator, and among the public as a courageous political activist. Sreenevasan has served as President of the Malaysian Bar Council, co-chairperson of Bersih (an NGO advocating for local election reform), and member of the International Commission of Jurists. Catch Ambiga Sreenevasan on Advocates, The Podcast.
10| Jonathan Crow QC
Jonathan Crow is an English litigator with almost 40 years of experience at the Bar. In 2006, Crow was appointed Queen’s Counsel, and has since built an award-winning career (Legal 500’s Top 100, Chambers UK Commercial Litigation and Chancery Silk of the Year, The Times Lawyer of the Week). On this episode of Advocates, The Podcast, Jonathan Crow speaks on his childhood, his seasoned approach to appeals, and his experience arguing before the U.K. Supreme Court.
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A 2-week internship opportunity to shadow a senior advocate in any one of our participating firms. Internship allowance will be provided.
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What to Expect:
After you submit your application, you can expect to prepare for 1 phone/virtual interview. You will be asked to provide your available dates for both the interview and internship in the application form.
The commencement of the internship is determined by the firm (to be completed by April 2022, online or otherwise)