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Institute inducts 600 Law School students

By John Austin Unachukwu
T he Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC) last week in Abuja inducted over 600 students of the Nigerian Law School (NLS), Bwari as associate members.
The ICMC is the professional body of practitioners with the mandate to regulate the practice of mediation, train prospective candidates, and encourage organisations and institutions to adopt Mediation and Conciliation as the primary means of resolving  disputes.
In pursuance of its mandate of spreading the gospel of mediation and conciliation, and to prepare the prospective legal practitioners for legal practice, the institute trained over 700 students of the NLS across all campuses during the 2018/2019 academic session.
In line with its policy, only participants who passed the accreditation examination and submitted their post-course assignments were inducted on November 25.
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During the special induction, the Registrar, ‘Segun Ogunyannwo, welcomed the new inductees and praised them for equipping themselves with mediation skills which will aid them in assisting disputing parties in an assured, confident and professional manner.
He reminded all present of the importance of Rule 15 (3) (d) of the Rules of Professional Conduct for Legal Practitioners (2007) which provides that in the representation of his client, a lawyer must inform his client of the option of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms before resorting to litigation on behalf of his client.
ICMC President Emeka J.P. Obegolu charged the inductees to join one of the 20 branches of the institute across Nigeria and participate actively, continue to improve their capacity in ADR practice, and take up the gauntlet to support efforts of the Institute to mainstream mediation and conciliation in Nigeria.
He further assured them of the unwavering support of the institute and her membership body; which numbers over 8,000, in their ADR practice endeavours.
The ceremony also featured special recognition and presentation of awards to the students who graduated with a First Class from the Nigerian Law School and students who were outstanding during the institute’s Mediation Skills Accreditation and Certification Training.
This Special Induction Ceremony is a prelude to the Institute’s Annual ADR Conference and Induction Ceremony, which will witness the induction of over 2,000 individuals as Associate Members, Members, and Fellows of ICMC.
This year is a milestone year for ICMC, as she will also be celebrating the 20th year of her existence with a 20th Anniversary Dinner, a book presentation and documentary on the History of ICMC in Nigeria, and presentation of awards to individuals and organisations who have distinguished themselves in the ADR industry.
The ADR Conference, Induction Ceremony and 20th Anniversary Dinner of ICMC holds today in Abuja.

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