In an effort to expose law students to various areas of legal practice, the Faculty of Law and Government of HELP University invited Manian Raju, an experienced advocate and solicitor to present the exciting topic titled ‘Moments of Great Advocacy’ to an audience of first year law students at Wisma HELP recently.
In his talk, Manian highlighted several giants of advocacy from different eras and backgrounds, ranging from leading philosophers from classical Greece to modern day figures. Some of the leading advocates include Sir Edward Marshall Hall, Lord Pannick QC, Irving Younger, Francis Lee Bailey, Sir Patrick Hastings, Subodh Chandra Sarkar, and Dr Kailas Bath Natju.
Manian shared examples of advocacy scenarios throughout history, and how the lawyers used their skills and knowledge for cross-examinations to strengthen their case. He demonstrated advocacy techniques by showing famous case studies and recorded dialogues between lawyers and witnesses during cross-examinations. Some of the examples that were shared include the Trial of Oscar Wilde, the OJ Simpson case, the Trial of Marie Hermann and the Trial of Socrates.
Manian encouraged students to learn and master the different techniques and styles of advocacy. He stated that there is no formula that would fit all occasions, hence it would be to the advantage of students to be able to adopt different advocacy styles to suit the situation and case. One of the best ways to improve one’s skills in advocacy is to read and study the advocacy methods and techniques used by leading lawyers at court.
About the speaker
Manian Raju is an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya. He is presently a senior partner at Krishna Dallumah, Manian & Indran, Seremban. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Bachelor of Laws from the University of London, and later Certificate in Legal Practice. He has been active in the legal practice since 1990, focusing on civil and criminal cases but primarily in civil litigations.