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Legal Aid Clinic

With the very spirit of humanism and commitment to the tenets of justice and rule of law, Dayanand College of Law has established the Legal Aid Clinic which is extremely instrumental in sensitizing the students to the cause of the indigent thereby inculcating a spirit of social responsibility within them. The Clinic strives to ensure that the constitutional pledge is fulfilled in the letter and spirit and equal justice is made available to the poor, downtrodden and weaker sections of the society.

The clinic which had been running in a very informal way, was crystallized and consolidated into a systematic Legal Aid Clinic in 2011, functioning in collaboration with the District Legal Service Authority, Latur, which was inaugurated by Shri. K.P.Joshi, the Principal District and sessions Judge, Latur. The Clinic works closely with the District Legal Service Authority in providing them the services of the students and staff. It provides the students exposure to settlement of cases, holding Lok Adalats and training them as para Legal volunteers. The service of the faculty are also provided as members of the judge panel during the Maha Lok Adalat held by the District Legal Service Authority and also as Resource Persons in their training Programmes.

The Legal Aid Clinic is manned by Para Legal Volunteers (Law Students) with sense of commitment, sensibility and sensitiveness to the problems of the common people who are being selected by the Faculty-in-charge of the Clinic.

The Legal Aid Clinic is more effectively functioning in outreach programmes. The Clinic is proved to be one of the best methods of learning experience by transmitting the theoretical knowledge from lab to land. The Clinic is a dynamic tool of learning, through which, the students learn the techniques of interviewing, interaction, eliciting the relevant information from the Client and to suggest possible remedies and the alternatives. The Clinic also enables the students to learn drafting notices, complaints, petitions and in turn it helps the students to be socially responsive and committed.

Objectives

  1. To provide legal services to the poor and weaker sections of the Society.
  2. To provide inexpensive local machinery for handling legal services of basic nature like legal advices, drafting petitions, notices, replies and other documents of legal importance.
  3. To resolve disputes of local people through meditation and conciliation and thereby preventing the disputes from reaching Courts.
  4. To conduct surveys on contemporary socio legal issues.
  5. To impart clinical education as part of practical training and also to imbibe the students to commit to social service to help the weaker sections of the society.

The Clinic organizes various outreach programmes such as legal aid camps, legal literacy programmes, gender sensitization programmes, human rights awareness programmes, Jail Visit, Lok Adalat Visit, Workshop in Collaboration with District Legal Service Authorities etc.

The Clinic functions on every second and fourth Saturday from 9.00am to 5.00pm of every month. 10 student volunteers are selected to provide legal advices under the guidance of Faculty-in-Charge. The Clinic maintains records and documents of various activities conducted by the Clinic including the list of seekers, the type of service rendered, particulars of para Legal Volunteers, the personnel’s from the Bar and all other related information.

Sr. No. Title/Year Action
1. Legal Aid Clinic Annual Report 2020-21 Click to View
2. Legal Aid Clinic Annual Report 2019-20 Click to View
3. Legal Aid Clinic Annual Report 2018-19 Click to View

Legal Aid Clinic Annual Report 2020-21

Dayanand College of Law-Legal Aid Clinic is extremely instrumental in sensitising the students to the cause of the indigent thereby inculcating a spirit of social responsibility within them. The Clinic strives to ensure that the constitutional pledge is fulfilled in the letter and spirit and equal justice is made available to the poor, downtrodden and weaker sections of the society.

Objectives –

To provide legal services to the poor and weaker sections of the Society.
To provide inexpensive local machinery for handling legal services of basic nature like legal advises, drafting petitions, notices, replies and other documents of legal importance.
To resolve disputes of local people through mediation and conciliation and thereby preventing the disputes from reaching Courts.
To conduct surveys on contemporary socio legal issues.
To impart clinical education as part of practical training and also to imbibe the students to commit to social service to help the weaker sections of the society.
The Clinic organises various outreach programmes such as legal aid camps, legal literacy programmes, gender sensitisation programmes, human rights awareness programmes, Jail Visit, Lok Adalat Visit, Workshop in Collaboration with District Legal Service Authorities etc.

Activities of the Clinic for year 20-21

In view of the pandemic situation, the clinic conducted online webinars and awareness programme as follows:

1. Celebrating Indian Constitution Day by conducting National Webinar on Values and Principles of Indian Constitution on 26TH Nov.2020.

The Indian Constitution Day was celebrated by conducting a Webinar in Collaboration with District Legal Services Authority on ‘Values and Principles of Indian Constitution’ by resource person Adv Kailas Ansarwadkar, Panel Advocate DSLA, Latur. On this occasion Preamble was recited by all the participants to remember the goals enshrined in it. About 100 students actively participated in the webinar.

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2. Webinar on ‘Advocates Act 1961: New Challenges’ on 27th Jan 21

The legal aid clinic organised a webinar on ‘Advocates Act 1961: New Challenges’ on 27th Jan 2021 to sensitize the students about professional ethics, its importance in the profession and the future challenges. The resource person was renowned legal luminary Adv Dr. Uday Warunjikar delivered an informative lecture covering all dimensions and discussed the challenges and opportunities of the legal profession like globalization, need of technological upgradation, specializaiton, competition etc

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3. Legal Literacy Webinar on, ‘Forest Conservation Laws : Legal issues and Practical Implications’ on 29th Jan 21

As part of awareness drive, the legal aid clinic conducted webinar on environmental issues of forest conservation. The resource person was Range Forest Officer of Rahuri, Dist Ahmednagar, Mr Manoj Dhanvijay. The resource person discussed forest laws and various mean of forest conservation He also discussed on tribal rights, de-reservation, deforestation use of technology etc. More than 200 students attended the webinar.

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4. Legal Awareness Webinar on ‘Gender Justice : Quest for Equality’ on 8th February 2021

A legal awareness webinar was organised by legal aid Clinic on the topic ‘Gender Justice : Quest for Equality on 8th February 2021 .The resource person was reputed academician and expert speaker on gender issues, Dr Rashmi Ozha, Principal, Chembur College of Law, Mumbai. The resource person elaborated on international perspectives, meaning and various social and legal dimensions of gender justice with respect to equality among men and women. The students actively participated and raised their doubts and questions which were satisfactorily answered by the guest making it fruitful for the students. about 190 students attended the webinar.

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5. National Webinar on Mediation: Emerging Trend in Dispute Resolution 10th February 2021

A National Webinar was organised on, Mediation: Emerging Trend in Dispute Resolution’ on 10th February 2021. The resource person was Accredited Mediator and Director of Vivant Holistic Skill Development Centre, Pune Prof Viddulata Gawade. The resource person shed light on nature and methods and technique of mediation and also how it is a career opportunity. About 190 Students actively participated and interacted with the guest.

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6. National Webinar on ‘Rethinking Legal Education and Practice: Post COVID Pandemic’ on 7th May 21:

A National Webinar was organised on ‘Rethinking Legal Education and Practice: Post COVID Pandemic’ on 7th May 21. The resource person was reputed and legal luminary Adv. Dr Uday Warunjikar, Adv. Bombay High Court and Member, Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa. The resource person discussed.

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7. National Webinar on, ‘Wildlife Protection: Legal and Practical Aspects’ on 8th June 2021:

A National Webinar was arranged on Wildlife Protection: Legal and Practical Aspects’ on 8th June 2021. The webinar focussed on practical aspects and suggestions for wildlife protection, hence Divisional Forest Officer of Jamtara district, Jharkhand Mr Ajinkya Bankar was invited as resource person. The resource person elaborated the topic through power-point presentation and explained the practical problems in social acceptance and strict implementation of laws. The students actively participated and raised many questions which were satisfactorily answered by the guest. More than 180 students attended the webinar.

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8. National Webinar on, ‘Emotional Wellness & Stress Management Need of the Hour’ on 11th June 21:

A National Webinar on the topic, ‘Emotional Wellness & Stress Management Need of the Hour’ in collaboration with Plex Wellness, Delhi on 11th June 21 at 4 pm. The resource person was Neha Kaushik (Counselling Psychologist & Certified QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper) and was held on teams. About 350 students and professionals attended the webinar through Microsoft Teams app and you tube live. The resource person discussed and demonstrated some methods for controlling and relieving the stress in an interactive session, which was extremely enjoyed by the participants. The question answer session was very fruitful.

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9. A Webinar on ‘QAQS Website Development as per 7 Criteria of NAAC’

Was organised on 22.07. 21. Dr Ghansham Nanaware, Member, IQAC, Co-Founder White Code Technology Partner was the resource person all the staff members actively participated in the webinar.

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Legal Aid Clinic Annual Report 2019-20

1. One Day Workshop on Conservation of Family Institution – 10.08.2019 –

The Legal Aid clinic in collaboration with Purush Hakka Saurakshan Samiti organised ‘One Day Workshop on Role of Law in conservation of Family Institution’ on 10.08.2019 at 10.00am. Advocate Dharmendra Chauhan, Secretary of the Committee, Adv. Sunil Gadge, President of the Committee, Adv. Santosh Shinde, District President and Shri. Dattatray Paradkar, Latur were the guests of the programme. They delivered there lectures on Role of Husband and Wife in family conservation and the misuse of Section 498-A of IPC. The programme was attended actively by about 200 students and the faculty of college.

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2. Seminar on Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987 on 21st August 2019

The Legal Aid Clinic conducted a Seminar on ‘Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987’ on 21st August 2019 in collaboration with District Legal Services Authorities Latur. Honorable Smt S D Kankanwadi, Secretary DLSA, Adv C V Agarkar, President Latur District Bar Association were the resource persons. Adv Salgare and Adv Kalshetty ,Panel advocates of the DLSA also addressed the Students. The seminar focused on explaining the students’ role of para legal volunteers in providing legal services about 180 students and 10 teachers attended the seminar the member of the authority visited the Legal Aid clinic of the college.

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3. Motorcycle rally to celebrate 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on 23rd August 19

The paralegal volunteers of the clinic participated in the motorcycle rally organised by the district legal services authority to celebrate then 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi more than 50 students and Dr S D Panchal and Dr P P Nathani participated as incharge teachers the members of the DL essay advocates para legal volunteers and students participated in large numbers in this rally on 23rd August 2019 the rally started from the court premises to Mahatma Gandhi Chowk  Shivaji Chowk and back to the Court.

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4. Training program for paralegal volunteers on 15th October 2019

The paralegal volunteers of the c clinic were given training and guidance through a training program in the district legal service authority on 15th October 50 para legal volunteers actively participated in this training .experienced paralegal volunteers and panel advocates shared their experiences  and guided the students in providing services they also clarified the doubts of the students.

5. Legal Aid camp on 17th Nov 2019

A Mega Legal Aid camp was organised by District Legal Services Authorities for disseminating information about legal rights of the people and various government schemes along with their implementation. Honorable  Shri P B Warale ,Judge, High Court of Mumbai (Aurangabad bench) and honorable  Shri V L Achaliya Judge, High Court of Mumbai(Aurangabad Bench), and other dignitaries graced the occasion. More than 2000 villagers  participated in this mega event.The paralegal volunteers of the college actively participated in disseminating information to the people the camp was conducted on 17th November 2019 at village Sangli, taluka Ahmadpur, district Latur.

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6. Celebration of Constitution Day on 26 November 2019

The paralegal volunteers participated in the Constitution Day celebrations at the district legal service authority premises Dr S T Suryawanshi, former faculty of Dayanand College of Law was invited as a resource person who enlightened the audience on the importance and values imbibed in the Indian Constitution .The constitution day was also celebrated in the college by reading out the Preamble by all the teachers and the students and taking it out to abide by it and uphold . The teachers expelled expressed their feelings and thoughts on this occasion the program and with the address by the Principal, Dr G K Pillai.

7. Awareness programmes on Child Abuse

The students of the college conducted sensitization programme specifically to address the serious issue of child abuse. Small skits were presented by the students for school children to explain them the good touch bad touch and seeking help in such circumstances. Also skits were presented on Mobile Addiction, Road Traffic Safety in various schools:
1. Mukteshwar Vidyalaya – 3rd February 2020
2. Yeshwant Chauhan Vidyalaya, Latur – 4th February 2020 and
3. Sadanand MahaVidyalaya, Latur – 5th February 2020.This activity was conducted jointly by Legal Aid Clinic with Womens’ Studies Center of the College.

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8. Family Court Visit on 6th February 2020

The Para legal volunteers  and  Students of LLB 2nd year and  BSL 4th year visited the family court on 6th February 20 to observe the proceedings of the Court this gave first hand information and experience to the students about the proceedings does blending theory and practical learning the visit was undertaken under the practical of ADR by the in charge teachers.

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9. Lok Adalat Visit  on 8th February 2020

A visit to Lok Adalat organised by the District Legal Service Authority on 18 February 20 was conducted to make the students realise the importance of Lok Adalat and alternative dispute resolution  system. More than 50 students of LLB II year and BSL  IV year  participated in the visit under the in charge teachers Dr P P Nathani and Adv R R Shetty.

10. Debate Competition – 10.02.2020

Legal Aid Clinic and Women’s Studies Centre of our College organised Debate Competition on Women Empowerment – A Myth or Reality. Debate Competition provides the platform where student can speak, learn and present their contentions about the subject. It helps in improving critical thinking skills. Adv. Shri. Dhanajay Gaikwad, founder, Maitri Institution, Latur and Dr. Kranti Satpute, Principal, Dayanand College of Pharmacy, Latur were invited to judge the competition.

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11. National Seminar on IPR – 29.02.2020

To create awareness among the people on protection of Intellectual property rights and capacity building on IPR, to understand the role of Intellectual Property in innovation and technology transfer the National Seminar was conducted on 29.02.2020 in the seminar hall. Dr. Anil Variath, HOD, Law Department, National Law University, Mumbai and Dr. Vijaykumar Shivpuje, Director, Petlex Business Solution Latur were invited as Resource persons. Approximate 200 delegates and students participated in the seminar.

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12. National Seminar on ‘Wetlands and BioDiversity – Need to Conserve the Environmental Saviours’ on 6th March 2019

The Legal Aid committee also arranges various programmes for environmental awareness. A National Seminar On ‘Wetlands and BioDiversity – Need to Conserve the Environmental Saviours’ was conducted on 6th March 2019 to focus on their importance and need of conservation. Mr Sachin Desai, Environmental Educationist and Trustee of Samyantak Organization working on wetlands of Sindhudurg was the chief resource person. Adv. Omkar Keni , Environmental Activist was also invited to share his experience and inspire the students in conservation. The Keynote addresses were followed by a detailed question answers sessions. About 200 students, all faculty members and delegates participated actively. This Seminar was conducted by Dr S D Panchal.

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13. One Day Webinar on Access to Justice and The Role of Legal Services Authority

24th May 2020 – The Legal Aid Clinic organized One Day Webinar on Access to Justice And The Role of Legal Services Authority on 24th May 2020. – Dr. S.S. Hasani Assist. Professor, NTVS College of Law, Nandurbar was invited to address the students on this important and crucial topic. The lecture promoted critical thinking by encouraging the students to present their ideas about the legal aid system. The lecture was very dynamic and attention grabbing very useful to put into practice. More than hundred students gave their attendance.

14. Seminar on Juvenile Justice Act 2013 on 17June.2020

The Legal Aid Clinic conducted a Webinar on ‘Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act- Socio Legal Issues’ specially to sensitize the students about the issues of Juvenile delinquency and how the legal framework prevents them from stigmatization and helps in rehabilitation. Adv S V Salgare Panel Advocate DLSA was the resource person. He explained the important provisions and also shared his practical experiences regarding juvenile cases The students actively participated by asking their questions which were nicely answered by the resource person. More than 100 students and faculty participated.

Legal Aid Clinic Annual Report 2018-19

Article 39 A of the Constitution of India provides for holistic approach in Imparting justice to litigating parties. It not only includes providing free legal aid via appointment of counsels for the litigants, but also includes ensuring that justice is not denied to the litigating parties due to financial difficulties.
Dayanand College of Law has established the Legal Aid Clinic which is extremely instrumental in sensitizing students to the cause of indigent, thereby inculcating the spirit of social responsibility in them.
The clinic strives to ensure that, provisions of Art 39A is fulfilled in the letter and spirit and opportunity for equal justice is made available to the poor, downtrodden and weaker section of the society.

Activities of 2018-19

The Legal Aid Clinic of the College has been set up in collaboration with District Legal Services Authority District and Session Court, Family Court and District Consumer Forum, Latur The Legal Aid works on every Saturday from 9am to 3pm, in the college premises.The clinic works as counseling centre, providing Legal aid to the needy, professors and students provide the necessary legal advice throughout the year. Hundreds of people have taken advantage of the clinic.

    1. Legal Aid Camp at Kharola— One day Legal Aid Camp was organised at Khorola village, Renapur on 3rd March 2019. Students presented dramas, songs, skits and speeches for legal awareness on issues such as female foeticide, child rights, consumer rights, matrimonial issues right to education,etc. The camp was inaugurated by PI Shri Gorakh Dive, Renapur Police Station. About 150 students participated along with the teachers. On the same day the socio-legal survey was conducted by students regarding the legal problems if any and requirement of legal advice. This helped the students in interacting with the villagers and understanding social problems.
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3.The team also conducted a socio legal survey on 5th March at Kharola village, which discussed various legal problems with the rural people by house to house visit and provided various legal remedies to their problems.

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4.The team also held a rally to create awareness among the rural people about socio-legal issues at Kharola village (Renapur) on 3rd March 2019.

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5.During the Legal Aid Camp held at Kharola village, Students sent various legal messages to the villagers through dramas and skits, Notable among them are: Alcoholism and its adverse consequences, Gender justice & Women empowerment, Girl child and Education.

6.The visit to the police station was organised on 5th March 2019 to make the students understand by observation about working of the police stations PI Shri Gorakh Dive and Sub Inspector Shri Ganesh Patil explained the working and also showed weapon treasure, cyber cell, jail, documentation, etc. About 200 students participated under their incharge teachers Dr P P Nathani and Adv Shetty.

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7.The student team also visited Family Court on 12th Feb. 2019 to observe the proceedings and mode of settlement of disputes.

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Legal Aid Clinic Annual Report 2017-18

1. Participation of Co-ordinator and Students at Lokadalat Panel – 08-07-2017

  • Final year students with Dr. G.G. Panchal participated as panel member at Lokadalat organized by District Legal Services Authority, Latur. Appreciation & Participation certificates were distributed by authorities. Faculty and students remain present till the Lokadalat called off in the premises of Latur District Court.

2. Jail Visit – 19th August 2017

  • As a part of their curriculum Legal Aid Clinic and Human Rights Education Center of the College in collaboration with Latur District legal services Authority arranged jail visit on 19/08/2017 for its students. Thirty three students along with Dr. G.G. Panchal visited the Sai Under Trial Prisoner Jail Latur and surveyed barracks and interacted with Jail officials. The aim behind the visit was to facilities provides to the prisoners, security system, Law process, behavior of inmates, the framework of Rehabilitation and reformative activities for prisoners. Faculty and Law Students gave speeches on different criminal legislations and right of accused.

3. Socio-Legal Survey at Latur Jail- 23/10/2017

  • Volunteers of the Legal Aid Committee, under the orders of Hon’ble High Court and District Legal Services Authorities conducted a survey regarding the facilities available at undertrial prison at Latur. 20 students participated in the survey along with the Co-ordinator Dr. Shubhangi Panchal on 23rd Oct 2017.

4. Essay Writing Competition-11/11/2017

  • The Legal Aid Committee conducted an Essay competition on ‘Importance of Legal Services Authority and its effects on Society’ 11th Nov 2017’ on the occasion of National Legal Literacy Day. Fifteen students participated and Miss. Ankita Dhoot (BSL V) , Kulkarni Priyanka (BSL V) and Sapna Nalegaonkar (LLB III) lagged the First, Second and Third prize respectively. The winner students were felicitated and cash prizes were given by the District Legal Services Authority, Latur.

5. Polio Immunization Program – 11/03/2018

  • Dayanand College of Law rendered social services to put Polio Drops on 11th Match 2018. Forty students from BSL III, BSL IV and LLB II year were sent to serve the society with voluntary services in collaboration with Mahanagarpalika, Latur.

6. Guest Lecture on Legal Aid and Legal services Authorities – 23/03/2018

  • Invited to deliver the lecture on Legal Aid and Legal Services Authorities. The Lecture was arranged under ADR practical for LLB II year and BSL IV year students.

7. Legal Aid Camp at Aambulga Village – 09/04/2018

  • The college organized One Day Camp at Ambulga village on 9th April 2018. More than one hundred thirty students participated in the Camp. The purpose behind the Camp was to empower villagers regarding their rights and to resolve their legal issues. The students worked to provide Legal Education and to build public awareness about the Laws. Four skits were performed by LLB II year students and BSL IV year students on various contemporary issues to inform the villagers about their rights. Six lectures were also delivered.The Legal Aid Camp was inaugurated with the auspicious hands of Senior Advocate Shri. Madhavrao T. Ingale, and Senior Advocate Shri Jambhavantrao Sonkawde.Students provided an inexpensive service of basic nature like legal advice, drafting of petitions and their documents of legal importance. Students of the college under the guidance of their in charge teachers rendered legal services and tried to resolve disputes of local people by mediation.The visit made them to realize the reality of the society. The camp was conducted under Women’s Studies Centre Legal Aid Clinic and ADR Practical. Dr. P.P. Nathani, Dr. S.D. Panchal, and Shri R.R.Shetty conducted the Camp.

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