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‘Social Justice Warrior’ Shamil Ali : Ready To Begin His Law Career

‘Social Justice Warrior’ Shamil Ali : Ready To Begin His Law Career
Shamil Ali (fourth from left), with former Rishikul Sanatan College students (from left), Vishneel Kumar, Epeli Sau, Jesline Singh, Mr Ali, Ashnita Goundar, Alinta Sharma, Priyanka Chand and Anasimeci Ledua at the admissions ceremony for the newly admitted legal practitioners on August 31, 2017. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau
September 17
17:08 2017

For University of the South Pacific law graduate student Shamil Jayant Ashak Ali, entering the legal profession gives him a chance to fight for social justice and serve the society at large.

Surrounded largely by a family of accountants, Shamil, 22, chose to pursue a different career path.

After four years of dedicated study, including sleepless nights and various anxiety attacks, his dreams finally materialised, as he and 35 other lawyers were admitted to the Bar on August 31 in Suva.

He proudly pointed to the dark circles under his eyes to give me an idea of how little sleep he got during the four years of his life dedicated to studying law.

Mr Ali lost his father when he was four-years-old. Tearfully, he recounted the story of how he was raised by a single parent and  friends and family throughout his tough journey.

“I owe this success to my family and friends, all of whom I cannot name because there is a very long list,” he said.

The final phase of his journey, in his fourth year, became so overwhelming that he found it difficult to function as a human being.

But he remained resolute in the face of adversity and soldiered on to reach a pedestal that now opens the door to what he hopes will be a career of empowering people through the practice of law.

For his mother Sashin Lata, this was a genuinely proud moment as she tried to explain how she felt.

She said: “He is the first lawyer in the family and everyone is so proud. The feeling is too much to explain right now.”

Ms Lata had crucial advice for her son who now prepares to enter a competitive work-force.

“I have told him that he needs to start small and get that experience.

“He can’t be a corporate lawyer straight away. He must first establish himself,” she said.

He also has an elder brother who has over the years played the important role of doing up his tie for him, which Shamil quietly admitted is a skill he is yet to pick up.

Another proud moment for Shamil was becoming a lawyer with his fellow ex Rishikul Sanatan College friends, Vishneel Kumar, Epeli Sau, Jesline Singh, Ashnita Goundar, Alinita Sharma, Priyanka Chand, Anasimeci Ledua and Shayal Avneeta.

Speaking on behalf his fellow lawyers, he said: “The ex-Rishikul students would like to extend their gratitude the Rishikul family; to the teacher who have played a huge part in making us who we are.

“Without their support and knowledge we wouldn’t be here today.”


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