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Old 07-11-09, 07:07 PM
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Default Janaprith Fernando becomes Colombo Law Society President

Janaprith Fernando becomes Colombo Law Society President

Janaprith Fernando, attorney-at-law won a closely contested election, with a convincing majority, to be appointed Colombo Law Society President. Returning Officer Colombo District Judge Sisira Ratnayake declared Fernando as President of the Colombo Law Society for 2008/2009.

He is an old boy of S. Thomasí Preparatory School, Colpetty and S. Thomasí College, Mount Lavinia. At school, he was an all-rounder who excelled in both studies and extra-curricular activities.

Fernando has been practicing as an attorney for the past 16 years and has served in the Committee of the Law Society during this entire period. He has been a former Assistant Treasurer, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Secretary and Vice President of the Law Society.

He has organised and chaired many projects for the Law Society, as well as the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, and has served in the capacity of Assistant Secretary of the BASL and Chairman of many Standing Committees.

He is also a keen social worker and a past President of Leo Club of Wellawatta West. There he organised many projects, including massive health camps, treating around 3000 patients in new settlements in the Mahaweli areas in 1984 and 1985, trade and fun fairs, beach carnivals and has won the 100% Presidentís Award from the Lions Clubs International. He was the President of the Law Studentsí Union at Sri Lanka Law College in 1990.

Fernando is presently the Scout Commissioner for Colombo District and is contributing immensely towards the development of the scouts of Colombo.

He has been an Assistant Secretary of the Organisation of Professional Associations (OPA).
He has attended many conferences and forums in many countries and represented Sri Lanka. In his inaugural address to the members he said that he will do his best for the benefit of the membership and promised to lead the society as its captain and get the co-operation of all the members to achieve the objectives of the Law Society.

He also said that he is aware of the hardships faced by both the practitioners and the litigants and that he will do everything to find the necessary solutions in order that the public will have more confidence in the judicial system of our country and the lawyers at large.
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