Internship Experience @ Chambers of Senior Advocate Rekha Palli, Delhi: Attend Client Meetings, Learn Basics of Service Matters

Your Name, College, Year of Study, Email ID

Chirag Ahluwalia, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University, Lucknow

Name of Organisation, Location city, Team Strength

Chambers of Senior Advocate Rekha Palli, Supreme Court of India and Delhi High Court, New Delhi. Only Intern in that month.

Application Process with contact details

An email has to be sent to [email protected]

If a reply doesn’t come within 2-3 weeks, a follow up mail should be sent.

Duration of internship and timings

December 04, 2014 to December 26, 2014

First impression, first day formalities, infrastructure

I was asked to contact Mr. Shiv, who is Mrs. Palli’s PA, once I was at the gate number 6 of Delhi High Court.

Mr. Shiv is a jolly man. Since, it was my first internship at the Court, he was more than happy to show me around, he showed Bar Council Office, Cafeterias etc. This little tour of ours really helped me out. Mrs. Palli has her chambers in New Chambers Block within the High Court Complex. One has to report daily at the chambers first and then accompany Ma’am or one of her associates to the court complex.

On the first day, you are required to give your details to Mr. Shiv in order to get a letter of recommendation from Ma’am for the Delhi High Court Pass.

A well maintained library is there at her chambers, which makes research work easy.

Main tasks

Most important aspect of the work was to make notes during the court proceedings, case briefs and research on service matters issue.

The Best part was that if you promise to take care of the files, Ma’am would let you take them home and study.

Also, you can be asked to assist an associate with his/her research.

You can also be asked to accompany Ma’am or any other associate to the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) or even Armed Forces Tribunal (AFT) and observe and make notes of the proceedings and research for the matter for the next date.

Work environment and people

Ma’am has quite good number of Associates, who are friendly and are of helping nature.

If you don’t understand anything, there is no need to feel embarrassed, they will help you out.

Once after a long day, I couldn’t help but dozed off in the court, but before anybody could notice one of the associates woke me up and politely asked me to make sure that this happens again and it never did.

Everybody really brings out the best in you.

Best things

Ma’am holds a strong and formidable image in Service matter cases; there is a lot a law student can learn from her.

Ma’am, though has a busy schedule but is always ready to help you out and guide you with the basics of the service matters.

Ma’am, also lets you be a part of the meetings with the clients, who range from highly decorated Armed Forces/Paramilitary Officers to MCD officials.

Ma’am is also committed to help even lowest of the ranks.

The environment helps you become part of something big, something which helps you contribute, towards the betterment of our soldiers, no matter how small it is, you feel content and honored.

Ma’am is fondly called “Fighter for the Forces” by the Media.

Bad things

None.

Stipend

None.

Biggest Lessons

Commitment to a cause is a must, it is something which helps you move ahead with persistence.

Mrs. Rekha Palli was committed to the Cause of Women Officers in Armed Forces and even though Forces’ administration and the Ministry firmly opposed, she was able to secure a judgment from the Delhi High Court giving women in Navy full term service and pension benefits.

Though Service Matters aren’t as lucrative and money minting as criminal matter litigation but the difference one can make armed with passion and the commitment, is beyond measure.

This is a lesson I proudly took away from this internship.

Any Other Thing

Apply there to be part of something that connects you with millions of soldiers.

There was a case, I worked on during my internship but the judgment was to be delivered on the next date and later when the judgment came in favor of 200 Paramilitary officers granting them NFUs, my happiness knew no limits.

Overall Rating

8

Accommodation

I was putting up at my Nani’s (Grandmother) place.

Though PGs are available in Lajpat Nagar Area, which is close to Delhi High Court.

Office Timings

1000 hrs to 1700 hrs.

Never needed to ask for a relaxation.

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