37 lawyers have been designated as Senior Advocate by the Supreme Court in a recent notification.
Six Women are featured in the list.
- Madhavi Goradia Divan
At present she is an Additional Solicitor General in the Supreme Court. On December 17, 2018 she was appointed as ASG and will be holding the office till June 30, 2020.She obtained her law degree from Pembroke College, University of Cambridge; UK.Advocate Divan began her practice in the Bombay High Court. She has also represented the state governments of Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. In the time being she has been recognized as an accomplished author as well.
- Anitha Shenoy
She has graduated in 1995 from National Law school of India University, Bangalore and has been the standing counsel for State of Karnataka in the Supreme Court for a long period.
- Menaka Guruswamy
She is a 1998 graduate of National school of India University, Bangalore. She has been awarded as a of Philosophy in Law (D. Phil.) when she read law as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford and as a Gammon fellow for a Masters in Law at Harvard Law School. She has the rare honor of having her portrait unveiled at Rhodes House in Oxford University. Whereas, she has her name included in the Forbes list of 2019 trailblazers.
- Aishwarya Bhati
She is an advocate on record. She was appointed as AAG of Uttar Pradesh in Supreme Court as well. Advocate Bhati has described the senior designation as a “dream come true” and that she was conscious of the “great responsibility” that comes with the designation.
- Priya Hingorani
She has been active in doing her law practice since 1990 when she even enrolled as an Advocate with the Bar Council of Delhi. She has primarily practiced in the Supreme Court of India, and has also appeared in the High Courts of Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Punjab & Haryana, Odessa, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttarakhand and Jammu & Kashmir as also Tribunals and subordinate Courts. Many matters has been handled by her which pertained diverse fields of law, including taxation, customs and excise, insurance, family and matrimonial law, commercial law, labor and service law, human rights and constitutional law.
- Aparajitha Singh
She was a junior to Senior Advocates Harish Salve and U U Lalit, before starting her independent practice. She had assisted the apex court as amicus curiae to suggest measures for curbing air pollution, which led to the ban of sale of BSIII vehicles since April 2017. She has been a part of the committee which had suggested a common working plan on rehabilitation of destitute widows.
The Supreme Court has designated fourteen women lawyers as Senior Advocates till date.
From its establishment till date, the Supreme Court has made 420 Senior Advocates. Out of the 420, many are retired High Court judges who are automatically conferred gown upon retirement.
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