Paul Usoro, SAN: A Commitment to the Welfare and Empowerment of Young Lawyers

Everyone that works is deemed worthy of his pay. This is pretty much an accepted fact in various circles; religious; professional and even in the most informal of settings. This much is apparent to young lawyers who seek to make a name for themselves in the legal profession. This is an issue close to the heart of Paul Usoro, SAN.

As a matter of practice and personal conviction, Paul believes in and is committed to youth empowerment, diversity and inclusion. A few life examples:

  • New hires in PUC being post NYSC enjoy six figures start salaries (minimum of N150,000.00) and are encouraged to tap into the sustainable growth scheme of the firm.
  • Young Lawyers benefit from the Firm’s annual Profit Sharing and Bonus schemes.
  • Of the 5 Partners in PUC, we will mention 2 partners to demonstrate Paul’s investment in the mentorship and growth of young lawyers:
    • Mr Muniru Liadi, a Litigation Partner progressed from entry level post youth service to the position of a Partner.
    • Mrs Adetola Bucknor Taiwo, a Transaction Partner joined PUC 2 years post call and made partner after 6 years in the firm.
  • Youth Corpers posted to the Firm take home a minimum of N50,000.00 monthly and Law School interns have a N20,000 farewell allowance.
  • For nine (9) years and counting, PUC sponsors the Lawyers’ Table Tennis Open (Mfon Usoro Cup), nicknamed the largest sporting event among lawyers. LTTO is a Table Tennis tournament open to lawyers from within and outside Lagos. Travel and accommodation cost for out-of-town lawyers are underwritten by PUC. Prizes include fully paid return flight ticket to the International Bar Association (“IBA”) Conferences and other attractive prizes for 2nd and 3rd positions.
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RANK NAME BAR BRANCH RANK   BAR BRANCH
2017
1st TUNJI ABDULHAMEED LAGOS 1ST YETUNDE MARTINS IKEJA
2nd RAPHAEL IPINYOMI IBADAN 2ND TITILAYO OSAGIE IKEJA
3rd KABIR ADELEKE LAGOS 3RD SISAN EZEIKPE LAGOS
2016
1st KABIR ADELEKE LAGOS 1ST TITILAYO OSAGIE IKEJA
2nd TUNJI ABDULHAMEED LAGOS 2ND YETUNDE MARTINS IKEJA
3rd ADEYINKA ADEREMI   3RD TAOFIKAT ODUNUGA  
 

2015

1ST TUNJI ABDULHAMEED LAGOS 1ST TITILAYO OSAGIE IKEJA
2ND KABIR ADELEKE LAGOS 2ND YETUNDE MARTINS IKEJA
3RD OLUSEGUN FABUNMI IKEJA 3RD ZAINAB OLABODE-SHODUNKE LAGOS
2014
1ST TUNJI ABDULHAMEED LAGOS 1ST TITILAYO OSAGIE IKEJA
2ND OLUSEGUN FABUNMI IKEJA 2ND SUSAN EZEIKPE  
3RD KABIR ADELEKE LAGOS 3RD ANNE AIMUA  
2013
1ST TUNJI ABDULHAMEED LAGOS 1ST TITILAYO OSAGIE IKEJA
2ND ADEYINKA ADEYEMI   2ND YETUNDE MARTINS IKEJA
3RD KABIR ADELEKE LAGOS 3RD GANIAT ALLIU  
2012
1ST ADEYINKA ADEYEMI   1ST TITILAYO OSAGIE IKEJA
2ND TUNJI ABDULHAMEED LAGOS 2ND SUSAN EZEIKPE  
3RD WOLE ODUWOLE 3RD 3RD YETUNDE MARTINS IKEJA
2011
1ST ODUWOLE OLAWALE LAGOS 1ST TITILAYO OSAGIE IKEJA
2ND MOSHOOD ABDULLAHI   2ND YETUNDE MARTINS IKEJA
3RD TUNJI ABDULHAMEED LAGOS 3RD SUSAN EZEIKPE  
2010
1ST OLUSEGUN FABUNMI IKEJA 1ST TITILAYO OSAGIE IKEJA
2ND ADEDAYO OSHODI   2ND SUSAN EZEIKPE  
3RD ONYEKA ANIONWU        
2009
1ST LEKAN IJELU IKORODU      
2ND DAYO OSHODI        
3RD LOOKMAN AGBOOLA        
1ST LEKAN IJELU IKORODU      

Consistency in Supporting NBA and Nigerian Lawyers

It is notable that all the activities highlighted in this write-up predate Paul’s decision to contest for the presidency of the Nigerian Bar Association. His life and actions demonstrate consistency, propelled by genuine altruism. A visionary leader with the right temperament to unify all.

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