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India's Grand Advocates: A Legal Elite Flourishing in the Era of Globalization

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India's Grand Advocates: A Legal Elite Flourishing in the Era of Globalization

Date

2013

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20

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20 Int'l J. Legal Prof. 241 (2013)

Abstract

This article examines a flourishing group of elite litigators, that we call 'Grand Advocates', who practice before the Indian Supreme Court and some of India's High Courts. In a court system marked by overwhelmed judges with little assistance, multiplicity and blurriness of precedent, and by the centrality of oral presentation, the skills and reputational capital of these lawyers enables them to play a central, lucrative, and unique role. Indeed, it is often the Grand Advocates, as much as the judges, who lead and propel forward the Indian judicial system.

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