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The Gujarat High Court has designated Manisha Lavkumar Shah as Senior Advocate.
The designation is effective from April 19. Notification regarding the same was issued on April 21.
Shah is the second woman lawyer to be designated as Senior Advocate by the Gujarat High Court in its 57 year long history. Vasuben Popatlal Shah, who was designated way back in 1995, is the only other woman lawyer to be designated as Senior Advocate by the Gujarat High Court.
Manisha Lavkumar Shah completed her Masters in Political Science from Bombay University. She pursued law from Gujarat University where she topped her class with five gold medals. Shah joined the Bar in 1993 and practised under tax lawyer, KH Kaji.
She was appointed Assistant Government Pleader in 1999 and continued in that role till 2011. Shah was appointed Government Pleader in 2015, the first woman to hold that post.
Speaking to Bar & Bench, Shah expressed her delight at the designation. On becoming only the second woman lawyer to be designated by the High Court, she said,
“For women, it is twice as hard [in the legal profession]. One has to manage professional responsibilities and also balance it with the family life. When your kids are growing up and need you the most is also when you are at the peak of your profession. So, one has to put 200 percent effort.
However, I am glad that women are also being recognised for their efforts. The profession is well suited for women – focus and determination are the two things we need to cultivate.”
Read the notification designating Manisha Lavkumar Shah below.