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Jun 14, 2020

20200614_184831-COLLAGEAdebayo Ademola Akinlade Resume

Managing Partner
Bayo Akinlade & Co.
(Since 2009)
101-103, Ijede Road, Ikorodu, Lagos
08065172866, bayoace@gmail.com

➢ Nigerian Law School, Abuja: BL 1999- 2000
➢ Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria: LLB 1992- 1999
➢ Government College Lagos, Eric-Moore: SSCE 1989- 1991

• Chairman; Nigerian Bar Association, Ikorodu Branch; July 2018 to June 2020
• Founder/Coordinator, Volunteer Lawyers Police Station Visitation Group with Lagos State Magistrates, 2018
• Founder/National Convener, Fight Against Corruption in the Judiciary, July 2015 to Date
• Secretary, Nigerian Bar Association, Ikorodu Branch, August 2012 to July 2014
• Director, Policy & Strategy – Policy and Law Reform Centre, Lagos 2009 to Date
• Honorary Board Member, Christian Lawyers Association, South Africa
June 2009 to Date
• National Director, Christian Lawyers Association, South Africa. January – June 2009
• Board Member, Christian Lawyers Association, South Africa. August
2008 – January 2009
• Africa Representative, Advocates International Global Council. 2004 – 2008
• 1st Assistant Secretary, Nigerian Bar Association, Lagos Branch. 2003 – 2004
• Secretary, NBA Human Rights Committee. 2003 – 2004
• Special Counsel and Africa Liaison, Advocates International, Inc. USA. 2003 to October 2009
• 2nd Assistant Secretary, Nigerian Bar Association, Lagos Branch. 2002 -2003
• Publicity Secretary, Christian Lawyers Fellowship of Nigeria (CLASFON) Lagos Island Chapter. 2001 – 2004
• National Field Representative, CLASFON. 2001 – 2003
• Associate; Chief G.O. Sodipo & Co. 2001 – 2003
• P.R.O. CLASFON, Nigerian Law School. 2000
• Coordinator, CLASFON, Nigerian Law School. 1999
• Chairman, Audit Committee, Law Society, A.B.U, Zaria 1999
• President, A.B.U CLASFON Chapter 1998- 1999
• National Public Relations Officer, CLASFON (Students Body) 1995- 1997
• Public Relations Officer, A.B.U CLASFON Chapter. 1994- 1995

Consultant, EU sponsored British Council Rule of Law and Anti Corruption Programme
Member, AG Lagos Advisory Committee on the use of lay Police Prosecutors

• Legal Adviser; Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), Lagos State Police Command 2016 – 2018
• Legal Adviser; Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), Area N Command, Ikorodu 2014 – 2016
• Legal Adviser; Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), Ijede Police Division, Ikorodu 2010 – 2014

➢ Nigerian Bar Association
➢ Christian Lawyers Fellowship of Nigeria
➢ Christian Lawyers Association of South Africa
➢ Advocates Africa
➢ Advocates International, USA
➢ Alliance Defense Fund, USA
➢ Christian Lawyers Association, USA
➢ Peace and Collaborative Development Network, USA.Screenshot_20200614-181843



➢ Organized seminar on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ABU, Zaria – 1996)
➢ Organized National CLASFON (students) Conference (1997)
➢ Organized CLASFON National Conference (2001, 2002, 2003)
➢ Organized Nigerian Bar Association; Lagos Bar Law Week (2002)
➢ Facilitated Conferences organized by the US Department of State on Intellectual Property Regimes in Nigeria and on Corruption (2002)
➢ Facilitated a strategic meeting between the Executive members of the Lagos Bar and the Political office of the US Embassy (2003)
➢ Facilitated Advocates International Convocations in USA (2004, 2008)
➢ Facilitated the Launch of Advocates Cameroon, Advocates Cote d’ Ivoire, Advocates Sierra Leone, Advocates Burundi (2004, 2006)
➢ Organized/ Facilitated Advocates Africa Conferences in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Ethiopia (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009)
➢ Organized several programs for the Nigerian Bar Association, Ikorodu Branch (2012 to 2014, 2018 to Date)


➢ CLASFON Students’ Conferences (1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003)
➢ CLASFON National Conferences (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007)
➢ Mediation as an Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism (1996 and 2002)
➢ Workshops on Intellectual Property Regimes in Nigeria (2002)
➢ Workshop on Anti- Corruption in Nigeria (2002)
➢ Advocates Africa Conferences in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Ethiopia (2002, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009)
➢ International Bar Association Conference in San Francisco, California and Boston, MA, USA (2003, 2013)
➢ The Launch of Advocates Cameroon, Tiko Province, Douala, Cameroon (2004)
➢ Delivered lecture on International Religious Freedom, LLM Class, Virginia State University, Richmond, VA, USA (2004)
➢ National Conference of the Kenyan Christian Lawyers Fellowship, Kenya (2004, 2005, 2006)
➢ National Conference of the Ugandan Christian Lawyers Fraternity, Kampala (2004, 2005)
➢ Strategic Meeting with the Ethiopian Christian Lawyers Fellowship, Addis Ababa (2004, 2007, 2009)
➢ Advocates International Convocations in the USA (2004, 2008)
➢ Advocates International Board Meetings in the USA (2004, 2005, 2008, 2009)
➢ Nigerian Bar Association National Conferences (2001, 2002, 2003, 2009)
➢ Christian Legal Fellowship Conferences in Florida, Virginia and Washington DC; USA (2003, 2004, 2008, 2013)
➢ CLA, South Africa; National Conference (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
➢ Strategic Meeting with Lawyers and Judges in Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Botswana (2005)
➢ Strategic Meetings with Lawyers and Judges in Togo, Benin, Mali, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Tanzania, DR Congo, Republic of Congo, Gabon, Liberia, Gambia and Burkina Faso (2005, 2006, 2007)
➢ Launched Advocates Sierra Leone in Freetown (2006)
➢ Advocates Asia Conference, India (2006)
➢ Advocates International Global Council Meeting in Istanbul, Turkey and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2006, 2007)
➢ Strategic meeting with Lawyers and Judges in Rwanda and Burundi (2006)
➢ Commonwealth Lawyers Association Conference in Kenya (2007)
➢ Institute for Security Studies Workshops and Seminars in South Africa and Ethiopia (2007, 2008, 2009)
➢ National Black Lawyers Association Conference, South Africa (2008)
➢ African Union Ministers of Health Conference, Sandton City, South Africa (2007)
➢ African Union Ordinary Session, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2008)
➢ CCP-AU Continental Consultative Meeting, Addis Ababa (2007)
➢ African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights Ordinary Sessions in DR Congo, Swaziland, Nigeria and Gambia (2007, 2008, 2009)
➢ CCP-AU Continental Consultative Meeting, Sham el Shiek, Egypt (2008)
➢ Justice Makers Workshops in Swaziland (2008, 2009)
➢ NGO Forum Meetings in DR Congo, Nigeria and Gambia (2007, 2008, 2009)
➢ Launch of the Law Society, University of Swaziland (2009)
➢ The DOHA Forum on Anti- Abortion – Pro Family Conference, United Nations HQ, New York (2008)
➢ PEW Foundation Expert Meeting on International Religious Freedom in North Carolina, USA (2008)
➢ Africa Trust consultative meeting on the Pan- African Parliament, Midrand, South Africa (2009)
➢ CCP-AU Continental Consultative Meeting, Addis Ababa (2009)
➢ National Defense Academy, ADF USA (2010)
➢ Delivered talks in several conferences and workshops on various topics especially regarding good governance and anticorruption (2010 to Date)
➢ Delivered several papers on combating corruption in the Judiciary as a workshop facilitator for the Lagos State Judiciary (2018 and 2019)Screenshot_20200614-181406

➢ Recipient of the 2008 Advocates International’s Good Samaritan Award
➢ Lagos State Judiciary Award for Excellence in the Fight Against Corruption
➢ Advocates Africa Award for Service to Humanity

In Brief: 
Bayo Akinlade obtained his LL.B from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in 1999 after which he attended the Law School and was called to the Nigerian Bar in July 2001. He had is first practice experience working as an Associate in the Law firm of Chief G.O. Sodipo & Co. were he was exposed to Litigating Intellectual Property cases. His commitment to the Christian Lawyers Fellowship of Nigeria further gave him opportunities to defend criminal cases while advocating for human rights and good governance. In 2003 he was invited to the United States by the Late Sam Ericsson, founder of Advocates International Inc. after about 4 months travelling to more than 6 states within the USA speaking at conferences and meetings, he was offered a job by Advocates International as its Africa Liaison and Staff counsel. The job took him to over 30 countries on 3 continents, especially in Africa where he addressed many human rights issues, formulated policies for governments and addressed lawyers and politicians alike.

In December 2003 Bayo opened the Africa office for Advocates International in Lagos, Nigeria. Between December 2003 and December 2004, he operated from Lagos and travelled extensively throughout the African Continent meeting with Lawyers, Judges and Politicians. However due to some logistic issues; Advocates International (AI) decided to move its Africa operations to Pretoria, South Africa.

In January 2004; Bayo was tasked with setting up AI’s Africa office in Pretoria, South Africa which he did and from where he would operate till his resignation in 2009. Bayo would also operate out of AI’s head office in Fairfax, Virginia USA 3 times a year.

Bayo would over the period of 6 years; travel to over 30 countries around the globe representing Advocates International’s interest at the Africa Union, the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights Sessions and in several other workshops, meetings and Conferences. Bayo also organized several Conferences and meetings around the African Continent for Advocates Africa (an organization founded through Advocates international and facilitated by Bayo).

In October 2009, Bayo resigned his appointment with Advocates International and returned home out of passion to rebuild Nigeria and to help with its young democracy.

On his return, Bayo engaged the Community around him by providing pro-bono and free legal consultancy services. He volunteered in several community initiatives and later became the secretary of his Community Development Association. Bayo also devoted his time to the Nigerian Bar Association Ikorodu Branch where he served on various committees and would later become the Secretary in 2012 and in 2018 become the Chairman of the Branch.

Bayo has written several articles on fighting corruption in the Judiciary and other issues published in newspapers and in online blog sites.Screenshot_20200614-183903


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