Ashika proves pundits wrong
It is not true for everyone that one is skilled only in one field.
Ashika Dissanayake is a classical example.
The daughter of Gamini Dissanayake, Director of the Legal Division at
the Police Department, was awarded the Walter Laduwahetty Gold Medal for
Excellence-2007 by Sri Lanka Law College at the awards ceremony held
It marks a significant moment of a woman receiving this award after
Ashika Dissanayake receives the Walter
Laduwahetty Gold Medal for Excellence-2007 from the Chief
Justice Sarath N. Silva
After receiving primary and secondary education at Bishop’s College,
Colombo 3, she passed the Law College entrance examination in 2004 and
has admitted to the Sri Lanka Law College in 2005.
Earlier she had excelled in her studies in all three years with
honours while reading for her Bachelor of Law degree in the Open
University of Sri Lanka.
Making her years of toil fruitful, she was called to the Bar on
December 16, 2008 after she had been apprenticing in the chambers of
Deputy Solicitor Generals Mr. Shavindra Fernando and Mrs. Farzana Jameel,
in the Attorney General’s Department.
She was also a member of the Moot Team representing Sri Lanka Law
College in D. M. Harish Memorial Government Law College International
Moot Court Competition 2007, Mumbai, India and the 6th Annual
International Intellectual Property Moot 2008, Oxford, United Kingdom.
As a schoolgirl, she was a school prefect in 2001/2002 and a good
swimmer while doing her CIMA in 2004, she won a prize for obtaining
highest marks in Criminal Law.
She won plaudits at the International Competitions for schools,
conducted by the University of New South Wales in 1998,1999 and 2000 in
Mathematics, English and Science.
As a person in the legal profession, civil law had taken her passion.
She never underestimated herself for being a woman in a competitive
profession like law and took to the challenges as it came.
“ Most of the girls in the similar fields prefer desk jobs. But my
idea is that if you are courageous and self-confident, challenges will
vanish easily,” explains Ashika.
Her sole inspiration was her father who is an Attorney-at-Law. She
owes her gratitude to her mother Shirani who always supported and
encouraged her and her sister Shalindi Dissanayake who made the
atmosphere suitable for her studies.
Further, she is also grateful to the Principal of the Law College,
Dr. H.D. Rodrigo who was very helpful to go up the ladder of success and
Mrs. Farzana Jameel who was her role model.