Board of Directors of Istanbul Bar Association

President

Mehmet DURAKOĞLU, Attorney-at-Law (14102)

mehmetdurakoglu@istanbulbarosu.org.tr

He was born in 1956 in Sivas, Turkey. He graduated from Ankara Atatürk High School followed by a bachelor’s degree at Istanbul University, Faculty of Law in 1982. He started to work as a legal practitioner in 1986. He gave lectures in certificate programs on Foreign Trade. He has published articles on Foreign Trade. He was the member of the Executive Committee of Human Rights Center in Istanbul Bar Association. Having been in the position of an active member of Board of Directors of Istanbul Bar Association in 2004, he was assigned as the Vice-President of the Bar in 2006. He was the Vice-President of Istanbul Bar Association for 3 consecutive terms, between 2010-2012, 2012-2014 and 2014-2016. He served as a member in Association of Contemporary Living (ÇYDD) along with being an active member of Social Democracy Foundation (SODEV) and Turkish Social Economic and Political Research Foundation (TÜSES). He is married with two children.

 

Vice-President

Necmi ŞİMŞEK, Attorney-at-Law (8781)

necmisim@mynet.com

He was born in 29.09.1948. He graduated from Kütahya High School in 1965 and he earned his bachelor’s degree from Istanbul University Law School in 1970. He was registered to Istanbul Bar Association in 1973 and he has been practicing as an attorney-at-law in Silivri since then. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Istanbul Bar Association between 2014-2016. He is married to Prof. Dr. Meral Şimşek. He has two children, İdem and Ata Erdem. He has a granddaughter, Lara.

 

 

Secretary-General

Cengiz YAKA, Attorney-at-Law (15412)

cengizyaka@istanbulbarosu.org.tr

He was born in Istanbul in 1964. He completed his primary, secondary and high school education in Trabzon. He graduated from Istanbul University Law School in 1987. He held the following positions: UTBA delegate between 2006-2008, Vice-Chair of Istanbul Bar Association Media Law Commission, Chair of Lawyers’ Rights Center, Vice-Chairman of the Bar Assembly. He served as a member of the Disciplinary Council of Istanbul Bar Association for two consecutive terms, 2010-2012 and 2012-2014. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Istanbul Bar Association for the term 2014-2016. He is married with three children.

 

Treasurer

Aydeniz Alisbah TUSKAN, Attorney-at-Law (10048)

aydeniztuskan@istanbulbarosu.org.tr 

She was born in 1950 in Istanbul, Turkey. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Istanbul University, Faculty of Law in 1973. Having started the profession as a bank lawyer, she currently works as a legal practitioner. She was the President of the Turkish Association of Women in Legal Profession between 1996-2000 and the Spokesperson of National NGO’s Association between 2007-2009. She is the founding  Chair of the Customer Rights Center of Istanbul Bar Association along with the founding member of Women’s Rights Commission of Turkish Bar Associations. She worked as the Chairwoman of the Women’s Commission of Istanbul Bar Association between 2004-2006. She currently chairs Women’s Rights Center of Istanbul Bar Association and has been teaching customer rights course in the Vocational Training Center (SEM) and the Community Academy at Bahçeşehir University. She was a delegate to the Union of Turkish Bar Associations (UTBA) and she was a Board Member, for 3 consecutive terms, between 2010-2012, 2012-2014 and 2014-2016.  She is married with a daughter.

 

Member

İsmail GÖMLEKLİ, Attorney-at-Law (10383)

ismailgomlekli@istanbulbarosu.org.tr

He was born on March 1, 1951. He graduated from İskender Paşa Primary School in Fatih and Pertevniyal secondary and high schools. After his graduation from high school in 1968, he went to Istanbul University, Faculty of Law, from which he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1973. Upon the completion of his attorney traineeship, he studied in the Institute of Management and Economics of Istanbul University. He was granted his Attorneyship License in 1976. He has been dealing with folk dances, in which he gained an interest during his time at the university. He became a member of the Publishing Council of Istanbul Bar Association Journal in 2002. He was elected as a delegate of Istanbul Bar Association to the Union of Turkish Bar Associations (UTBA) between 2002-2016. He has currently been practising with his son in his law office in Gaziosmanpaşa, İstanbul.

 

Member

Şahin EROL , Attorney-at-Law (12920)

avsahinerol@hotmail.com

He was born in Zile (Acıpınar village), Tokat in 1953. He went to primary school in his village, Acıpınar, between 1959-1964. He had his completed his secondary education in Zile High School between 1965-1968. As he passed the military school examination in 1968, he was enrolled to Kuleli Military High School. Upon completion of his high school education in 1971, he was enrolled to Ankara Military Academy. He graduated from the Academy on August 30 in 1974. He succeeded in the university entrance examination in 1975, which enabled him to enter Ankara University Law School. He resigned from Turkish Armed Forces, or TSK, in June 1981. He earned his bachelor’s degree in June 1982. He has been practicing as an attorney-at-law since October 1983. He got married with Nursafi Güler, a primary school teacher, in 1978. He has two sons, Deniz born in 1979 and Emre born in 1981. He practiced in Taksim between 1983-1995. He moved his law office to Esenyurt from Taksim in 1995 and from Taksim to Avcılar 1999. He has been practicing in Büyükçekmece since 2002. He has served as the Büyükçekmece Courthouse Representative of Istanbul Bar Association since 2010. He was elected as the delegate of Istanbul Bar Association to the Union of Turkish Bar Associations (UTBA) in 2010 and 2012.

 

 

Member

Süreyya TURAN, Attorney-at-Law (14253)
sureyyaturan@istanbulbarosu.org.tr

She was born in 1964 in Trabzon. She graduated from Istanbul University, Faculty of Law in 1985. She served in the Turkish Women Jurists’ Foundation as a Board Member, Secretary-General, Auditing Committee Member and Vice-President, respectively. Participating in the workshops organized by the said Foundation, she also gave lectures on the topics within the scope of the Foundation’s activities. Moreover, she is also involved in training activities during which women’s and children’s issues have been raised. She was an active member of Culture and Art Commission and Public Defenders Commission under Istanbul Bar Association. She held the position of Bar Assembly Council Member between 2006-2010 and Deputy (Acting) Chairman of the same Council between 2010-2012. She was a delegate to the Union of Turkish Bar Association (UTBA) for two terms. She lectured at the Lawyers in Practice Department on the professional offenses committed by the lawyers on-job and on mock trial. She took a role as a lecturer in the Progressive Trainings Project on the European Convention of Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights, an initiative jointly run by the Council of Europe and the UTBA, and within this scope she lectured lawyers in Izmir, Trabzon and Istanbul. Her presentations in these seminars are accessible on the official website of the UTBA. Other official duties she fulfilled are the membership in the Executive Committee of the City Council of Bakırköy Yerel Gündem 21, the Presidency of the Health Council, the Vice-Presidency of the Women’s Assembly of the City Council. She was a Board Member of Istanbul Bar Association between 2012-2014 and 2014-2016. She also served as the Coordinator of Human Rights Center, Labor and Social Security Law Commission, Inhouse Counsel and Public Lawyers Council between 2012-2014. She is the President of Turkish Association of Women in Legal Profession. She is Elif and Esin’s mother.

 

 

Member

Muazzez YILMAZ, Attorney-at-Law(15324)

muazzezy@istanbulbarosu.org.tr

She was born in 1963 in Şemdinli. She graduated from from Istanbul University, Faculty of Law in 1987. She served as Istanbul Bar Association District Representative for Bakırköy. She worked for Istanbul Bar Association Environment Commission, Women’s Rights Commission and Consumers Rights Commission. She headed the Civil Law Department of Istanbul Bar Association Vocational Training Center (SEM). She was the Chair of the Executive Committee of SEM for 2 consecutive terms, 2012-2014, 2014-2016.
 

Member

Prof.Dr.Serap Keskin Kiziroğlu, Attorney-at-Law (17430)

keskins@biri.com.tr

She was born in November 24, 1964 in İzmir, Turkey as his father was a civil servant there. She has been living in Sarıyer, Istanbul since 1969. She graduated from Beşiktaş Girls School in 1981 and from Istanbul University in May 1985. She started her postgraduate studies in the field of Public Law at the Social Sciences Institute of Istanbul University in September 1985. She took the first step in the academic life as a research assistant in the Criminal and Criminal Procedure Law Discipline at Istanbul University Law School in February 1986. Her father passed away in the same year. She successfully completed her master’s thesis on “Deliberate Bodily Harm within the framework of Turkish Criminal Law” in 1987 and she started with her Ph.D. studies. She was unanimously awarded the title of doctor of public law with her thesis on “Illegality as a Reason for Appeal in Criminal Law” in 1996. Her thesis was published as a book. She was commissioned as assistant professor in 1998. She was awarded the title of associate professor in Criminal and Criminal Procedure Law on May 17, 2004. She was commissioned as an associate professor in November same year. Her primary piece of work is her book on “Patent and Brand Protection with Criminal Norms within the scope of Intellectual Property Rights”. She retired from Istanbul University Law School in June 2009. Then, she started working for a private university. She was commissioned as a professor of law in September 2010. Violation of Immunity of Domicile in Turkish Criminal Law no. 5237 is her major book presented for her professorship. She participated in several symposiums, panels, conferences and workshops besides her published articles and papers on her field of expertise. She was an Executive Committee Member of the Vocational Training Center of Istanbul Bar Association between February 2013-October 2014. She is a Board Member of Turkish Criminal Law Association for the last two terms. She was a Board Member of Istanbul Bar Association for the term 2014-2016. She is married to Ass. Prof. Ahmet Mithat Kiziroğlu (Labor Economics and International Relations) and she has a son, N. Kaan Kiziroğlu.

Member

Ali GÜRBÜZ, Attorney-at-Law (22286)

aligurbuz@istanbulbarosu.org.tr

He was born in 1974 in İskenderun. He graduated from İskenderun High School in 1992 and he earned his bachelor’s degree from Marmara University, Faculty of Law in 1997. He has been practicing as a member of Istanbul Bar Association since 1998. He chaired branches and headoffices in some NGO’s. He has been the District Representative of Istanbul Bar Association for Kadıköy since 2006. He was elected as a delegate of Istanbul Bar Association to the Union of Turkish Bar Associations (UTBA) for the term 2012-2014. He also served as a member of the Disciplinary Council of Istanbul Bar Association for the term 2014-2016. He is married to Attorney-at-Law Selin Gürbüz and has a son, Mehmet.

 

Member

Hasan KILIÇ, Attorney-at-Law (30497)

av.h.k@hotmail.com

Hasan Kılıç, the President of Young Lawyers Union, earned his bachelor’s degree from East Mediterranean University with honorary degree and has been going on further with his M.A. on Human Rights Law at Istanbul Bilgi University. He held several positions in Istanbul Bar Association as a Bar Assembly Member, District Representative, Secretary-General, Vice-Chairman and Chairman of Lawyers’ Rights Center. Furthermore, he played an active role in the Department of Code of Criminal Procedure (CMK), Media Commission and the Executive Committee of Children’s Rights Center. He has been a member of Human Rights Center, Center for Reviewing and Monitoring the Preliminary Rulings and Final Rulings of the Courts of First Instance (MAHKIM) and Intellectual Property Rights Center. He was a Board Member of Istanbul Bar Association for 3 consecutive terms, 2010-2012, 2012-2014 and 2014-2016.

 

Short History of the İstanbul Bar Association

The first written text on advocacy is Regulation on Nizamiye Courts1 Attorneys-at-law [Mehakimi Nizamiye Dava Vekilleri Hakkında Nizamname] dated 13th of January 1876. The 30th Article of this regulation was about the establishment of an association resembling a Bar Association, which would deal with the issues of the attorneys and establish a connection between the attorneys and the Courts.

On 5th of April 1878, sixty three of the attorneys-at-law in İstanbul held the first board meeting. The second board meeting of İstanbul Bar Association was held in 1880. After the 2nd Constitutional Monarchy had been declared in 1908, the attorneys put their names on file, so that the first “Signboard of the Attorneys” was fulfilled.

According to the “Journals” Category in Turkish Public Library; İstanbul Bar Association began to publish journals in 1911, including juridical theories, Court Decisions and legislations in force. Since 1925, these periodicals have been published in Latin alphabet and are called “İstanbul Barosu Dergisi” (Journal of İstanbul Bar Association).

The First World War concluded the sovereignty of the Ottoman Empire and that was the beginning of a new term on economical, social and juridical issues.

After the proclamation of the Republic, many new regulations on many areas -and on legal issues as well- were made. On 3rd of April 1924, the “Muhamat Kanunu” (Attorneyship Code) was legislated. The aim of the Code was to entitle the Turkish attorneys-at-law having the rights and the attribution identical with the European attorneys.

The first Board of Bar Associations Meeting was on 28th of August 1924. Lütfi Fikri Bey was elected and he became the first President of İstanbul Bar Association.

In 1924 and 1926, many modifications on the Code were made (including its name) and that was when it was recognized that the Code was inadequate for the actual needs. On December 1st 1938, the new “Attorneyship Code” came into force and it ordered the rules on the attorneyship. According to the 22nd Article of this regulation entitled “The Rights and the Authorization of Attorneys”, the definition of attorneyship was renovated: Attorneyship has an essential character as public service.

After the Second World War, multi-party democracy system has begun and some anti-democratic activities pushed the Bar Association into a judicial contention. After the 1961 Constitution came into force, the Constitutional Court was established and the amendment period in the domestic law was initiated.

Although establishment of occupation unions that are considered as a kind of public body (Union of Turkish Bar Associations and the Bars), these unions having the authorization to chose their bodies by themselves and being consisted of their own members were arranged legally; the authority of the Ministry of Justice on the Bars and the Attorneys was still continuing.

The Constitution of 1961 has brought so many liberties on many areas but the public administration’s contradictions on applications caused tension and that got the country on the brink of 1971 Memorandum. Martial law period was recommenced, intellectual people and labors were adjudicated. The “Neoteric Attorneys” group within the İstanbul Bar Association was founded in those days. For the first time in 1975, members of the Bar -wearing their long robes- protested the conflict between the Right and the Left. On 4th of March 1977, the Union of Turkish Bar Associations started the action of “not appearing on trials” and the maximum participation was made by the İstanbul Bar Associates.

1978, the celebration of İstanbul Bar Association’s centenary, was a year full of protests. Commissions were set for the actions and many members attended the studies. The main actions were taken on the subjects “Freedom of Association” and “Removal of Death Penalty”.

On 12th of September 1980, political parties were closed and their properties were seized. The Grand National Assembly of Turkey was cancelled, changes on legal issues were made. The Constitution of 1961 was completely substituted. The İstanbul Bar Association was closed for a few days, records and documents of Bar were seized, administrators of the Bar were interrogated and the plenary assembly was delayed.

For long years, İstanbul Bar Association struggled to annul the restrictive provisions on right of defense. In 1992, CMUK Service (Obligatory Defense Lawyer Service on Criminal Law Issues) and in 1994, Staj Egitim Merkezi (Vocational Training Centre) were established. On 10th of May 2001, the Law on Attorneyship was finally modified and it brought most of the expected and desired regulations. By this innovation, the Bar Associations became more independent.

Istanbul Bar Association is now one of the biggest Bar Associations all around the world having more than 29000 members. In the 2010-2012 term, Attorney-At-Law Assoc. Prof. Ümit Kocasakal fulfilled the presidency of İstanbul Bar Association. In the last presidential election, Kocasakal was re-elected as the President of Istanbul Bar Association. He will be fulfilling his duty as the President of Istanbul Bar Association for the term 2012-2014

1Nizamiye Courts: The Nizamiye (or Nizami, meaning regulation) courts were organized in 1869 by Minister of Justice Ahmet Cevdet to decide cases under new criminal and commercial law codes. In these Courts secular law rules were applied and usually the conflicts about foreigners were solved.

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