Byatha N Jagadeesha is a different kind of a lawyer, someone who uses the law to help poor under-trials languishing in jails, to fight for secularism and to advocate for social justice. Jagadeesh was a B.A student when he first came in touch with Samvada in 1997-98. His exposure to Nagarahole and then to Narmada valley in the year 1999-2000 was a turning point as he decided to work full-time for the Narmada Bachao Andolan for two and a half years. He, then, came back to finish his LLB. After working with the Alternative Law Forum for Seven years, he decided to branch out on his own. Jagadeesh has always been supportive as well as critical about Samvada and brings a unique perspective to most of the challenges that Samvada faces.