Mr Malila said this in Lusaka yesterday in a speech read for him by chief parliamentary Counsel Andrew Nkunika during the opening ceremony of a legal writing and analysis training at the University of Zambia (UNZA).
“Lawyers should work hard and ensure there is rule of law through transparent and sound legal institutions. Lawyers, as guardians of the law and its institutions, play a pivotal role in creating and upholding a moral, equitable and just society.
“I accordingly urge you to rise to this challenge and use the power that your legal training affords you to make a positive difference in your communities and for society as a whole,” Mr Malila said.
He said society expects lawyers to play an important role in promoting peace, order and stability.
Mr Malila said for lawyers to excel in their profession, they need to conduct themselves with honesty, integrity and decency and also to respect other professions.
UNZA dean of the school of law Frederick Mudenda urged lawyers to maintain high standards of professionalism.
Mr Mudenda also urged lawyers to act without fear or favour and to avoid misleading the courts.
He urged lawyers to seek best practices and help to promote democracy in the country.
And Sarah Andrews of the global law firm DLA, said lawyers could only attract public confidence if they remain professionally competent and ethically above board.
Ms Andrews also urged UNZA management to adopt best practices that would enable law students to perform above board.