Three new lawyers have been admitted to the local Bar to practice the profession in the country during a special sitting of the Supreme Court at High Court No. 2 on The Carenage in St. George’s last week Thursday.
They are locals Melissa Garraway, and Carah Paulette St. Paul along with Trinidadian born Josiah Michael Soo Honto.
Attorney-at-Law Melissa Garraway is from Mt. Gay, St. George and obtained her Undergraduate Law degree at the University of West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus in Barbados before moving on to the Sir Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago to complete her course of studies.
Dominican-born high court judge, Madam Justice Wynante Adrien-Roberts, who chaired the special sitting admonished the new attorneys to uphold “high standards in the profession,” which she said would be “reflected in their practice.”
Pointing to instances where lawyers renege on certain commitments, the female Judge encouraged the new entrants into the legal profession to practice with ethics, showing courtesy and respect to their colleagues and the Bench.
“Show respect at all times and try to emulate the practice,” she told the new batch of lawyers.
Madam Justice Adrien-Roberts reminded the new lawyers that “the law profession is a service provided to the people.
“It’s really rendering a public service,” she said while encouraging them to give back to society.
“It’s not all about money but it’s about serving the people of Grenada,” she added.
Speaking with THE NEW TODAY following the ceremony that marked her admittance to the Bar, Garraway could not specify which area of law she intends to practice indicating that she has not yet generated an “appreciation for all the areas of law (but) is open to learning the different areas of Law.”
She said after practicing for a while and “having been exposed to the different areas I will be able to find my niche and go from there.”
Attorney Garraway is currently attached to the Law firm of Seon and Associates in St. George’s headed by Leslie-Ann Seon and Senior Associate, Linda Dolland.
Attorney-at-Law Carah Paulette St. Paul, from Grand Anse, St. George’s spent three years studying for her Bachelor of Law degree at the UWI Cave Hill Campus, Barbados before moving on to Sir Hugh Wooding in neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago, where she obtained her Legal Education Certificate (LEC).
She is attached to Veritas Legal Chambers in Grand Anse that is operated by Michelle Emmanuel Steele, wife of Health and International Business Minister, Nicholas Steele.
In an interview with this newspaper after the ceremony, Attorney St. Paul expressed “a very keen interest in Criminal Law” but quickly added that she has “come to the understanding that it is important to learn the different areas before I narrow it down.”
She indicated that “due to the shortage that there is in criminal lawyers (in the country) that I will be able to provide a service to my country that I love so much.
“…I wouldn’t mind seeing myself there (in criminal law) but I am not limiting myself as yet because I am young (and) I need to learn a lot more”, she said.
Trinidad-born Soo Honto recently completed his law degree at the University of London and is currently practicing with seasoned local Attorney Anselm Clouden at Grenlaw Chambers and Alpha Chambers, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
He told THE NEW TODAY that he is also pursuing an MBA in Civil Commercial Law at the University of Edinburgh, Scottland and upon completion plans to specialise in the field of Corporate Commercial Law.
When asked why he chose to practice Law in Grenada, the young attorney cited a need to “bring integration forward” within the Caribbean.
“We need to take a lot more steps to make sure our legal profession has a consistent standard throughout the Caribbean…”, he remarked.