Guyana-born attorney, Lady Anande Trotman-Joseph has been given the mandate to lead the Grenada Bar Association (GBA) for a second consecutive term.
Lady Joseph who is considered as a Human rights advocate was re-elected to the post during the July 27 Annual General Meeting of the bar.
The former Solicitor General of Grenada and current head of the Integrity Commission is joined at the helm of GBA by its re-elected Vice-President, Rohan Phillip, a former Attorney General of Grenada under the 2008-13 Congress government.
According to a statement from GBA, the outcome of the elections saw a good mix of Executive members being elected to serve including seasoned as well as upcoming and enthusiastic members of the local bar.
Female attorney Skeeta Chitan was elected as Secretary of GBA, Treasurer is Celene Edwards and Council Members are Evette and Joshua John, the first ever mother and son duo to serve on GBA Executive.
Attorneys Sabina Gibbs and Deborah Mitchell were also re-elected to serve as Council members.
The GBA statement said that the elections validated the efforts of previous term in office of the Trotman-Joseph-led Executive which was described as “an exemplary one”.
The release said: During that year, the Bar took the lead on public legal education which included forums on constitutional reform and critical analyses of some of our local laws; internally, the GBA focused on continuing legal education for its members by hosting a seminar that took a tough look at ethics and professional obligations for practising Attorneys led by Honourable Mr. Justice Vasheist Kokaram, High Court Judge of Trinidad and Tobago, and Justice Rita Joseph-Olivetti (retired).
“The utility of the General Legal Council (which is the disciplinary body for members) was acknowledged in appropriately and fairly dealing with complaints from the public about members of the GBA. Three members of the GBA currently serve on the General Legal Council”.
In her report to the membership, Lady Joseph said in reference to the outgoing executive, “We determined to deepen our camaraderie, inclusion and ownership, transparency and communications between us and within the wider legal sector and to continue our contributions to regional and international organisations and projects”.
She added, “it was a year of continuing the legacy of previous Executives, socialising, rebranding, launching and re-launching”
Lady Joseph who also served on the Guyana Bar Association for two consecutive terms in 2000 to 2002 believes that with her wealth of experience, she is prepared to serve the membership.
The female bar association president is married to lawyer/politician, Dr. Lawrence Joseph, a former Minister of Legal Affairs with the New National Party (NNP).