Six new lawyers were admitted Wednesday to practice at the Grenada Bar.
The list includes, Rae Thomas, daughter of former Prime Minister Tillman Thomas who is a barrister-at-law himself, as well as Benjamin Hood, son of Attorney-General Cajeton Hood.
The others are Jodie-Ann Johnson, Tanya Alexis, Rosanna John, and Georgell George.
The six attorneys took their oaths to honour and uphold the tenets of the profession before female high court judge, Justice Madam Margaret Price-Finley.
Jodie-Ann Johnson was presented to the judge by seasoned Barrister-at-law, Anselm Clouden, Tanya Alexis by attorney George Prime, Rae Thomas by her father Tillman Thomas, Georgell George by Nigel Stewart and Benjamin Hood by Karen Noel.
The senior lawyers assured Justice Price-Finley that the six young lawyers are of good character and are fit and proper to practice before the Supreme Court of Grenada.
After admitting the new attorneys who were presented with their legal certificates last week at a ceremony held at the Sir Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad & Tobago, Justice Price-Finley impressed upon the six the need to live up to the tenets of the profession.
She noted that a lot has been said about the profession and the people who make up the profession and it is up to the new entrants to make a difference.
“What kind of Lawyer would you choose to be? You can now proudly call yourselves attorneys-at-law but your journey has now begun. As you enter this noble profession, I urge you to do so not with arrogance but with humility,” she told the new lawyers.
In recent months, the legal profession in Grenada has had to contend with the disbarment of an attorney, as well as the decision of a local commercial bank to close the bank account of a female barrister engaged in the sale of passport scheme being promoted by the Keith Mitchell-led government in St. George’s.
In addressing the court for the first time as Attorneys-at-Law, the six expressed gratitude to the people who have helped them through their journeys to become qualified.
“I have been privileged to sit on the shoulders of a giant, Mr. Clouden for he has helped me through the roughest times. I have always nurtured the dream to become an Attorney-at-law and therefore, I pledge to perform my duties with integrity and honesty,” said Jodie-Ann Johnson.
Rae Thomas told the court: “I pour out my sincerest gratitude to my father (Tillman Thomas). When I was growing up I wanted to do what he did because he was his own boss. He did his job with honesty and integrity and left huge shoes for his family to fill”.
In the case of young Benjamin Hood, he told the court: “My father Cajeton Hood was the first person who told me I was a brilliant young man and anything I can my mind to, I can achieve it”.
The seasoned Clouden urged the new batch of lawyers to get integrated into society and be more outgoing and community-oriented so that the profession can elevate itself.
President of the Grenada Bar Association (GBA), Ruggles Ferguson who was also present in court commented on the fact that the profession now seems to be saturated with females and that males are no where to be found these days.
“This is not unique to Grenada but is seen throughout the Caribbean – in every university, a vast majority of the graduates are females, males are in the minority irrespective of the country you are dealing with. I believe the problem is that fewer men are pursuing higher education,” he said.
According to Ferguson, this is a problem that has to be addressed in a serious way.
Former Prime Minister Thomas refuted claims being made in some quarters that the profession is already saturated in Grenada and the new batch would result in further “over staffing”.
“It’s a positive move, when you are a lawyer you can function in many different aspects. There is always work for lawyers because the world is changing and people are becoming more sensitive about their rights,” he remarked.