Share Tweet LocalNews Seven attorneys admitted to the Bar in Dominica by: – October 14, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! 1177 Views 2 comments Share Arthlyn NestySeven attorneys; Arthlyn Nesty, Joshua Francis, Ronald Charles, Jeffrey Douglas-Murdock, Nuraiyah Sebastien, Ernette Kangal of St. Lucia and Rene Butcher of Barbados, were this morning admitted to the Bar at a special sitting of the High Court of Justice.At this morning’s sitting the Director of Public Prosecutions Mr Gene Pestaina, Attorney General Mr Levi Peter and former attorney general Mr Henry Dyer all described this special sitting of the High Court to admit seven attorneys to the Bar as very historic.Joshua FrancisThe Attorney General of Dominica Mr Levi Peter told the attorneys that they are “all embarking upon a challenging but rewarding career” but that they should note that the challenges are “counter-balanced by the rewards”.Mr Peter encouraged the newly admitted attorneys to involve themselves in some pro bono work and assist the Dominica Legal Aid Clinic.Ronald Charles“I would encourage those of you who have been called today to consider the possibility of lending your services in more pro bono work. I would certainly encourage you to dedicate at least a small portion of your time and energy to engage in pro bono work. The Legal Aid Clinic will be very glad for your assistance.”In admonishing the attorneys Mr Peter noted ethics and professionalism as personal characteristics which do not require legislation.Jeffrey Douglas-Murdock“Turning now to the issue of ethics and professionalism; these do not require legislation. They require personal discipline, responsibility and integrity, you either have them or you do not. Nobody, least of all a lawyer, needs a law to enable them to know that it is wrong to steal a client’s money or property. All lawyers know full well that they must not steal or otherwise inappropriately interfere with the money or the property or clients. You have been called today I am sure that without there being in place any law specifically addressed towards lawyers, you know the integrity that you should bring to the profession that you have now entered.”Nuraiyah SebastienMr. Peter further admonished the attorneys not to allow “greed and hubris to lead you astray” making reference to Proverbs 16: 18 as a guideline as well as the tenants of the noble profession of law. President of the Dominica Bar Association and Solicitor General Wynant Adrien-Roberts also offered words of admonition to the newly admitted members of the Bar to take pride in their work and balance their work with a healthy lifestyle, remembering not to abandon their family members or friends.Rene Butcher“I encourage you above all to maintain healthy interpersonal relationships and social activities. It is crucial for all of us to sustain a healthy lifestyle and strong ties with our family and friends. The law is a jealous lover and you may find yourself so enamored that you lose touch with the other important aspects of your life. I have every confidence though, that you will meet this challenge brilliantly.”Former attorney general Mr Henry Dyer told the attorneys that they should not be perturbed by the talk in the public sphere that there are too many lawyers, as “the world needs more lawyers than it is willing to accept”.Ernette KangalHe also instructed them to bear in mind the oaths which they just took to uphold the Constitution of Dominica; the supreme law of the land.All seven of the newly admitted attorneys recognized and thanked God, family members and friends for their success; two of whom were very emotional in expressing gratitude to their mothers. They also expressed great pleasure in joining what they referred to as this “noble profession” and promised to uphold its reputation.Dominica Vibes News
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