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Another young lawyer called to the Bar

Another young lawyer called to the Bar

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Joezel Williams has made it clear that she is ready to provide exemplary service, adhere to ethical values, and uphold the values of the legal profession, as she commences her journey as a barrister and solicitor.{{more}}

On Friday at the High Court, Williams was admitted to the local Bar.

Counsel Ronald Marks presented her application to the court, while Patricia Marks seconded the application, which was heard before Justice Frederick Bruce-Lyle and witnessed by Williams’ parents, friends and well-wishers.

“The onus rests heavily on me to give my clients the best representation possible and to assist the court and serve my country to the best of my ability. I will endeavour to not allow myself to be swallowed up with mediocrity. I will be the change that I want to see,” Williams said.

Williams, daughter of Ermine Williams and Raphael Joseph, completed a Bachelor of Law degree at the University of the West Indies in Barbados, with upper second class honours and obtained her Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School on September 7.

The past student of the Cane End Government School also attended the Emmanuel High School Mesopotamia and the St Vincent Community College, after which she was awarded a national scholarship in 2006.

In continuing her address, the 26-year-old wept as she thanked the people in her life who were instrumental in her success.

She thanked her parents, siblings and other family members for their love, support and constant encouragement.

“Today is indeed a special occasion. It marks the birth of a new journey for me, my family, and my friends. Today bears witness to the saying ‘All things are possible if you believe.’ Without a doubt, the power to achieve our dreams is inside every man,” Williams added.

In presenting her application, Mr Marks described the young attorney as a “dedicated and selfless” person who is not afraid of hard work.

Meanwhile, Ms Marks said she was particularly impressed with the attitude displayed by Williams and also her academic achievements here and while at university.

“She did exceptionally well in her final exams at Hugh Wooding, despite being very sick. This is highly commendable,” Marks added.

She advised the young attorney to do research and read judgements diligently. Marks further beseeched Williams to show respect to her colleagues, but at the same time, stand her grounds.

The judge, in his remarks, said he too was impressed by Williams’ accomplishments.

“You didn’t go to any of the top secondary schools in St Vincent. That goes to show that it’s not the school you attend, it’s what you make of yourself,” Bruce-Lyle added.

Bruce-Lyle urged her not to mislead her clients and have them believe she can work magic for them.

“Be honest to your client and be honest to the court…” the judge said.

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