The children of three judicial officers were among 10 lawyers called to the bar yesterday.
Oluwafolakemi Swain, daughter of Assistant Chief Magistrate Subusola Swain; Dennise Newton, daughter of Justice Donna Newton; and Ian Winder Jr., son of Justice Ian Winder Sr., were wigged and gowned in a ceremony that marked a red-letter day for the judiciary.
Also called were Regina Bonaby, daughter of prosecutor Eucal Bonaby; Miguel Darling; Deandra Johnson; Alexandria Russell, daughter of former Free National Movement Cabinet Minister Kenneth Russell; Adele Mangra, daughter of attorneys Jairam and Jennifer Mangra; Bionca Rolle; and Shade Munroe.
To mark the special occasion, Chief Justice Brian Moree, QC, allowed Justice Winder to welcome the attorneys on his behalf.
Winder said it was rare for his wife, Marie Winder, who presented their son’s petition, to appear before him, and it would likely be the only occasion that his son did.
He said, “Half of you are now second-generation lawyers and some of you are children of judicial officers. Let me be the first to tell you that you will get no preference, but we know your parents. They’ve earned the respect of the bench and the bar and our higher expectation of you reflects the good names that have been made by them over the many years. Do not let your side down.”
Winder, who also lectures at the law school, said, “I can’t recall so decorated a class. The future of the profession bodes very well.”
Winder reminded the lawyers that their “allegiance is to the cause of truth and justice” and encouraged them to familiarize themselves with the Bahamas Bar Code of Professional Conduct.
Bar Association President Kahlil Parker urged the lawyers to learn from senior attorneys and to work hard.
He said, “The practice of law reflects the return, based upon the effort and energy that you put into it. The practice of law is a jealous master and it becomes easily apparent when an attorney has not devoted himself sufficiently to the necessary study of the practice. There are no shortcuts to becoming a great attorney.”