Ten lawyers of diverse backgrounds were called to the Bar on Friday in a ceremony at the Supreme Court.
Gabriel Brown, Monique Millar, Krystian Butler, Alexandria Newton, Shakara Ernest, Darzhon Rolle, Matthew Walker, Mark Penn, Kevin Armbrister and Keva Louis were officially robed at the event.
The call represented a second career for Millar, a civil engineer at the Water and Sewerage Corporation, and policemen Mark Penn and Kevin Armbrister.
Chief Justice Brian Moree, QC, said the diverse skill sets of the lawyers would “enrich the considerable talent in the profession”.
Moree said the courts intended to hire 10 judicial research assistants in the next 12 to 18 months.
Some of the newest lawyers on the roll will work in this capacity, while others will join private firms and the Office of the Attorney General, Moree said.
Bar Association President Kahlil Parker advised the lawyers to maintain their good reputations during their practice, as he advised them against saddling themselves with debt to live the lifestyle that people expected of members of the profession.
Parker said, “If you work hard, the financial rewards will come.”
Urging the lawyers to brace themselves for hard work, Parker reminded the lawyers that “the practice of law is a jealous mistress”.