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Legal fraternity welcomes Sonjah S. Smith to Bar

Sonjah S. Smith pictured after being admitted to the bar earlier today, November 14, 2012. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Virgin Islands’ legal fraternity welcomed its newest member, Sonjah S. Smith, who was called to the Bar earlier today November 14, 2012.

The young lawyer has now officially been admitted to practice as a Barrister of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court after an application filed on her behalf found favour in the eyes of Her Ladyship Madame Justice Vicki Ann Ellis.
The application was filed by Attorney at law Mr. Terrence Neale of McW. Todman & Co Chambers.
Ms Smith attained a Bachelor of Laws Degree in July 2010 from the University of the West Indies and followed this with a Legal Education Certificate from the Council of Legal Education received in September 2012.
The young lawyer thanked Justice Ellis for her accommodation on short notice and expressed gratitude to her many family members in attendance, including her mother, father and grandmother.
After taking her oath, Ms. Smith gave a speech in which she humbly accepted her role as an attorney promising to uphold the integrity of the profession while accepting a higher level of social responsibility.
Justice Ellis congratulated her on the achievement but warned that there was much to learn and as a result she should always take counsel from her seniors in the profession and always be courteous.
Her Ladyship added that the profession remained a noble one and as such she should always hold herself to the highest of standards and strive for excellence in all her endeavours.
Ms Smith was also told not to be tempted to take shortcuts as the road ahead grew harder but instead try to find the correct balance between work and life as best as she could.
Attorney at law and Additional Magistrate Mr. Richard Rowe and Attorney at law Ms. Janice Stoutt were also on hand to offer congratulatory remarks.

26 Responses to “Legal fraternity welcomes Sonjah S. Smith to Bar”

  • ann (14/11/2012, 15:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    wow good news so now we can send home at least two expat lawyers
    • Observer (14/11/2012, 21:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      and 2 more empty apartments for rent. let me see how you're going pay de bank.
      • Give me a Break (15/11/2012, 10:46) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
        Are you trying to imply that only expats rent apartments? Please...not all locals have houses or live at home with their parents. Locals also rent house, for your information.
    • O-Rap (14/11/2012, 23:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Agreed "Observer", there is always a fool in the bunch and "ann" did not disappoint. Couldn't you have just congratulated the young lady and done?

      Good job Sonjah Smith Gods' blessing as you pursue you goals.
    • @ Ann (15/11/2012, 11:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ignorance is Bliss!!!
    • ??????? (15/11/2012, 12:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You sound do stupid!!!!!!!! ungrateful..........mshhhhh
  • Sea Cows Bay Massive (14/11/2012, 16:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    a young talented litigator who has the suitable pedigree for great things...kudus Sonjah.

  • fan (14/11/2012, 16:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This young lady is an example of a lawyer who has achieved her deserved success by working hard for it!!! Congratulations Attorney Smith
  • rymound (14/11/2012, 16:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    • school friend (14/11/2012, 17:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Sonjah's dream as a child was to be a lawyer, I am moved to see this dream was realized today... god speed.
  • 3rd man (14/11/2012, 16:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats Sonjah! It's so amazing what a brilliant young lady you have become. All the best!!
  • USA student (14/11/2012, 16:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    WOW! Sonjah S. Smith you go girl!
    • denise (14/11/2012, 19:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I was feeling so depressed til I read this. I feel so much better now on the sucess of a strong young lady, blessings Attorney Smith.
  • Skunk Grade (14/11/2012, 16:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    When she gets seasoned and is very much prefected in the job, I gonna hire her to be my lawyer. All the best young lady and keep pressing on to be a major at everything you set out to do. Blessed guidance.
  • ... (14/11/2012, 16:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This accomplishment and degree is PRICELESS!!! SOOOO Many thoughts went through my head when I read this article..but all I can say is; well done!! And proud to know she is also an indigenous virgin Islander...I knew her grandmother Ms. Almean
  • White Boy (14/11/2012, 17:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Now we can get married and have some mulatto kids. Love your smile.
  • Mia (14/11/2012, 19:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm very proud to see you accomplish one of your goals! You're definitely on your way to greatness. :)
  • my lady (15/11/2012, 00:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is certainly one new attorney that will be moving on up and will understand her obligation first and foremost is to the profession and the ethical rules that govern it.

    However I am certain that Attorney Smith is mindful that her journey has just begun. As a retired Attorney my word of advice is to guard your reputation in going forward, to be your sisters’ keeper and to follow the Golden Rule of doing to others only what you would wish done to you.

    I know you have a bright, bright future Attorney Smith my sincerer congratulations!!!!
  • mj (15/11/2012, 11:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i am proud
  • College Student (15/11/2012, 14:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sonjah, congratulations on your admittance to the BVI Bar and all the best going forward. Please remember the poor and those of us in Sea Cow's Bay who may not have the monies to represent ourselves. Lawyer fees are expensive so please be considerate if approached by someone to represent him/her in court and he/she does not have the monies to pay you right away.
  • Hello (15/11/2012, 14:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    this law thing is becoming a joke. The market is over statuated........
  • UWI Open Campus (15/11/2012, 17:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations from your UWI Family. You've made us proud. We look forward to great things from you in the near future. You are a proud BVIslander and Caribbean Woman. Go brave into the legal world!!!
  • let the music play (17/11/2012, 19:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    she has always been a bight girl with a bright future ahead of her...good thing Sonjah we got you!

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