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The Ceremony for the Presentation of Graduates of the Eugene Dupuch Law School was held on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at Super Club Breezes, Nassau, Bahamas.

Keynote Speaker: The Hon. Mr. Jon Isaacs, J.A.

The Honourable Mr. Justice Jon Isaacs, J.A., delivered the charge to the Class of 2017. Reflecting on the role of lawyers in upholding the rule of law in our society, he reminded graduates to uphold The Bahamas Bar Code of Professional Conduct and to ensure the delivery of justice. “You are about to enter an ancient and noble profession which is populated by practitioners who have distinguished themselves by their erudition, judicial and legal scholarship and by their contributions to the development of a stable civil society” he said. Congratulating the most recent graduates on their achievements, Justice Isaacs encouraged them to be time-conscious, and efficient in the execution of duty and to act with integrity so that their actions do not contribute to negative perceptions of the profession. He reminded us, that all people must receive equal treatment and of the lawyer’s role in the protection of human rights and of the environment.

Fourteen (14) students received the Legal Education Certificate. All of the graduates are from The Bahamas.  One (1) 6 Month student from the United Kingdom/Montserrat received the Legal Education Certificate.  Ms. Jacqueline Samuels-Brown Q.C., former Chairman and Member of the Council of Legal Education presented the Certificates.  To date, Four Hundred and Seventy-one (471) students have graduated from the Law School.

On October 27, 2017 our country’s newest attorneys, were called to the Bahamas Bar. The Hon. Madame Justice Donna Newton (Atg.) welcomed the new legal professionals reminding them that ‘To whom much is given, much is expected.’

She offered sage advice “To be referred to as an attorney is a privilege which carries with it the awesome responsibility of assisting in the efficient administration of justice.” She implored those called to: give back, provide service to those who cannot afford, offer candid advice to clients, always prepare for court, let their word be their bond, continue learning, strive to be among the best, be respectful, and to be true to the solemn oath that they have taken.

Lawyers called to the Bahamas Bar include: Megan Curry, Tamika Davis, Rashied Edgecombe, Dominique Farmer, Cyd Ferguson, Jayel Gibson, Palincia Hunter, Fania Joseph, Perry McHardy Jr, Janessa Murray, Raven Rolle, Denisha Smith, Ciji Smith-Curry, Latia Williams and Berchel Wilson.

Congratulations Class of 2017!

The full text of the Graduation Address is available below

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