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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Patapaa will lead you nowhere – CJ counsels new lawyers

Mrs Georgina Wood, the Chief Justice
Mrs Georgina Wood, the Chief Justice

The Chief Justice, Mrs Theodora Georgina Wood, Friday admonished newly enrolled lawyers to be guided by virtues such as integrity, industry, candour, accountability, honour, dignity, civility if they want to make any meaningful impact in their careers.

They must also have “respect for both members of the bench and bar, court officials and court users; indeed anybody who, from the biblical standpoint of the Good Samaritan story, is your neighbour.”

The Chief Justice was speaking at the enrolment of 130 newly qualified lawyers at the Ghana School of Law in Accra, attended also by the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mrs Betty Mould Iddrisu, Justices of the Superior Courts, Members of the General Legal Council, families and friends of the new lawyers.

Mrs Clara Kowlaga Kasser-Tee was adjudged the overall best student. Among the group was Miss Amina Agyemang-Rawlings, daughter of the former first couple of Ghana, Jerry and Nana Konadu Rawlings.

In counseling the new lawyers off the path of unruly behaviour in the pursuit of the noble profession, the Chief Justice said the country’s “principally adversarial system of litigation, has unfortunately led some to believe that refined manners, the use of decorous and temperate language is a mark of weakness whereas arrogance, aggressiveness, and other forms of obnoxious behaviour including scurrilous attacks on judges, is a sign of strength.

“That clearly is a fallacy and I sincerely hope that you will make a conscious effort never to tread those paths.”

Mrs Theodora Wood reminded them that there are sanctions for objectionable behaviour, including contempt citations and having their names struck off the roll. “For this reason also, as members of a noble profession corruption should not be named among you. I will be expecting that you will help the judiciary keep the streams of justice pure.”

She told the new lawyers to also be mindful that wherever they may find themselves in employment, they occupy a unique place in society, and will therefore, always come under close public scrutiny. They therefore have a duty to treat all persons with who they come into contact with decency.

Shedding light on this year's admission to the Professional Law Course at the Ghana School of Law which has generated some controversy, she said owing to the large numbers applying to be enrolled on the Law Course in the face of limited facilities such as classroom, ICT, library and staff at the School, it was not possible to admit all the over 450 applicants.

“The Council had to adopt a quota system of admission for the various categories of applicants as an interim emergency measure. Steps are, however, being taken to address the problem through the establishment of Law School campuses at the Law faculties; and ultimately, the construction of a six-storey classroom lecture theatre complex to accommodate the increasing number of students. In this connection, the Faculties are urged to build the necessary human and logistical capacities for the smooth implementation of the programme,” adding that plans for the construction of a six-storey complex for the Law School are far advanced. Read the full address by the Chief Justice at this link.

Story by Isaac Yeboah/Myjoyonline.com/Ghana

Below also is the full list of newly enrolled lawyers

Myjoyonline Ghana News Photos |
A section of the newly enrolled lawyers, smiling in the middle is Amina Agyemang-Rawlings, daughter of former president Rawlings
1. Fiifi Abbam

2. Sheikh-Arif Abdullah

3. Kwabena Oteng Acheampong

4. George Kingsley Acquah

5. Samuel Boadi Adarkwah

6. Lizzy-Pearl Addison (Mrs)

7. Alma Oforiwa Adinku (Miss)

8. Alexander Adjei

9. Yvonne Dzifa Ewurama Adjimah (Miss)

10. Samuel Boahen Adu

11. Yaw Aduboffour

12. David Agbeviade-Koko

13. Eric Aguda

14. Adusa-Nana Akua Agyemang (Miss)
15. Amina Agyemang-Rawlings (Miss)
16. Isaac Aidoo
17. Edith Abiodun Akiwumi (Miss)
18. Rainer Akumperigya
19. Hilda Akuoko (Miss)
20. Hamza Alhassan
21. Eric Delanyo Alifo
22. Mohammed Ibn Nurudeen Alidu
23. Raphael Aopaari Alijina
24. Marjorie Jessica Allotey (Mrs)
25. Emma Akua Amankwa (Mrs)
26. Naa Amerley Amarquaye (Miss)
27. Amartei Amarteifio
28. Lucille Danielle Amoako
29. Nana Tabia Amoakohene
30. Yaa Dankwa Ampadu-Sackey
31. Yaw Awua Amponsah
32. Thomas Amponsah-Donkor (Rev.)
33. Augusta Andrews (Miss)
34. Leslie Joseph Anim
35. Sarah Norkor Anku (Mrs)
36. James Kwasi Annor-Hene (Rev. Fr.)
37 Ellen Okye (Miss) . ~
38. Doreen Adoma Antwi (Miss)
39. Kwame Antwi-Afriyie
40. Kwaku Yeboah Appiah
41. Moses Asampoa
42. Jeanette Ami Esinam Awadzi (Miss)
43. Nelson Atanga Ayamdoo
44. Stephen Azantinlow
45. Bernice Bainge (Mrs)
46. Sophia Bankah (Mrs)
47. Cyracus Badinye Bapuuroh
48. Seidu Bawumia
49. Malcolm Ewoenam Bedzrah
50. Frederick Kofi Blagodzi
51. George Kwasi Boadu
52. Augustine Boakye-Mensah
53. Patrick Yaw Boamah
54. Fred Boaten
55. Naa-Amerley Bortei-Doku (Mrs)
56. Esther Akosua Buah
57. Amanda Mary Akuokor Clinton (Miss)
58. Kwesi Onuma Coleman
59. Edward Sam Crabbe
60. Joyce Buerkuor Debrah (Mrs)
61. Paul Dekyi
62. Lucy Diawuo (Miss)
63. Kwaasi Djin
64. Regina Djokoto (Miss)
65. Natasha Maureen Donkor (Miss)
66. Raymond Dornyoh
67. Fatou Lili Drammeh
68. Solomon Faakye
69. Emefa Abra Gbesemete (Miss)
70. Jane Akyempon Halm-Quagrainie (Mrs)
71. Elizabeth Temitope Hassan (Miss)
72. Matilda Idun-Donkor (Miss)
73. Enid Korkor Kanor (Miss)
74. Clara Kowlaga Kasser-Tee (Mrs)
75. Kwesi Kell-Delataa
76. Stephen Kwasi Kesse
77. Eric Koranteng
78. William Kotei Kotey
79. Joseph Dindiok Kpemka
80. Theresa Talata Kunlie (Miss)
81. Francisca Kusi-Appiah (Miss)
82. Mavis Ekua Enyamah Kwainoe (Miss)
83. Seyywoe Kwakuvi-Zagbedeh
84. Michael Fianko Larbi
85. Barbara Martinson (Miss)
86. Cynthia Matey (Miss)
87. Anthony Mensah
88. Emma Nancy Mullen-Essien (Miss)
89. Serina Pamela Nantogmah (Miss)
90. Mary Adjeley Nartey (Mrs)
91. Vladimir Akpaasim Ndebugre
92. Ama Dzifa Norman (Mrs)
93. Felicia Sarku Nettey (Miss)
94. Gyebi Nana Okosu Ntem-Mensah
95. Longinus Chinedu Nwaehie
96. Francis Kwabena Nyarko
97. Paul Oduro
98. Dido Asantewa Ofei-Kwatia (Miss)
99. Gloria Ofori (Miss)
100. Kwame Ohemeng-Mensah
101. Samuel Ohene-Ayisi
102. Isaac Ashong Okai
103. Paulo Adjei Okpoti
104. Nana Tawiah Okyir
105. Jeremiah Nii-Amaa Ollenu
106. Kwasi Opoku
107. Ekow Orleans-Lindsay
108. Charles Nana Yaw Osei
109. Michelle Azara Osman (Miss)
110. Frank Kwadwo Otoo
111. Robert Dowuona Owoo
112. Alexander Oworae
113. Kofi Ansah Owusu
114. Nana Kwasi Owusu-Poku
115. David Kwasi Dartey Owusu-Yianoma
116. Nora Owusu-Yianoma (Mrs)
117. Cecilia Animah Peprah
118. Dulcie Delasi Esi Quist (Miss)
119. Richmond Numbo Saaka
120. Nana Sakyiwa (Miss)
121. Naana Nsafoah Sarpong (Miss)
122. Valerie Lily Akorfa Senavor (Miss)
123. George Bernard Shaw
124. Stephanie Ahyemah Siaw
125. Bertha Frances Smith (Ms)
126. Hawanatu Sawaneh Tejan-Sie (Ms)
127. Cecilia Nana Ama Boatemaa Tufuor (Miss)
128. Nancynetta Twumasi-Mensah (Miss)
129. Johnnie Torgbui Yaw Vifah
130. Kwami Augustus Williams

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