Oct 27, 2013 News
Most recently admitted to the Guyana Bar Association were Ms Kimberly Alison Yearwood and Ms Valensia Turkessa Yansen whose petitions were read to Justice Franklyn Holder by Attorney-at-law Ronald Burch-Smith last Thursday at the High Court.
Yearwood, age 24, lives in Tuschen on the East Bank of Essequibo. She attended the St Rose’s High School and was outstanding at both CSEC and CAPE examinations. She went on to complete Sociology at University of Guyana in 2007 as a precursor to law, attaining a 3.8 Grade Point Average. In 2008, Yearwood was accepted to the University’s Department of law and graduated with a distinction.
In 2011, she was accepted to Hugh Wooding Law School. Currently, Yearwood is employed with Duke’s Law Firm. She is the daughter of Claudette Moore and Ronald Yearwood.
Yearwood said she is spiritually inclined, having been mentored by her pastors at the Salvation Army. She said she is forever indebted to her mother and younger brother, Alvin Moore, who made the greatest sacrifices to send her through law school. She is also grateful to her cousins, aunts and uncles, who, on many occasions, left themselves undone so that she would not be in need while on her journey in Trinidad.
Yearwood enjoys the art of poetry and Soca song writing. She plays an active social role in the community as volunteer teacher and youth mentor. The new lawyer is interested in criminal law but is also competent in civil rulings.
Valensia Turkessa Yansen was born to Donna and Mark Yansen. She attended the Friendship Primary School on the East Coast of Demerara, before attending the St Rose’s High School in Georgetown.
At an early age, Yansen imagined and considered that her professional ambition was to become a Medical Doctor.
In secondary school, she focused her studies to specialise in Science subjects, and her fascination with Chemistry, Physics and Biology grew. However, upon writing CXC, she said she realised that she was not mathematically inclined.
She however graduated from Secondary school in 2009 with favourable grades.
After Secondary school, Yansen worked at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) as an Orthopaedic Technician for three years. While there she said her ambitions to become a medical doctor were rekindled and intensified, although her proficiency in mathematics remained a challenge.
After GPHC, Yansen said she applied to the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the University of Guyana to pursue studies in Biology, but during her interview with the Head of that Department, it was quickly pointed out that gaining a high grade in Mathematics was a key criterion.
Still eager to attain the status of a professional, Yansen said she pursued studies in the Social Sciences instead, and in 2004 she completed a diploma in Safety and Security Management, followed by a Bachelors Degree in International Relations (with credit) in 2008, and further, in 2010, a Degree in Legal Laws LL B (also with credit). The young lawyer then proceeded to the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago from 2011 to 2013 to undergo the most challenging stint of studies, as she described it. Nonetheless, Yansen completed the Legal Education Certificate (LEC) in June 2013 and graduated on 5th October, 2013.
“On mature reflection of my life and my studies so far, I am proud to say that my consistency, dedication and resolve have helped to move me from the wishful and failed dream of being a medical doctor, to the reality of now being a qualified and ambitious Attorney-at-Law.”
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