Asa Stuart Shepherd, 24, of 21 Manchester, Corentyne, was another young Berbician to be admitted to the Bar recently. Attorney at Law Nigel Hughes presented Shepherd’s petition to Justice Roxanne George at the Supreme Court in Georgetown.
Just before his major exams in law school, he lost his mother and was thinking about quitting the studies. But he persevered with the support of his extended family, especially his aunt,
veteran educator, Mrs. Norma Stuart.
Having attended the Bishops’ High School and completing ‘A’ Levels studies, Asa enrolled in the Law Programme at the University of Guyana (UG) in 2008 and completed his Law Degree in 2011. He attended the Hugh Wooding Law School and graduated in 2013. During his stay in Trinidad, he was an intern at the Chambers of Mr. Lennox Sankersingh, Attorney –at- Law, and in Guyana at Law Offices of Messers Hughes, Fields & Stoby.
Shepherd was the first year representative of his class and sat- in on the Student Representative Council at law school. He was also elected to that same position during his second year. He is currently a member of the Rotaract Club of Georgetown Central.
He thanked his grandmother, Mrs. Norma Stuart as well as his uncle Dr. Grantley Walrond for their constant support. His mother, Wendy Stuart, he said, “was a great push for me… She actually passed away when I started the programme in 2008.” He said, “It happened just before one of my exams ….I nearly quit…[but] it was tough, and my grandmother was really behind me as well as my overall extended family and the Thompsons.”
The young lawyer is aspiring to become a judge.
Young Asa also said that he will be called to the Trinidad Bar in November. One of his concerns is the backlog of cases.
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