Shaunella Glen, 24, a former student of Brickdam Secondary School and
The Bishops’ High School was admitted to the local bar, yesterday.
Glen is the last of eight children for Desiree Glen, and the first lawyer for the family.
Her petition was presented to the Bar by Attorney at Law Khemraj Ramjattan before Justice Nareshwar Harnanan.
In court to lend support to the young woman were two men, Glenn Lall and Nazar Mohamed, who are responsible for her becoming a lawyer today.
Two years ago the young lawyer walked in the blistering sun for hours, seeking help from the business community to fund her studies at the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad.
She had already graduated from the Bachelor of Laws programme at the University of Guyana.
Glen was on a mission; her mission was to get funds to complete her legal studies in the twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
After going to some of the most successful businesses in Guyana, Glen said that she was still no closer to getting help. Still not losing hope, a close friend encouraged her to try Mohamed’s Enterprise which is owned by Nazar ‘Shell’ Mohamed.
This was the beginning of her dream to become a lawyer.
After listening to Glen, Mohamed said that he immediately felt compelled to help her. He pledged to cover half of her legal studies, just over $2 million. Mohamed, who is well acquainted with the Publisher and Owner of Kaieteur News Glenn Lall, then called Lall and told him about the young lady seeking assistance.
Mohamed sent her over to Lall’s Saffon Street business for a meeting. The two met and spoke about why she wanted a career and in law. Within minutes of speaking with her, the publisher said he knew that he had to help her.
“From the way she expressed herself, I recognised that there was so much potential in her…She’s an intelligent young lady and her attitude was very positive,” Lall reflected. He pledged to fund the other half of the young lady’s tuition fees.
The Publisher’s work didn’t end there. The new lawyer said that Lall called up a few friends in Trinidad to ensure that every month she would receive groceries for her upkeep.
Fast forward to September 2014. Glen graduated from the Hugh Wooding Law School. Yesterday as she stood before Justice Nareshwar Harnanan, who heard her petition in the High Court, Glen thanked her many supporters, family, friends and the two businessmen.
Both sponsors, Lall and Mohamed, were in court with her mother, siblings and other relatives and friends.
Attorney at Law Khemraj Ramjattan described Glen as a “young asset to the profession”. He said that she had managed to conquer many obstacles to get where she is. He said that the support which was provided by the two businessmen was very noteworthy.
Justice Harnanan urged Glen to evolve in her practice as a lawyer. He said that she should remain untarnished and hold herself in high esteem. “Do proper work; challenge the court and colleagues if you have to.”
Justice Harnanan cautioned the young lawyer that while earning is good, she should seek to be true to the profession.
Glen, in responding to the Judge, pledged that his words of advice would not fall on deaf ears. She made the commitment to always work hard. She described her level of support as tremendous.
Glen will join the chambers of Ramjattan.
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