Twenty-nine-year-old, Odessa Breedlove-James is among the newest members of the Bar Association of Guyana.
Breedlove -James was admitted to the bar last week after a petition was presented on her behalf before Justice Diana Insanally at the Georgetown High Court.
The former student of Saint Stanislaus College and F.E Pollard Primary School expressed gratitude to Attorney Stephen Fraser for presenting the petition on her behalf.
She also thanked those who supported her throughout her journey to becoming an Attorney-at-law.
The young lawyer noted that her success was due to the constant support she received from family and close friends.
In her acceptance speech, Breedlove-James noted that she had initially, aspired to become a Bank Manager.
“For some reason unknown to my undeveloped mind as a child there was something interesting about being in control of a financial institution.
“In 2006 my interest diverged. It was subsequent to the completion of the Caribbean Secondary Examination that I decided to continue to the sixth form level where I studied the courses offered in Law.
Although a sudden spark of interest, for me, it was venturing into the unknown, especially since the only thing outstanding in my mind was the injustice meted out to the man of limited to no resources. Nonetheless, at that time there was an avid desire in me to change the system.”
During my prime years of working at a law firm I had no desire to complete my studies in law because I knew I could not afford to attend the Hugh Wooding Law School.
“However, over the years I became so motivated through the work and brilliance of the partners that I decided to write the Annual Entrance Examination,” she explained.
But her journey to becoming a lawyer was not without its challenges; she waited four years before entering law school. Breedlove – James noted that during that time she worked for the law Offices of Fraser, Housty and Yearwood.
Then on September 12, 2016 she received an email from the Secretary at the Hugh Wooding Law School informing her that she was successful at the entrance examination.
“With joy in my heart and tears again in my eyes I called my mom and informed her that I was successful at the entrance examination.
At that point it became very difficult for me to control the waters which flowed from our eyes when our emotions are activated, because it carried me back to the very date in 2012 when fate caused to me to reject the first offer,” she said.
The young lawyer noted that throughout her journey, several persons influenced her life; some by prayers, others by investment, and some, words of encouragement.
Given her new profession, Breedlove –James says she is very cognizant of the task ahead.
“Today I vow to be of exemplary service to my country and contribute my skills and learning in the law towards my client’s case and the progression of this noble profession.”
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