News

Updated 12 July, 2019

Congratulations to Ms. Darshanie Lall and Ms. Roshelle Sparman
Ms. Lall and Ms. Sparman have both been successful in their law school examinations and will be qualified for admission to the Guyana Bar upon their graduation from Hugh Wooding Law School in October.

Welcome to Ms. Michelle Matthias
Ms. Matthias joined the clinic in June 2019 and is based at the Georgetown office.

Welcome back to Ms. Darshanie Lall
Ms. Lall joined the clinic in June 2019 as a paralegal pending her anticipated graduation from Hugh Wooding Law School and admission to the Guyana bar in October 2019.
She is no stranger to the clinic, having done 10 weeks in-service training with us in 2018.
Subsequent to her admission and after a two month period in Georgetown, Ms. Lall will be based at the Anna Regina office.

Welcome to Ms. Roshelle Sparman
Ms. Sparman also joined the clinic in June 2019 as a paralegal pending her anticipated graduation from Hugh Wooding Law School and admission to the Guyana bar in October 2019.

Farewell to Ms. Yolanda Lamott
Ms. Lamott left the clinic at the end of May 2019, after 18 months as the clinic's first assistant managing attorney.

Establishment of the Miles Greeves Fitzpatrick Prize for Legal Aid
In honour of the late Miles Greeves Fitzpatrick, the clinic has established a prize to be awarded for the best performance in Legal Aid by a Guyanese student at Hugh Wooding Law School The prize consists of a book to be chosen by the recipient at a cost of up to USD500. It is expected that the first prize will be awarded in October 2019.

UNICEF-funded Partnership with Help & Shelter
The clinic and Help & Shelter are partnering on an 8 month project funded by UNICEF o provide legal aid services and violence awareness sessions to migrants and host communities in Regions 1, 2 and 4.

Mr. Miles Greeves Fitzpatrick SC
Everyone at the clinic was extremely saddened by the death of Miles Fitzpatrick on 12 March 2019. He was not only a founder member of the current clinic but had played a leading role in the previous incarnation of legal aid in Guyana.

He was a remarkable man in so many ways and will be sorely missed.

Board changes
In March 2019, Ms. Deborah Kumar, Deputy Solicitor General, joined the board as one of the government's representatives, and Mr. Teni Housty replaced Ms. Keshia Chase as the Guyana Bar Association's representative on the board.

Canadian Bar Association's Young Lawyers Internship Program
Mr. Tyson Burke left the clinic towards the end of March 2019 at the conclusion of another very successful internship.

Such has been the success of the partnership between the clinic and the CBA, that internship at the clinic is one of the most sought after placements.

The clinic looks forward to welcoming another intern in September 2019.

2019 subvention

The clinic is most grateful to the government for the increase in its subvention for 2019, which will enable us to further enhance and expand our services.

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