CLE Chair to attend symposium on legal education in Guyana

– but declines seat on panel

Chairman of the Council of Legal Education (CLE) Jacqueline Samuels-Brown has declined to be a panellist today at Moot Court Guyana’s symposium on Guyana’s legal education dilemma, but will attend the function nonetheless.

Samuels-Brown, along with Legal Affairs Minister and Attorney General Anil Nandlall, President of the Guyana Bar Association (GBA) Ronald Burch-Smith, Analyst and Attorney-at-Law Christopher Ram, and Acting Chancellor of the Judiciary Carl Singh were all invited to be panellists as they are deemed critical to the situation.

Nandlall, Burch-Smith and Ram have accepted the invitation while Samuels-Brown and Justice Singh have declined. According to thesymposium’s organisers, the majority of whom are students-at-law at the University of Guyana (UG), Justice Singh cannot attend because he has other engagements.

Jacqueline Samuels-Brown
Jacqueline Samuels-Brown

Several of the symposium’s organisers approached the CLE Chairman while she was on a break from the Commission of Inquiry (CoOI) into the death of Walter Rodney.

Samuels-Brown reportedly told the students that if she were to sit on the panel she would be doing so in her capacity as Chairman of the CLE. Since, Samuels-Brown explained, she has not engaged the rest of the council on the invitation she will be unable to accept the invitation. The students say though, that Samuels-Brown will be part of the audience.

Several other stakeholders, including Vice Chancellor Jacob Opadeyi, UG Registrar Vincent Alexander, Deputy Vice Chancellor Phillip DaSilva, Minister of Education Priya Manickchand, Opposition leader David Granger, Alliance for Change (AFC) leader Khemraj Ramjattan, AFC Executive Moses Nagamootoo, Solicitor General Sita Ramlall. House Speaker Raphael Trotman, Presidential Advisor on Governance Gail Teixeira, attorney-at-law James Bond and Senior Counsel Bryn Pollard have been invited.

The symposium will take place today at 16:00 hrs in the Education Lecture Theatre (ELT) of the University of Guyana (UG). It is being held under the theme: ‘The Future of Legal Education in the Caribbean Community’.

Moot Court Guyana is a recently-launched organisation under UG’s Faculty of Law. The members are hoping the discourse generated today will assist in the formulation of short, medium and/or long-term solutions to the ongoing issue.

More in Local News

default placeholder

Power outage after excavator causes trees to fall at Ithaca

An excavator being operated by the Mahaica, Mahaicony, Abary-Agricultural Development Authority (MMA/ADA) came into contact with trees within close proximity of GPL’s transmission and distribution system at Ithaca causing some trees to fall onto the Network.

default placeholder

Twenty communities identified for anti-crime measures under IDB programme

Twenty communities in five regions of the country and including large parts of the capital city have been identified for anti-crime measures under an IDB-funded programme.

Obina Hendricks

Man sought over drug trafficking at airport

Obina Hendricks ‘aka Hiney’ is wanted by the police for questioning in relation to ‘Trafficking in Narcotics’ on July 11, 2016, at the Eugene Correia International Airport, Ogle, the police say.

Carlton Chaitram, Tameshwar Jagmohan and Jairam Chaitram, 17, being escorted out of the Mibicuri Police Station.

Cops to charge trio over Black Bush murders

Police are preparing to charge a farmer, his teenaged son and an employee with last week’s  brutal Black Bush triple murder.

default placeholder

Over 100 passport applications received from NY weekly

Over 100 passport applications are being received from New York alone on a weekly basis and this has placed pressure on the Central Immigration and Passport Office, Minister of Citizenship Winston Felix says.

default placeholder

Granger defends hiring former army officers for civilian posts

President David Granger “sees nothing wrong” with the appointment of retired or serving military officers to civilian posts and maintains that the appointments are being made based on competence.

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: