Guyana’s former junior chess champion Ron Motilall was on Monday admitted to the local bar.
Motilall was presented with the Legal Education Certificate from the Council of Legal Education at its annual graduation ceremony, held Saturday last, in St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.
Justice Fidela Corbin-Lincoln heard and granted the petition for admission, which was presented by attorney Roopnarine Satram.
Justice Corbin-Lincoln, in giving remarks to Motilall, noted the important roles members of the bench hold in shaping public confidence in the justice system, particularly as it relates to the role of attorneys in upholding the rule of law.
Present at the hearing of the application for Motilall’s admission were family members, friends and colleagues, who wished him well in his new career.
Motilall, 23, was crowned national champion in 2010 and had managed the St. Stanislaus Chess Club from 2009 to 2016, prior to his departure to the Hugh Wooding Law School, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus.
Motilall has tutored and mentored a number of current chess players including the likes of current junior champion Joshua Gopall and Davion Mars.
The newly admitted attorney, who hails from Crane Village on the West Coast of Demerara, was accepted into the University of Guyana’s Department of Law and completed his Bachelor of Laws degree with Distinction in 2016.
The young lawyer told Stabroek News that he intends to continue to be an active member of the chess fraternity, while acknowledging the high number of lawyers who are avid chess players, including President of the Guyana Chess Federation, James Bond.
He went on to add that it is with great distinction that he plans to uphold the law of the land and make an impact on the justice system locally.