News

Updated 2 April, 2020

Farewell to Ms. Kate Dewey and Mr. Kevin Chao
Our Canadian Bar Association's Young Lawyers International Program interns Ms. Dewey and Mr. Chao left Guyana before the completion of their 6 months with the Clinic, having been advised to return to Canada in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is hoped that the Clinic's partnership with the CBA will be able continue later in the year with the placement of more interns.

Congratulations to Ms. Collette Marks & Ms. Rene McDonald
Ms. Marks and Ms. McDonald both became mothers during the first quarter of the year.

Welcome to Ms. Tonza Sarrabo
Ms. Sarrabo joined the Clinic in April 2020 following the departure of Ms. Roshelle Sparman. She is based at the Georgetown office.

Closure of the Clinic due to COVID-19
In mid-March 2020, the decision was taken to close the Clinic in order to safeguard the well-being of staff and clients.

Arrangements were made to attend court as required and to provide advice to clients by phone.

Welcome to Ms. Kate Dewey and Mr. Kevin Chao
Ms. Dewey and Mr. Chao arrived in Guyana in September 2019 to begin a 6 months internship with the clinic under the Canadian Bar Association's Young Lawyers International Program.

Congratulations to Ms. Frances Carryl, the first recipient of the Miles Greeves Fitzpatrick Prize for Legal Aid
Ms. Frances Carryl was identified by Hugh Wooding Law School as the first recipient of the prize and was awarded a certificate at the graduation ceremony in October 2019.
As Ms. Carryl is currently pursuing a Master's degree in the UK, the presentation of her book prize will take place at a later date.

Further congratulations to Ms. Darshanie Lall and Ms. Roshelle Sparman
Ms. Lall and Ms. Sparman were duly admitted to the Guyana Bar in October 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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