New legal professionals ‘to play straight’ – NationNews Barbados —

New lawyers ‘to play straight’

Published on December 19, 2020

Janeil Odle and her mother Heather Odle in the Supreme Court yesterday. (Image by Heather-Lynn Evanson.)

New attorney Janeil Odle has promised that she and her fellow attorneys will maintain the good ethical practices and standards of the profession, even as they adapt and modify the way they work in “these unprecedented times”.

Odle spoke on behalf of her 15 colleagues when they were admitted to the bar yesterday. They were the second cohort to be enrolled, with the first 32 called late last month.

26-year-old Odle, who became the first blind lawyer in Barbados, spoke to a full session of judges led by the new Chief Justice Sir Patterson Cheltenham that the new professionals were aware of the standards they must meet.

“We are aware that we must adhere to the code of ethics at all times and adhere to and comply with all ethical standards in our professional and private lives,” she said when reading from her speech in Braille.

“Our reputation is priceless and we need to hold on to our integrity and be honest. Our duties to the court, to each other, to the client should never be forgotten. (HLE)

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