A Jamaican lawyer admitted to Guyana’s bar

– aims to help promote human rights in Guyana

TRAVIS Wilson, a 24-year-old Jamaican attorney-in-law with a passion for promoting human rights and Caribbean integration, was admitted to the local bar on Wednesday by Justice Sandra Kurtzious. Wilson, a ‘born and bred’ Jamaican, received his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 2018 from the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona (Jamaica) campus. He then attended Norman Manley Law School, also in Jamaica, where he obtained his Certificate of Legal Education (LEC) in September, 2020. Since completing his law studies he has been accepted to the bar in Jamaica and has been working as a Case Manager. with a not-for-profit human rights organization called Jamaicans for Justice.

Attorney-in-law Travis Wilson (right); Justice Sandra Kurtzious (center) and Attorney-at-Law Gwendolyn Bristol, who presented Wilson’s petition

But as part of his effort to expand his brand, learn more about the Caribbean region and contribute to regional integration, he decided to step out of his comfort zone and be accepted to the bar in another country. Guyana was a natural choice for him because he had been able to meet “some really nice Guyanese people,” and he has been able to identify areas where he thinks he can lend his services. “I’m big on human rights. I am currently working in the field of human rights at home so from my few visits to Guyana I have seen where there may be some improvement in that area and I will be happy to offer my services to contribute to the healthier development of the humanitarian. laws here in Guyana, ”Wilson told the Guyana Chronicle.

But it is not one to highlight areas in need of improvement without doing its due diligence first. And that requires him to learn the nuances between the jurisprudence of the two countries. “As you go about learning, you will find the flaws and I am not one who will see the flaws and let it slip,” Wilson said, adding, “My question is to see how we can fix it.” Wilson was adamant that he did not want to force any changes here in Guyana but instead strives to work with his colleagues in the legal profession to see how best he can help secure development.

He also noted that he has been traveling between Jamaica and Guyana, the two countries where he is now able to use his skills in the legal profession. However, he believes his services could be more meaningful in Guyana. “If we want to talk about development, then ‘all, learn one’ – we can learn from each other. I want to be one of those attorneys who contribute to Caribbean jurisprudence, not just something on paper, but really, ”he stressed. The Jamaican, seriously, said he had a revolutionary mentality, too. “I have this thing in me that I want to make a change somewhere, somehow. I’m not putting my hands on it quite yet so far, but I know when it comes I’m going to be a part of it, ”said Wilson. He also emphasized that he has a strong support system in his parents, family and friends. Importantly, he noted that he had trust and faith in God.

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