Law/Public Safety

30 Jun: She Rocks! Anande Trotman-Joseph: Attorney-At-Law, Former Solicitor General of Grenada, Social Justice and Empowerment Advocate

Avril Anande Trotman–Joseph is a Guyanese-born accomplished attorney-at-law, whose career spans over twenty-five years.  She is admitted to practice by the Bars of Trinidad & Tobago, Guyana, Grenada and the British Virgin Islands.  A Founding Partner of Chapman and Trotman – Georgetown, Guyana, she was the President of the Guyana Bar Association, the Guyana Association of Women Lawyers, and the Tourism Association of Guyana and has been a consultant for USAID, UNICEF and the OAS…

07 Feb: Women in History: Guyana’s First Female Army Officers

Below, the first female army officers, from left, Brenda Aaron, Clarissa Hukumchand, Hyacinth King and Captain Joan Granger, in their uniforms of green khaki shirts and blouse, green berets, shiny black shoes and shoulder bags at Camp Ayanganna. Reprinted from Guyana Graphic, Tuesday, January 31, 1967 (Winston Oudkerk photo) The four young women are donned military uniforms of green khaki on January 30, 1967 and marched smartly off to begin a course of training as…

12 Dec: She Rocks! Meet Hon. Madam Justice Minnet Hafiz-Bertram – First Female Justice of the Belize Court of Appeal

Hon. Madam Justice Minnet Hafiz-Bertram is a Guyana-born Justice of Appeal, and is the first female judge to be elevated to the Belize High Court of Appeals. Before her appointment, Justice Hafiz-Bertram served as a Supreme Court Judge, Register General, Registrar of the Supreme Court and Crown Counsel in the Attorney General’s Ministry.  She studied law in Guyana and at the Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad and Tobago, where she received her legal education certificate…

15 Jul: She Rocks! Deborah Misir, Former Ethics Attorney at the White House Counsel’s Office, Bush Administration

Deborah Nirmala Misir is a Guyanese/American attorney and founding partner of Lally & Misir, LLP. She is the daughter of New Amsterdam, Guyana-based attorney Jorawar Misir. A leading federal litigator and expert on administrative, constitutional and government regulatory law, she has over fifteen years of experience in both government and private practice, including briefing over seventy federal appeals cases up to and including the U.S. Supreme Court, and making seventeen federal appellate oral arguments. She…

Denise Grant

10 Jun: She Rocks! Meet Denise M. Grant, Esq., International Corporate Litigator

New York-based lawyer Denise M. Grant was born in Guyana and is a Partner in the  Project Development & Finance Group, Shearman & Sterling,LLP. She is the daughter of Guyana’s former ambassador to the United States, the late Hon. Cedric Grant and the second oldest of four girls (three of whom are lawyers). Denise was raised in England before migrating to the United States in 1982 where she graduated with an International Relations degree from…

17 Apr: She Rocks! Hon. Pam Jackman-Brown, Justice of Queens County Supreme Court

Justice Pam B. Jackman Brown has an accomplished and quite decorated history. Born in Springlands, Berbice to Charles and Olga Jackman, she is the second child in a family of six children. A young Justice Brown went to Smith’s Church Congregational School and Tutorial High School in Georgetown before returning to Berbice to finish her education. She attended Skeldon Lutheran School and Scardia High School in New Amsterdam. In 1973, she immigrated to the U.S. from…

Dale Simon

04 Apr: Honored by the Queens: Jurist Dale Simon, Commander of the British Empire (CBE) 2013 Awardee

UK-based Guyanese Jurist Dale Simon, Chairperson of the United Kingdom Chapter of the Guyana Law Association (GLA) and Director of Equality and Diversity of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), has been awarded a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 Queen’s New Year Honours List! Growing up in London’s East End, Dale overcame barriers such as racism and low expectations to excel as a Crown prosecutor. These experiences left her with a desire…

08 Feb: Justice Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré – First Black Judge Appointed to the Bench in Quebec, Canada

The daughter of Guyanese immigrants, Justice Juanita Westmoreland-Traore is the first Black Dean appointed to a law school (University of Windsor Faculty of Law) in Canada’s history, and the first Black Judge appointed to the Bench in history of Quebec. Judge Westmoreland-Traoré, was born on March 10, 1942 in Verdun, now part of Montreal, Quebec.  She studied at Marianopolis College, and subsequently obtatined a law degree from the Université de Montréal (1966) and a doctorate…

Romala

30 Jan: Romola O. Lucas, Attorney & Co-Founder of Caribbean Film Academy (CaFA)

Guyanese-born, Romola O. Lucas, is an attorney and budding entrepreneur.   She is a founding shareholder of The Lucas Law Firm, PC, currently providing services in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania Prior to founding the firm, Romola was employed by the real estate group of a major law firm in Philadelphia, where she  worked on commercial real estate financing, sales and acquisitions, on behalf on developers, REITs and major banks. Romola’s practice focuses on providing legal services…