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Roxanne Williams

Roxanne Williams

Roxanne Williams is an attorney-at-law from St Catherine working in the streets of Kingston and St Andrew. After studying law at the University of Technology in 2009, she progressed to Norman Manley Law School, graduating in 2013.

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Roxanne Williams

Roxanne Williams, a 29-year-old lawyer has had quite a fulfilling journey, opening her own practice in June 2015. She is motivated to reap even greater rewards in the future.

Becoming a lawyer is something Williams always dreamed of, ever since she was a child. All her hard work finally paid off when she was accepted into the University of Technology's law programme. In September 2011, she attended the Norman Manley Law School and later began her quest for justice with a general practice, executing civil but predominantly criminal law.

The path was paved with good intentions, but there were a few roadblocks along the way. After completing law school, she found it difficult to secure a job. She remained faithful to her cause. Months later, she landed her first job. She was encouraged by brilliant legal minds to go out on her own. She took their advice and branched out. "Here I am today with no regrets. I feel an immense sense of accomplishment having established my own practice. It is a small firm and this is just the beginning, however I am working hard with an intent to do well in the legal field."

The journey, she shared, has been great, despite its ups and downs. There are cases where the outcome is far from what she hoped for or anticipated, but she accepts the ruling of the court. But she is grateful for the wins, especially when she is able to prove her client's innocence.

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Kamille Adair Morgan

Kamille Adair Morgan

After graduating with first class honours from the law programme at the University of the West Indies and Norman Manley Law School, Adair Morgan became a Rhodes Scholar in 2012.

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Kamille Adair Morgan

"The phrase 'family is everything' really resonates with me. Family has been integral to all my successes." Those are the sentiment shared by 29-year-old Kamille Adair-Morgan, whose village raised her as a child to become one of the leading game changers in the field of law.

Adair-Morgan did not always aspire to be a lawyer. In fact, she initially wanted to be an accountant. Working assiduously to make her dreams a reality, she achieved straight A's during her years at Ardenne High School. Aside from being an avid student, she would pivot on the courts, making her mark as a netballer.

It wasn't until the end of high school that she realised that she wanted to give a career in justice a fair trial. "I worked on an independent project on women enfranchisement in Afghanistan in lower sixth form and gained tremendous insight into how law touches and concerns every aspect of life and its power to transform social constructs. I also began then to appreciate law in its international dimension. By the time I completed high school, I had no doubt that I wanted to pursue a career in law," she told Flair.

In her first year of law school, she realised right out the gate that a great measure of maturity and self-discipline was required, and she was a bit daunted by the challenge. "Studying alongside colleagues who were more advanced in age and stage of life, some of whom had already successfully completed degrees at UWI, assisted me greatly with meeting that challenge," she said.

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Andrea Martin-Swaby

Andrea Martin-Swaby

Andrea Martin-Swaby, deputy director of public prosecutions, with over 12 years experience in criminal prosecutions, is a highly motivated and dedicated team player with excellent people and project management skills.

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Andrea Martin-Swaby

It is well known that being smart, competent, and skilled are the keys to being a successful lawyer. However, you must also have the passion, zeal and determination to be successful - especially in a competitive environment.

Andrea Martin-Swaby, deputy director of public prosecutions, with over 12 years experience in criminal prosecutions, is a highly motivated and dedicated team player with excellent people and project management skills.

A quick leaner with a goal of continuous improvement, Martin-Swaby has held the position of deputy director of public prosecutions since 2015.

Her main responsibilities include representing the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in the Court of Appeal, prosecuting in the Circuit Court and in the Resident Magistrates' Court.

"I have direct responsibility for managing cyber crime matters in the lower and high courts. In addition to my cases I also supervise the prosecutors that manage these case loads and assist police officers that are investigating cyber crime-related matters," Martin-Swaby said.

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