Bar Association rolls out its new executive, with Roberts-Thomas returning as president for 2022-2024

A new executive has been elected to oversee the affairs of the Antigua and Barbuda Bar Association.

The new Council was put in place during the organization’s annual general meeting, held March 31, with Cherissa Roberts-Thomas returning as president.

Thomas will run the affairs of the Council for a two-year period: from 2022 to 2024.

Kathleen Bennett is the newly elected vice president; Loy Weste was elected for the first time as treasurer; and there are seven ordinary members.

They are Andrea Smithen-Henry, Rushaine Cunningham and Michelle Sterling, who are all new. The returning members are Luann De Costa, Leslie-Ann Brissett-George, Jarid Hewlett and Marian Hesse-Merchant.  

Lenworth Johnson remains on the Council as the immediate past president.

The Council, which is the governing and executive body of the Association, shall appoint a secretary from its ordinary members at its first meeting.

The body has vowed to continue the work of the Association, which includes maintaining and improving attorneys’ standards of professional conduct; representing and protecting the interest of the legal profession; and protecting and assisting the public in all matters related to law.

The Council is also tasked with promoting, maintaining, and supporting the administration of justice and the rule of law; providing, independently or with the government, a legal-aid programme to qualifying residents; and providing an ongoing public-education programme on basic issues of law and current legislation.

The Antigua and Barbuda Bar Association is a creature of statute, governed by the Legal Profession Act, 2008.