Pauline Chase re-elected unopposed as Bar Association President


Attorney-at-Law Pauline Chase will serve a second term as President of the Guyana Bar Association as she was re-elected, unopposed, at the association’s annual general meeting on Tuesday for the position.

Chase served as secretary of the association from 2017 until 2021 when she assumed the presidency. She is the fourth woman to serve as president of the association in its 42-year history, a press release from the Bar Association on Wednesday noted.

Chase has been in practice for over 20 years at the Chambers of Ashton Chase and Associates where she specializes in civil law matters including Corporate and Constitutional Law. Her father, Ashton Chase, OE, SC, also served in the position of president of the Bar Association on multiple occasions.

It was highlighted that during Chase’s last term as President, the association held its Inaugural Law Week between the period of April 3 to 9, 2022 under the theme “Advancing the Rule of Law in the New Normal”.

“The week of activities represented collaborations with the Caribbean Court of Justice, local Bench and Bar, Organization of Commonwealth Caribbean Bar Associations (OCCBA), UK Bar Council inter alia, all geared towards capacity building for members and advancing the Rule of Law in Guyana,” the press release noted.

From L-R: Treasurer Yashmini Singh; Secretary Keoma Griffith and Assistant Secretary Ashley King

Former president of the association, Teni Housty, together with Jamela Ali, SC, were elected, unopposed, as vice-presidents while Keoma Griffith was elected, unopposed, as secretary of the association, for a second term.

Ashley King was elected to serve a second term as assistant secretary, while Yashmini Singh will now replace Naresh Poonai as treasurer. Poonai has served two consecutive terms in the position and was unavailable for re-election in the current Council.

Robin Stoby, SC; K.A. Juman Yassin, SC; Kamal Ramkarran; Horatio Edmonson; Onassis Granville and Donavon Rangiah were elected to serve on the executive body of the association.

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