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Pastor Cuffie’s daughter a lawyer

Friday, May 19 2017

VICTRINIA Cuffie was among 59 new lawyers officially called to the bar yesterday afternoon at the Hall of Justice, Port-of-Spain.

The 23-year-old is the first in her well-known Pentecostal family to become a lawyer. “It feels great, it’s certainly a marvellous occasion.

It’s very humbling and very rewarding. I’m certainly grateful to God, my family, my church, my entire support system,” attorney Cuffie said.

Speaking while flanked by her father, Pastor Dr Winston Cuffie and mother Angela Cuffie; co-founders of the Miracle Ministries International church, Cuffie said, “I haven’t decided yet which area/s of law to specialise in.” Cuffie pursued a law degree at the University of London and the University of Staffordshire.

Reflecting on her journey so far, the young woman quoted from 2 Timothy 2:15, “It just goes to show what the scriptures say - Study to show yourself approved unto God. Once you give thanks to God, he will certainly make you triumph.” The afternoon sitting of the general admission to practice in local courts, which took place at the Convocation Hall, Hall of Justice, was presided over Justice Eleanor Donaldson-Honeywell and Justice Davendra Rampersad.

Veterinarian and former Caroni Central Member of Parliament (MP) Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh, was also called to the Bar yesterday afternoon. “I’ve always wanted to study law and while serving in Parliament, it would come up from time to time; points of law that would be very interesting and intriguing...I was successful in my LLB (Bachelor of Laws undergraduate degree) in 2013 (and) when my term as an MP came to an end (in 2014), I took the opportunity to do my LPC (Legal Practice Course) at the University of Staffordshire, England.” Ramadharsingh subsequently completed his “pupillage under Ravi Rajcoomar at Invictus Chambers”, Richmond Street, PoS. He told Newsday he intends to “work in this profession”, and would, “love to work in Siparia”, while still working two days per week at his veterinary clinic in Freeport. Ramadharsingh is also Chairman of the Siparia Regional Corporation.

Newsday also spoke with Kiran Panday, nephew of former Prime Minister, Basdeo Panday and the child of two lawyers. “I’m the second of my parents’ three children to become a lawyer. Growing up, I always heard my parents; Subhas and Wendy Panday, talking about law. I became interested in it and they encouraged me to get into the field.” Panday’s mother practices family and civil law while his father practices criminal law.

The 24-year-old said he intends to “follow in my father’s footsteps; criminal law

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