River Valey first resident to be called to the bar! Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 December 2013 00:00

banner.jpg - 47.39 KbAnother young Belizean was called to the bar on Friday, December 13th, before the Chief Justice, Kenneth A. Benjamin.

He is Leeroy Banner, a newly appointed crown counsel coming out of the DPP’s office.

Banner, who is the proud son of Belizean born parents, Ephraim and Olive Banner, was born and raised in the village of Lemonal in the River Valley area, Belize Rural District.

Today, a very emotional Banner was proud to repeat the oath he pledges to keep and to serve his country with pride and dignity.

The short but memorable ceremony took place after 9:00 a.m., before the Chief Justice, Kenneth A. Benjamin and in the presence of his family and friends.

Calling the memory to motion were Mr. Derek Courtney, SC, along with Dr. Dean Lindo SC, and Mrs. Cheryl Lyn-Vidal of the DPP’s office who wrote affidavits on Banner’s behalf.

Banner was also very thankful for the support of his parents and also other colleagues such as attorneys namely, Simeon Sampson, Richard “Dickie” Bradley, and the judges of the Supreme Court and Criminal Division for their support.  He was also thankful to friends of attorney at law such as Melissa Balderamos, Priscilla Banner, Nazera Septa, Baja Shoman, Chance Westby and Oscar Selgado who he said were always there at his side to assist him with tutorials, or assignment while at law school.

Banner decided to further his studies after high school at Belize Technical College where he obtain an Associate Degree in Business Administration between 1997-2000. From 2000-2002, he attended the University of Belize where he attain an Associate’s Degree in Para Legal Studies. Between 2003-2004, he attended the University of West Indies, School of Continuing Studies completing the A Level Law program. In 2004-2005, he obtained an A Level Economics from the University of the West Indies School of Continuing Studies.

In the years of 2007-2010, Banner attended the University of Guyana where he obtain a Bachelor of Laws, (L.L.B), with a GPA of 3.3. (which is a passing mark with credit, Equivalent to Upper Second Class).

In 2010-2012, Banner attended the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica, where he received a Certificate of Legal Education and he was a prizewinner at the Justice Madge Morgan O.D. Memorial Prize for Trial Advocacy, 2011-2012.

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