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Shankar Fulfils Dad’s Wish

Ashneelta Shankar, 24, only wished her father had wit­nessed her achievement yesterday. Ms Shankar was among 19 people who were admitted to the bar after completing their law studies from
25 Aug 2018 10:37
Shankar Fulfils Dad’s Wish
From left: Sister Sweta Sonia Shankar, Ashneelta Shankar and mother Rohini Shankar after the swearing-in ceremony at the High Court Room 2 in Suva on August 24, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Ashneelta Shankar, 24, only wished her father had wit­nessed her achievement yesterday.

Ms Shankar was among 19 people who were admitted to the bar after completing their law studies from the University of Fiji.

The swearing-in ceremony for the new barristers and solicitors was at the High Court Room 2 in Suva.

“I lost my dad last year November during my final exams,” she said.

“I did my final paper when my dad’s 13-day prayer was going on and I thank God I made it through my exams.

“I had a lot of ups and downs and my sister too who was just 19 years old had to make sacrifices too. She had to work to earn for the family after my dad died.

“My dad always wanted me to be­come a lawyer from the beginning.

“I am the first lawyer in my fam­ily and since I have been admitted to bar now I will support my family in all ways and get my sister to com­plete her studies in Fiji National University.”

Sister Sweta Sonia Shankar said: “Despite our father passing away she did her best to study and pass her exams.”

Her mother, Rohini Shankar, said: “This our dream coming true.”

Ms Shankar acknowledged the Government’s Tertiary Education Loan Scheme (TELS) programme, which made it possible for her to fulfil her father’s wish.

Chief Justice Anthony Gates said: “As lawyers we must always re­member our allegiance to the law, its philosophy and principles, not to causes. We must maintain the spine of uprightness, of profession­alism. It is about discovering the power of basic law.

“Cases of emotion must be tackled with thorough professionalism and knowledge of procedure, evidence, the rules, and the legislation. Our role is to remain slightly aloof from the fray, for it is calm and steady heads that can achieve the success required. Before closing, I thank on your behalf and that of your fami­lies all counsel who have given up their time to move your petitions this morning, I thank your relatives and friends for being with you in support and to share the moment.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

sheenam.chandra@fijisun.com.fj

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