Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Sejilla Mc Dowall has commended counsel Chrislon Fraser for being “a proper example of what a young man should be” as he became one of St Vincent and the Grenadines’ newest lawyers.
Many compliments were directed at Fraser yesterday at the High Court in Kingstown by McDowall who said that she believes that attention and acknowledgement must be given to men like him “and not to those who are shedding blood.”
In her submissions to the court, Mc Dowall described Fraser as having a “good sense of self” as “what goes before his speech is a smile.” She added that he has “good manners, has an eagerness to learn and makes sure do what is right.”
Counsel Roderick Jones, who seconded Mc Dowall’s submissions added that Fraser is “a young man who from a very young age demonstrated the fear of God.”
Fraser was as a student at the Barrouallie Government School, the Kingstown Preparatory School(KPS), the St Vincent Grammar School, the St Vincent and the Grenadines Community College in the Division of Arts and General Studies, the University of the West Indies St Augustine Campus and the Hugh Wooding Law School.
Fraser said that when he first began to learn about the law, his passion grew deeper.
“I was captivated by the depths of reasoning and analysis that went into decisions. The way judges would expound on legal points, build upon and even redirect the law amazed me. At some point, I think I fell in love with the nuances and the careful use of the law rather than the law itself.”
He added that when he became a student in law, he put aside pro-typical answers that lecturers required of him and sought to be daring by pushing the boundaries.
“It did not always result in the highest of grades, but I felt justified in challenging conventional reasoning. That is how I intend to practice, with an open mind, with keen eyes, beyond the surface and grappling with complex legal issues. “
Yet still, his he did not fully know that the legal path was the right way for him to take until he began interning at the DPP’s office and at Counsel Roderick Jones’ Chambers, whom he thanked along with his family and friends in assisting him in his pursuit in becoming a legal practitioner.
Fraser also thanked his past teachers at KPS, “In fact, it was at the KPS that my teachers first started calling me the lawyer. I was a chatty, overly inquisitive and witty child, so they told me that I should become a lawyer. I’m sure they meant it jokingly at the time, but that fact that I am here today, shows that clearly I can’t take a joke.”
I would also like to thank my church Kingdom Life Ministries for their support, prayers and encouragement and also to my community of Barrouallie for their role in instilling as a child, the values and morals that a young man should possess.