A series of “restless nights, insomnia, anxiety, laughter and tears” has concluded in victory for Kamla David as her application to become an attorney-at-law in St Vincent and the Grenadines has been granted.
“For me, this occasion represents the culmination of a toilsome journey which seemed like forever at times. For the past five years, I utilized my God-given abilities and the resources he placed before me, to diligently study to attain what I viewed as my ticket to a bright future; a career as an attorney-at-law,” David said at her call to the Bar which took place yesterday at the High Court before Justice Birnie Stephenson.
David said she had always kept one thing in mind, “Failure will never be an option”.
“In the highs and lows of my toil throughout my tenure at Cave Hill and Hugh Wooding Law School, the motto of my alma mater the St Vincent Girls’ High School, was my mantra ‘Per Ardua ad Alta; Through difficulties to the heights’. And whenever that was not enough, I would head to YouTube and sing along with the late Rasum Shallow: Fight On! Never mind the sweat, you got to sweat to get, every good seed you sow brings a fruit wherever you plant it. ”
“Thus, my heart is filled with joy today; because I have the privilege to stand before you as one of the newest members of the legal fraternity here in St Vincent and the Grenadines,” David said, adding that she anticipated this day ever since she commenced her university education in 2018 at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus.
She thanked her parents, Elton and Cynthia David, for always believing in her dreams. “You prioritized my education and supported my academic pursuits wholeheartedly. The cost of my textbooks and maintenance were never too much.”
She added that her mother was her “chief cheerleader, confidante and prayer warrior.”
“I will forever boast about my phenomenal mother. In 2017 when I told you of my aspiration to become an attorney and frustrated myself about funding, you said “Child wait and see the goodness of God, you must make it.” Six years on, mommy look at your daughter. Thank you for being the wind beneath my wings.”
David also expressed her immense gratitude to the Government and people of SVG for their investment in her dream to be called to the Bar.
“Because of my scholarship award I was able to pursue full time legal studies for the past five years without incurring financial debts.”
After securing a National Exhibition Award based on the results of the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE), David went on to achieve first class honours at the UWI Cave Hill Campus.
In supporting her application to the Bar, David was described as “a young woman who will bring impeccable fearlessness to the Bar” and that “when she speaks, you can sense in her an appreciation of her own capacity without being puffed up.”
David said that she pledges to serve her people with all her strength and love, and has begun on this path by electing to commence her legal career as legal officer at the National Insurance Services(NIS).