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Atty. Woods: Law Must Be Used As A Vehicle For Social Change

MONROVIA,LIBERIA - The former Minister of Public Works and Labor, Atty. Samuel Kofi. Woods, has said the law must be used as a vehicle for social change in the context of which lawyer lives and practices.

Atty. Woods, who served the government in two high profile capacities as Minister of Labor and later as Minister of Public Works during the regime of former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf before he resigned from government, said lawyering is a dignified profession. He said lawyers should be able to maintain law as an important balance process that society should know. He made assertions on Friday, October 23, 2020 at the opening of the offices of the Dean and Associates Law Firm on Carey Street in Monrovia. Speaking on the topic: "Giving Life to the Law," the prominent Liberian lawyer pointed out that law must be given life so as to be obeyed by all irrespective of one’s status in society.

Atty. Woods said though things are becoming difficult daily and that everybody wants to make money, lawyers must stand ethically strong. “We know things are difficult these days. Everybody wants to earn a daily bread but most often we do it at the expenses of anything and everybody, we stand for nothing and fall for everything,” he said. “If the judiciary has been perceived as a political, then lawyers need to act in a way to address that issue,” Woods stated. “Everything we (lawyers) do around here is based on the distorted value of materialism, all we want is to make money at all cost so even lawyers negotiate the interest of their clients," he accentuated. He then warned lawyers against compromising the interest of their clients, further warning that it is a wrong thing to do.

The human rights activist urged the Dean and Associates Law Firm to provide quality and ethical legal services to their clients and always do the right thing. He advised that the law firm should be committed, hardworking, and work as a team to succeed. In remarks, the Managing Director at the Dean and Associates Law Firm, Cllr. Bushuben M. Keita, said the entity remains commitment to the law. He added that though it was Cllr. Frank Musah Dean ideas to establish the law firm, he has not been active for the past three years. Making remarks at the program, the Secretary General of the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA), Cllr. Bobby Livingston, said the LNBA remains consistent with the law.

Livingstone hoped and prayed that the Dean and Associates Law Firm conducts its activities in an ethical manner. Meanwhile, the grand opening of the Dean and Associates new offices was witnessed by several lawyers, including, Cllr. Abraham Sillah, Cllr. Augustine Toe, Cllr. Bobby Livingston, Rev. Dr. Cllr. Pearl Brown Bull, among others.

 

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