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No option in affirmative action for Roxanne Williams

Published:Monday | March 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Roxanne Williams, a 29-year-old lawyer has had quite a fulfilling journey, opening her own practice in June 2015. She is motivated to reap even greater rewards in the future.

Becoming a lawyer is something Williams always dreamed of, ever since she was a child. All her hard work finally paid off when she was accepted into the University of Technology's law programme. In September 2011, she attended the Norman Manley Law School and later began her quest for justice with a general practice, executing civil but predominantly criminal law.

The path was paved with good intentions, but there were a few roadblocks along the way. After completing law school, she found it difficult to secure a job. She remained faithful to her cause. Months later, she landed her first job. She was encouraged by brilliant legal minds to go out on her own. She took their advice and branched out. "Here I am today with no regrets. I feel an immense sense of accomplishment having established my own practice. It is a small firm and this is just the beginning, however I am working hard with an intent to do well in the legal field."

The journey, she shared, has been great, despite its ups and downs. There are cases where the outcome is far from what she hoped for or anticipated, but she accepts the ruling of the court. But she is grateful for the wins, especially when she is able to prove her client's innocence.

"Being a lawyer is not just a job for me. It means assisting someone who has been wronged and those who are unable to help themselves. It's great when I am able to assist persons," she expressed.

FAMILY INSPIRATION

She attributes her success to her family, who, she said, continue to inspire her to be the best at whatever she does. "While growing up I looked up to my mother and stepfather; they are my role models. My parents are both hard working individuals and their dedication has inspired me to also work hard at achieving my goals and do well in all my endeavours."

She noted too that her mother would encourage her to write a five year plan and work towards accomplishing those goals within the time frame. This practice helped her to be focused, and functioned as a guide towards accomplishing whatever she set her mind to.

Aside from being passionate about the less fortunate and helping those who are in extremely difficult situations, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, beach days and nights, movies dates or simply 'chillaxing' in the serenity of her home. Her advice to individuals seeking to build a career in the legal field is, "If law is your dream, go for it. Do not let others tell you that you can't. Read and read some more."