Sun | Dec 10, 2017

Gleaner journalist called to the Bar

Published:Wednesday | December 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue
Newly minted attorneys-at-law who were called to the Bar yesterday take a selfie to record the occasion. They are Steadman Fuller Jr., holding cell phone, and (from left) Kimberley Ellis, Rochelle Duncan, Kim Gallimore, Petrina Francis-Taylor, Dionne Forbes, and Christopher Harper.

She braved morning sickness in her final year at Norman Manley Law School, while being a full-time newspaper editor. Now the new mother of a baby boy was yesterday called to the Bar, at 11:45 a.m., in the Chief Justice Court.

"It really has been a long, hard journey. But I think with support from my husband, I was able to do this. And from my group mates as well, because we really supported each other as we went along," said attorney-at-law Petrina Francis-Taylor, minutes after she was called to the Bar yesterday.

Francis-Taylor spoke glowingly of her classmates, who were towers of strength to each other when things were rough.

"We had a WhatsApp group and they would take pictures of what was done on the board, email notes if someone was absent, any precedents we got we shared them as well. It was as very tight-knit (17-member) group. Eight of us were called today; the rest will be called on Thursday and next Monday," she told The Gleaner.

Francis-Taylor said that there were many times when she felt like giving up.

"Yes, especially when assignments were due and I the felt the pressure. I was a full-time employee. I tried to balance work, school and being a wife as well. There were times when I threw down the books and said, you know what, I don't think I can go through with this. But, of course, Orville is always there supporting me. He said you can do this, and I just picked up the pieces and continued," said Francis-Taylor.

According to her, morning sickness as a result of pregnancy was horrible.

"But here I am today. And it was all worth it, and to God be the glory," she said, beaming.