Southern lawyers admitted to the bar
Four new lawyers have been admitted to the bar during a ceremony at the High Court in Invercargill.
Lauren Elizabeth Archer, Osinachi Austin Nnajieze, Matthew James Allen, and Anna Marie Goble were sworn in as barristers or solicitors before Justice Nicholas Davidson on Monday.
Justice Davidson told the four new lawyers there was an "infinite field" before them, and to take their time when making choices during their careers.
He told them to keep their dignity, to remember that senior law practitioners will guide them, to deal immediately with anything that worried them, to know the people they could turn to, and to be there for others.
He quoted J K Rowling, and said "you should not have a 'what if' career, 'what iffery' is something to avoid."
Justice Davidson spoke of the importance of their roles in society, and in relation to the law, and the privilege they would have in representing clients and dealing with all varieties of people.
"You're in the front row seat of the theatre to observe the astonishing complexity of human life."
Nnajieze told the court he had studied law in Nigeria and the UK, and said "my journey to this moment was challenging".
He planned to practise law in either Auckland or Wellington in future.
Archer thanked her family, friends, colleagues, and also Goble, who had been her tutor at university, for helping her to reach the admission to the bar.
She is working in Timaru.
Allen also gave plenty of thanks, and told the court he was working in Queenstown.
Goble said her admission to the bar marked the end of a journey, and she is working at the Invercargill City Council.