Young Litigator “making it happen”

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, March 7, 2019

Initially interested in the Sciences, Kezia Campbell-Erskine found that her true calling was a career in law. Today the twenty-five-year-old graduate of the Hugh Wooding Law School is an Attorney-at-Law attached to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

At the Ministry, Campbell-Erskine is part of a team whose is responsible for handling all legal matters arising from numerous Guyanese missions overseas. According to her, being an attorney has helped her grow and confront challenges as they arise.

“Any day, anything can come across your table and it forces us to move from a comfort zone if we have any or not develop a comfort zone and keep an open mind…the work often challenges us to find answers to questions the average attorney might not be faced with on a regular basis.”

The young woman divulged that despite an interest in the sciences and possessing an Associate Degree in Natural Sciences, she felt that was not her chosen career path. After much reading and research, she decided to pursue a career in the legal field.

“It was very interesting…I found that law would allow me to combine my diverse interests, it wouldn’t limit me to any particular kind of job you can do law and do anything from business to politics,” she related.

Campbell-Erskine noted that while she has achieved much academically, she credits personal growth as her biggest achievement.  She recalled at nineteen, she was timid and afraid to voice her opinions but now feels accomplished to have become more open to challenges and risks.

I have maintained my faith through difficult circumstances and it’s really helped me to become who I am today… to do the things I want to do regardless of what other persons may think.”

In celebration of International Women’s day, the young attorney’s advice to other women is “make it happen”. She encouraged women to think about the goals they would like to achieve and go after it.

Anara Khan.

Images: Ameer Sattaur.