Too many square pegs in the legal profession, says cleric

Cleric says too many unfit people in the legal profession

The legal profession is being encouraged to weed out the “square pegs in round holes” who get in the way of progress.

In a fiery sermon Monday morning at the Calvary Moravian Church on Roebuck Street, The City to mark the official start of the 2017-2018 legal year, Rev Dr Adrian Smith said the profession needed to get rid of bad attitudes and behaviours and old mindsets if it wished to live up to its theme of Repositioning for World Class Excellence.

And, he said, it must begin by getting the right people for the job.

“Too often brothers and sisters, we have the wrong people in the wrong places. Sometimes it is for popularity, political reasons or selfish gain . . . but we have too many square pegs in round holes, whether by election or appointment. And I call upon the leadership of the legal fraternity that you must take a stand to get the right people in the right places,” the unapologetic priest told the audience, which included Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson, Acting Attorney General Michael Lashley and members of the legal fraternity.

The young cleric also took a shot at those who allowed non-performers to keep their jobs, insisting that not only did this discourage commitment to performance, it also tended to block or stagnate progress.

And he warned those aiming for excellence to expect backlash and backstabbing because they would stand out.

“I want to caution those of you who commit to excellence there will be people who would try to distract you. And it is sad that even though all of us may have committed ourselves to doing our best in our vocation, there are some people sitting around you in the legal fraternity who would want to pull down their own,” Smith said.

The Moravian priest also sought to draw parallels between members of the clergy and the legal profession, contending that both were often seen as “wicked” people due to “questionable ethics” and moral issues.

“I believe you don’t need me to tell you this morning of all the deficiencies, flaws and challenges and problems within the legal system. You do not need me this morning to tell you of all the frustration that some people have with questionable ethics and the morality of some lawyers. In fact, I believe that pastors and lawyers, we share a common reality. We are often the brunt of many sweeping generalizations. In fact I can’t tell you brothers and sisters how often I have heard that people say all pastors and lawyers are wicked,” the cleric said.

21 Responses to Too many square pegs in the legal profession, says cleric

  1. Tony Webster September 12, 2017 at 2:31 am

    Thank you Reverend! The truth shall set us all free!!
    BTW, I yet wonderi why amending our Constitution reminds me of straining at an elephant to produce a gnat.

  2. Jennifer September 12, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Oh dear. Well we as a people are under total siege. ALL OF THEM INSTITUTIONS LADEN WITH them square pegs in the round holes. All SYSTEMS are go.

    • Jennifer September 12, 2017 at 6:44 am

      Open valley of dry bones, very dry at dat.

  3. Berry Deighton
    Berry Deighton September 12, 2017 at 6:52 am

    I believe that we have many square pegs in round holes in many if not all professions here. That is why there is so much strife and confusion going on these days. People who just doing the job for the paycheck with no real interest in the professional or the people they serve!!

  4. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis September 12, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Too many square pegs in round holes in Barbados, period.

  5. Maureen Burgess
    Maureen Burgess September 12, 2017 at 7:26 am

    That’s how BARBADOS is made up starting at heads

  6. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner September 12, 2017 at 7:29 am

    He is right on point but not just legal profession but right across the board is littered with square pegs that are stuck in round holes, but doubt anything gine change because some or all of these square pegs got connections higher up who put them there in the first place.

  7. Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan
    Wayne R. Pilgrim-Cadogan September 12, 2017 at 7:51 am

    You are so right and in the political field too!

  8. Anton Brown
    Anton Brown September 12, 2017 at 8:05 am

    Time for the Bajan ppl to get rid of all these political figures just fattening their pockets. By doing nothing and remaining silent or conversing amongst yourself while refusing to get out and demand changes or voting, you all are allowing them to continue in the state they remain. Government does not rule the ppl, government is elected to serve the ppl. The people are the ones with the power, demand government do their job or vote them out.

  9. Greengiant September 12, 2017 at 8:31 am

    This square peg situation only occurs when we have appointment by favor and not qualification. That’s why as a nation we the electorate need to send a strong message, that if we the poor have to be educated, pass exams, produce a certificate to get a job so must everyone else.

    Those who have been favored all their lives should not expect to lead us simply because they’ve been told they have the right to do so either. We all know what i’m talking about, as our judicial personnel make up about 90% of our parliament and senate. When I say we will be better as a nation when we have no elected members of the legal fraternity in our houses of parliament, I believe by now you would have seen why. They can manipulate everything once they work together, they know the law. They can delay anything they wish, as they know the law. They only expedite things that benefit themselves in some way because again, they know the law.

    They don’t have to be our elected politicians, because there is no job description for that title. We needed poor lawyers in our parliament years ago when we needed their representation legislatively. Today we need their representation legally so they should be spending more of their time in the courts.

    • Jennifer September 12, 2017 at 9:11 am

      @Green giant – yep. Fraternity and Mafia style operations. Mind you the round pegs cannot get into the round holes. This is why this people staying put, making the hog fatter.

  10. Alex Alleyne September 12, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Let us first start with the Church.

  11. Milli Watt September 12, 2017 at 9:26 am

    this group was asked to open up and make room for others who want to come and practice here…………..NNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOO was the response. I wonder WHY!

  12. Dennis Connell
    Dennis Connell September 12, 2017 at 11:18 am

    I agree with yuh Rev. .yuh know dem in de church too?

  13. Juliet Marshall
    Juliet Marshall September 12, 2017 at 11:47 am

    But Dennis…………

  14. Cuthbert Lucas
    Cuthbert Lucas September 12, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    not only in the legal profession in the political arena too.

  15. johnrsmith September 12, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    If bajans really want change they will have to stand up and shout for change , not standing straight raising they right hand to the clouds and saying nothing…………. In barbados everything gets talk about , but decades come and go and things never get done or change………

  16. Tom September 12, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    As a people, we are too obsessed with titles, paper qualifications, dress code etc.We are also too much into the business of patronage and elitism. Titles should not automatically go with a job, they should be earned. If we are not careful not long from now most Lawyers in Barbados will become a QC. This will continue to devalue both the monetary value and the integrity of the title. We need a push for the right skills and competencies. A determined and continuous drive for higher standards and excellence, especially across all professions.We will continue to get poorer for not having these basic things in place.This should help to take the round pegs out of square holes.

  17. Sherlock Holmes. September 12, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    Politics and the church a strange brew.


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