European Lawyers Appoint Cllr. Cephus Africa’s Vice President

Cllr. Sayma Syrenius Cephus has been appointed by the board of directors of the Association of European Lawyers-AEA International Lawyers Network, as Vice-President, with the title “Coordinator for Africa.” His formal appointment will be officially made and publicized at this year’s annual Congress of AEA lawyers from 196 countries of the world, in Nice, France.

This appointment will give Cllr. Cephus a positive   publicity image  and will allow him  to  write in the official  profile of  his  firm and credential  as  Vice-president  of the Association,   the largest network of law offices in the world and will focus on the institution’s activities  in  countries covered with lawyers in all of  the 196 independent countries of the world.

In a letter sent to Cllr. Cephus, he was officially informed by the President of AEA-International Lawyers Network, Mr. Pedro Beltran Gamir that a special ceremony will held in honour of his invaluable services to humanity, in good governance, active practice and defence of   the interests of clients, rule of law, and social justice in Africa and Europe mainly in the interest of international justice, corporate governance and stability.

Cllr. Cephus was further  was informed that  a formal  announcement will be made to the news media during the ceremony  and Cllr. Cephus’ picture will be displayed on all AEA websites around the world as one of its progressive and articulate lawyers.

Meanwhile, Cllr. Cephus has commended the President and members of the board of directors of the AEA-International Lawyers Network for his preferment as the first non-European Vice President, and non-European resident for such an esteemed organization,   and noted that he is exceptionally gratified by the decision to have been selected amongst some of the best minds in the organization who are better qualified, competent and experienced to occupy such position.

He described his appointment as visionary and rewarding  but noted that it was important to  congratulate the leadership of the AEA for such appointment which he believes  clearly demonstrates  that the lofty ideals that led to the formation of the AEA   has  now  transcended the borders of Europe and called on his colleagues to work together on the number of pressing issues facing lawyers, law firms and legal advocates irrespective of race, color, creed.

As coordinator for Africa, Cephus will be given the opportunity to visit other branches of the AEA-International Lawyers Network covering 196 independent countries of the world and will  work with,  share and provide his experience, first  as a private lawyer in a struggling economy dominated by divisive  politics and hate speeches, what to do, and how to survive and operate a law firm under such circumstances,  and then a social advocate and commentator,  and finally as  an active  practicing  courtroom lawyer, intermittently  as  defence sometime  prosecuting attorney spanning over a decade in Liberia, West Africa and  Europe.

Cllr. Cephus has accepted his appointment and indicated to the board of directors to officially  invite to his investiture ceremony, Cllr. Arthur T. Johnson as special guest of honour to witness and bear testimony  to his ascendancy as AEA Coordinator for Africa.

Cllr. Cephus request to the  board of AEA  to invite as his guest of honour  Cllr. Johnson stems from his(Johnson) recent adversarial role in the impeachment trial involving Justice Kabineh Mohammad Ja’neh of the Honour Supreme Court of Liberia for official misconduct, breach of duty abuse of judicial discretion, in which he came face to face Cllr. Cephus, but was defeated.

Cllr. Cephus has selected Cllr. Johnson for the is precious ceremony  because  he is the only lawyer who was personally recommended by Cllr. Cephus   for  membership  to the European Criminal Bar Association(ECBA), and European Fraud and Compliance Lawyer(EFCL) and was unanimously accepted and has since distinguished himself as a European criminal lawyer.

Finally, following the ceremonies of his appointment Cllr. Cephus will then automatically be admitted as member of a small group of prestigious lawyers, called the Justinian Lawyers, an exclusive net of Lawyers with only one office per country.

Meanwhile, the ceremony will take place in Nice, Paris on may 30 and 31, 2019.

Cllr. Cephus is the first Liberian lawyer to have taken a matter before the ECOWAS Court against his own government, the first and only listed counsel of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights(ACtHPR) based on Arusha,    Tanzania, the first and only certified  Liberian counsel on the list of professional counsel of the International Criminal Court(ICC) in The Hague, the only certified counsel of the Association of Defence Counsel practicing before international Courts and Tribunals(ADC-ICT), The Hague, only West African lawyer who is member of the International Law Association(ILA).

His appointment therefore, did not come as a surprise because given his vast experience in the courtroom and has advocacy in international justice, corporate governance and stability, he would truly be of asset to his new calling. His name and qualification as a seasoned courtroom lawyer has been published on all websites that are operated by these prestigious international institutions.

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