President's New Year Message

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Helene Coley-Nicholson, President, Lawyers Christian Fellowship Jamaica


Dear friends and colleagues,

Best wishes to you and your families from the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship as we enter a new year. May the light of Christ shine more brightly through all those who love Him and illuminate Jamaica in 2015!

2014 highlighted many needs and opportunities to serve. The LCF, with the help of the Holy Spirit, reached out to persons and situations to share our vision of "Doing Justice. Honouring Christ." We took steps to organize a pro bono children's legal service aimed at ensuring that no child is unrepresented in any court proceedings in Jamaica. We also organized legal assistance for witnesses who will be appearing before the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry when sittings resume in February.

The LCF's objective is to foster a pro bono legal culture in Jamaica where Attorneys can minister to the need for justice among our people. To that end, the LCF will continue its efforts in 2015 to establish a sustainable pro bono children's programme with help from local stakeholders and overseas partners. 2015 is also the year in which we hope to have the organization approved as a charity. This will allow us to receive tax-deductible contributions for institutional strengthening and capacity building.

A brief retrospective of 2014 shows, among other things, that the LCF hosted a continuing legal professional development seminar in October which was accredited by the General Legal Council, intervened in the constitutional challenge to sections of the Offences Against the Person Act by gay activists JavedJaghai and JFLAG, participated in the formation of Jamaica CAUSE and organizing the Half-Way-Tree Rally in June, and has spoken to students and church congregations in various parishes across the island about Judeo-Christian perspectives on law and human rights.
We also celebrated our 30th anniversary with a week of activities from November 30 to December 1 under the theme "Restoring Family. Restoring Justice". The observance began with worship at the Franklin Town Church of God and culminated with an evening simply titled "Conversations" where colleagues from the legal, media, political and Church communities reasoned together over good food and entertainment.

A big thank you to our members and friends who have sacrificially supported the work of the LCF over the years. As we go forward, we look forward to your continued gifts of prayer, time and financial assistance. There is more work to be done. The LCF looks forward to pooling our collective talents in closer partnerships to fulfil the organization's mission:

  • To be a source of fellowship, evangelism and professional development to lawyers and law students
  • To promote and defend laws and systems grounded in Christian values for the wellbeing of the country
  • To offer legal services to those in need
  • To provide information and support to the Church and other stakeholders

May the Lord continue to bless you so that you can be a blessing to others. Happy New Year!

Signed
Helene Coley Nicholson
LCF President