The President of the Sierra Leone Bar Association, Michaela Eddinia Swallow (Ms) has been elected unopposed to the Governing Council of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association for the period of 1st February 2022 to 31st January 2024.

Michaela Eddinia Swallow has gained admiration for her sterling leadership of the Bar Association and valuable contribution to addressing challenges of transitional justice in the sub-region.

Commenting on her election Ms Swallow said: โ€œI am delighted to be elected as a Governing Council Member which gives Sierra Leone a voice on an international platform to promote the rule of law throughout the Commonwealth by ensuring that an independent and efficient legal profession serves the people of the Commonwealth. This is a victory for all lawyers in Sierra Leone and I hope that it will serve as an inspiration to my female colleagues at the Bar that with hard work nothing is impossible.โ€

The Governing Council is responsible for the policies of Commonwealth Lawyers Association and comprises up to 29 voting members including a President, 4 Vice Presidents, Honorary Treasurer and representatives of Commonwealth member countries.

Members of the Governing Council are subject to election by the general membership of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association every two years during the Commonwealth Law Conference. Council members serve for two years but are eligible for re-election.