In keeping with the tradition, I extend to you my sincere, warm and confraternal wishes of health, success and happiness.
2017 was a particularly difficult year in several resepcts. It stretched the hearts and souls of many Colleagues.
The events that we witnessed disturbed the institutional calendar, because the election of the different organs of the Association could not take place…
The end of pupillage examinations was delayed...
Colleagues were temporarily deprived of their liberties…
Others, because they were uncertain as to their future, decided to go on temporary exile…
Unconnected to the above events, some colleagues left this world. Out of respect for their memory, I invite you to please observe a minute's silence. They are: FOTIE PIERRE, SILENOU GUY, NGUELLY PAIL YIKAM JEREMIE and TOUNOUNGA JACQUES XAVIER (Pupil advocate) at Douala, AFUNWI FRANCIS and NGUM CHE EVELINE at Bamenda, NYASSI MICHEL at Yaoundé, OKPU KELVIN NDIP at KUMBA, TONFACK Jean at Bafoussam and AUGUSTINA ENO NSO at Limbe;
While keeping an eye in the rearview mirror, the duty of the Bar Council and its President is to scrutinize our common future, and to deepen the furrows in order to further anchor our profession into modernity as demanded by globalization.
In this ever-changing world, we are the living witnesses of the digital revolution that is completely changing our relationships with clients, because they expect us to be both extraordinarily proactive and exceptionally competent.
Immediacy is fast becoming a professional norm, and we have interest in integrating this new dimension of our profession.
Our role will expand as the speed of commercial transactions will cause clients to constantly have recourse to our instant and spontaneous advice.
Contrary to what one may think, it is not at the internet that companies will find legal answers to their worries, they will recourse to experts of whom we are an integral part.
I am inclined to think that this new “Android” lawyer is the lawyer of tomorrow. I am convinced that in order to live up to expectations, he should never forget that he is a lawyer because he belongs to a BAR ASSOCIATION.
A BAR ASSOCIATION, whose rules and regulations need to be strengthened in the new law organizing the profession;
A BAR ASSOCIATION, whose members should be able to practice safely and with all the legal guaranties of independence when acting as advisers or defense lawyers.
A BAR ASSOCIATION whose members should be able to exercise solidarity and TOLERANCE.