“Put National Interest First”…Pres. Sirleaf Tells Lawyers

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has called on Liberian lawyers to put national interest above their business or personal interest.

Speaking on Tuesday at ceremony marking the formal opening of the International Law Group which began operation in the country yesterday, President Sirleaf said too often national interest is being compromised by lawyers for the promotion of the businesses.

The Liberian leader added, “You have to balance in dealing with cases that have to do with the nation.” She said her government believes in the rule of law and as such it will continue to support any legal group in the country and that the establishment of law firms in the country will help in providing the opportunity for citizens to have access to justice in Liberia. She then urged the International Law Group to join other firms in the country that are rendering justice on behalf of other citizens.

She said the government is beset with series of problems in its prosecution arm and that the Government is searching for lawyers or legal groups that will represent the Liberian Government in prosecuting cases at the Temple of Justice.He called on the International Law Group to submit to international standard which is a best practice in the legal area and put national interest above other interests.

On Tuesday, the International Law Group formally opened its Broad Street Liberia offices in Monrovia with a mosaic of corporate and legal personalities in attendance.

The new law firm is a small firm with a big corporate and government focus designed for the foreign client in need of services from lawyers who are familiar with international jurisprudence and the confluence of their own laws and how it affects their businesses in Liberia.

The International Law Group has already imprinted its footprints on the Liberian legal landscape when it, along with a team of notable firms, took on the case of the Liberia Maritime Authority which now goes up on appeal at the Supreme Court of Liberia.

Along with other lawyers the firm has a combined 30 years of experience in legal practice both in the United States and Liberia and over 40 years of experience in government and International non- governmental organization work. Attys. Medina Wesseh and Saifuah Mai Gray are bringing new dynamism and innovation to the practice of law in Liberia; Morrison O.G. Sayon writes.