The Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA) says it has received with outer shock and disbelief, news of the sudden demise of former Chief Justice Johnnie N. Lewis.
The LNBA says the death of former Chief Justice Johnnie Lewis is an irreparable loss not only to the Judiciary which he dutifully headed and served but has also left an indelible void in the annals of the legal fraternity in Liberia.
A release issued by the head of the Media Committee of the LNBA, Cllr. SaymaSyreniusCephus, quoted the President of the Bar, Clir. Theophilus C. Gould, as describing the former Chief Justice as a legal icon who has distinguished himself in the practice, teaching and interpretation of substantive and procedural law in Liberia for over half of a century.
The Liberia National Bar Association in a release further described the late Chief Justice Lewis as a fine legal scholar, researcher, and a knowledgeable law professor who will be well remembered for his invaluable contributions to the practice, administration and instruction of the legal profession in Liberia while serving as a Judge, Dean of the Law School, an outstanding legal academician and as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia from 2006 till 2012.
The Media Committee acting on behalf of the LNBA has at the same time extended condolences to the Lewis family, the Judiciary, and Government and people of Liberia for the irreparable loss sustained by the home going of the late Chief Justice Johnnie Lewis.
The LNBA has also committed to working and collaborating with the family, the government and all well-wishers to ensure that late former Chief Justice is given a befitting burial. Members of the LNBA are therefore cited to a mass meeting on today at 4:00pm at the Law Library on Ashmun Street.