Lawyers Alex Pohl and his father, John, after the Bar
admission ceremony at the Dunedin District Court yesterday.
Photo by Craig Baxter.
Trust your instincts and your training and show courage,
Justice Graham Panckhurst told new lawyers admitted to the Bar
in Dunedin yesterday.
Ten lawyers were admitted to the Bar in a ceremony at the
Dunedin District Court yesterday, including Alex Pohl (23),
who was moved by his father, Wellington-based John Pohl, who
is counsel for the Ombudsman's Office.
Mr Pohl jun, a third-generation lawyer, is now working for
the Otago-Southland Employers Association.
''It's the end of a long journey. Caps off all the study and
the start of my career,'' he said.
Justice Panckhurst said the lawyers were now entitled to
appear in all courts in New Zealand.
''Admission is a significant step and represents your rite of
passage into the practice of law.''
Taking inspiration from a medical school graduation talk he
had heard, Justice Panckhurst told the lawyers the occasion
might arise where they had to make a judgement call when
there was no simple answer or time for reflection.
''Do have courage and trust in your training and instincts.''
A career in law should be immensely satisfying as lawyers had
the privilege of dealing with and advising others in many
spheres, had receptive colleagues and, while there were
routine days, there was always a challenge, ''probably when
you least expect it'', he said.