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Bermudian students Called to the Bar

Good reason to be cheerful: Sarah Lusher, right, and Cathryn Minors are all smiles after being Called to the Bar yesterday

There was standing room only at Commercial Court yesterday as two bright young Bermudian students were Called to the Bar.

Sarah Lusher and Cathryn Minors recently completed 12-month pupillages at Conyers, Dill and Pearman to end years of hard graft to earn the right to don their wig and gown.

Both now plan to pursue careers with the firm in Bermuda.

Ms Lusher, 32, began her studies at the University of Georgetown in Washington as an academic scholar before moving to Australia in 2004, where she lived for nine years and attended Queensland University.

The former Mount St Agnes student, who worked behind the bar in Australia to help finance her studies, also held the world record for speed drink mixing for two years.

Meanwhile, Ms Minors worked four jobs at a time to fund her legal studies, which she completed at the University of the West of England and then University of Bristol Law School.

She was just 21 when she completed her degree and LPC and embarked on her pupillage at Conyers, Dill and Pearman.

Both Ms Minors and Ms Lusher thanked their friends, family and Conyers, Dill and Pearman for supporting them through their studies and said it was an “honour and a privilege” to be called to the Bermuda bar.

Ms Minors said: “It has been a challenging road, but worth the sacrifice.

“Originally my desire was for a career where I would be constantly challenged and I look forward to working with fellow members in Bermuda.”

Addressing the court and Judge Stephen Hellman Ms Lusher described being Called to the Bar as “a moment in my life I will never forget.”

She added: “I want to acknowledge and thank all the people that have helped me along the way. I have travelled to many places over the last few years, but my roots remain deeply planted in my home Bermuda.”

Judge Hellman concluded yesterday’s ceremony saying: “I am sure they will both prove to be outstanding attorneys.”