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Ghana’s chief justice welcomed

Shown left to right are GRAWA President Amy Schwartz, Edwin Wood, Ghana Supreme Court Justice Jones Victor Dotse, Ghana Chief Justice Georgina T. Wood, MCBA President Harold A. Kurland and Karen Bailey Turner.

Shown left to right are GRAWA President Amy Schwartz, Edwin Wood, Ghana Supreme Court Justice Jones Victor Dotse, Ghana Chief Justice Georgina T. Wood, MCBA President Harold A. Kurland and Karen Bailey Turner.

The Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys, the Rochester Black Bar Association and the Monroe County Bar Association last week held a joint reception for Chief Justice of Ghana Georgina T. Wood.

That country’s first female justice, Chief Justice Wood is viewed as a judicial reformer, who has focused much effort on improving access to justice and enhancing the public’s trust in Ghana’s court system. She also was a pioneering proponent of alternative dispute resolution in Ghana.

Chief Justice Wood was accompanied by fellow Ghana Supreme Court Justice Jones Victor Dotse as well as her husband, Edwin Wood.

Held at the American Association of University Women’s Perkins House Mansion on East Avenue, the event also was sponsored by the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Torts and Compensation.

Earlier last week, Justice Wood also delivered the annual Roehmer Lecture at SUNY Geneseo, “The Dynamic of Law and Development in Ghana: The Case for Judicial Reform in an Emergent Democracy.”

— Photos by Kris Dreessen

Yolanda Asamoah-Wade (left) and Eileen Buholtz.

Yolanda Asamoah-Wade (left) and Eileen Buholtz.

Past MCBA President T. Andrew Brown (left) speaks with Ghana Supreme Court Justice Jones Victor Dotse and Chief Justice Georgina T. Wood.

Past MCBA President T. Andrew Brown (left) speaks with Ghana Supreme Court Justice Jones Victor Dotse and Chief Justice Georgina T. Wood.

Shown left to right are Karen Bailey Turner, Meg Hurley, Jill Paperno, Connie Walker, Ruth Brooks Ward.

Shown left to right are Karen Bailey Turner, Meg Hurley, Jill Paperno, Connie Walker, Ruth Brooks Ward.

Shown left to right are Yar Deng and Tyshawnna Bice from School Without Walls, Shaina Kovalsky and Ruth Brooks Ward.

Shown left to right are Yar Deng and Tyshawnna Bice from School Without Walls, Shaina Kovalsky and Ruth Brooks Ward.

Barb Orenstein is shown left.

Barb Orenstein is shown left.

Melanie Wolk (left) chats with MCBA Executive Director Mary Corbitt (far right).

Melanie Wolk (left) chats with MCBA Executive Director Mary Corbitt (far right).

Shown left to right are Edwin Wood, Ghana Supreme Court Justice Jones Victor Dotse, Ghana Chief Justice Georgina T. Wood, SUNY Geneseo School of Education Dean Osman Alawiye and City of Rochester Judge Stephen T. Miller.

Shown left to right are Edwin Wood, Ghana Supreme Court Justice Jones Victor Dotse, Ghana Chief Justice Georgina T. Wood, SUNY Geneseo School of Education Dean Osman Alawiye and City of Rochester Judge Stephen T. Miller.

2 comments

  1. I am always interested in any news regarding Ghana’s progress.

    Steven Matthews

  2. It’s wonderful knowing that Ghana, is raising above all odds. Including the many scams that continues to raise in Africa.

    Steven Matthews

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