Ms. Ellelina Moala (closest to camera) with family and friends after her admission today.
By: Maria Uaita
APIA: TUESDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2015: Ms. Ellenlina Moala is the latest lawyer to be admitted to the Samoa family of lawyers after she was welcomed in a brief ceremony by Chief Justice Patu Tiava’asu’e Falefatu Sapolu this morning.
The Chief Justice congratulated Ms. Moala and encouraged her to strive for the best.
“Even though law studies are completed but education continues and if there is no will to become successful, then you will not be successful”.
“The Chief Justice’s encouraging speech will motivate me to push through in my career”, said Ms. Moala
Ms. Moala hopes to work her way around civil cases, family law and intellectually property rights.
She also hopes to get a chance to work on criminal cases.
Ms. Moala’s grandmother Sivaimaga Moala said her granddaughter has always wanted to become a lawyer.
“Today’s ceremony is proof of fulfilling that dream and I thank God for his guidance and help,” said Ms. Sivaimaga.
Ms. Moala is 24 years old and is the youngest of 8 siblings.
She is a former student at Pesega College before attending the Foundation year at the national University of Samoa in 2009.
She studied law at Vanuatu for four years before returning home and work at the Hazelman Barrister Solicitor Law Firm.
Prior to that, she had legal practical course with one of the law firms in New Zealand.
Ms. Moala’s mother died when she was only 6 months old, leaving her with her father Leu So’otaga and she was later placed under the care of her grandparents Leu Saulala and Sivaimaga Moala.
Ms. Moala hails from the villages of Vaimea and Afega.