It was the turn of six lawyers-in-waiting, Monday afternoon, to participate in Applaud It! A Jamaica Observer initiative that allows members of the next generation to meet leaders in a formal, no-holds-barred setting. Holding court at the well-appointed meeting room aptly called The Boardroom, of the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel, was the suave attorney-at law John G Graham of John G Graham and Associates. Strategically positioned were his associates Annaliesa Lindsay, Peta-Gaye Manderson, Josemar Belnavis, and Stephanie Graham. Novia McDonald-Whyte, the initiative’s conceptualiser and senior associate editor at the Jamaica Observer , was also in attendance to handle matters pertaining to dining etiquette.
Formalities out of the way, which included an introduction to all seated and a polite request for phones to be turned off, deliberations followed, sprinkled liberally with sage words from the team of practising attorneys over a six-course affair that opened with crab-snapper croquette, segued into gungo peas soup, a Blue Mountain green salad, entrée choices of tri-colour pepper corn crusted baked salmon and pan-seared stuffed chicken breast, and closed with a sampler of miniature desserts. Wines were also poured.