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First indigenous attorney called to Bar

Monica Coc Magnusson

Posted: Friday, June 27, 2014. 9:29 pm CST.

Monica Coc Magnusson

Monica Coc Magnusson

Friday, June 27, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: Monica Coc Magnusson, the sister of noted Maya rights activist Christina Coc, made legal history today as the first member of the indigenous Maya community of Belize to be called to the Belize Bar.

Today she was formally admitted by Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin at the Supreme Court in Belize City.

Mrs. Magnusson will concentrate on family and criminal law and personal injury cases and says she was inspired by the worker of famed Maya leader Julian Cho in the 1990’s.

While she has not been formally asked to join the effort of the Maya to secure communal land for the 38 Maya villages of South Stann Creek and Toledo, she says she will treat all her cases as “big ones.”

She says her efforts are a signal to Maya women that they have other trails to blaze in what has been a traditionally agriculture and land-oriented community with few educational opportunities for girls.

 

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