The Advisory: Volume 9, Issue 2, August 2011

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New Lawyer from Eritrean Community Admitted to Alberta Bar

ON JULY 22, 2011, Letebrhan (Light) Nugusse was admitted to the Bar and, in doing so, became the first person of her generation in the Eritrean community in Alberta to be admitted to the Bar.

Light was born in Eritrea, in Northeast Africa, and fled with her parents to a refugee camp in Sudan. “My parents fled our country because of the war with Ethiopia, and they had to walk for three days with me on my mother’s back,” she explained.

At the age of four, her family immigrated to Edmonton. “My parents struggled to get here to provide their children with a better life, and they worked very hard over the years to provide everything for their children, and raise them the right way in a foreign country.”

“I can honestly say that I would not have been able to achieve such an accomplishment without the constant financial, emotional, and moral support from my parents, and the sacrifices they’ve made,” she noted. “As a result, I believe I am the first person in my generation in the Eritrean community to be admitted to the Bar in Alberta, and I am quite proud and honored to have done so.”

Prior to obtaining her law degree from the University of Alberta in 2010, she worked as a marketing coordinator for Sysco Food Services, a large North American food distribution company. She completed her Bachelor of Commerce Degree, with a major in marketing, at the University of Alberta in 2005.

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