by Aneela Maraj
Friday 31st December, 1993
FRANK, open and very much a to-the-point-person; that’s Martin George.
Born in Signal Hill, Tobago, he now lives in St. Augustine, Trinidad and says that while growing up his mother was in Tobago with his other siblings and he was in Trinidad learning how to be independent.
“I remember my days as a child in Tobago as being very special. Even though my father died from a blood clot during surgery when I was seven, I still had the strength of my mother to rely on. And she is still a very strong woman even in her late sixties.
But even though I was so “independent” from a young age it was still a bit difficult when I had to leave my family in Tobago and come to Trinidad to further my studies at St. Mary’s College, POS.”
Martin has six sisters, Bernadette, 39 a teacher at Bishop’s in Tobago, Theresa, 38, studying for a doctorate in education at Queens University, Canada, Anne-Marie, a language teacher at Scarborough Junior Secondary, Jean, 29, holder of a masters degree in International Relations from UWI, Joan 29, an agricultural officer at the THA and Elizabeth, 22, a student at teachers college and an older brother Bertrand, a marketing manager with Siemens, a German electronic firm.
When Martin came to Trinidad he stayed with some relatives. He says that he was a very troublesome student at CIC as he always got into some sort of mischief by playing pranks.
But pranks and jokes aside, Martin did take his studies very seriously. He studied Sciences all the way through to A Levels then decided that he was tired of sciences and wanted something different.
“I knew that I was going to University. But I didn’t know what I was going to study. So I got some brochures and discovered law. That’s exactly how it happened. What I didn’t realise then was that my training in the field of science was going to be a very valuable asset in my studies in this field,” he says.
“It has given me an excellent foundation for making detailed legal analyses and interpretations. I definitely wouldn’t trade this training for anything. The sciences teach you to see things in a logical light and make you think methodically. I would advise any student of law to do some studies in science for the conditioning in logical thinking,” he concludes.
Martin spent a year after leaving CIC at Signal Hill Senior Comprehensive school teaching sciences to a form four class and enjoyed the teaching aspect of science that he almost considered teaching as a career because it was “challenging but rewarding and satisfying at the same time.”
But he left Signal Hill returned, returned to Trinidad and entered UWI to study law.
When l left UWl in 1989, I landed a job at Price Waterhouse, an international accounting firm but left in February the next year to go to the Express for a position in the advertising department. I stayed there till September 1990 when I entered the Hugh Wooding Law School.”
Martin, single at the moment, says he enjoys A/C music (that’s adult contemporary) and soft rock because it is “relaxing.”
He loves football, lawn tennis, squash, chess and badminton.
He is also an avid poetry writer who writes whenever he gets some spare time (not very often these days). He says, “I am in love with the English Language. I find it totally fascinating. It is a remarkably versatile medium and it makes for an infinitely absorbing study.”
Martin says the most interesting case he’s been involved in so far in his young career is the ongoing Centrin \ lspatt case at the High Court.
“It was the most challenging and detailed case I’ve ever come across. I was a Junior Attorney with Desmond Allum but I still had to contend with the complex issues raised in the case and try to analyse them.”
“I feel that for young lawyers who have to deal with this brave new world of the 90’s, that they be multi-disciplinary. I have chosen the area of business administration in order to broaden my own personal knowledge,” he continues.
“But I wouldn’t think of ever changing professions. Law is the noblest of all professions and it is necessary for those in the field to be ever vigilant in preserving its high standards and traditions and the nobility of the call to be a lawyer,” says Martin.