OG Althea McBean – Passionate About Justice Reform

Published in the Jamaica Observer February 5, 2018 / BY KIMBERLEY HIBBERT

JUSTICE reform implementation is a job that requires dedication, drive and commitment. In fact, the seemingly colossal task of building capacity in the justice sector institutions does not interest many individuals until they are directly affected.

But for attorney-at-law Althea McBean, a SAHS graduate, it is one of her many passions which she wholeheartedly executes in leading the Justice Reform Implementation Unit (JRIU) in the Ministry of Justice.

Born in St Mary, but raised in Kingston, McBean, an attorney of 18 years, told All Woman that after completing a first degree in English and history at the University of the West Indies, she transitioned into law based on her passions and natural skill set.

“I heard it said so much that based on my personality — I was argumentative, spoke boldly and loudly, read a lot — the legal profession was a natural fit,” she said.

After law school, McBean worked at a firm for 10 years, became partner in her fourth year, and over time, under the mentorship of Eric Frater, amassed a wealth of experience in all the courts of Jamaica.

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