Jurist of the Year Awards

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Ms. Raychelle Omamo, 2002

Before her appointment in 2003 as Kenya's Ambassador to France, Ms. Raychelle Omamo was a former Chairperson of the Law Society of Kenya and a leading legal practitioner in Kenya.

She made history as the first woman to become the Chairperson of the Law Society of Kenya. Before then, she had been a member of the Council of the Law Society of Kenya and was actively involved in its activities.

Ms. Omamo was a joint recipient of the award together with the late Ms Grace Githu. She was given the award in recognition of her tireless efforts at protecting the constitutional review process. This was apparent in the various fora where she spoke on the issue. When the continuation of the process was threatened, Ms. Omamo led a campaign, called the Yellow Ribbon Campaign, as a protest against moves to halt the review process. This act was in itself courageous, rooted in principle, and inspiring to all Kenyans who had indicated their desire to have a new constitution.

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