21 December 2023 Apia Samoa. Joshua Filisi Leung Wai, eldest son of former Attorney General Tuatagaloa Aumua Ming Leung Wai and Chief Executive Officer of SSAB, Afioga Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai, was admitted to the bar and sworn-in as an Officer of the Court by His Honour the Chief Justice, Satiu Simativa Perese at a special ceremony this morning.
Joshua thanked the Lord for the success of his educational journey thus far and for making it all possible for him.
“First and foremost, I give all the glory to God as he is the source of all our blessings” Joshua said during interviews with the press after the ceremony.
Joshua Filisi is a son of Moamoa, Sapunaoa, Poutasi, Iva and Moata’a, and he was surrounded by his extended family during his admission.
Joshua acknowledged the prayers and support of his parents, grandparents, extended family and friends.
“I am very blessed with the love and support of my parents, brothers, grandparents, extended family and friends,” he said.
At the ceremony, His Honour the Chief Justice Satiu Simativa Perese said, “You are now an officer of this Court and what you make of yourself as a lawyer no longer depends on your law degree but what you do with the talents God has given you,”
As part of the eligibility criteria to the bar, Chief Justice Perese said Joshua Filisi Leung Wai duly qualified, is of good character and a proper person to be admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Court.
The Chief Justice advised Joshua that whichever path he chooses in his legal journey, he must tread humbly because his talent is a gift from God.
Joshua Filisi Leung Wai attained his law degree with honours from the Waikato Univeristy. Twenty years ago, Joshua’s parents each graduated with their own law degrees from the same university.
Two decades later Tuatagaloa and Tofilau are proud that their own son has himself also completed a law degree with flying colours from the same institution.
The power couple say they are blessed that Joshua aims to return to Samoa and serve the people at home.
“Joshua is looking forward to serving his people, our Samoan people faithfully and to the best of his abilities..”