The John Mensah Sarbah Memorial Prize, the top award at the Ghana School of Law, is presented to the student with the best all-around performance in the Professional Law Examination.
The award is named after John Mensah Sarbah, the first native of Ghana to be called to the bar by Lincoln’s Inn in 1887.
Of the 278 students of the Ghana School of Law who were called to the Bar on Friday, October 1, 2021, Samuel Pinaman Adomako was adjudged winner of the John Mensah Sarbah Memorial Prize. He also won the award for Best Student in Law Practice and Legal Accounting.
Samuel Adomako attended Prepmeh College before gaining admission to Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to study Law.
During his time at KNUST, he was a member of the KNUST Students Parliament House and Judicial Committee; and served as the Judicial Chairperson of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC).
Winning top awards, however, is not new to Samuel. He won the Overall Best Graduating Student award in 2019, given to the student with the highest aggregate weighted average at the KNUST Faculty of Law.
In addition, he was adjudged as the Best Male Student at the Law Faculty. He was also adjudged as the Best Delegate by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Committee during the Ghana International Model United Nations Conference in 2017.
Samuel Adomako has an interest in litigation, corporate governance, and Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms.
A few months ago, he collaborated with his colleague Daniel Akuoko Darkwah Jnr to write an article on “Law Practice in an Age of Artificial Intelligence” published in the Ghana School of Law Students Journal 2021 (page 53).
The article explored the emerging trends in AI and presumed that AI would not replace lawyers, contrary to the fears of many legal practitioners. It will instead play a key role in optimizing productivity.
They also explored some of the challenges that the adoption of AI may present and made some recommendations.