Palestinian Breaks the Record as Longest Serving Lawyer in the World

Fuad Shehadeh, 91, has been practicing law since 1949. (Photo: via Palestine Now)

Palestinian veteran lawyer, Fuad Shehadeh, 91, broke The Guinness World Record as the longest serving lawyer in the world. A gathering was organized yesterday in Ramallah to celebrate his achievement. Shehadeh has been serving as a lawyer since 1949.

The gathering included screening a short documentary about Shehadeh’s life and achievements, including black and white photos of him at various Palestinian courts.

Palestinian figures and ministers attended the gathering in appreciation and recognition of Shehadeh’s achievement.

A representative of the Guinness Book of Records said in a recorded video message, “We have double-checked and made sure that Shehadeh is the longest-serving lawyer ever.”

Shehadeh attended the Saint George School in Jerusalem before moving to Lebanon and attending the American School in Beirut. He then returned to Jerusalem where he attended a college of law, and graduated before the end of the British Mandate in Palestine in 1948.

Shehada lost the sight of one of his eyes after an accident in 1978. Years later, and due to age, he lost sight in the other eye, but continued to work as a lawyer.

The short documentary displayed at the gathering revealed that his legal office has 10 practicing lawyers, including his own grandson.


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