Press Releases

Mr. Bromby gives presentation to the NYU School of Law via Zoom

 

Michael Bromby gave a presentation to the New York University’s School of Law this week, via Zoom.  He was invited by Prof. Kris Franklin, the Director of Academic Initiatives at the law school, as part of their Initiative for Excellence in Law Teaching (IELT) seminar series.

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His presentation focused on student learning and student-generated content to promote deeper learning and understanding of course materials.  The discussion involved the use of technology, distance and blended learning (particularly in the times of COVID restrictions) and peer engagement in collaborative learning.

 

TBLS Student Society hosts, ‘All that Jazz’

 

(Caymanian Times) – The Student Society of the Truman Bodden Law School hosted their annual fundraiser on 26th June at the Marriott Hotel.

 

The evening – titled, “All that Jazz” featured a cross section of the Islands’ business community, along with past and present students of the institution.

 

Remarks came from Cayman Islands Premier Wayne Panton, who is also an alumnus of the institution, as well as other guest speakers.

 

Over 260 persons packed the hotel’s ballroom for the black tie event.

 

“We are delighted that the students society of the Law School organised this event with the local business community to raise funds for several important causes,” noted Deputy Director of the Law School, Mr. Scott Atkins.

 

President of the Student Society Julie Campbell noted that the every year the school hosts a gala to raise funds for the moot competition, which is usually held in Vienna. However with Coronavirus casting a shadow on travel this year, it meant that the funds would instead go toward the organisation’s very first scholarship for a young Caymanian to attend the Law School, as well as the Alex Panton Foundation; a Non-Profit Organisation with the primary objective of raising awareness for mental illnesses affecting children and young adults.

 

Alumnus, Counsel Member and renowned Defence Attorney Richard Barton, whose firm sponsored a table at the event noted, “We support the social and core components of the Law School and applaud the healthy representation of the business community at tonight’s gala.

 

“As a former student, there is certainly a degree of nostalgia and pride, juxtaposed with a new appreciation from an industry perspective; a sort of looking back at one’s self from the other side of things.”

 

The theme of the event was ‘Inspiration and Empowerment’.

 

One of the highlights of the evening was the address by Cayman Islands Premier Wayne Panton, who was joined by his wife Jane.

 

The Alex Panton Foundation is the namesake of their son.

 

Both expressed their appreciation at the Law School’s gesture of kindness and contribution to the Foundation, which has been working in the Cayman Islands since Alex’s passing, to assist young persons struggling with mental health issues.

 

https://www.caymaniantimes.ky/news/law-school-hosts-all-that-jazz

 

Ms. Panades opens up public procurement to the general public in J. A. Roy Bodden seminar

 

LLM Course Leader Laura Panades presented her research at a seminar honouring J. A. Roy Bodden.

 

Panadès argued that civic engagement is the common topic of Bodden and public procurement.

 

Then, she outlined how all citizens can engage with procurement to obtain information about public projects.

 

The conference, entitled ‘J. A. Roy Bodden – Public intellectual: Enlightening the Caymanian society’, discussed Bodden’s works.

 

The two-day seminar covered all areas of Caymanian society, including education, politics and economics.

 

The Cayman National Cultural Foundation hosted the event at the Harquail Theatre.

 

You can listen to Panadès’ presentation in full here: https://youtu.be/m3DURXUNcDQ?t=10437.

 

TBLS holds Graduation & Awards Ceremony 2021

 

Truman Bodden Law School held its 2021 Graduation and Award Ceremony on Friday, 30th July 2021 at the Governor’s Ballroom of The Westin Casuarina Hotel.

 

A photo gallery of the event can be viewed here.

 

A footage of the event can be watched here.

 

 

Professional Practice Course

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Anglin, Kattina

Carrazana, Daniella

Ebanks, Nelva

Gonsalves, Allison

Jimenez, Amandy

Johnston, Brad – Pass with Distinction

Mathew, Anitya

Simpson, Raedean – Pass with Distinction, Prize Winner

Watling, Holly – Pass with Distinction

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University of Liverpool – Master of Laws Degree

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Balderamos, Frank

Caudeiron, Renee – Pass with Distinction

Donaldson, Renee

Lee, Sophia

Roulstone, Sharon

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University of Liverpool – Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Degree

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Carter, Jackie

Cummings, Colleen

Gibbs, Tracy

James, Janet

Lee, Daniel – 1st Class Honours

Martinez-Suckoo, Janelle

Moyle, Ghita

Powery-Rosales, Luis

Quintana-Gonzalez, Kathy

Seymour, Jeffrey

Titus, Tiffany – 1st Class Honours, Prize Winner

Vaughan, Annette

Watler, Amber

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Sweet and Maxwell Law Prize for Best Performance in the 1st Year Modules

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Valdez, Daisy

Segal, Andrei

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The University of Liverpool Law Association Prize and Butterworths Lexis Nexis Law Prize for Best Performance in the 2nd Year Modules

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McNaughton, Jesse

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Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce Prize for Best Performance in the 3rd Year Modules

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Titus, Tiffany

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The Tim Shea Memorial Prize for Best Performance over the Honours Degree Programme

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Titus, Tiffany

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Dean’s Prize of the School of Law and Social Justice, Liverpool University for Outstanding Performance

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Titus, Tiffany

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The O.L. Panton Memorial Prize for Best Performance over the Professional Practice Course

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Simpson, Raedean

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Attorney General’s Trophy for Best Performance in the Qualifying Examinations

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Simpson, Raedean

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Ms. Panadès represents Law School at CIMA Law Studies event

 

LLM Course Leader Laura Panadès represented TBLS at the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority Legal Studies networking seminar.

 

This event offered a taster of core areas of legal education.

 

Partners from local law firms provided their insight and expertise.

 

Panadès spoke about European Union Law, as module leader, and why it matters to the Cayman Islands.

 

Other presentations included Contract, Tort, Equity and Trusts and Professional Ethics.

 

The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority sponsored this event.

 

The event took place at the Westin Hotel in Seven Mile Beach on 9 August.

 

 

FURTHER PRESS INFORMATION AVAILABLE FROM

 

Laura Panades

laura.panades@gov.ky

945-0077 ext. 229

 

Law students appear on Cayman Crosstalk

 

Senior law students, Ghita Moyle, Daniel Lee and Tiffany Titus, were on the radio show Cayman Crosstalk on Rooster 101.9 FM last Wednesday, June 23, 2021.They spoke about the current activities (particularly the upcoming Student Gala) and new developments in the law school with host Chanda Glidden, an alumna of TBLS.

 

The segment can be viewed on Cayman Crosstalk’s Facebook page starting at 1 hour, 10 minute mark.

 

 

Queen’s birthday celebrated, Mr. Davies recognised with the British Empire Medal (BEM)

 

GRAND CAYMAN (GIS) – Members of Parliament, senior civil servants, community leaders, and members of the public came together at a new venue to mark the 95th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Monday 14 June 2021.

 

This year’s celebration at Government House on West Bay Road featured all the traditional highlights and regalia of the occasion including the traditional parade by uniformed services, a royal salute and three cheers for Her Majesty The Queen.

 

Past and new recipients of Queen’s and National Honours were also recognised in a brief ceremony which preceded a garden party reception.

 

The Queen’s Birthday Parade contingent, led by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS), included detachments from: the Cayman Islands Fire Service, HM Prison Service, Girls Brigade, Scouts, the Cadet Corps and Seventh Day Adventist Pathfinders. Meanwhile taking part for the first time were the Cayman Islands Regiment and the Cayman Islands Coast Guard. The RCIPS Band provided music.

 

During the awards ceremony, His Excellency the Governor, Mr Martyn Roper, presented Director of Customs and Border Control Charles Clifford with a medal recognising him as a Member of the Most Excellent the British Empire (MBE).  Mr Clifford received the award in the New Year’s Honours List in 2020 for services to customs and border control.

 

Deputy Governor, Hon. Franz Manderson, who introduced Mr Clifford, ended by noting that the Queen had recognised Director of the Truman Bodden Law School, Mr Mitchell Davies, with the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

 

The focus then shifted to National Awards as Premier, Hon. Wayne Panton, acting for the first time in his capacity as Chancellor of the Order of the Cayman Islands, presented Pastor Randall von Kanel with the Member of the Order of Cayman Islands award.

 

While Pastor von Kanel’s award for charitable works and service to the community was announced at the start of the year, he was unable to attend the National Heroes Day investiture explained Cabinet Secretary and Secretary to the Order Samuel Rose. Mr Rose emceed that portion of the ceremony.

 

The awards ceremony was immediately followed by a garden party reception on the grounds of Government House, that was open to the public, and hosted by Governor and Mrs Roper.

 

Describing the new venue for the Parade outside Government House as a great success, His Excellency the Governor Martyn Roper noted: “Over 800 people attended the Garden Party afterwards in the grounds of Government House, the largest turn-out for a Queen’s Birthday event in recent memory. My huge thanks to all on the Parade, the teams at Protocol and Government House for outstanding work to make this such a special occasion”.

 

 

Bio: Mitchell Davies

 

Mitchell Davies has been the Director of the Truman Bodden Law School since 1992, then the Cayman Islands Law School. During his tenure, the Law School’s student population has expanded from around twenty five students to a total undergraduate and postgraduate enrolment approaching one hundred students. Mitchell previously taught at the Universities of Bristol and Buckingham in the UK. He has published extensively in UK law journals, particularly in the fields of Criminal Law and Private International Law, including The Comparative and International Law Quarterly, Legal Studies, the Journal of Criminal Law and the Charities Law and Practice Review. He has also published in regional and US law journals. Criminal Law and Private International Law are areas which Mitchell continues to teach and maintain a keen research interest in. Mitchell is the General Editor of and contributor to the Cayman Islands Law Review, published annually by the Truman Bodden Law School. Mitchell has presented numerous academic papers at conferences both in the UK, and the Cayman Islands.

 

Mitchell is a member of various academic and professional boards, including those of the University of Liverpool, Oxford Brookes University, the Cayman Islands Criminal Sentencing Committee, the Cayman Islands Judicial Training Committee and the American Caribbean Law Initiative, a practical legal advocacy training group, whose membership spans the Commonwealth Caribbean and the Southern United States. Since 1992, Mitchell has been the Secretary to the Cayman Islands Legal Advisory Council, a body which is charged with oversight of legal education provision in the Cayman Islands.

 

Mitchell is married to Shevaun and they have three adult children who live in the Cayman Islands.

 

Mr. Bromby presents a paper at the Institute of Law Teaching and Learning’s annual conference

 

Mr. Michael Bromby, law lecturer, presented a paper at the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning’s annual conference.

 

The conference theme was Reflecting Back and Moving Forward: Effective Instruction in Online, Hybrid and In-Person Learning Environments and his paper was entitled Pecha Kucha in a Speed-Networking Format as a Student-Led Revision Aid, focusing on how his teaching was adapted to the Covid lockdown in 2020.

 

 

Mr. Perkins contributes a paper to the ATINER conference

 

Mr. Andrew Perkins has contributed a paper entitled ‘The Legal And Economic Questions Posed By The German Constitutional Courts Decision In The PSPP Case’ to the ATINER conference on Business, Economics and Law in Athens, Greece.

 

Mr. Perkins paper evaluates the decision and its effect on the decision making of central banks together with its wider implications for the European Monetary Union.

 

The paper has been accepted for publication and will feature in the Athens Law Journal later in 2021.

Law School Lecturer publishes research on European Parliament work experience

 

TRUMAN BODDEN LAW SCHOOL LLM Course Leader Laura Panades’ research on European institutions has been published in the Croatian International Relations Review.

 

Ms. Panades’ published article presents a critical account on data collection methods drawing from her past work experience at the European Parliament, before joining TBLS.

 

She worked in the European Parliament as a Schuman trainee in the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Unit from October 2014 to February 2015. This was a very valuable, enriching experience and developed the fieldwork of her doctoral dissertation, which she is completing at the University of Cambridge.

 

This publication comes as a result of a thorough review process and a double blind peer review.

 

An early version of these findings was presented at the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council ‘Bridging the gap: Integrating theory and practice in the economic and social sciences’ conference on 15 April 2015 at the University of Cambridge.

 

Ms. Panades’ expertise will feed into her teaching of European Union Law at the Law School, where she advises students on how to access EU training opportunities.

 

Laura Panades, LLM course leader and author of the research, said:

 

“This article is a critical account of my work experience at the European Parliament and serves as a case study for my doctoral fieldwork.

 

“I continually encourage our students to take on such experiences, which contribute to building valuable skills in the job market such as self-organisation, punctuality and resilience.”

 

Mitchell Davies, Law School Director, said:

 

“This publication is very welcome and provides evidence of the relevance and importance of the Law School’s research output.

 

“The Law School encourages its staff to publish their research as evidence of the high calibre of work undertaken by TBLS staff.”

 

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

 

The article is available online at www.cirr.irmo.hr. Paper copies of Ms. Panades’ article are available at the Law School’s library on request.

 

The Croatian International Relations Review is an academic journal focusing on interdisciplinary social science studies. The journal is supported by the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia and indexed in 40 scientific databases.

 

 

FURTHER PRESS INFORMATION AVAILABLE FROM

Laura Panades: laura.panades@gov.ky  Tel: 945 00 77 (ext. 229)

 

Ms. Panades, local lecturer, unlocks Caymanian expertise via interviews

TRUMAN BODDEN LAW SCHOOL LLM Course Leader Laura Panades’ latest research has been published in The Round Table.

 

The Round Table is a leading, refereed journal on Commonwealth studies.  It covers important developments in law and policy.

 

This publication underwent a thorough double-blind peer review for quality assurance, and is evidence of the world-class skills of Cayman’s civil service.

 

Public Procurement regulates public purchases with the private sector. It affects more than CI$100 million yearly. It arrived onto Cayman’s shore three years ago. The system might be recent, but it is here to stay.

 

Cayman’s efforts are part of a good governance wave sweeping the Caribbean. However, they include unique features for our country.

 

This article features a round of interviews of local Government stakeholders. They provided valuable insight based on their experience. The interviews build on Miss Panades’ research expertise on local public procurement.

 

This research will feed into the LLM in International Finance module on the Law of Public-Private Partnerships at the Law School, covering comparative models of public procurement, including Cayman.

 

Laura Panades, LLM course leader and author of the research, said:

 

“This article draws from public procurement developments directly from those driving it forward.

 

“Such insight is unprecedented in the study of Caymanian public procurement.”

 

Mitchell Davies, Law School Director, said:

 

“The article showcases the expertise of our Law School lecturers resulting in high-quality published research and their commitment to inform Caymanian society via the medium of legal education.”

 

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

 

The Round Table – Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs is a top journal on Commonwealth law and policy.

 

The Round Table publications can be accessed via their website:

 

https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ctrt20/current

 

Paper copies of the article can also be provided at the Truman Bodden Law School on request.

 

FURTHER PRESS INFORMATION AVAILABLE FROM

Laura Panades: laura.panades@gov.ky  

Tel: 945 00 77 (ext. 229)

 

Dr. O’Brien contributes a chapter to “Legal Transfers in the Caribbean History”

Dr Derek O’Brien has contributed a chapter to a collection of essays on Legal Transfers in Caribbean History. Dr O’Brien’s chapter focuses on the ability of the citizens of Commonwealth Caribbean countries to participate in the amendment of their Constitutions as a means of redressing their Constitutions’ perceived lack of autochthony; Commonwealth Caribbean Constitutions being not home-grown but rather the creation of the imperial Parliament in Westminster.

 

The collection is being edited by Victoria Barnes and Emily Whewell of the Max Planck Institute of Legal History and will be published by Cambridge University Press.

Dr. O’Brien contributes a chapter to a Festschrift for Lord Kerr

Dr. Derek O’Brien has contributed a chapter to a Festschrift ( a collection of writings published in honour of a scholar) for Lord Kerr, a former Justice of the UK Supreme Court. Dr O’Brien’s chapter focuses on Lord Kerr’s role as a member of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in hearing appeals from the sovereign states of the Commonwealth Caribbean.

 

The Festschrift is due to be published by Hart Publishing later this year.

 

For more information, please contact:

 

Dr. Derek O’Brien

Derek.O’Brien@gov.ky

 

Links to the publisher sites:

Judicial Mind: A Festschrift for Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore (UK) (Hardback)

Judicial Mind: A Festschrift for Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore (US) (e-Book)

Truman Bodden Law School hosts virtual law clinic

A group of four Truman Bodden Law School (TBLS) students participated in the Caribbean Law Clinic (CLC) hosted by TBLS on 19 and 20 November 2020. The CLC is the flagship event of the American Caribbean Law Initiative and was hosted virtually by TBLS for the first time in the organisation’s 20-year history.

 

The four TBLS participants were two second year students, Sharon Roy and Diana DeMercado and two third year students, Tiffany Titus and Daniel Lee.

 

The Clinic takes place annually, being hosted by member schools in rotation. The law school which participated in the virtual clinic in addition to TBLS were: The Norman Manley Law School, Jamaica, The Eugene Dupuch Law School, Bahamas and Florida International University’s School of Law.

 

The November CLC required teams, comprising students drawn from the different law schools, to present legal opinions based on Cayman Islands law to a panel of Clinic judges comprising the Cayman Islands Solicitor General, Ms Reshma Sharma, the Cayman Islands Deputy Solicitor General, Ms Claire Allen, and the Cayman Islands Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Patrick Moran. TBLS is grateful to the Honourable Chief Justice and the Courts Administrator and staff for kindly hosting the Clinic. The CLC is a unique advocacy training exercise which requires students to work collaboratively with their peers from the other participating schools both in conducting their pre-Clinic research and in the presentation of their legal arguments. The CLC is also unique in requiring participating students to become familiar with the laws and procedure of the host law school.

 

The participating TBLS students commented:

 

“The Law Clinic was an amazing experience for all of us at the Truman Bodden Law School. It was a great opportunity to work alongside students who study law in other jurisdictions and to assist them in researching and preparing arguments based on our local laws in the Cayman Islands. It was a learning curve for all of us as we had to work with the other students remotely, which proved to have its fair share of challenges. However, it was extremely rewarding to see it all come together in the end with students from all the schools delivering impressive arguments and demonstrating commendable advocacy skills.

 

“In the end, it was a delight to see it all come together and the different styles all the students had when delivering their arguments, along with the various approaches taken to answer the problems at hand. We all took on the positive feedback given by the judges which will help each of us to become better advocates in the future. This was definitely an experience we are grateful to have been a part of and would recommend future TBLS law students to take part in if they are given the opportunity to do so.”

 

Law School Director Mitchell Davies praised all four TBLS students for their hard work in preparing for the Clinic and for successfully negotiating the additional challenges presented by the virtual nature of the exercise and the pre-clinic research and collaboration with other team members. Mr. Davies echoed the comments of the judges who complimented all teams on their thorough preparation and sound advocacy skills in mooting technical points of Cayman Islands law and procedure.

 

The next meeting of the Caribbean Law Clinic is scheduled to take place in November 2021 when the host institution will be Florida International University, Miami.

 

 

Photo caption: Left to right: TBLS students Diana DeMercado, Daniel Lee and Sharon Roy. Missing is student Tiffany Titus who participated remotely.

Photo: Andrew Perkins