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Published 14th December 2018, 2:5pm

Students at the Truman Bodden Law School (TBLS) recently represented the Cayman Islands at the American-Caribbean Law Initiative (ACLI) in taking part in the Caribbean Law Clinic (CLC) hosted by the Stetson University College of Law, Florida. The students were accompanied by law school Director, Mitchell Davies.

Cayman’s team comprised second year LL.B students, Patri Gail Allen, Brad Johnston and Andre Issa.

The ACLI brings together law schools from across the Caribbean including Jamaica, Trinidad and the Bahamas as well as The US.

Students had the opportunity to argue their cases before a panel of judges which included two assistant Florida Attorneys General. In preparing their arguments, students benefitted from feedback provided by Faculty of the participating law schools.

Cayman last hosted the ACLI in 2015 and is next set to host the ACLI in March 2020.

Andre Issa commented:

“The American Caribbean Law Initiative is an invaluable opportunity which all students should seek to engage in. This clinic has given me an opportunity to improve my public speaking abilities which is a skill that I wish to carry on for the rest of my legal career. Because of this and the opportunity to network with various other Law Schools, students are strongly urged to consider taking part in this initiative.”

Brad Johnston noted:

The American Caribbean Law Initiative is a fantastic opportunity for all students at TBLS looking to venture outside of their comfort zone. The soft skills which were developed throughout the Clinic such as teamwork and oral advocacy seem to be greatly sought after by prospective employers and I am immensely grateful to have participated in the Clinic. Being able to interact with so many legal experts was invaluable as they provided insightful and constructive feedback to our arguments. All students should most definitely consider this program if they are looking to improve their confidence and get advice from top-tier academics and practitioners alike.”

Patri Gail Allen stated:

“I am honored for having the opportunity to represent TBLS at the ACLI competition. It was a wonderful learning experience because, although initially daunting, the presentations enhanced my public speaking skills and confidence in presenting my work. Any student who is considering participating at the next Clinic should definitely do so; you will not regret it.”

Mitchell Davies, TBLS Director, commented:

“Being able to have our students participate in international events and competitions provides another example of the law school’s burgeoning reputation as centre of legal excellence and an outstanding legal education provider in the Caribbean. Each of the TBLS students at the Stetson meeting acquitted themselves commendably and further developed their skills of advocacy and legal research. Each deservedly received positive mention from the experienced panel of US judges.”