Message from the Student Chapter
Student Chapter Representatives (2016-2017)
The Student Chapter of the Caymanian Bar Association ("Student Chapter") held their annual elections in December 2016 and are pleased to announce that the Student Chapter Representatives for 2016-2017 are as follows:
(i) Undergraduate/LLB Representative: Juliana Woods
Juliana is a final year undergraduate student at the University of Kent in the historic city of Canterbury, Kent. She is pursuing a BA (Hons) Law and Accounting & Finance degree. Juliana is a Maples and Calder scholar and intends to qualify as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands. She is the Vice President of the International Students Committee at the University of Kent, a committee member of the Kent Student Law Society and a Cayman Student Ambassador in the UK.
Juliana will go on to study the Legal Practice Course with a Masters in Business at BBP Law School, London Holborn.
Juliana has been an active member of the Caymanian Bar Association Student Chapter and is delighted to be appointed as this year's Undergraduate/LLB Representative.
(i) Postgraduate/LPC & PPC Representative: Diana Tibbetts
Diana Tibbetts is currently a Legal Practice Course and Business Masters student at BBP Law School, London Holborn who is sponsored by Maples and Calder. Diana has been a proactive student during her studies. She is the founder of the Circle K International service club at the Truman Bodden Law School and served as president. She is a Willem C. Vis. Moot Alumni and was the charity representative of the student society. Diana believes in empowering other Caymanian students to pursue their dreams and this is why she is on the Proud of Them Committee Board, an award scheme presented to Caymanian youth for their excellent achievement. .
Diana is delighted to be the LPC/PPC representative of the CBA and bring considerable experience to bear ha ing been the Undergraduate/LLB representative last year. She also looks forward in sharing her ideas to help other Caymanian law students for their potential career path.
(ii) Articled Clerk Representative: Myfanwy Leggatt
Myfanwy (Myffie), is an Articled Clerk with Maples and Calder, a LLM LPC graduate from the University of Law (Moorgate) and a LLB (Hons) graduate from the University of Exeter. Through a keen interest in finance, she has acquired over a decade of internship experience between London and the Cayman Islands.
In addition to the CBA, she is a member of 100 Women in Finance and the International Bar Association and has served on various CBA Student Chapter working groups helping to produce solution-based working group papers addressing diverse areas for legislative reform and/or consideration in the Cayman Islands.
The Caymanian Bar Association congratulates all representatives on their appointments.
About the Student Chapter
The Student Chapter was established to provide a responsive forum for Caymanian law students and Articled Clerks seeking a career in law. The Student Chapter strives to enhance the academic and social environment for its members, individually and collectively, by acting as a liaison between Student Members and the Council of the Caymanian Bar Association ("Council"). Caymanian students currently enrolled in law school, the Professional Practice Course ("PPC"), the Bar Vocational Course ("BVC"), the Legal Practice Course ("LPC") or serving Articles of Clerkship are eligible to become an Honorary (Student) Member of the Caymanian Bar Association ("Student Member"). For more information on becomming a Student Member, please go to the "Membership" section of this website.
The Board of the Student Chapter consists of 3 student representatives, each from the (i) Undergraduate/LLB, (ii) PPC/BVC/LPC and (iii) Articled Clerk levels. Student representatives are appointed by way of an election from the Student Members.
The Student Chapter strives to cultivate positive relationships amongst its Student Members and the Council. Annually, the Student Chapter promotes and hosts lectures in conjunction with the Council and the Truman Bodden Law School. Presentations are given by legal practitioners, undergraduates, PPC/BVC/LPC students and Articled Clerks. These formal sessions are provided to educate prospective students on the value of a law degree; opportunities both locally and overseas, the challenges of the industry and the future of the practise of law in the Cayman Islands. The Student Chapter provides ongoing guidance to Student Members on all levels on the various avenues for funding their law degree, scholarships, internships, and obtaining placement for Articles of Clerkship locally and overseas.
In keeping with its founding purpose, the Student Chapter organises many academic and social events throughout the year and all Student Members are encouraged to participate. Each summer, the Student Chapter organises a research project; the project is not aimed to test any particular area of legal knowledge. Instead, students are given an opportunity to interact with other Student Members by engaging with an unconventional topic to provide an in-depth analysis on a chosen area. The Student Chapter hosts an annual social for all prospective and current Caymanian law students and Articled Clerks. Such events allow for prospective and current student members, along with Articled Clerks, an opportunity to network amongst themselves, fellow Student Members, alumni and other members of the legal community.
The objectives of the Student Chapter are to raise awareness of the role and benefits of becoming a Student Member and to increase the size of its membership. In 2014, the Student Chapter in conjunction with the Truman Bodden Law School established the first Cayman Islands Law School Moot Society.
Becoming a member of the Student Chapter does not stop once you graduate. The Student Chapter is expanding its activities and programs to ensure that all Student Members are provided with practical guidance and advice for the duration of their career.