Kristin Drecktrah ’11 of Gomm & Smith was a panelist at the recent Bahamas Young Arbitrators Conference. The panel of attorneys discussed the role young practitioners are playing in promoting the Bahamas as a center for international arbitration in the Caribbean. Drecktrah and others also offered insight into how they developed their practices in international arbitration and gave advice on how to enter the field.

“Right now, there isn’t really a ‘go-to’ seat for international arbitration in the region,” said Drecktrah. “My fellow panelists and I discussed the importance of working to help make the Bahamas the regional hub.”

The Bahamas Young Arbitrators Conference was held on the eve of the International Centre for Commercial Arbitration’s (ICCA) conference. This year, the ICCA chose Miami as the host city for their worldwide, biennial conference.

Drecktrah’s interest in international arbitration started at FIU Law when she enrolled in Professor Gomez’ course on the subject. “It struck me as a thriving and fascinating area of law,” she said. While in law school, Drecktrah also participated in a number of international competitions including the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. “I am able to put the skills I learned at FIU Law into practice at Gomm & Smith where I focus on commercial arbitration, commercial litigation, and investment arbitration.

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