Pictured above (front row, L-R): Patricia Ramsey Chronicle, Terry Ann Howell and Julie Lockhead. (back row) Assistant Dean Michele Anglade
Three students from the Florida International University College of Law participated in the Caribbean Law Clinic held in Nassau, Bahamas, earlier this month. The participating students included Patricia Ramsey Chronicle (3L), Terry Ann Howell (2L), and Julie Lockhead (4L).
The CLC is organized by the American Caribbean Law Initiative, a collective of American and Caribbean law schools with an interest in supporting the growth and development of the Caribbean Basin by facilitating collaborative relationships and strengthening its legal development and institutions.
As part of the clinic, participating students presented arguments on challenging legal issues to members of the Bahamian bench and bar.
“It was a fantastic experience and I learned a lot about researching comparative and domestic law in other countries, said Ramsey Chronicle. “ It was very rewarding to work together with students from other countries and argue before the lawyers of the Attorney General’s office in Nassau.”
Additionally, students had opportunities to work collaboratively with law students, legal educators and practitioners from the Caribbean.
“Being from Jamaica you would think I’d know how the Caribbean legal system works, said Howell. “But I didn’t. I am blessed to say that the CLC afforded me the opportunity to learn a lot about the Bahamas, its courts and the Caribbean in general – a place I may practice in one day.”
Each semester, according to the ACLI web site, the attorney general of a Caribbean jurisdiction refers legal problems to the CLC for students from the participating ACLI member law schools to research under faculty supervision.
The FIU College of Law will host the CLC in spring 2014.