Lashonda Powell called to the bar

| 31/03/2019
CNS Local Life
(L-R) Justice Richard Williams, Lashonda Powell and William Jones, Ogier attorney (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

(CNS Local Life): Lashonda Powell has been admitted to practise as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands, with her application moved by Ogiers attorney William Jones before then-Acting Chief Justice Richard Williams on Tuesday, 26 March. Powell graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2016 with a bachelor of laws degree with honours. She then completed the Legal Practice Course in 2017 at the University of Sheffield, where she was awarded a master of arts in legal practice.

Powell previously earned an honours bachelor of science degree from the University of Toronto, with a double major in psychology and political science, stated a press release. 

In moving the application, Jones told Powell’s family, friends and colleagues in the courtroom to witness the ceremony, “It is a particular pleasure for me, as a Caymanian myself, to move this application on behalf of a fellow Caymanian.”

He added that Powell, who was the Ogier scholarship recipient in 2016, “has an impressive record.”

In addition to her other academic achievements, while pursuing a bachelor of laws degree from the University of Liverpool, she also completed an advanced negotiation and mediation course at the London School of Economics.

During her studies, she interned with the Office of the Complaints Commissioner and various local law firms. She undertook her articles of clerkship at Ogier, where she completed seats in investment funds, corporate and banking, dispute resolution and private client and trusts.

In his application, Jones said, “Miss Powell is very aware of the overriding importance of integrity towards clients, opponents and, above all, the Court,” and added, “I know that her family and friends and her colleagues at Ogier are very proud of her accomplishments.”

In her address to Williams, Powell thanked Ogier for the scholarship, the clerkship position, and for supporting her through her articles. She paid tribute to Jones, in particular, for “being a great mentor”.

She also singled out the Savannah United Church for special thanks, and paid tribute to her parents, Eddinton and Ernestine Powell. She thanked them for their guidance, inspiration and for teaching her “the value of hard work”, expressing appreciation for their “unconditional love and unwavering support,” and adding, “I love you both deeply and I know that I would not have gotten to this day without you and God in my life.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations! Ignore the troll.

  2. Anonymous says:

    “I know that I would not have gotten to this day without you and God in my life.”
    Ahh, sweet. I would forget about God – he didn’t help at all – but word of friendly advice: try not to use the word ‘gotten’ in Court!