Cayman’s newest attorney, Shiona Jamel Creary (nee Allenger) was called to the bar last week in a traditional Grand Court ceremony before Mrs. Justice Priya Levers.
During her maiden speech, Ms Creary spoke of the difficulties of pursuing a law degree from the Cayman Islands Law School, holding down a full time job and caring for her family.
‘The fact that I was able to overcome these difficulties, perceived or otherwise, and be where I am today is partially due to what my husband fondly refers to as my Cayman Brac stubbornness and mostly due to the belief others had in me,’ she said.
Ms. Creary’s admission to the bar was moved by Attorney Sherri Bodden-Cowan, who set out the applicant’s educational background.
She explained that Ms Creary started at Cayman Prep School and graduated from Spot Bay Primary School in Cayman Brac. She then attended the Brac High School for two years until her family migrated to the US. She completed her secondary education at North Miami Senior High, graduating when she was just 16.
After graduating from the Legal Career Institute in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with an associate degree as a paralegal in 1993, Ms Creary attended the Cayman Islands Law School (University of Liverpool) and earned her LL.B with honours. She went on to receive her certificate in Cayman law through the law school’s affiliation with the University of Belfast.
Ms Creary completed her articles of clerkship with Bodden & Bodden after receiving instruction from Attorney Roger Nelson of Nelson & Company and Attorney Keith Collins of Keith Collins and Company between July 2003 and February 2004.
Ms Bodden added that the new attorney dedicates time to the Legal Befrienders Association and is the outgoing president of the Savannah primary School PTA.
In her address to the court, Ms Creary thanked the attorneys who had been involved in her training. She expressed appreciation and gratitude to firm partners Ms Bodden-Cowan and Attorney Lynn Bodden-Smatt ‘not only for the guidance I have received during my articleship but also for the opportunity, honour and privilege to be working with such qualified and respected attorneys.’
She also thanked her husband, Martin, and her children, Jerome and Juliana, ‘for their never-ending support, guidance and encouragement and for always believing in me during my four years of study.’
In closing, Ms Creary declared, ‘I am proud to be a Cayman Islands attorney and I look forward to serving the laws of the Cayman Islands and being a part of this noble establishment.
‘I promise to take this admission seriously and to uphold my duties as an attorney at law and at all times endeavour to uphold the integrity of the judicial system of this community.’
Mrs. Justice Levers said it was a pleasure to welcome a Caymanian working with a Caymanian law firm.