Jody Powery-Gilbert has been called to the Bar of the Cayman Islands and is now a Crown Counsel with the Legal Department.
Attorney General Samuel Bulgin QC moved the application for her admission, setting out her qualifications.
Mrs. Powery-Gilbert completed her legal studies through the Cayman Islands Law School, receiving her Bachelor of Laws honours degree from the University of Liverpool in 2003.
In 2005 she received the law school’s O.L. Panton Memorial Prize for best performance in the Professional Practice Course. She also passed the qualifying examination with distinction.
In her first court address, before Mr. Justice Alex Henderson, Mrs. Powery-Gilbert acknowledged the contribution of the law school.
Expressing appreciation to the director and lecturers, she said, ‘My success here today is a testament to the fact that the Cayman Islands Law School, through its affiliation with the University of Liverpool, can and does provide a solid legal education for aspiring young Caymanian attorneys like myself.’
In fact, Mrs. Powery-Gilbert noted later, she is a product of the government school system. The daughter of Carlon and Judy Powery of West Bay, she attended John A. Cumber Primary School, George Hicks Middle School, John Gray High School and then the Community (now University) College, where she earned an associate degree.
Her work experience included administration at the Water Authority and with Deloitte Touche. She expressed gratitude to her employers there for providing her with flexible part-time employment while she pursued her law degree.
Mrs. Powery-Gilbert completed the requisite period of articleship with the Legal Department, where she conducted research and helped prepare trial bundles for both civil and criminal matters. She also assisted the International Division with the processing of requests for mutual legal assistance.
She is married to Andrew Gilbert, an IT technician. The couple has one daughter.