Caymanian attorneys admitted to the bar

Two Caymanian attorneys were
admitted to the Bar on Monday, 3 March.

Samuel Roy Banks Jr. and Pamela
Anita Mendez had applications for their general admission moved by Appleby Partner
Nicholas Joseph.

In his remarks, Mr. Joseph said it
was his distinct pleasure to appear for the general admission of two young

He added that both Mr. Banks and Ms
Mendez had received their Bachelor of Law degrees with honours in the summer of
2007, Ms Mendez from the University of Liverpool and Mr. Banks from the
University of London.

The two then undertook the
Professional Practice Course at the Cayman Islands Law School and received
certificates under Regulation 28 of the Legal Practitioners (Students)
Regulations with Commendation and Distinction respectively on 4 July, 2008.

Mr. Joseph said, “Appleby is proud
to have sponsored them and to have accepted them into Articles effective 1
Sept, 2008,” adding that Ms Mendez articled to Jeremy Walton of Appleby’s litigation
department, whilst Mr. Banks articled to Bryan Hunter in the firm’s corporate
commercial department.

He said both had worked hard with
their principals and formally concluded their articles at the end of February.   

Ms Mendez was born in the Cayman
Islands and completed her primary and secondary education between Cayman and Jamaica.

She obtained a Bachelor of Science
in Business Administration in 2004 with an emphasis in Finance at the Northern
Caribbean University in Jamaica.

She has been active in the
community and particularly her church. Among her many accomplishments is a
third place finish in the Commonwealth Legal Education Association Moot Competition
held in Nairobi Kenya in 2007.

Mr. Banks was born to Caymanian parents
in Marreo, Louisiana. He was educated in the Cayman Islands and was valedictorian
of his class at the Triple C School.

He obtained a Bachelors Degree in
business administration, before going on to obtain a Masters Degree in Applied
Economics from the University of Central Florida.

In addition to being a registered
financial advisor, Mr. Banks has started two companies, including one which
required him to work in Hong Kong for several months.

In admitting the attorneys to the
Bar, Justice Charles Quin said it was his pleasure to do so and praised both
attorneys for their stalwart efforts thus far in their careers.

Justice Quin also recounted Ms
Mendez’ Moot performance and encouraged her, saying, “Many people felt you
should have won it overall.”

Both Mr. Banks and Ms Mendes kept
their remarks brief and thanked friends and family, whilst affirming
dedication, integrity and duty.


From left: Samuel Roy Banks, Nicholas Joseph, and Anita Mendez stand outside the Court House.
Photo: Stuart Wilson