Anya Ritch has been admitted to the
Cayman Islands Bar.
The motion for acceptance was made
by attorney Michael Alberga on 8 October.
Mr. Alberga said it was a great
pleasure to move the admission, adding that Ms. Rich, a Caymanian from Jamaica
who has strong roots in Cayman Brac, chose Cayman as the place to take up her
She completed her Articles of
Clerkship with Partner Ruth Hatt on 30 September and will work in Thorpe and
Alberga’s corporate and finance department, where Mr. Alberga said she had
shown a keen interest and exceptional aptitude throughout her tenure.
“She has continuously demonstrated
her excellent skills at quick thinking, adaptability and a knowledgeable grasp
of the issues at hand. We are proud to have her as a member of our team and
believe she will provide a valuable contribution to the firm,” he added.
Ms Ritch’s father, Dr. Melvin
Ritch, is the son of the late Royce Ritch, who was born in Cayman Brac and
lived there until he was 12. Her father was born and raised in Jamaica, where
he married Karen Wong, with whom he has raised four children.
Ms Ritch graduated from Immaculate
Conception high School in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1998 and earned a bachelor’s
degree in English from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 2002.
She completed her studies at the
Cayman Islands Law School with a Bachelor of Law Degree (Honuors) in 2006 and
the Professional Practice Course in 2008.
Mr. Alberga said: “The partners,
associates and all members of staff of Thorpe Alberga congratulate Anya on her
significant achievements and look forward to continuing to work with her.”
Upon accepting the motion to admit
Ms Ritch to the Bar, Justice Charles Quin said it was a great pleasure to
accede to the motion.
In an emotional acceptance speech,
Ms Ritch called the morning’s events, “one of the greatest moments of my life,”
and thanked all at Thorpe and Alberga for their support and encouragement.
She concluded by referring to her
parents as her greatest inspiration, stating, “My accomplishment this morning
is very much yours.”