Red Carpet gala excellence

Students of the Cayman Islands Law School were exhorted to excellence by keynote speaker Derek Jones at the Student Society’s annual Red Carpet gala fundraiser last weekend.

“Let the things you do be the answer for those who would tear you down,” Jones said in remarks that were lively, wise and sprinkled with humour.

“Find the time to teach and to train…to ensure the future success [of the community]. Find the time to teach the law and the tenets of this great profession.”

Jones, who is regional managing partner at Higgs & Johnson, reminded the students, “It’s OK to make money, but not at the expense of excellence,” and commended and congratulated the students on their excellent work.

The students honoured law school Director Mitchell Davies for his 20 years of service and dedication to the school, and the Student Society made a donation to the Big Brothers Big Sisters organisation “to help change the lives of children here.”

Julian Hutchinson, president of the Student Society, says this fundraising event is one of two for the society, which uses the money to help sustain the society and to benefit BBBS.

He and fundraising coordinator Craig-Anthony Jervis, along with the entire Student Society board, put on a truly ‘red carpet’ event at the Grand Old House, featuring champagne and hors d’oeuvres, a three-course dinner and a silent auction that included artwork among the numerous offerings.

Beyond the glamour and the giving, the event serves another purpose: “It’s not just to raise funds,” says Hutchinson, “but to give the students an opportunity to mix with the movers and shakers.”

Gold sponsor for the event was Krys Global. Other sponsors included Walkers, Appleby, Mourant Ozannes, Ogier, Thorp Alberga, Ernst & Young and Maples and Calder.