New Caymanian Attorney Shamar Ennis was called to the bar on 14 July in a ceremony held in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.
Ms Ennis’ early education was undertaken at St. Ignatius Catholic School, where she graduated with several distinguished awards.
Her A Levels, in which she received awards in all subjects, were done at the Cayman Prep School.
Her academic achievements were lauded by Walkers Law Firm Partner Ingrid Pierce – who moved the motion for Ms Ennis’ application to be accepted to the bar – as only being rivalled by her love and abilities in the field of sports.
“Ms Ennis has shown herself to be a well-rounded and balanced individual whose accomplishments are not only academic but also athletic, having played basketball, softball and tennis at competitive levels and even representing Great Britain’s softball team during her time in college,” Mrs. Pierce said.
She said Ms Ennis’ interest in law had been kindled during a 2001 internship at Quin and Hampson Law firm, now Mourant Ozannes and joked that she imagined Justice Quin might be familiar with the former. Having been a partner at the firm at that time, Justice Quin replied in an equally jovial tone, “Yes, it seems she is an exceedingly excellent candidate,” to which the gallery chuckled heartily.
In addition to representing the Cayman Islands at the Global Young Leaders Conference, Ms Ennis’ journey also led her to the London School of Economics, where she graduated with LLB Honours and the College of Law, where she received her post graduate diploma in legal practice.
In 2009, she did an internship in private trust with Walkers. Her articles were completed on 4 July, 2011, and she will join Walkers’ finance and litigation team forthwith.
Justice Quin told those on hand in the court room that it gave him great pleasure to accede to the application and invited Shamar Ennis to sing the role as an attorney of the Grand Court.
Upon adorning her gown and wig, Ms Ennis said she was grateful.
“It is an honour and privilege and I intend to do my best to uphold the profession’s high standard of integrity and service,” she said.
She also thanked all who had supported her along the way, especially her parents Anthony and Karla Ennis, who she said taught her the importance of hard work and perseverance.
Justine Quin wished Ms. Ennis all the best in her career and told her that her address was one of the most sincere he had heard. He also thanked Walkers for their commitment to developing young attorneys.