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       March 8 - 9, 2019

          UWI Regional Headquarters,

         Kingston, Jamaica

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Our Speakers

The Women In Law Jamaica Conference sessions will be lead and addressed by speakers who are leaders in their field. It will also feature men speakers who have been allies and can share their role and experiences in the advancement of women in the workplace.  The discussions will be rich and dynamic enabling you to reframe how you see yourself and re-image what you project to others.   

Camille Facey

Camille is the first of three speakers in our "Finding Your Niche: Working as In-House Counsel-Challenges and Opportunities" session. She is a former vice president, as well as a legal and regulatory specialist, at Cable and Wireless Jamaica.

Christopher Reckford

Christopher Reckord

Christopher Reckord is the Chief Executive Officer for information technology (IT) support organization tTech Limited, Jamaica’s only pure play Managed IT Services Provider (MSP). His organization provides outsourced IT services that enable and support what is common to all businesses – the need to increase business revenue, performance, profitability and competitiveness.

Chris evangelizes to local businesses that rather than managing their IT infrastructure themselves, high performance organizations, both large and small, have found that outsourcing their IT requirement provides a slew of benefits. His 31 years of experience in IT Industry includes a range of executive management roles in IT organizations locally and in the USA. He is a regular speaker on IT industry related topics in Jamaica.

Chris is currently the Chairman of The eLearning Jamaica Company where he has served as a Board Member since 2009. He is a council member of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) and serves as Chairman of their membership committee. He also serves as Council Member for the Jamaica Computer Society and as board member for Betting Gaming Lotteries Commission.

The Honourable Mr. Justice Dennis Morrison, P

The Honourable Mr. Justice Dennis Morrison, P

Dennis Morrison is the President of the Court of Appeal. He was appointed a judge of the Court of Appeal of Jamaica in 2008 and of the Court of Appeal of the Cayman Islands in 2015. He has served as a judge of the Court of Appeal of Belize from 2004-2015.

Dennis entered private practice in 1982 at DunnCox where he headed the firm’s litigation department. While there, he appeared as an advocate in a wide range of matters in Jamaica. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1994. He has appeared before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council on several occasions. Currently a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), he also acted from time to time as sole arbitrator in various commercial and construction law disputes in Jamaica.

Since 1978 he has served the Norman Manley Law School as lecturer, Associate Tutor and course director. He occasionally served as an adjunct lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of the West Indies. Between 1998 and 2005, he was chairman of the Council of Legal Education.

Donovan Walker

Donovan C. Walker

An Attorney-at-Law called to the Jamaican Bar in 1991. Donovan is the Managing Partner at Hart Muirhead Fatta and he specializes in the areas of corporate, commercial, maritime, real estate, mortgage financing, mergers and acquisitions, complex transactions and investments, sports and entertainment law.

Donovan served as the President of the Jamaican Bar Association (2014-2016) and presently sits on Bar Council and is a member of the Association’s Commercial Law, Publications, Revenue and Continuing Legal Education Sub-Committees.

Donovan is the Chairman of Subway (Jamaica) Limited and is a Director of the Companies Office of Jamaica, the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, the Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce Pocket Rocket Foundation, Citizens Action for Free and Fair Elections (CAFFE) and Jamaica Beverages Limited. He is presently the Chairman of the Maritime Authority Pension Fund and served as a Director of the Consumer Affairs Commission, Jamaica.

He is a Distinguished Past President of the Rotary Club of Saint Andrew.

Donovan read for a Bachelor of Laws at the University of the West Indies as well as a Master of Laws at the University of London. He also studied at the Norman Manley Law School where he is presently an Associate Tutor. He serves as an external examiner for the Faculty of Law, University of Technology.

He was named as one of the Leading Commercial Lawyers in Jamaica by Chambers Global and IFLR 1000.

Donovan is married to Ingrid and they have two Daughters.

Frank Walwyn

Frank Walwyn

Frank Walwyn is a litigation partner at WeirFoulds LLP in Toronto, one of the oldest firms in Canada. He has a multi-jurisdictional practice that focuses on high-stakes business disputes. He is licensed to practice law in Canada, and is also a member of the bars of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada and St. Kitts and Nevis. The cases Frank has litigated range from multi-jurisdictional corporate disputes involving shareholder rights and directors duties, to forensic investigations into fraud and corruption, to reciprocal registering and recognizing judgments from Canada, the UK, the US and the Caribbean, to complex offshore trusts and estates litigation, frequently involving assets in varied foreign jurisdictions.

Frank is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been repeatedly named as one of Canada's top lawyers in the area of Corporate and Commercial Litigation in The Best Lawyers in Canada. Frank participates on many legal and community boards and initiatives and is a frequent presenter and skills trainer at continuing professional development programs on various legal topics. Frank has been recognized often for his significant contributions and dedication to the profession and the community, including as a recipient of the Ontario Bar Association Award for Distinguished Service (2016), the Lexpert Zenith Award: Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion (2016), the Planet Africa Award for Professional Excellence (2014), The Law Society of Upper Canada's Lincoln Alexander Award (2013) and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012).

Ira Schwwartz

Ira M. Schwartz

Ira M. Schwartz is a partner in Parker Schwartz, PLLC located in Phoenix, Arizona.  He practices primarily in the intellectual property area, representing a broad range of clients from large corporations and universities, to small and medium sized high tech businesses, to individual artists, authors and inventors.  His practice includes litigating and defending patent, trademark, and copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation cases in federal courts, state courts, and through arbitration; and transactional work including preparing licensing and royalty agreements, manufacturing and distribution agreements, technology related employment agreements and restrictive covenants; and prosecuting copyright and trademark applications, both in the U.S. and internationally.

Mr. Schwartz lectures frequently on the topics of Computer and Internet Law, Intellectual Property Law and International Arbitration of Intellectual Property Disputes.  He is a past Board member of the International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw) and a past president of the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of Arizona. Mr. Schwartz is also a Judge Pro Tempore of the Arizona Superior Court.  In addition to his active intellectual property litigation practice, he regularly serves as a mediator and an arbitrator.

Judge Janet Nosworthy

Judge Janet Nosworthy

Judge Janet Nosworthy currently sits as a Trial Chamber Judge of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and was sworn in as such in March 2009.

Judge Nosworthy’s legal professional experience spans over four decades at both the public and private Bar. Since her initial call to the Bar, she has enjoyed sustained practice and engagement, predominantly in the field of Criminal Law at all levels of the Court system. She additionally practiced in Family & Matrimonial Law, with special focus on Laws relating to children, women and their rights.

Judge Nosworthy’s journey into the field of International Criminal Law as a member of the Judiciary began in November 2005 when she joined the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

She has written and lectured on legal topics relating primarily to criminal law and was a contributor of a number of articles published in the Gleaner and Observer between 1981 and 2005 on issues such as Family, Women, Children/Child Abuse, the Death Penalty and among other areas. She has also participated in the Global Leadership of Women (GLOW) project as an International Judge in the Judicial Training of Judges of West Africa and South East Asia and is presently a member of the International Association of Women Judges.

Judge Nosworthy was called to the Bar of Gray’s Inn in 1972 and was admitted to practice in Jamaica and Antigua in 1973 and 1978 respectively.

Julie Thompson-James

Julie is the second of three speakers in our "Finding Your Niche: Working as In-House Counsel-Challenges and Opportunities" session. She is a former general counsel at SCOTIABank in Jamaica, and was their vice president of business support. Today, she has more than 15 years of experience as an attorney.

Lisa Walker Johnson

Lisa Walker Johnson

Lisa Walker Johnson is a founding principal of Walker Clark LLC. She is an internationally recognized expert in the implementation of business strategy and managing complex changes in law firms. Lisa’s professional background is as a counseling psychologist, with more than ten years’ experience in senior levels of business management and learning and development, especially in banking, prior to her more than 22 years’ experience consulting exclusively to law firms and corporate and government legal departments worldwide.

Lisa Walker Johnson deals with some of the most difficult, complicated problems of legal practice management, lawyer performance, and leadership. She is also an expert on all aspects of business planning and implementation enterprise-wide, by business unit or practice specialty. As a psychologist with intensive experience in law firm management issues, Lisa also is particularly effective in helping law firms to manage sensitive and frequently difficult change management issues, such as law firm mergers and the transition of leadership between generations of partners.

In short, she helps lawyers and law firms to make better-informed decisions, achieve challenging goals, and get the best business results.

Lisa has published extensively in these areas and appears frequently at major international conferences of legal professionals, including both the worldwide and regional conferences of the International Bar Association, the World Women Lawyers Conference, the Balkan Legal Forum, the Caribbean Commercial Law Workshop, and numerous international law firm networks. 

Lisa completed a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with advanced education in psychology and cross-cultural communications from Michigan State University. She is a member of the faculty of the International Institute of Law and Business in Panama City, Panama, and Miami, Florida, where she teaches a graduate course in change management in the LL.M. program.

Dr. Lloyd Waller

Dr. Lloyd Waller

Dr. Lloyd Waller is the Head of the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies (Mona Campus) and a Senior Lecturer in Human, Social, and Political Behaviour. His primary areas of research and expertise are (1) advanced research methodologies (specializing in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research); and (2) digital transformation (government, business, and society).

In the last ten years, Dr. Waller has published over 100 publications (books, scientific research papers, and technical reports) covering areas such as - cybercrime, youth mainstreaming and empowerment, youth in governance and development, innovations in research methods, e-government, e-participation, e-governance, e-voting, and e-protesting. He has received several Principal’s Award for research with the greatest business/economic/development impact from the University of the West Indies (Mona Campus).

Dr. Waller is also the Chairman of the Board for eGov Jamaica Ltd, the government agency responsible for the Digital Transformation of Jamaica. He has also managed several local, regional, and international research projects related to youth development, youth and democracy, as well as the use of information and communication technologies for government and governance (e-government and e-governance).

Dr. Waller currently lectures advanced research methods (qualitative and quantitative research methods) at the University of the West Indies (Mona Campus). In the last decade, he has developed and lectured courses in electronic governance, project management, youth and democracy, electronic government, strategic management, organizational behavior, as well as cybercrime at The University of the West Indies (Mona, Cave Hill, and Open Campus), the Organization of American States, the University College of the Caribbean, the Caribbean Institute for Media and Communications, the Institute for Cultural Studies, Institute for Gender and Development Studies, as well as Excelsior Community College to name a few.

Norman Clark

Norman Clark

Norman Clark is one of the founders and currently the managing principal of Walker Clark.

He leads the Walker Clark strategy practice and is recognized as a leading authority on the strategic development of mid-size law firms worldwide. He also advises law firms worldwide on strategy, mergers and acquisitions, profitability, partnership structure and governance issues, practice management and quality assurance, and compensation systems.

Norm is a retired member of the Pennsylvania bar. Before becoming a full-time consultant to the legal profession 23 years ago, Norm served the legal profession in a variety of roles, such as trial lawyer, trial judge, law professor, legal advisor to senior government officials, and senior manager of an 800-lawyer international legal services organization.

He holds B.S., J.D., and LL.M. degrees. He is a member of the faculty of the International Institute of Law and Business, in Miami and Panama City, where he teaches a course in law practice management in that school’s LL.M. program.

He is a past chair (2009-2010) of the Law Firm Management Committee of the International Bar Association, and a frequent speaker at legal conferences worldwide. He currently a member of the Advisory Board of the IBA Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee, and a member of the IBA Latin American Regional Forum, the Asia-Pacific Regional Forum, the North American Forum, and the IBA Alternative Business Structures Committee.

He also is a member of the American Bar Association Section of International Law, a co-chair of its Transnational Practice Management Committee, and an incoming Vice Chair of the ABA Latin America & Caribbean Committee.

Norman Clark is a published author and commentator on law firm strategy and management.

Dr. Nsombi Jaja

Dr. Nsombi Jaja

Dr. Jaja runs a consulting practice that provides assistance to businesses in the areas of strategic management, leadership development, and customer service. She has more than 20 years of experience working with banks, telecommunication companies, and other major clients, which has led to much of what she's written. She is the author of "How Leaders Develop Spiritual Intelligence" and "Reach for the Stars," which has motivated many to achieve excellence.

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Rochelle Cameron

Rochelle is the third of the three speakers in our "Finding Your Niche: Working As In-House Counsel-Challenges and Opportunities" session. She has been the vice president of the legal and regulatory team at FLOW Jamaica for more than 15 years, with similar experience as a general counsel attorney.

Tracy Robinson

Tracy Robinson

Tracy is a Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies (Mona) and has been a lecturer at the UWI for more than 10 years.

Tracy has a Bachelor of Laws from the UWI and Masters in Law from the renowned Yale Law School. Tracy was a Rhodes Scholar and acquired a Bachelor in Civil Law from Balliol College, Oxford University.

Tracy has much to say on women's rights, gender, and diversity in the workplace. She has participated in Facilitating Women’s Human Rights Advocacy Course, Women, Law and Development International”. She has also lectured in Global Human Rights and National Moral Controversies” and ‘Feminist Engagement and Entanglements with Human Rights’ as a visiting professor at the University of Puerto Rico Law School.

Paola Holst

Paola Holst

Mrs. Paola Holst is a Senior Business Partner at the Human Resources Department of the Inter-American Development Bank.

Paola is a Fulbright scholar with a Juris Doctor in Roman Law system and a Master of Laws in Common Law Studies from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, as well as the Republic of Ecuador.

With 15+ years of experience in international law, strategic planning, organizational development, human resources programs and policies, change management, as well as performance management, Paola has also specialized in providing legal advice on several Human Resources issues including Ethics and Disciplinary matters and has extensive knowledge on internal Dispute Resolution mechanisms.

She has been an advisor to IDB´s management on employment issues of national and international staff across the 26 field offices in Latin America and the Caribbean. She is a natural facilitator with a passion to support conflict resolution and a strength in negotiation using the Harvard model. She is coach and mentor to staff while striving to support IDB´s efforts in improving lives in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Paola’s interests are human rights, productivity, and competitivity as well as gender and diversity issues. Paola is currently based in the Jamaica Office in Kingston where she provides services throughout the Caribbean. Paola is also married and a mother of two kids.

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