Dana Seetahal SC, Keith Sobion,  and Isreal Khan SC among six to be honoured Hugh Wooding Law School at its 50th-anniversary gala dinner

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Dana Seetahal SC, Keith Sobion, and Isreal Khan SC among six to be honoured Hugh Wooding Law School at its 50th-anniversary gala dinner

Six esteemed graduates of the Hugh Wooding Law School will be honoured at its 50th-anniversary gala dinner and awards on July 13. Among them posthumously are special prosecutor and independent senator Dana Seetahal SC, posthumously former PNM attorney general and principal of the Norman Manley Law School Keith Sobion, president of the Criminal Bar Association Israel Khan SC, president of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) president Justice Adrian Saunders, of St Vincent and the Grenadines, former CCJ judge and law school tutor Rolston Nelson and CCJ judge Justice Andrew Burgess, of Barbados.

The prestigious law school will be honouring the graduates for their contributions and service to legal education to generations of Caribbean lawyers. The black-tie event will be held at the Hilton Hotel. Seetahal, who was born on July 8, 1955, attended law school in 1977. She was called to the bar in 1979. She went on to work as a state prosecutor from 1980 to 1987 and served as a magistrate from 1987 to 1988 before returning as a senior state prosecutor from 1988 to 1991.
From 1995 to 2007 she was course director and senior lecturer at the law school. She was appointed an independent senator between 2002 and 2010. She was elevated to senior counsel in 2006.

Former PNM attorney general and principal of the Norman Manley Law School Keith Sobion. Sobion had made the call for the establishment of a family court during his tenure as AG between 1991 and 1995 and was the first West Indian-trained lawyer to head the law school in Jamaica. Sobion was nominated to be Speaker in April 2002.

The president of the Criminal Bar Association Israel Khan SC, who graduated from law school in 1979, is also among the awardees. He previously received the school’s long service award in 2004. The president of the Criminal Bar Association Israel Khan SC,  graduated from law school in 1979, is also among the awardees. He previously received the school’s long service award in 2004. The outspoken Khan has a wide practice in the local and regional courts in the Caribbean and was recently included on the International Criminal Court’s list of defence advocates at The Hague, Netherlands to represent people charged with international crimes. He has been an associate tutor at the law school for the past 36 years.

The present president of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) president Justice Adrian Saunders, of St Vincent and the Grenadines, former CCJ judge and law school tutor Rolston Nelson and CCJ judge Justice Andrew Burgess, of Barbados, will also be honoured.