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Faculty - Cayman Islands Fall Intersession Program

Resident Director:  Kristen M. Cohen
Assistant Director of International Programs
Stetson University College of Law, Florida

Kristen Cohen received her M.Ed. in English in 2001 and her B.A. in English in 1998 from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. She also holds an A.P.S. in Paralegal Studies from Midlands Technical College in Columbia, South Carolina, graduating in 1995 after having served in Desert Storm with the United States Army. In addition to her military service, she possesses a wide range of international experience, working at the U.S. embassies located in Cairo, Egypt and Canberra, Australia as well as living in Berlin, Germany for two years. She has served as the resident director of the Stetson University College of Law summer study abroad programs in Oxford, England and The Hague, Netherlands as well as the fall intersession program in George Town, Cayman Islands. Cohen is recognized as a Certified Professional in Education Abroad by The Forum on Education Abroad. With a background steeped in academia, the legal field, and an international context, Cohen provides unique skills and knowledge to her current position at Stetson University College of Law as the assistant director of International Programs.

Mitchell Davies
Truman Bodden Law School, Cayman Islands

Mitchell Davies has been the Director of the Cayman Islands Law School since 1992. During his tenure, the Law School’s student population has burgeoned from around 25 students to well over 100. Mitchell Davies previously taught at the Universities of Bristol and Buckingham in the UK. He has published extensively in UK law journals, particularly in the fields of Criminal Law and Private International Law. These are areas in which Mitchell Davies continues to teach and maintain a close interest in. Mr. Davies has presented numerous academic papers at conferences in the UK, the Cayman Islands and regionally.

Mitchell Davies is a member of various academic and professional boards, including those of the University of Liverpool, UK, the Cayman Islands Criminal Sentencing Committee and the Cayman Islands Judicial Training Committee. Mr Davies is a board member of the American Caribbean Law Initiative, a group whose membership spans the Commonwealth Caribbean and the Southern United States. Mr. Davies is Secretary to the Cayman Islands Legal Advisory Council, a body which is charged with overseeing the provision of legal education in the Cayman Islands. Mr. Davies is married and has three children.

Joseph Morrissey
Professor of Law
Stetson University College of Law, Florida

Professor Morrissey received his A.B. from Princeton University and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. He practiced corporate and securities law for Mayer, Brown & Platt and later Kirkland & Ellis. He also spent several years overseeing a Russian asset portfolio for an investment company in Switzerland. His practice led him to run offices in Tashkent, Uzbekistan; Geneva, Switzerland; and Moscow, Russia.

In the summer of 2001, Professor Morrissey began his full-time academic career at Chicago-Kent College of Law. He joined Stetson Law in the summer of 2004.

Professor Morrissey has taught and published in the areas of contracts, constitutional law, corporations, securities and international private law. In 2008, Aspen published his first book, International Sales & Arbitration, which combines a focus on international contract law with the mechanism of dispute resolution most often used in those contracts and arbitration.

Lucille Ponte
Professor of Law
Florida Coastal School of Law, Florida

Lucille M. Ponte is a Professor of Law at Florida Coastal School of Law where she has taught cyberlaw, intellectual property, contracts and other business law courses. In the international realm, she participated in a sabbatical residency at the University of Sydney Law School, researching the Australian Law Reform Commission and its dispute resolution practices, and taught international arbitration and product liability seminars at Tartu University School of Law in Estonia. She is listed on the candidate roster for the Fulbright Specialist Program and served on the planning committee for the ACLI Conference on Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Her research focuses on the intersection of law, technology and business. She has published three law books and her international articles have appeared in Boston University International Law Journal, Tulane International and Comparative Law Journal, Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce, and Loyola of Los Angeles International & Comparative Law Journal. A member of the Massachusetts bar, she previously served as in-house counsel for technology firms and governmental agencies negotiating complex commercial agreements and claims as well as handling a broad range of internal legal matters.