Faculty - Cayman Islands Winter Break Program
Resident Director (Week 1): Stephanie A. Vaughan
Professor of Legal Skills, Associate Director of the Center for Excellence in Advocacy
Stetson University College of Law
Professor Vaughan graduated from Stetson in 1991, with honors, which included her receipt of the Outstanding Woman Law Graduate and Cecil and Augusta Bailey Scholarship Awards. While attending Stetson, Professor Vaughan served as comments editor of the Stetson Law Review and had a case note published in Volume 19-3, Municipal Immunity: A Historical and Modern Perspective. After graduating, Professor Vaughan practiced law in the Tampa Bay area for almost five years. Her practice consisted mainly of local government representation and employment discrimination litigation. Professor Vaughan was active in the Clearwater Bar Association, serving as President of the Young Lawyers Division, 1993-95. Additionally, she currently serves on the Barney Masterson Inn of Court Board of Directors. Before joining the Stetson law faculty as a full-time Legal Research and Writing Instructor, Professor Vaughan served as an Adjunct Professor for three semesters.
Resident Director (Week 2): Darryl C. Wilson
Attorneys' Title Insurance Fund Professor of Law and Co-Director, Institute for Caribbean Law and Policy
Stetson University College of Law
Before joining Stetson, Professor Wilson was an associate professor at Detroit College of Law (now Michigan State University College of Law). He has taught internationally in the Caribbean, Spain, Estonia, Zambia, and the Netherlands. He is the faculty advisor for the Intellectual Property Law Society, Sports and Entertainment Law Society, and the Black Law Students Association. He is the director of the Intellectual Property Law Internship Program, the American-Caribbean Law Initiative, and Co-director of the Institute for Caribbean Law and Policy.
Prior to devoting himself to full-time academia, Professor Wilson taught bar review courses and practiced in his hometown, Chicago, Ill. His varied career began as a fellow with the congressional Reginald Heber Smith Community Law program. He served his public interest law fellowship with the Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation. He later served as a staff attorney and pro bono coordinator for that organization. Thereafter, he served as in-house corporate intellectual property counsel for Soft Sheen Products, as a regional counsel for real property affairs with the UAW, and as the principal attorney in his own private firm.
Professor Wilson is an active member of numerous professional and community organizations, and he is also active in alternate dispute resolution serving as a neutral, mediator and/or arbitrator for international, national and state agencies. He has written several articles in his areas of expertise and co-authored a casebook on sports law. He has also been certified as a NFL Players Association contract advisor.
Professor of Law and Director, Center for International Law and Justice
Florida A & M College of Law
Professor Abate teaches courses in environmental law, international and comparative law, and constitutional law. Professor Abate joined the FAMU College of Law faculty in 2009 with fifteen years of full-time law teaching experience at Vermont Law School, Widener University School of Law–Harrisburg, Rutgers School of Law–Camden, Florida Coastal School of Law, and Florida State University College of Law. He also has taught International Environmental Law in summer abroad programs at the University of Nairobi Law School, the University of British Columbia Law School, and in Shimla, India, and International Ocean Law and Select Topics in U.S./Carribean Environmental Law in a winter intersession program at the Cayman Islands Law School. He has published widely on environmental law topics, with a recent emphasis on climate change law and policy. His climate change articles have been published in the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy (2006), Stanford Environmental Law Journal (2007), Connecticut Law Review (2008), William and Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review (2008), Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum (2009), Washington Law Review (2010), Pace Environmental Law Review (2010), Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law (2010), and Seattle Journal of Environmental Law (2011). Between his years in academia at Vermont and Widener, Professor Abate handled environmental law matters at two law firms in Manhattan. He holds a B.A. from the University of Rochester and a J.D. and M.S.E.L. (Environmental Law and Policy) from Vermont Law School.
Deborah Barker Roye
Truman Bodden Law School, Cayman Islands
Deborah Barker Roye is a Barrister, called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1994. She is a member of the Attorney General's Chambers in the Cayman Islands and remains a door tenant at the Chambers of Paul Mendelle QC and George Carter-Stephenson QC, 25 Bedford Row London, England.
Barker Roye is the assistant director of legal studies at the Cayman Islands Law School. Prior to this, she was head of the post-graduate Professional Practice (Bar) Course at the law school, having been course co-ordinator and founding co-designer of the Bar Vocational Course at the College of Law in London.
She is an IATC and NITA qualified advocacy trainer and has been involved for over 15 years in training advocacy and related evidence and procedure to legal trainees, skills trainers and lawyers on professional practice courses and continuing professional development courses.
Barker Roye is the author of two leading texts on Cayman Islands' law and procedure: Criminal Litigation in the Cayman Islands and Civil Litigation in the Cayman Islands (CILS Academic Press). She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Small Jurisdictions Service, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England.
Professor of Law
Oklahoma City University School of Law
Before joining the faculty, Professor Spivack practiced civil litigation at Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft, a New York law firm. She received her B.A. from Princeton, her J.D. from New York University School of Law, and her Ph.D. in English Literature from Boston College. She clerked for the Honorable Robert G. Flanders Jr. of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island.
Professor Spivack’s scholarship focuses on gender issues in property and trusts and estates law, as well as comparative law. She writes about ways inheritance law can and should take account of realities like spousal and child abuse, and about how American inheritance law compares with that of civil law countries.
Professor Spivack’s work is cited at length in various trusts and estates casebooks, and her article, “Let’s Get Serious: Spousal Abuse Should Bar Inheritance” was named one of ten “Must Read” Trusts and Estates articles of 2011 by TaxProf Blog, the leading estate planning and tax blog.