Stetson University

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.

Randall Abate
Professor of Law and Director, Center for International Law and Justice
Florida A & M College of Law

Randall S. Abate joined the Florida A&M College of Law faculty in 2009 with fifteen years of full-time law teaching experience at Vermont, Widener-Harrisburg, Rutgers-Camden, Florida Coastal, and Florida State. He teaches courses in domestic and international environmental law and justice, constitutional law, and animal law. He has taught international and comparative environmental law courses in study abroad programs in Nairobi, Vancouver, Buenos Aires, Northern India, and the Cayman Islands. Professor Abate has published and presented widely on environmental law topics, with a recent emphasis on climate change law and justice. He is the editor of What Can Animal Law Learn From Environmental Law? (ELI Press, forthcoming Nov. 2015), Climate Change Impacts on Ocean and Coastal Law:  U.S. and International Perspectives (Oxford University Press, forthcoming Dec. 2014) and Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples: The Search for Legal Remedies (Edward Elgar 2013) (co-edited with Professor Elizabeth Kronk Warner). He taught a Climate Change Adaptation Law and Justice course in the inaugural Summer Environmental Law Program at China University of Political Science and Law in 2014, and a Climate Change Law and Justice course at National Law Academy in Odessa, Ukraine on a Fulbright Specialists grant in 2013. Early in his career, he handled environmental law matters at two law firms in Manhattan. Professor Abate 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
PPC Leader

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.

Carla Spivack
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.

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