Faculty - Cayman Islands Fall Intersession Program

Resident Director:  Joseph Morrissey
Professor of Law
Stetson University College of Law

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.


Scott Atkins
Lecturer in Law
Truman Bodden Law School, Cayman Islands

Professor Atkins graduated with a First Class Law degree from the University of Birmingham (UK) in 1997 before undertaking postgraduate professional studies to become a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales. He spent time in legal practice dealing with all types of real estate transactions, from sales and purchases of houses to multi-million pound commercial leases. He subsequently became a lecturer at the University of Law (UK) before joining the University of Derby (UK) where he was later appointed head of law. Professor Atkins joined the Truman Bodden Law School as a lecturer in 2017.

Professor Atkins has written extensively about the law of Trusts and Contract. His book, Equity & Trusts, is in its second edition (2016, Routledge) and he has also written articles for Trusts & Trustees (OUP), Westlaw’s Insight encyclopaedia and Lexis-Nexis. He remains a visiting professor at the Institute of Law, Jersey, where he is also a member of the Academic Board.


Jonathan Gutoff
Professor of Law
Roger Williams University School of Law, Rhode Island

Professor Jonathan Gutoff is one of the nation’s top experts on piracy and maritime law issues. In addition to his popular courses on Administrative Law, Admiralty, Civil Procedure, and Remedies, Gutoff is a former acting director (and present faculty member) of RWU Law’s Marine Affairs Institute. His articles have appeared in top legal publications such as the Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce (“The Law of Piracy in Popular Culture”), the Tulane Law Review and the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. He has addressed regional, national and international conferences on marine and environmental law issues, and he is regularly sought out for his expert commentary by media outlets as diverse as the National Law Journal and National Public Radio.


Cynthia Hawkins
Professor of Law
Stetson University College of Law, Florida

Professor Hawkins teaches and writes in the area of family law, with a specialty in adoption law. She is the faculty coordinator for the Family Law Internship Program. She was an associate professor at New England School of Law (Boston, Mass.) from 2000-2002. Previously, she was an associate professor at Syracuse University College of Law and an assistant professor at Duquesne University School of Law (Pittsburgh, Pa.). She is a full, tenured professor at Stetson.

Prior to joining the academy, she served as an administrative/magistrate judge for the Contract Appeals Board in Washington, D.C., as general counsel for the District of Columbia Department of Administrative Services, and as committee counsel and staff director for the Committee on Government Operations of the Council of the District of Columbia.

Professor Hawkins has written articles on topics that include Florida's ban on "lesbi-gay" adoption; transracial adoption; the expansion of kinship care and adoption as a solution to the U.S. foster care and adoption crises; the adoption crisis facing African-American families and potential solutions through application of the Indian Child Welfare Act; the history of the insanity defense and its fictional application as analyzed using the "literature as law" approach, a phrase she has coined; and a comparison of the Socratic and problem methods in legal education.

Professor Hawkins is the past chair of the AALS Women in Legal Education section. She is also an executive board member for the Florida Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Professor Hawkins is also an active member of the St. Petersburg Bar Association and an affiliate member of the Florida Bar Association. She is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.


Danné Johnson
Constance Baker Motley Professor of Law
Oklahoma City University School of Law, Oklahoma

Professor Johnson’s research and scholarship is focused on contemporary issues in the areas of securities regulation, nonprofit organization, civil procedure, and race, class, and gender influences. She has published articles related to these topics, and she is a sought-after speaker in the areas of nonprofit, race, and feminism. Johnson is a highly-regarded teacher, and she leads the Civil Procedures Skill Integration Project for OCU. She has taught in London and China.

Johnson is active in professional organizations, including the American Association of Law Schools’ Committee on Sections and Annual Meetings. She was the chair of the Section on Women in Legal Education. In that position, she established the Section’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She was honored to lead a delegation of section members to present the first Lifetime Achievement Award to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She is admitted to practice in New York state and the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.