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Posted: Friday, July 26, 2019. 3:53 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Duke University Law School graduate Kara Nisbet, 31, has been home in Belize for a while now, but the fulfillment of a lifelong dream makes it even more humbling, she said, after being called to the Belize Bar at the Supreme Court this morning.

She was judged worthy of admission to the notoriously tough New York State Bar after securing a Masters’ in Law from Duke, ranked among the top ten law schools in the U.S. But she came home to work for two Senior Counsels, the late Michael Young and Glenn D. Godfrey, before going for her Certificate in Legal Education (CLE) at Norman Manley Law School in Kingston, Jamaica, and will practice here.

She counts Denise Courtenay and her husband, Senior Counsel Eamon Courtenay, among her chief influences, and the latter stood beside her before Chief Justice Kenneth Benjamin.

Kara holds an LLM with concentration is in banking and finance law, and she hopes to be given the opportunity to work with the gorverbment of Belize to assist with the Bankign issues that the sector has been facing.

“I think it’s an honor, first of all, to be part of the fraternity. I believe deeply that the officers of the court are those people who guard the law, and help in enforcing it. So I hope that I can bring what is expected of me and what other Senior Counsels and counsels that belong to the fraternity have done.”

Kara was supported by her family. She is the daughter of Derek Nisbet and Mrs. Isabel Arriaga of Belize City, and step-daughter of Dr. Pedro Arriaga.


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