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A Bermudian woman who took a non-traditional route to the legal profession has been Called to the Bar.

Gambrill Robinson, 46, has completed her pupillage at Canterbury Law and joined the firm as an associate.

She is working with the directors of Canterbury on civil litigation and employment law disputes.

Juliana Snelling, a director at Canterbury, introduced Ms Robinson last Friday in the Supreme Court before Puisne Judge Nicole Stoneham.

Ms Snelling said Ms Robinson was a “renaissance woman” and said her dedication and patience was noteworthy.

She added: “I have been very impressed with the quality of her work, her work ethic, and her discerning legal mind.”

Ms Robinson thanked her “Canterbury law family”, including directors Paul Harshaw and Ms Snelling, and lawyer Jules Harvey.

She said she was inspired by Mr Harshaw’s “work ethic and encyclopaedic knowledge of the law”, and she thanked Ms Snelling “for taking a chance on me”.

Ms Robinson added: “I have learned so much working with you.

“I so admire your work ethic and your meticulous approach to everything you do.”

Ms Robinson grew up in Baltimore, Maryland.

She attended Washington & Lee University in Virginia, and graduated with degrees in economics and art history.

Ms Robinson has worked as a ski instructor in Wyoming, and for a company that calculated the odds for horse and dog racing.

She was on holiday in Bermuda when she met her future husband, James Robinson and moved to the island in 2005.

Ms Robinson worked at Masterworks, putting her art history degree to use.

She enrolled in law school in 2011 when her daughters, Cece and Issey, were four and three years old.

Ms Robinson earned a graduate diploma in law, with distinction, from BPP University of Law in 2013 and a master of laws in professional legal practice, and a diploma in legal practice, with distinction, from the University of Law, also London, in 2016.

She completed both through a mix of online and in-person studies.

Ms Robinson thanked her parents, Pam and John Corckran, Mr Robinson – and nanny Medelyn Flojo – for their support.

She also thanked Gill White for the gift of the wig that belonged to her late husband, lawyer Chesley White. Ms White and Ms Robinson’s mother are cousins.

Ms Robinson thanked her daughters, now 13 and 12, for attending her Call.

She told them: “What I really hope you take from this experience is that we don’t always have a set path in life. You don’t have to go from point A to point B and never stray from your straight line. Life is fluid.”

She added: “What I want to impart to you is that whatever you decide to do with your life, your journey is not set in stone.

“Enjoy it, but know that you are never too old to reinvent yourself.”

Call to the Bar: Gambrill Robinson (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Call to the Bar: Gambrill Robinson (Photograph supplied)
Call to the Bar: Gambrill Robinson, right, with Juliana Snelling (Photograph supplied)
Call to the Bar: Gambrill Robinson (Photograph supplied)

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Published December 11, 2020 at 8:00 am (Updated December 10, 2020 at 6:15 pm)

Woman Called to the Bar after a winding road to law

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