Bahamian law student, Griffin moots for and meets Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
While Prince Harry makes an official visit to The Bahamas this week, Bahamian law student Barry Griffin was selected among top students in the United Kingdom to moot for and meet Prince Harry's grandmother Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. (A moot is a simulated court proceeding where participants draft legal briefs and participate in oral argument and advocacy before judges.)
As part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the Queen officially opened the East Wing of Somerset House as the new front door of the University of London's, King's College.
Bahamian law student Barry Griffin was handpicked as one of four top students at the University of London who had the pleasure of mooting for Her Majesty, displaying their legal knowledge and advocacy skills.
After the moot, Griffin, who was selected to be the principal speaker during the moot for the Queen, had an opportunity to speak and interact with Her Majesty.
At King's College Barry Griffin has been one of the top students academically and extracurricularly. He served as President of the Law School's Bar Society and also as interim-Chairman of the United Kingdom Law Students Association.
Currently, Griffin is President of The Bahamas Law Students' Association, which is the representative body of all Bahamian law students.
Barry holds a Bachelor's degree from Saint John's University in Minnesota and when in Nassau has done work placements at the chambers of Bostwick and Bostwick and Graham Thompson & Co.
"Mooting before the Queen was an extraordinary experience and having an opportunity to speak with her was incredible. It was nerve wrecking having to argue in court with the Queen just two feet away from me, watching and listening intently. It was also a very proud moment for me. I was thrilled that I was selected to be the principal speaker who the Queen got to listen to. It was an immense honour. Queen Elizabeth was very gracious and was very kind with her words. Our conversation was very enjoyable. It's a moment that I surely won't forget," said Griffin.
In a similar capacity in 2010, Barry Griffin has also met with Princess Anne, Queen Elizabeth's only daughter.
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