A 205-page book titled “Ira Rowe – Caribbean Lawyer” was launched last Thursday (Sept. 7) in tribute to the late Ira DeCordova Rowe, former Chief Justice, President of the Court of Appeal and Solicitor General of Jamaica.
The book launch and signing took place at the Law Library of the St. Thomas University in North Miami.
Written by his son, Florida attorney, David Rowe, the book has been described as an inspirational account of the life and work of the late judge containing tributes from prominent persons, including former Jamaican Prime Minister P.J. Patterson. Other contributions include materials, tributes and cases pertaining to the legal opinions of the former Chief Justice as well as a series of photographic mementos.
Speaking to an audience including members of the South Florida legal fraternity, Consul General Ricardo Allicock spoke of the former Chief Justice as a legal giant commending him for his contributions to Caribbean law. He also lauded the author for ‘penning the accomplishments and valuable work of the great judge’ which the Consul General said, would serve as a historical record about former Chief Justice Rowe.
Also addressing the gathering of book enthusiasts, author David Rowe also spoke of fond memories of his father who died at age 75 in January 2004, while on assignment in the Bahamas.
He also referred to his late father’s involvement in the development of a Caribbean Court of Justice, although he did not live to see its realization, he added.
Citing the accomplishments of the late judge, David Rowe described his father as towering giant of Caribbean jurisprudence noting that he had served as judge in several other islands including Grand Cayman, Turks and Caicos, and Belize as well.
Other tributes were shared by former Jamaican Consul General to Southern USA, John Atkins, former Trinidadian Ambassador to the USA and United Nations, Hon. Barry Augustine, and President of GARAI Publishing, Dr. Garth Rose.
The book is published by GARAI Publishing in Lauderhill, and is available in book stores and to on-line readers.
A similar book launch will also take place in Jamaica early next month.