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‘Ira Rowe – Caribbean Lawyer’ a 205-page tribute to the late Ira DeCordova Rowe, former Chief Justice, President of the Court of Appeal and Solicitor General of Jamaica, was launched recently at 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 Prime Minister P.J. Patterson. Also included are materials and cases pertaining to the legal opinions of the late former Chief Justice as well as a series of photographic momentos.
Consul General to Miami, Ricardo Allicock, in his remarks at the launch held in the university’s law library, described Justice Rowe a “legal giant”, who contributed 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.
Author David Rowe had fond recollections of his father, who died in January 2004 at age 75, while on assignment in the Bahamas.
He described his father as a “towering giant of Caribbean jurisprudence”, who served as judge in several other islands including Grand Cayman, Turks and Caicos, and Belize, and was involved in the development of a Caribbean Court of Justice.
Other tributes were shared by former Jamaican Consul General to Southern United States, John Atkins; former Trinidadian Ambassador to the United States and the United Nations, Barry Augustine, and President of GARAI Publishing,Dr. Garth Rose.
A similar book launch will also take place in Jamaica early next month.

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