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Dana Seetahal dared greatly in every facet of her life. She was a great advocate,
teacher, academic, legal luminary, author, columnist, parliamentarian, friend and col-
league. She was diminutive in stature but stood as a giant among men. She was never
afraid to give her opinions on matters of national significance regardless of the conse-
quences. Her voice was always heard.
She willingly gave her time to the students of the Law School during her tenure as a full-
time member of staff and afterwards as an Associate Tutor. Dana remained as an
Associate Tutor even after she stopped teaching so that she could assist the Law School in
training the students for international moots. She always willingly accepted them in her
chambers. She recently successfully led the Law School's team in the Americas Round of
the International Criminal Court Moot resulting in the award of the Best Prosecutorial Brief.
She was very proud of the team and wished that she could have gone with them to the
finals in The Hague later in May but as she said to me, a special family commitment that
she was supposed to host in May came first.
Dana was a brilliant lawyer with a strong work ethic who demanded of others no less than
she demanded of herself. To us, she was a model of excellence. Dana was helpful and
kind and assisted anyone who required help. She was reliable and true to her word. If
she said that she was going to do something, it was done. She was not afraid to let you
know that she was not in agreement with a course of conduct or actions that she perceived
as wrong or unfair. She believed that we all had a duty to do the right thing.
Dana was the first graduate of the Hugh Wooding Law School to hold the post of President
of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago. The Chairman and Members of the
Council of Legal Education and the Principal and staff of the Hugh Wooding Law School
(both full-time and adjunct) as well as the students mourn her loss. We express our sincere
and deepest condolences to her family, friends and the nation which has lost one of its best
"Dana was a true star of the profession in the region, right at the top of her game as a true
advocate and a lawyer's lawyer. She and I for several years enjoyed a creative and untrou-
bled collaboration as Course Tutors in Evidence, fuelled entirely by her tremendous work
ethic and sense of balance."
"On behalf of the Jamaican Bar Association I extend our deepest condolences, thoughts
and prayers to our colleagues and friends at the Hugh Wooding Law School and the
Trinidad and Tobago Bar on the untimely death and brutal murder of Dana Seetahal, SC.
We fondly recall Ms. Seetahal as a leading member of the Trinidad & Tobago Bar, a Past
President of the Trinidad and Tobago Law Association, a former Independent Senator in
the Trinidad and Tobago government, a Senior Tutor at the Hugh Wooding Law School,
author and columnist for the Trinidad Express. The Jamaican Bar Association mourns the
loss of our distinguished colleague Dana Seetahal SC. We condemn her brutal murder and
hope that no stone will be left unturned in bringing her killer(s) to justice. We also offer
our sincere condolences to her family, the Trinidadian people, the Trinidad and Tobago
Law Association and her many friends and students. Our formal letter of condolence will
be sent to her family and the Trinidad and Tobago Law Association."
"I am truly saddened and wish to express my condolences. I agree with those who hailed
her as a "giant", a "titan", and a "champion". Mankind and Trinidad and Tobago in par-
ticular has lost a great woman. My sympathies to her friends and family."
"Dana's passing is too horrendous to comprehend. May God grant strength to her fami-
ly, friends and colleagues throughout this difficult time."
"I am extremely saddened by the manner of her passing. Please accept my sympathies as
I pray that our countries will come back from the terrible brink that we seem to be head-
"I wish to express my shock and distress on receiving the news of the awful murder of our
friend and colleague, Dana Seetahal SC. Dana will be remembered by the countless attor-
neys across the region with whom she studied at UWI and HWLS and those who she taught
and who read her work."
"It was with a mixture of profound anguish, deep regret and disbelief that the students of
the Hugh Wooding Law School and members of the legal community awoke on Sunday,
4th May, 2014 to learn of the death of a greatly admired, respected and beloved legal
professional. Ms. Dana S. Seetahal, SC devoted her life to the law. As a senior practi-
tioner, she fearlessly defended the cause of justice in every conceivable role. Her passion
for law was equalled only by her sense of public service and duty to her country. She edu-
cated the public about law and influenced public opinion on legal affairs as a regular
columnist in the Guardian newspaper. For us law students, she will be remembered for her
selfless dedication to academia and legal education throughout the Commonwealth
Caribbean. A Fulbright scholar herself, she served with distinction as a senior lecturer and
course director at the Hugh Wooding Law School for twelve years. In addition, she was
the author of the comprehensive and authoritative legal treatise, Commonwealth
Caribbean Criminal Practice and Procedure, soon to be in its 4th edition. Through her pub-
lication, she has, and will continue to educate and inspire in countless generations of law
students the same love she possessed for this field of law. We wish to extend its deepest
condolences to the family and friends of Ms. Seetahal. She was one of our own, and we
will continue to see her not only as a beloved teacher, but as a role model and friend. Her
example will forever serve to remind us of the incalculable heights that a passion and life-
long dedication to law and justice can enable one to achieve."
Dana fought a good fight and lived her life her way and enjoyed every moment of it. We
will miss her greatly. Her legacy as a model of excellence will live on.
DANA SEETAHAL S.C.
REMEMBERED FOR ALWAYS DARING GREATLY
(A CONDOLENCE BOOK WILL BE OPENED AT THE LAW SCHOOL FROM TODAY FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO REMEMBER DANA.)
COUNCIL OF LEGAL EDUCATION
HUGH WOODING LAW SCHOOL
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