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President George Maxwell Richards congratulates Debra Thomas-Felix after she was sworn in as the new president of the Industrial Court at Knowsley, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. Looking on is Chief Justice Ivor Archie. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON

Deborah Thomas-Felix was yesterday sworn in as the new president of the Industrial Court. She succeeds Cecil Bernard. Thomas-Felix, an attorney, has served as chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago Securities and Exchange Commission. She was the third chairman and first female to be appointed to that position. She has also held several positions as magistrate, senior magistrate, deputy chief magistrate and former judge of the Industrial Court of Trinidad of Tobago, as well as former president of the Family Court of St Vincent and the Grenadines from 1990 to 2009.

Thomas-Felix, a past student of St Francois Girls’ College, is the holder of a bachelor of laws degree from the University of the West Indies, Barbados, and a certificate of legal education from the Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad. She also attended American University’s Washington College of Law in Washington DC, USA, where she obtained a master’s of law degree in international legal studies. A Fulbright/Hubert H Humphrey fellow, she underwent her one-year fellowship at American University’s Washington College of Law and specialised in the area of environment law and health and safety.

She is also a fellow of the prestigious Georgetown University’s Edmond A Walsh School of Foreign Service Leadership Seminar and a fellow of the International Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute. She is a resource person for the Fulbright Board and provides lectures for Fulbright and Humphrey fellows annually in the USA. After her resignation from the Bench in 2009, Thomas-Felix opened the law and consulting firm of Deborah Thomas-Felix & Associates, specialising in civil, family and criminal law, industrial relations matters, international arbitration and environmental advocacy.

    Trinidad Guardian Newspaper. 14 December 2011, p. A9.