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St. Thomas Law student interns with Fiji’s largest firm

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St. Thomas student Tara McClanahan, far left ST. THOMAS LAW rising 2L, Tara McClanahan, left, just completed a unique summer internship in Fiji. McClanahan worked as a legal intern at the law firm of Munro Leys in Suva. Munro Leys is Fiji’s largest and oldest law firm having been established over 150 years ago. McClanahan worked primarily with the litigation team, occasionally assisting the areas of commercial law and trademarks. Her work involved international legal research — U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and all the Pacific Islands — and on cases dealing with property, contract, and legal malpractice issues. This research lead her to an increased understanding of Fijian labor laws and how they are best implemented to suit international clients. McClanahan had the opportunity to go on a retreat and volunteer in a village that, as a result of Cyclone Winston three years ago, lost electricity (that still hasn’t been restored), had 44 out of 45 buildings destroyed, and lost two lives. While there, she also participated in a traditional welcoming ceremony and related customs.

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