Meet Kelphene Cunningham - DNA Candidate for change in Garden Hills


Kelphene Cunningham was born on October 11, 1944 in Deep Creek, Eleuthera to Mariana & David Stubbs (both deceased). She received her early education at the Deep Creek All-Age School and moved to Nassau to attend the Government High School, where she graduated in 1963.

She holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B) with honors from the University of London, England and a Master of Laws Degree (LL.M) in International Dispute Resolution, also from the University of London.  Additionally, Kelphene holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Commercial and Corporate Law and a Postgraduate Certificate in Equity and Trust, both of which she also obtained from the University of London. She pursued higher education at Wallbrook College, Holborn Law Tutors, The College of Law, and the Council of Legal Education, all in London, England.

In July 1981, Kelphene was admitted to the English Bar as Barrister-At-Law for England and Wales and a member of the Utter Bar of the Honorable Society of Gray’s Inn. Soon thereafter, in August of 1981, she was admitted to the Bahamas Bar as Counsel and Attorney-At-Law of the Supreme Court

During the 1980s, Kelphene lectured extensively to Bahamians in the banking and financial sectors, first at the Chartered Institute of Bankers, London (which was administered through the College of The Bahamas), the College of The Bahamas in its Bachelors Degree in Banking program.  She also lectured at The Bahamas Institute of Financial Services and at the Success Training College in the University of London and University of Huddersfield LL.B [External] program. Additionally, Kelphene lectured at the West Indies Law Program at The College of The Bahamas and is a former Associate Tutor at the Eugene Dupuch Law School. 

For over thirty years, Kelphene worked for the Bahamas government in the public service and has held various senior posts, including: Legal Advisor to The National Insurance Board, Sr. Crown Counsel at the Office of The Attorney General, Registrar General, Registrar of the Court of Appeal, and Vice-President of the Industrial Tribunal of The Bahamas. As Vice-President of the Industrial Tribunal, she sat as a Judge for approximately ten years, where she dealt with industrial relations matters and mediation.

Presently, Kelphene is the Senior Partner in the Law Firm of KELPHENE CUNNINGHAM & COMPANY, a small boutique firm, specializing in mediation and arbitration both domestically and internationally.  She has established an alternative dispute resolution center. 

Kelphene is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London. She is also a former member of the Board of The Ranfurly Home for Children, a current member of Civil Society Bahamas, and has worked with the Samaritans Group, a Catholic Diocese AIDS program.

A born-again Christian, Kelphene is a member of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church and her hobbies are reading and baking.

Divorced, Ms. Cunningham is the mother of two children.

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