June 21, 2016



Jerry Buting, star of hit Netflix documentary series ‘Making a Murderer’ joined over 200 young legal professionals in Belfast for the European Young Bar Association Spring Conference. The event was hosted by the Northern Ireland Young Solicitors’ Association.

The Northern Ireland Young Solicitors’ Association (NIYSA) successfully brought the prestigious ‘European Young Bar Association Spring Conference’ to Belfast from the 7-9 April. Three employees of Cleaver Fulton Rankin are current committee members of the NIYSA;  Julie-Ann McCaffrey (Chair), Timothy Rankin (Immediate Past Chair) and Rachael Gamble (Treasurer), all of whom were involved in organising the event. Associate Solicitors Michael King and Aisling Byrne also featured as speakers at the conference presenting to delegates from across Europe.

The conference came to Northern Ireland for only the third time, and featured one of the world’s current highest profile lawyers in American Criminal Defence Attorney, Jerry Buting. Mr Buting expressed his admiration for how the Belfast based event was coordinated:

“I’m very pleased with how well the European Young Bar Association Spring conference was received in Belfast. It was my pleasure to speak to so many young, enthusiastic legal professionals from across Europe who are creating a bright future for the profession. I hope everyone got something out of the conference and I was genuinely delighted to be invited. I look forward to visiting Belfast again soon.
Mr Buting was also keen to praise the efforts of the NIYSA whilst drawing upon his experience in the hit documentary series:
“I would like to congratulate Julie-Ann and the Northern Ireland Young Solicitors’ Association for bringing the European Young Bar event to Belfast.

The “Making a Murderer” documentary captured the public imagination and has got many young people interested in the legal profession once more.”
NIYSA Chair, Julie-Ann McCaffrey spoke of her delight at bringing such an event to Belfast:

“As Chair of the NIYSA I am exceptionally proud to have been able to bring an event of this magnitude to Belfast. With the help of our sponsors, including my employer  Cleaver Fulton Rankin, lawyers from all across Europe and further afield got to sample this wonderful event and explore some of what Belfast has to offer.”


It was our pleasure to have Jerry Buting on board as guest speaker and we are grateful to him for accepting our invitation.”