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Delano Franklyn is a practicing Attorney-at-Law and is one of the founding partners of the law firm Wilson Franklyn Barnes. His area of legal work includes, civil and criminal litigation, conveyancing, land, labour, intellectual property, entertainment and sports law. He is also chairman of the Michael Manley Foundation.
An Attorney-at-Law and trained teacher, Franklyn was educated at Kingston College, Mico Teachers’ College, the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, Cave Hill, Barbados, and the Norman Manley Law School, Mona Jamaica. He was called to the Bar in 1995.
During his years at High School, College and University, Mr. Franklyn was elected as President of a number of student and youth organisations at the national level. In 1995 he was appointed the Manager of the National Youth Service (NYS). He is the only Jamaican to have been the President of both the National Secondary Students’ Council (NSSC) and the Jamaica Union of Tertiary Students (JUTS), and also the only Jamaican to have been elected President of the Guild of Undergraduates at both campuses of the University of the West Indies in Mona and Cave Hill, respectively.
In 1998 was appointed the Chief Advisor to the then Prime Minister of Jamaica, PJ Patterson. In 1999 he was appointed a Justice of the Peace and in 2000, he was one of the distinguished graduates who received the Millennium Award from the Mico Teachers College. In October 2002 he was appointed a Senator and the Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade with special responsibility for:
- The Jamaican Diaspora and Overseas Communities
- Countries of the Caribbean and the Americas
- Association of Caribbean States (ACS)
- Summit of the Americas
- Consular Affairs
- Marine & Aviation Affairs
- Latin America and Economic Systems (SELA)
- Organisation of American States (OAS)
- The Rio Group
In October 2006, he was appointed by the then Prime Minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson Miller to give ministerial oversight to Jamaica's role in Cricket World Cup 2007, which took place in nine Caribbean territories in March and April 2007.
In September 2007 he was a candidate in the general elections for the People's National Party (PNP) in Western St. Mary.
Franklyn has written numerous articles on a range of issues which have been published in national newspapers, the Jamaica Observer, the Gleaner and the Herald.
He is the author and editor of the books, The Right Move - Corporate Leadership and Governance in Jamaica (2001), A Jamaican Voice in Caribbean and World Politics (2002), The Challenges of Change (2003), We Want Justice - Jamaica and the Caribbean Court of Justice (2005), Michael Manley –The Politics of Equality (2009), Sprinting Into History – Jamaica and the 2008 Olympic Games (2009) and "The Jamaican Diaspora: Building and Operational Framework" (2010).
In 2010 he delivered the annual GraceKennedy Foundation Lecture, the topic being: Sport in Jamaica – A Local and International Perspective.
Franklyn is married, lives in St. Andrew, Jamaica and has two children.