A life devoted to justice and service
Larry Mussenden (’86)
When you consider the accomplishments of Larry Mussenden (’86), it’s hard to know where to begin. Recently appointed to Bermuda’s Supreme Court, he has had a distinguished legal career that spans 25 years. He has served as a Crown Counsel, worked in private practice, and was appointed Attorney-General and Minister of Justice of Bermuda. From 2016 to 2019, he was the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Yet the law was not his initial career choice. When Mussenden arrived at Acadia in 1983, he pursued a Bachelor of Computer Science degree, having earned a Diploma in Computer Studies from Bermuda College. After graduation from Acadia in 1986, he returned to Bermuda and took up a post as a systems analyst. He also pursued an MA in Business Administration from Webster University (USA), graduating in 1990.
That same year, he became Aide-de-Camp to the Governor of Bermuda, a post he held for two years. He then took the opportunity to pursue a career in law. In 1994, he earned an LLB from the University of Kent at Canterbury, England, and continued his studies at Inns of Court School of Law, London. He was called to the bar in England and Wales in 1995 and in Bermuda in 1996.
“I am proud of my Acadia degree, and I remember many classmates fondly. I have continued to use my IT skills throughout my legal career and in my volunteer life.”
His legal career in Bermuda began as a Crown Counsel in the Attorney-General’s Chambers and then as a prosecutor in the Department of Public Prosecutions. He worked in private practice for a time, and in 2003 was appointed as a Senator. The following year he became Government Senate Leader and was appointed Attorney-General and Minister of Justice.
After another few years in private practice, he was appointed the Director of Public Prosecutions in 2016, a role in which he led his department in the prosecution of all criminal matters in Bermuda.
In 2019, Mussenden became a Supreme Court justice. On the occasion of the appointment, Governor John Rankin said, “Mr. Mussenden has had a distinguished legal career as Crown Counsel, in private practice and in his service to Bermuda as Attorney-General and Director of Public Prosecutions. I am confident that he will serve the Supreme Court with distinction.”
He has also served on numerous education-related and government boards. And even fresh out of University, Mussenden was serving his community. He served with the Bermuda Regiment from 1986 to 2003 and retired as a major and the second-in-command. He received the Queen’s Jubilee medal and Efficiency Decoration for long service.