The Patiño Law Firm Launches “Justice Teaching” Mentoring Program at Grace Academy International in Opa Locka

Attorney Richard Patiño to teach about Florida’s justice system to middle and high school students

Hialeah, FL–November 21, 2013–The Patiño Law Firm, the boutique law firm behind 1-800-ACCIDENT in South Florida, today announced it launched the “Justice Teaching” mentoring program at Grace Academy International in Opa Locka to teach middle and high school students about the Florida justice system. As part of their community outreach efforts, the Patiño Law Firm is actively involved with schools in Miami-Dade County, even offering clerkships, internships, mentorships, and employment to local students.

Managing partner Richard Patiño along with his associate attorneys Ryan Peterson and Charles Hubley will be visiting the Grace Academy, a K-8 private school, once a month to offer first-hand teaching about the Constitution and the laws that govern the Sunshine State. The program aims to promote an understanding of Florida’s justice system, as well as demonstrate the effective interaction of the courts within the constitutional structure.

Justice Teaching began in 2006 as a major effort to further law-related education in the State of Florida. The initiative is the brain child of then Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice R. Fred Lewis. The ultimate goal of the program is to pair a legal professional with every elementary, middle and high school in the state of Florida.

“We are honored to have been selected for this experiential learning program and give back to our community,” said Richard Patiño, Managing partner of the Patiño Law Firm. “We are helping in a small way to increase these students’ passion for the justice system and may be molding the future lawyers, judges and even Supreme Court Justices.”

Celebrating its 20th anniversary next month, the Patiño Law Firm has been a mainstay in the South Florida community and a staunch supporter of public education. The firm has been instrumental in helping local schools, including David Lawrence Jr. K-8 and Alonzo & Tracy Mourning Senior High raise over $1 million over the last eight years. The Patiño Law Firm also sponsors the Mourning High School Law Academy and awarded $5,000 in scholarships to students last year. The Patiño Law Firm also sponsors the Mourning High PTSA Scholarship Fund, which has given away over $50,000 in scholarships in the last four years. Extremely hands on in the community, the Patiño Law Firm has hosted judicial panels, participates in the Teen Court program, and supports the annual Law Day activities at the Hialeah Brand Courthouse and the North Dade Justice Center.

As part of his participation in the Justice Teaching program, Richard Patiño and associates will be holding mock trials and bringing everyday legal scenarios to life in the classroom for a hands-on approach at learning.

Some of the distinguished awards Patiño and his team have received for community involvement are:

• In 2011, the Miami Dade County School Board honored The Patiño Law Firm as an “exemplary Dade Partner.”
• In 2012, the Miami Dade County School Board awarded the Patiño Law Firm the “Dream Award” for being an “outstanding partner” of the Miami Dade County School District.
• In 2013, the firm was awarded the State of Florida Department of Education, “Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award for Outstanding Support of Education.”
• In 2013, Richard Patiño was also inducted into the Miami Dade College Alumni Hall of Fame.

To learn more about the Patiño Law Firm’s community involvement and public affairs activities, please visit them on Facebook or follow on Twitter: @patinolawfirm using the hashtag #SomosTuGente.

About the Patiño Law Firm
The Patiño Law Firm is a boutique Miami Law Firm comprised of a passionate and dedicated legal team that has been serving the South Florida community for 20 years. The team of attorneys is bold and relentless, with nearly 50 years of combined experience, bringing extensive insight and knowledge to every case. The Patiño Law firm is focused on working closely with clients, treating each case as if they were our own and fighting aggressively. The Patiño Law Firm has represented thousands of accident victims, obtaining millions of dollars in compensation for their injuries. Dedicated to the clients, services are available to all injured victims and families, insurant claimants and medical providers throughout the State of Florida. For more information, call 1-800-ACCIDENT or visit www.patinolawfirm.com.