"Peep It Up" Spring Care Packages are Blooming with Goodies for Troops Serving Overseas

04.18.19 | Permalink

52 packages filled with spring time treats and supplies were shipped from the Orlando office to 6 units of military troops serving overseas in the Middle East and other remote destinations. In addition, the Miami office shipped 21 boxes and Tampa shipped five. The Birmingham and Tallahassee offices supported the Orlando effort.



The care packages include personal hygiene items such as deodorant, baby wipes, razors and other supplies that are difficult to get in the remote locations in which the troops serve. 

The springtime boxes were especially bright as each box was filled with “Peeps,” brightly colored marshmallow candies shaped like chicks, bunnies and other fun shapes along with other springtime favorites.

“We also include snacks, chips, socks, drink mixes, magazines, and books meant to lift the spirits of troops who spend so much time away from home,” said Lisa Griffin, legal assistant at Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell who began this program more than 10 years ago and coordinates shipments 3-4 times a year.

 “It takes a village to make this happen every time,” she said. “We really outdid ourselves today and I couldn’t be more thankful to our great 

big fantastic RKC Village who donates supplies, money to cover purchasing additional supplies and shipping, and their personal time to pack boxes during their lunch hours,” she said. We had help packing and preparing the boxes today from our friends at Mateer, Milestone Reporting, Orange Legal, City of Sanford and other individuals who just wanted to help,” she continued. “All of our offices participate in this effort by supporting our endeavor in Orlando, but also by coordinating their own shipments like in Miami and Tampa this time. I’m just so glad that we’re able to do this for our troops as I know how much it means to them that we are thinking of them and appreciate their service.” 


Our Miami office put together 21 boxes to ship to troops overseas! Special thanks to those who helped pack the boxes: Mercy Martinez, Marialys Rodriguez, Lisa Matchette, Mayte Arocho and Annette Hurst.

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Linda Bond Edwards Participates in 25th Anniversary of Delta Days at the Florida State Capital

04.03.19 | Permalink



Linda Bond Edwards joined more than 300 members of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. from across the state to meet with legislators to address pending bills and issues impacting their communities during the sorority’s 25th Anniversary of “Delta Days” at the Florida State Capital. During the event, they had the opportunity to meet and be photographed with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

To learn more about Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, visit: https://www.deltasigmatheta.org/

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Celebrating Women's History Month

03.25.19 | Permalink

Women’s History Month commemorates and encourages the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. In honor of Women’s History Month, Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell asked our women attorneys to share their personal stories to help inspire future generations.


What example do you hope to set for young women?

"To let them know that there is no job that they cannot do, no end they cannot achieve and no dream is too big."

--LaShawnda Jackson, Partner, Orlando


Name a woman that has inspired you and why?

"My mom. She worked full-time, and still managed to dedicate so much time to me. She rose to the top in her profession in a short amount of time and surpassed many others who had been there years before, even though she only had a two-year college degree. Now that I’m a mother, I finally understand the struggles that working mothers face."

--Magali Sanders, Associate, Miami

What inspired you to become a lawyer? 

"During a lawsuit surrounding my mom’s death, I found it incredibly frustrating not understanding the complicated lingo and the confusing legal system that my family faced. From that moment, I knew I would have special understanding and sensitivity for those struggling through the litigation process. Later, I came to work for a family law firm as a legal assistant where a mentor encouraged me to become a lawyer myself. She paid for my LSAT and practically pushed me out the door because she believed I’d make a good lawyer."

--Nicole Smith, Partner, Tallahassee

How has mentoring affected your career?

"Despite what some law students may think, we alone do not have all the answers. Mentoring has allowed me to connect with colleagues and learn from their experiences. Mentors have also kept me grounded, given me direction and energized me when I needed it the most."

--Shenele Pettis Bright, Associate, Orlando




Name a woman that has inspired you and why?

"The Suffragettes. It is mind boggling that women have only had the right to vote for 100 years in this country."

--Meredith Jowers Lees, Partner, Birmingham






What do you enjoy about the practice of law? 

"I enjoy taking on the role of advocate for my clients. I become personally invested in my clients’ issues which drives me to investigate thoroughly and work creatively to build solid cases on their behalf."

--Meredith Fee, Associate, Tampa


What inspired you to become a lawyer?

"My grandmother and mother inspired me to become a lawyer. They would refer to my twin sister and me as 'little lawyers.'"

--Monica Segura, Partner, Miami





What example do you hope to set for young women?

"I hope that they don’t see limits for what they can become. Use your talents and treasure positively and for the greater good."

--Linda Bond Edwards, Partner, Tallahassee


Name a woman that has inspired you and why?

"Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I have read her books and watched her movie. She truly is an inspiration to female lawyers. She went from not being able to get a legal job to becoming a Supreme Court justice. Her story is truly inspiring."

-Stacy Mateu, Associate, Miami



What example do you hope to set for young women?

"You can have a family and still be successful."

--Candy Messersmith

Name a woman that has inspired you and why?

"My mother. She excels in a male-dominated field and stands up to the men in her field. Not only does she excel in her professional life, but also in her personal life. After having children, she completed 3 marathons, a 100 mile bike race, and triathlons. Out of three siblings, when my grandmother was dying of cancer, she took care of my grandma, on top of everything else she was already juggling."

--Kayla Platt Rady, Associate, Tallahassee


What example do you hope to set for young women?

"Be your best self. That is what I teach my daughter."

--Lena Mirilovic, Associate, Orlando

 


What example do you hope to set for young women?

"I hope to set an example of fearlessness. 'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.'"

--Lauren Snyder, Associate, Birmingham


What do you enjoy about the practice of law?

"I really like digging into a new case to figure out the background, claims and defenses, strengths and weaknesses, and client goals, and then map out a strategy for handling the case. As a litigator, there’s nothing I enjoy more than setting foot in a courtroom, ready to argue for or against something that really matters to my client."

--Sally Culley, Partner, Orlando

How has mentoring affected your career?

"Many of my mentors have been women whom I have been able to speak with openly and honestly about decisions affecting my career and personal life. Each is strong, smart and great at what they do. They have not only encouraged and inspired me to seek opportunities that I may not have felt ready, but have also passed on valuable words of wisdom when I have failed. The mentorship I received during law school and as a law clerk ultimately led me to RKC, and I am grateful for the mentorship I have already received after recently joining RKC."

--Joleen East, Associate, Tampa

What example do you hope to set for young women?

"I hope to set an example of someone who is dedicated to her career and her clients as well as to her community. I want to show that you can be successful in your career and also give back to your community through volunteering and advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves."

--Rebecca Beers, Partner, Birmingham

What inspired you to become a lawyer?

"I have always loved to read, write, and argue, so becoming a lawyer seemed like the right career path for me. But what truly inspired me to practice law was the ability to be a zealous advocate. I loved that I would be able to help others by passionately and effectively communicating their position on a given issue."

--Courtney Walmer, Associate, Orlando


What do you enjoy about the practice of law?

"Every day brings an opportunity to learn something new while I help clients find solutions to their problems."

--Carie Hall, Partner, Tampa

What example do you hope to set for young women?

"As the mother of two young girls, I think it is my job to show them the importance of work and the value in doing something that they enjoy for a living. I want them to see that their mother enjoys going to work every day because that is what I want for them to experience."

--Samantha Duke, Associate, Orlando


Name a woman that has inspired you and why?

"My grandmother. She was a Holocaust survivor. She taught me the importance of being strong, resilient and never letting anything get in the way of family."

--Dara Lindquist, Partner, Orlando

Name a woman that has inspired you and why?

"Just one?! Two of the women that have inspired me the most are my grandmothers. They both had to leave their home country, at a young age, with children, and without knowing if they would return (they didn’t). I’m close to their age now, and I can’t begin to imagine what that would feel like. They both provided me with unbelievable examples of resilience and faith. After moving to the U.S., they both successfully worked in different careers in an unfamiliar country in order to provide for their families. They have both inspired me to work hard and leave the world a better place than how I found it."
--Leslie
Lagomasino Baum , Associate, Tallahassee

How has mentoring affected your career?

"I still keep in touch with my mentor from 30 years ago. I recall just starting out as an attorney and having so many questions. Now, I have a genuine interest in helping my mentee be successful. I share my experience both professionally and personally. Young female attorneys are faced with the stress of trying to achieve professional growth in a male dominated legal field and also of personal and family development which can be difficult to balance."

--Lan Kennedy-Davis, Partner, Orlando

What do you enjoy about the practice of law?

"Being able to help individuals or companies navigate their way through the legal morass and coming out the other side with the best possible results.   I also love the challenge and the competition."

--Suzanne Singer, Partner, Miami

 

How has mentoring affected your career?

"Mentoring has had a huge impact on my career so far. You do not pop out of law school as a talented lawyer. Instead, you are constantly learning from watching and listening to others."

--Lindy Keown, Associate, Orlando



Name a woman that has inspired you and why?

"My mother was my example of courage, strength and giving. She encouraged me to believe I could do anything."

-- Lori Caldwell, Partner, Orlando

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