Freedom High School Students Get a Glimpse into the Legal Field

01.11.19 | Permalink

Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Hosted an Educational Law Program in Partnership with Allstate Insurance Company and Street Law, Inc.

Students from Freedom High School in Orlando participated in a three-day educational law program presented by The Law Offices of Robert J. Smith (in-house counsel for Allstate Insurance Company) and Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell (RKC) from January 9 – 11, 2019. The Corporate Legal Diversity Pipeline Program, a joint effort of Street Law, Inc. and the Association of Corporate Counsel, provides students with an overview of relevant legal topics and insight into careers in the legal field.

On Wednesday and Thursday, attorneys and staff from Allstate and RKC presented seminars at Freedom High School regarding contracts and advertising law and how they relate to the students’ daily lives. Friday’s program, at the offices of RKC, provided students with a more in-depth look at both contracts and advertising law. The event included interactive workshops such as a mock mediation on a contract dispute and a role-playing scenario in which the students were asked to act as attorneys consulting clients regarding proposed advertisements.

Following the workshops, students explored careers available in the legal profession and interacted with local professionals at a job fair. Judges of the Ninth Judicial Circuit attended, along with attorneys and other professionals related to the legal industry, such as court reporters, interpreters, insurance adjusters, process servers, and paralegals. Individuals in administrative fields, including human resources and marketing, also presented at the job fair.

 “It’s a wonderful opportunity for students to interact with legal and related professionals and spark their interest in careers they might not have known exist,” said Orlando Partner Lori Caldwell, the attorney coordinator of the program at the firm for the past six years.

About the Partners:

Street Law, Inc. is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization which strives to educate students and communities worldwide about law, democracy and human rights. It seeks to empower individuals to actively contribute to society through its various programs, including its Corporate Legal Diversity Pipeline Program.

The Law Offices of Robert J. Smith is Allstate’s Florida staff counsel, representing Allstate, its associated companies, and their insureds in legal matters covered under their policies.

Special thanks to everyone who participated to make this a great day for the students! 

Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell Staff: Lori Caldwell, Sally CulleyLaShawnda JacksonBrett Carey, Kristen Olson, Lora Trowell, Angela Sterley, Marisa Eubanks, Avi Solomon, Christine Quintana, Cathy Ophoff, Laurie Mesa, Debbie Hrytzay, Nancy Jordahl, Stephen Feran, Brittney Bogan, Margo Slater, Jaimi O’Shea, Charlotte Hook, Shellie Medford, Tyrone Harvey, Eva Moeller, Carol Burns, Teddy Rodgers, Robert Roman and Rita Ritner.

Allstate Staff Counsel Office: Maria Vazquez, Linda Saltsgaver, Gabriela Meulens, Michelle Tanyhill, Olu Aduloju, Amanda Wright, Laura Saint Clair, Maura Burgreen, Lindsay Delgado, Ted Stephan, Lindsey Parnell and Angel Lamarre.

Allstate Insurance Company: Ryan Conway and Michele Kucinski, Insurance Adjusters

Orange Legal: Court Reporters Diane Roberts and Lyssa Urban

U.N.T.I: Michele Bermel, Interpreter

Orange County Ninth Judicial Circuit Judges: Judge Faye Allen, Judge Eric DuBois, Judge Robert Egan, Judge Gisela Laurent, Judge Donald Myers, Judge Elizabeth Starr and Judge Diana Tennis




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Courage, Redemption and Overcoming Challenges are Three of the Overriding Themes in a New Novel by Paul Lipton

12.19.18 | Permalink

Paul Lipton, RKC’s Director of Professionalism, Career and Skill Development, has written his second book, In These Five Breaths. In the novel, a good man, devoted husband and father faces the end of his life after a tragic car accident. As his pulse slows, so does time. Each breath takes on a life of its own and takes us back through years of the challenges in his and other family and friends' lives. Paul talks about his inspiration for the novel and his hope for people who read it.

"After losing a dear friend and my wife going through a serious illness and surgery which she came through well, I sat down about two weeks later and began writing,” he explained.

“While I was writing the book, the word that kept coming into my mind was courage. Life requires courage. We’re all faced with challenges of one sort or another—physical, emotional, business, family. To live a full and complete life, we must have the courage to overcome the obstacles we face,” he said. “It was very emotional to write the book and it takes the reader through their own journey through the times of their life. I hope that it helps people face their obstacles and live life to its fullest. In the end, we each have to come to terms with our choices and their consequences.”

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Spreading Joy Across the Globe: Rumberger, Kirk, & Caldwell Shipped 74 Packages to U.S. Military Troops Serving Overseas

12.13.18 | Permalink

The holiday care packages contain personal hygiene items along with snacks and treats for hundreds of men and women serving in Korea, the Middle East and other remote locations.

For the last ten years, Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell has been sending shipments overseas to men and women serving in the most remote locations ensuring that personnel stationed around the world will enjoy good wishes during the holiday season. The packages contain everyday items often taken for granted—toothpaste, shaving cream and razors, wet wipes, socks, coffee and flavored drink mixes.

What began in 2008 as a shipment for legal assistant Lisa Griffin’s son, has grown into an ongoing program where the firm ships 40-80 boxes that reach hundreds of service men and women every 3-4 months. To date, the firm has sent an estimated 1500 packages overseas! Lisa is the heart of the program. She sends reminders for staff to donate supplies, collects and organizes the supplies, manages the requests for packages and coordinates the shipment.

Although Lisa’s son is no longer deployed, she keeps this program going because it is so important to her that the men and women working for us know that we care. “When they get one of these boxes, they know that people they don’t even know care about what they are doing and care about our freedom,” she said. “And, it truly makes their day!”

“What’s most amazing is the support of this great law firm,” said Lisa after finishing up the lastest shipment on Thursday, December 13. “Everyone is so generous of their time, money and spirt to keep the program going. This takes a team to pull this off and I’m very thankful for the support we receive from our team, our partners, and our vendors,” she added. 


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