Category: Community Involvement

Patchen Law Joins Lawyers For Children America, Representing Abused & Neglected Children in Dependency

Lawyers for Children AmericaPatchen Law, P.A., is proud to serve Lawyers For Children America, Inc. (LFCA) by providing free legal representation to children, who are victims of abuse, neglect, and abandonment in the dependency court system.  In Florida, where children in dependency court are NOT entitled to government-funded attorneys, unlike their parents, LFCA fills a critical gap in services to this vulnerable population.

“As a law student, I was proud to serve as a Guardian Ad Litem for abused and neglected children, advising the dependency court as to ‘the best interests of the child.’ In the capacity of an Attorney Ad Litem with LFCA, I am now responsible for advocating the actual needs and desires of my client children, ensuring that their voices are heard in court,” said Heather A. Patchen, Esq.

“Often times the children in foster care are told nothing about what is happening to them and they have no one they can confide in or trust. Many are left scared and confused while they get shuffled through the system. My goal is to make sure my client children are in a stable environment and to guide them through the process so they feel safe and know that there is at least one person in their corner fighting for them,” she added.

LFCA educates volunteer attorneys with an extensive two part day-long CLE training on legal representation for children.  LFCA also provides ongoing support to the volunteer attorneys including consulting with the pro bono attorneys at every step of the case, accompanying them to court hearings, reviewing legal pleadings, keeping them apprised of new developments in law, and helping them obtain community resources for child clients.

In addition to the training provided to volunteer attorneys, LFCA sponsors the Miami Chapter of Florida Youth SHINE (Striving High for Independence and Empowerment), a leadership and advocacy organization led by current and former foster youth who advocate to improve the system.

About Lawyers for Children America

LFCA is a lead child advocacy non-profit organization protecting the rights of children, who are victims of abuse, abandonment and neglect, by providing quality pro bono legal representation and collaborating for systematic change to improve the lives of children.  The LFCA Miami chapter was established in 1998 under the leadership of the late John Edward Smith of the law firm of Steel, Hector & Davis and the Honorable Rosemary Barkett, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  Since its inception, the LFCA Miami chapter has recruited, trained, and supported over 1,000 pro bono attorneys, who have provided free legal representation to over 3,000 abused and neglected children in our community.  For more information about LFCA visit: www.lawyersforchildrenamerica.org.

LFCA Miami – 200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 4000, Miami, FL  33131. Phone: 305-577-4771.

 

Patchen Law Attends MOCA Mystery Date 2014 at GEORGE SÁNCHEZ-CALDERÓN Studio

Heather-Patchen-700x479Patchen Law recently attended the 2014 MOCA Mystery Date Fundraiser held at the GEORGE SÁNCHEZ-CALDERÓN Studio, which is currently under threat of eminent domain.

Hosted by the Shakers, MOCA’s membership group for patrons between the ages of 21 and 45, Mystery Dates kicks off with a cocktail party featuring live music and cutting-edge contemporary art at MOCA, where guests discover the “mystery” location of their dinner. Mystery Dates sends over 450 MOCA patrons to stunning residences throughout Miami, from Aventura to Coral Gables and South Beach to the Design District. Hosts throw open their doors for Mystery Dates dinner guests in celebration of Miami’s diverse and thriving cultural scene. Attendees intimately experience how art lovers in South Florida find unique ways to incorporate culture into their lives, during a lovely evening filled with glamour, artwork and philanthropy.

Help Support Monica’s Fund!

Pyka familyPlease read about my great friend and sorority sister/Badger buddy Monica Pyka. For the last two years, she has been battling against Leukemia and fighting for her life with such amazing grace and poise.  She has been a constant source of inspiration to me and the many other people whose lives she has touched throughout the years.  She is a pillar of strength and somehow, despite her circumstances, she still finds a reason to smile.  She reminds me everyday to appreciate the little things in life and to appreciate the goodness each day brings with it…

Back in November, Team Monica Miami successfully raised $3,215.00 in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk event.  Today, my fundraising efforts are much closer to home…the battle to save Monica’s life has brought with it insane medical costs that are not covered by insurance. We have set up Monica’s Fund with YouCaring.com to help cover some of the costs for her care.  Please help out if you can by clicking on the link below…any small amount will mean the world to Monica and her family!

http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/monica-s-fund/140158

$3,215.00 Raised In Support Of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Team Monica Miami members: Diana Ide-Gonzalez, Heather A. Patchen and Aidez Severino

Team Monica Miami members: Diana Ide-Gonzalez, Heather A. Patchen and Aidez Severino

In just under a month, Team Monica Miami successfully raised $3,215.00 in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk event, which was held on Saturday, November 16th at Bayfront Park in Miami.  We were able to reach our goal thanks to the generous donations from several friends, family, Badger and Gamma Phi Beta alumni.

The Team walked in honor of Badger/Gamma Phi Sister Monica Pykawho was diagnosed almost two years ago with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) when she went in for routine testing upon learning that she was 2 months pregnant with her second child–a child she struggled to conceive.

For their efforts in raising over $1,000 each, Team Members Heather A. Patchen and Diana Ide-Gonzalez were recognized as Bright Lights Club Members and given medals to commemorate the achievement.

Funds raised in support of the Light The Night Walk help to provide patient support services, advocacy for lifesaving treatments and the most promising cancer research anywhere. Light The Night Walk events are evenings filled with inspiration. During a leisurely walk, Champions For Cures carry illuminated balloons – white for survivors, red for supporters and gold in memory of loved ones lost to cancer.  Over six thousand walkers at the Miami event came together to bring light to the dark world of cancer.

For more information about The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or to find a Light the Night event near you, click here.

Heartfelt Thanks to the Anonymous $500 Donor for the Light The Night® Walk November 16, 2013

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DATE: Saturday, November 16, 2013

TIME: 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Bayfront Park in Miami, FL

A heartfelt THANK YOU goes out to the anonymous donor who has supported Team Monica Miami with a $500.00 donation for the upcoming  Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk, an event to raise funds for better treatments and cures for blood cancers so patients can live better, longer lives. I’m asking you to help by making a tax-deductible contribution! Please visit my team/individual page and donate online quickly & securely by clicking here.

On this day I will be walking in support of my good friend and fellow Badger Monica Pyka.

I thank you in advance for your support which will make a difference in the lives of thousands of patients battling blood cancers.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night® Walk November 16, 2013

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DATE: Saturday, November 16, 2013

TIME: 5:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Bayfront Park in Miami, FL

Patchen Law is raising money for a very important cause, through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk:  finding better treatments and cures for blood cancers so patients can live better, longer lives. I’m asking you to help by making a tax-deductible contribution!  Please visit my team/individual page and donate online quickly & securely by clicking here.

On this day I will be walking in support of my good friend and fellow Badger Monica Pyka.

I thank you in advance for your support which will make a difference in the lives of thousands of patients battling blood cancers.

Spinning for Stem Cell Research

Heather A. Patchen participated in the First Annual “Spin & Splash Summer Bash!” in support of the Sabrina Cohen Foundation for Stem Cell Research.  The event was a fitness fundraiser, which kicked-off with a competitive spin class at Flywheel, followed by a festive pool party at Sunset Harbour Yacht Club.

“I’ve known Sabrina for a long time and she is a courageous woman, as well as a constant inspiration to me and so many others.  I am proud to be supporting a good friend and a great cause.”

All funds raised at this event go towards the launch of “Sabrina’s Circle” – a Community Partners Program that directly supports a neuro-recovery fitness program offered by NeuroFit Gym, a specialized gym in Pembroke Pines. Funds raised from this event will be allocated as scholarships to locals with spinal cord injuries who can’t afford to pay for this specialized therapy.

To learn more about the Sabrina Cohen Foundation for Stem Cell Research visit: http://sabrinacohenfoundation.org/