Ret. Judge Francisco Firmat to Address Project SELF Interns During Annual Recognition Dinner – Aug. 7
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
IRVINE, CA—With the goal to inspire students to continue to strive for professional success, event keynote speaker Judge Francisco F. Firmat (ret.) will address Project SELF interns, their families and about 200 anticipated members of the Orange County legal community during the Annual Project SELF Recognition Dinner on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 from 6 to 8pm at the Irvine Hilton, 18800 MacArthur Blvd., Irvine, CA.
The event will celebrate this year’s 54 students placed as interns throughout 44 Orange County law firms and law-related businesses through the Project SELF (Summer Employment in Law Firm) program, which provides low-to-middle income high school juniors with a hands-on summer internship.
Now retired, Judge Firmat’s personal background and experiences shaped his career in law. Born in Cuba, his family sent him alone to the United States to flee the revolution, with no knowledge of the English language and with nothing but a note and a few dollars pinned to his clothes, determining that it was better for him to be an orphan in the US than to face the turmoil in Cuba.
Having committed his private and public legal career to advancing the cause of justice, Judge Firmat has been recognized by numerous legal and community organizations including his recent 2013 Franklin G. West Award, the highest honor awarded by the Orange County Bar Association, for his significant contributions to advance and elevate justice and law.
Judge Firmat’s keynote presentation will be tailored to Project SELF interns, both in English and in Spanish.
During the recognition event, interns will be presented with the following:
· U.S. House of Representatives – Certificate of Congressional Recognition (pending)
· California State Senate – Certificate of Recognition (pending)
· Orange County Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators and the Orange County Bar Foundation – Certificate of Achievement
· City of Santa Ana – Certificate of Recognition
· County of Orange – Certificate of Recognition (pending)
The paid, eight-week internship began Tuesday, June 18, 2013. Interns participated in a Career Day at the University of California, Irvine on July 8, 2013, featuring a welcome from the Founding Dean of UCI School of Law, Erwin Chemerinsky, a tour of the law school, and a career day panel. Students also participated in a tour of appellate court on July 22 and 24, 2013.
Since its inception in 1995, 673 students have participated in the Project SELF program.
For Project SELF questions, contact Nancy Garcia, OCBF Associate Director, (714) 480-1925 ext. 108 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For media inquiries, contact Jess Block, Publicist, 909-706-8525 or JessBlockPR@gmail.com.
Captioned, post-event photos will be available upon request.
ABOUT PROJECT SELF: Project SELF (Summer Employment in Law Firm) provides low-to-middle income Santa Ana high school juniors with the opportunity to have an eight-week, paid summer internship at a law firm or law-related business while gaining valuable educational and work experience. Project SELF is a program from the Orange County Bar Foundation (OCBF), in partnership with the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators (OC-ALA). The Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) assisted in Project SELF’s inception in 1995 and has continued to support the program. Since its inception, 673 students have participated in Project SELF. The annual Project SELF Recognition Dinner will be held Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at the Hilton Irvine. http://www.ocbarfoundation.org/programs/project_self.html
ABOUT ORANGE COUNTY BAR FOUNDATION (OCBF): OCBF is a non-profit organization committed to keeping at-risk youth out of jail, in school, healthy and drug free through education, counseling and mentoring. http://www.ocbarfoundation.org/
ABOUT ORANGE COUNTY CHAPTER OF THE ASSOCIATION OF LEGAL ADMINISTRATORS (OC-ALA): OC-ALA is a membership association that provides educational and networking opportunities to improve the quality and competency of legal administrators. OC-ALA has more than 145 members in the Orange County area and is a chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators, which consists of over 10,000 members worldwide. http://www.orangecountyala.org/
ALL 2013 PARTICIPATING PROJECT SELF LAW FIRMS AND LAW-RELATED BUSINESSES INCLUDE:
• Bohm Matsen LLP
• Latham & Watkins LLP
• Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
• Michael Maguire & Associates
• Paul Hastings LLP
• Rutan & Tucker, LLP
• Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
• Snell & Wilmer LLP
• Woodruff, Spradlin & Smart, APC
• Allen Matkins
• Brown Rudnick LLP
• Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP
• Crowell & Moring LLP
• Dorsey & Whitney LLP
• Fisher & Phillips LLP
• Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
• Haynes and Boone, LLP
• Hodel Briggs Winter LLP
• Jones Day
• Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP
• Malcolm Cisneros, A Law Corporation
• McDermott Will & Emery
• Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
• Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
• Palmieri, Tyler, Wiener, Wilhelm & Waldron LLP
• Payne & Fears LLP
• Samuels, Green & Steel, LLP
• Wesierski & Zurek LLP
• Cresa Orange County
• Irell & Manella LLP
• Minyard Morris LLP
• Newmeyer & Dillion LLP
• O’Melveny & Myers LLP
• Orange County Bar Association
• Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis, Inc.
• Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, PC
• Travers Realty Corporation
• Wright, Finlay & Zak, LLP
• AlvaradoSmith, APC
• First Legal Network
• Green & Hall
• Legal Aid Society of Orange County
• Orange County Superior Court
• Traut Firm