On November 1, 2012, dozens of IP attorneys, law students, engineers and other techies gathered at the Miami Science Museum to support Dade Legal Aid by competing in the Third Annual Patently Impossible Project, an innovative race to assemble a patented invention. Presented by the Intellectual Property Committee of the Dade County Bar Association and spearheaded by Chair, Jaime Rich Vining, Esq., and Vice-Chair, Michael Tschuppe, Esq., The Patently Impossible Project is a signature fundraising event for Dade Legal Aid. This year, a team of 2L students from St. Thomas University School of Law dominated the competition. Armed only with a paper bag filled with dozens of tiny parts and a patent registration, the St. Thomas team was the first to successfully assemble a battery-powered paper airplane launcher. Over 250 guests exuberantly cheered and placed â€œbetsâ€ on their favorite contestant, all while enjoying a cocktail reception sponsored by Grey Goose, Heineken, National Beverage Corporation and FUZE and bidding on silent auction items donated by generous local businesses.
“The demand for legal services has never been greater due to the continuing economic challenges here in Miami-Dade County,” said Sharon Langer, Executive Director, â€œand we greatly appreciate the efforts of Jaime Rich Vining, the Intellectual Property Committee and everyone who attended for supporting us so that we can continue our mission of protecting children, the elderly, victims of domestic violence and other vulnerable members of our community.â€
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