Friedland Vining was proud to sponsor the Third-Annual “Patently Impossible Project,” which raised over $20,000 for Miami-Dade Legal Aid.

The Patently Impossible Project is a charity race to assemble a patented invention, with all proceeds benefiting Dade Legal Aid.  Among a field of IP attorneys, engineers, and other techies, 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.

This year, over 250 guests enjoyed a cocktail reception sponsored by Grey Goose, Heineken, National Beverage Corporation and FUZE, while placing “bets” on their favorite contestant and bidding on silent auction items donated by generous local businesses.

As chair of the Dade County Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Committee and organizer of the event, Jaime Vining decided to forgo the standard cocktail-party fundraiser and instead bring out the inner child in the local legal community. “In my area of law,” says Vining, partner at Miami’s Friedland Vining, “we deal with a lot of artists and creative people and scientists, and we wanted something that was sort of reflective of that and fun.”

To view a photo gallery of the event, click here.