Natasha Cortes, a senior partner of Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen (GRYC), has long been committed to supporting and guiding the people of her communities in Florida. We are excited to announce that she developed the first-ever mentorship collaboration between the Florida Justice Association (FJA) Minority Caucus and the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) organization. The collaboration kicked off on June 17th with a School to Work Legal Career Exploration Workshop with approximately 30 high schoolers from the BBBS of Palm Beach and Martin Counties,. Partner-Attorney Cortes is a FJA Minority Caucus Board Member and previously created and spearheads GRYC’s annual summer mentorship programs.
Natasha commenced her firm’s annual summer mentorship program by hosting Belen Jesuit Preparatory School students in the GRYC office. The students will spend three days at GRYC’s office learning about the firm’s various practice areas including personal injury, medical negligence, product liability, and mass torts. The Belen students will also have the opportunity to attend court statements and a live mediation. And after weeks of planning and working with the BBBS organization, Natasha and her fellowFJA Minority Caucus board members successfully launched a legal exploration workshop for a group of mentees. Attorneys Alex Arteaga-Gomez and Julian Catala also joined Natasha and spoke to roughly 30 high school students about the law and legal careers. We are happy to say it was a resounding success, with multiple students reaching out already to learn more and one student who found herself brought to inspirational tears.
Following the success of the FJA and BBBS event, Partner Cortes is setting her sights even higher. Her goal is to have this collaborative mentorship model duplicated across Florida among all BBBS chapters. This model could be just the beginning of a statewide mentorship program, growing from 30 students to potentially thousands. All of GRYC stands behind Natasha, and we are confident she will help inspire future generations of legal professionals who seek justice for the less fortunate.
If you want to learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach & Martin Counties, then please click here to visit the official website. While there, you can learn how to become a mentor, donate to the organization, and much more. We also encourage you to learn more about the Florida Justice Association by clicking here. If you want to talk to a member of GRYC or need help with a civil injury case in Florida, then you can fill out an online contact form at any time.