Kevin Patrick Law - March 2019

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MARCH 2019

Legally Brief With Kevin Patrick Automobile accidents | Catastrophic injury | wrongful death

In Honor of Our Firm’s Anniversary

The Man Who Inspired Me to Follow My Dreams

From the Birmingham jailhouse where he was imprisoned for participating in nonviolent demonstrations against

trying my hand at different vocations. From those mock trials onward, I knew what I wanted to do and who I wanted to be. My favorite historical paragon, Marcus Tullius Cicero, once said, “Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.” I took his advice and listened to my own. The decision to open my own firm in March 2016 — exactly three years ago this month — has been one of the most rewarding of my life. In the weeks leading up to that initial decision, I had been spending a lot of time thinking about Dr. Martin Luther King and the profound impact he had on the lives of millions of people. In perhaps his most beloved speech, he told the listeners gathered at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial of all the dreams he had for our nation’s future. With Dr. King’s inspiring words in my heart, I knew I needed to follow in his footsteps and chase my own dreams as well. Now that I have my own firm, I am pursuing my dream daily by ensuring that I am accessible to my clients in the best ways I know how. They know they can reach out to me at any point throughout the legal process, and being able to have my team work with each client on an individual basis creates a reciprocal professional relationship based on trust, competence, and respect.

segregation, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote a longhand letter in response to a public statement of concern and caution issued by religious leaders in the area. In what is now known as “Letter From Birmingham Jail,” Dr. King wrote, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” Dr. King’s eloquent words drew attention to the unlawfulness of his arrest in Birmingham and acknowledged the ripple effect that racial inequality has on a country at large. He implored his readers and the judicial system to strive for ultimate equality for all of humanity. While there are certainly still injustices throughout the country, his letter serves as a symbol of my passion for the

work that I do every day. I truly believe that our judicial system now has a profound ability to gives its citizens a voice. From the time I first decided to pursue a career in law, I knew I wanted to be a part of that exchange. I cannot pinpoint the exact moment I decided to become a lawyer, but I know the impetus for my overall interest in law occurred in high school when I participated in mock trials. My teachers laid the foundation for my intrigue, and I began pursuing my undergraduate degrees in the classics at the University of Georgia knowing that I would be on my way to law school after graduation. You see, the journey to find my calling wasn’t filled with a slew of chaotic experiences

While my firm’s overarching goal is to level the legal playing field against insurance companies and negligent parties, my team works hard to accomplish much more than that. Whether it’s making ourselves available to the community by partnering with great advocacy groups or making ourselves available to our clients by ensuring our overall accessibility, we hope to uphold and further the state of Georgia’s ingrained tradition of providing equal legal footing and genuine care for all of its citizens, just as Dr. King taught us to do.


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A Little History of St. Patrick’s Day

And My Family’s Connection to It

The early ‘90s was a contentious time in college basketball, full of pure amateur competition. The days of the “one and done” player were far ahead, which meant that all the top-level talent was bred in the hotbed of the NCAA. Players like Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and David Robinson had to prove their NBA mettle in the grueling basketball tournament we all know as March Madness. It has always showcased the best of the best, but America has always loved an underdog. Last year, audiences adored Loyola Chicago as they made their way to the Final Four. Cinderella teams fill our hearts with hope and optimism, but not all of them are loveable. Perhaps no small school is more polarizing than the UNLV squad that was put together by the late, great Jerry Tarkanian. The team was nasty, flashy, and, most importantly, downright impossible to beat. “The Runnin’ Rebels” ran the court like no team before. Reports have the 1991 Tarkanian squad referring to the Arkansas Razorbacks’ “40 minutes of hell” as “40 minutes of vacation” when it beat the then second-ranked team on its home court. The team embodied swagger and wasn’t afraid to create a splash everywhere it went. Most of the noise wasn’t positive, but when you win the national championship the year prior, a little arrogance is necessary to maintain your “bad guy” image. Formally a small state school known to locals as “Tumbleweed Tech,” UNLV wasn’t even a Division I school until 1970. When Tarkanian took over in ‘73, the school went from an institution most acclaimed for its hospitality program to an NCAA basketball tournament regular. After making their first Final Four appearance in 1977, the team started down a path that would take them to four Elite 8s in five years, and there would be no greater success than the season that came to pass in 1990. Most games are back-and-forth, with drama centering around every possession. That was not the case during the 1990 national championship game. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski guided his team to the final through steady stellar performances throughout the tournament, and all was well until the legendary program met UNLV’s rowdies. The opening tipoff was about as close as Duke ever got to controlling any part of that game. Anderson Hunt, Stacey Augmon, and Larry Johnson ran the Blue Devils off the court, and the Cinderella team everyone came to hate won 103–73 in the biggest blowout in NCAA tournament history.

This month, millions of people all across the world will join together to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. While the festivities associated with these celebrations certainly vary depending on location, they all stem from the same inspiration: honoring St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. His life story might not be as famous as his holiday, but it certainly should be. Born in Roman Britain in the late fourth century, St. Patrick was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. Fortunately, he escaped, but he did eventually return to Ireland with the hope of converting the Irish population to Christianity. By the time of his death on March 17, 461, he had established churches, monasteries, and schools. Due to his lasting impression on millions of people throughout the country, many myths formed following his death. For example, one myth circulated for centuries based on the wild idea that St. Patrick banished all the snakes from Ireland. Up until the 1700s, St. Patrick’s Day was a holiday filled with religious services and feasts to commemorate the saint’s efforts. The more secular version of the holiday started with immigrants, particularly to the U.S., who transformed the celebration into a holiday of revelry, chock-full of elaborate parades, shamrock symbols, and the color green. Regardless of how you choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, I hope you’ll keep in mind the origin of the holiday. We use the day as an opportunity to pore over my own family history since we hail from County Cork and Monahan in Ireland. With last names like Cassidy, Sheridan, Findley, and of course, Patrick, you can very well assume our heritage. The picture is of my Irish great-grandmother and grandmother and her brother. Her favorite songs were "Danny Boy" and "Galway Boy." From my family to yours, have a happy, historical, and safe St. Patrick’s Day this year!

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Time for Some Trivia! 3 Little-Known Facts About Savannah

Whether you’re new to the area or born and raised in Savannah, you likely already know that our city has a great reputation nationwide for its rich and vibrant history. While several narratives of Savannah’s history are famous — like the famous Forrest Gump bench scenes — others aren’t quite as popular. Here are four little-known facts about our great city that you may not have heard before. THE ULTIMATE GIFT If you know Georgia’s history, then you know that General Sherman burned Atlanta to the ground during his infamous southbound march in the Civil War. You might not know that when he arrived in Savannah, the city’s beauty inspired him to spare it. So instead of destroying Savannah like he did Atlanta, Sherman

sent a telegraph about our beautiful city to President Lincoln, offering the city to him as a Christmas present.


The First African Baptist Church is a cherished landmark known for its prominent role as a safe house for slaves and African Americans throughout history. Appropriately, this church served as a stop on the Underground Railroad. In fact, to this day, you can still see the holes that were made in the floorboards to allow ventilation and oxygen for the slaves who traveled beneath them. While this church still stands today, few are aware of its amazing heritage — or that it was the very first African church in the entire country!

CHICKEN TRICKS World-renowned American novelist Flannery O’Connor, famous for her works “Wise Blood,” “The Violent Bear It Away,” and “A Good Man Is Hard to Find,” grew up in Savannah. In fact, her childhood home still stands today at 207 East Charlton Street! Interestingly, as a young girl, O’Connor helped her family raise chickens, and she actually taught one of them how to walk backward.


Everything Popcorn

Everything is the best bagel flavor. This is not a matter of debate. Sprinkle the seasoning on popcorn for a delicious snack that will have people asking, “What does this remind me of?”

Ingredients • 3/4 cup popcorn kernels • 2 tablespoons flaky sea salt • 1 teaspoon black sesame seeds • 2 teaspoons white sesame seeds • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic Directions 1. In a small skillet over medium heat, toast sesame seeds. Shake skillet often and cook until white seeds are golden and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and add garlic, onion, and salt. 2. In a large saucepan, combine popcorn kernels and oil. Cook over medium-high heat, covered, until

• 2 teaspoons granulated onion • 1/3 cup canola oil • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

popcorn kernels start to pop. Once popping, continue cooking and shaking the pan intermittently until popping ceases, about 3–5 minutes. 3. Transfer popcorn to a large mixing bowl. Pour in butter and toss to coat. Finally, add seasoning, toss again, and serve.


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Inside This Issue 1 In Honor of the Firm’s Early Days 2 The Most Hated Cinderella

A Little History of St. Patrick’s Day 3 3 Little-Known Facts About Savannah Everything Popcorn 4 Celebrate Dr. Seuss

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1 Book, 2 Book Who Was Theodor Geisel?

On March 2, Read Across America Day is celebrated by students, teachers, and community members in towns throughout the country. They chose that date to pay homage to one of the most beloved children’s authors who was born that day: Theodor Geisel. That name may sound unfamiliar to you, but “Dr. Seuss” should ring a few bells. His name alone is so associated with literacy that in 2007, the author of an article in U.S. News & World Report that chronicled the history of 1957 — the year “The Cat in the Hat” was published — wrote, “Greece had Zeus — America has Seuss.” In 2001, Publisher’s Weekly released a list of the bestselling hardcover children’s books of all time in the U.S. Of the books in the top 100, Seuss authored 16, which is more than any other author on the list by a long shot. But Seuss did not break into the children’s literature industry easily. Seuss and his nearly 50 children’s books almost never got off the ground. His first children’s book, “And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street,” was denied by more than a dozen publishers.

Legend has it that Seuss was on his way home to burn the manuscript when he ran into an old friend who suggested another publisher. The rest is history. Given the enthusiasm for reading Dr. Seuss has fostered in children for the past eight decades, it’s no wonder the National Education Association chose his birthday to mark a day dedicated to celebrating reading. After all, he’s often quoted as saying, “You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child.”

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