The Young Alumni Award recognizes an alumnus who is a graduate of PBA, for less than 10 years, for personal and professional achievement, and for service to Palm Beach Atlantic University or the community.
Naples attorney Patrick Mize, who graduated from PBA in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in communications, was a student in the University’s Frederick M. Supper Honors Program. He served in several leadership roles, such as working with the Student Activities office and volunteering on the Homecoming Committee.
He later attended the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida, where he was active on the Moot Court Team. He volunteered with the Alachua Conservation Trust and excelled in his Wetlands and Watersheds course, earning the book award. Mize decided to specialize in trust and estate planning. He joined Laird A. Lile, P.A., where he has worked as an associate dealing primarily with estate planning, trust administration, probate and transfer tax compliance. He recently joined the law firm of Woods, Weidenmiller, Michetti and Rudnick, where he will assist with the development of the firm’s estate planning and probate department. Mize has held several professional positions, including serving as an executive council member of the Florida Bar Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section, chair of the Collier County Bar Association Trusts and Estates Section and secretary of the Collier County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. He also has been a presenter for Probate and Pumpernickel, a luncheon and educational series for attorneys and CPAs.
His wife, Laura Ammerman Mize, is also a 2005 PBA graduate.
2005: Michele Rigby Assad ‘95 and Joseph Assad ‘94
2004: Emin Toro ’97
2003: Steve Scalici ‘95 and Apryl Ellis Scalici ’96
2002: Dr. Renda Knapp '92
2001: Susan Richmond Johnson '95
2000: James Dean '90/ '95 MED
1999: Jeff Charlton '90
1997: Tom Pence '88
1994: Chris Gryskiewicz '88
1993: Jennifer Jolly Rothschild '86
1992: Janie Thomas Fogt '86