“We’re extremely proud of Dan for being chosen to emcee the ceremony in honor of Justice Lewis,” Trial Attorney P.J. Scheiner said. “Dan is highly regarded throughout the state, and we’re honored to have him as part of our firm.”
Stengle played an instrumental role in the appointment of Lewis to the Florida Supreme Court in 1998, when Stengle was the general counsel to then-Gov. Lawton Chiles. Stengle was one of two people, along with Lewis’ wife, to hold the Bible when Lewis was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice.
“When he asked me to emcee the Supreme Court Historical Society’s Celebration of his Supreme Court career, Justice Lewis said, ‘You were there for me at the beginning, and I would very much appreciate your being there for me at the end’ of his stellar Supreme Court service,” Stengle said. “I didn’t hesitate for a moment.”
Stengle has the same enthusiasm for helping Lewis with the new Justice Teaching Center at Florida Southern College, a program Lewis founded to give children a better understanding of government and the law. Other Bruce L. Scheiner attorneys will soon join Stengle in volunteering for the center.
They’ll visit elementary, middle and high school classrooms to teach nonpartisan, law-focused civics lessons and activities aligned with state standards in civics and government. They’ll also impart wisdom from their careers and provide children with tangible, real-life examples of the legal profession.
“It’s hard to get access to justice if you don’t know what it is or how it works,” Stengle said. “That’s why it’s so important we share our knowledge of the system with these students.”