Aileen Penate Hernandez

Aileen PenateAileen Penate Hernandez, Esq., is a 2010 graduate of St. Thomas University School of Law. Prior to law school, Aileen attended Florida International University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Sciences in Political Science, and a double minor in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Aileen is also a proud alum from her high school, Our Lady of Lourdes Academy. Aileen has been employed as an Assistant Public Defender with the Miami Dade Public Defender’s Office since 2010, having tried cases in County Court, Juvenile Court, and now the felony Circuit Court for the 11th Judicial Circuit. She currently works as a trial attorney in the Felony Circuit Court division. Aileen’s work focuses on defending the criminally accused indigent population. Her work includes taking depositions of police officers, civilian witnesses, and experts, among other things like drafting and arguing motions and ultimately trying cases.

While in law school, Aileen was highly active and involved. She graded on to the St. Thomas Law Review after her first year, and worked as an articles editor her second year. Ultimately, Aileen served on the executive board as a Senior Articles Editor in her final year. Further, Aileen was a member of the St. Thomas Mock Trial team and competed at the Florida Justice Association competition in 2009. Additionally, Aileen became a member of the St. Thomas Moot Court team the summer of her 1L year after making it as a Top 8 Oralists in the intramural competition. She later served on the executive board as the Recruitment Chair. Meanwhile, throughout her second year as a law student, Aileen was employed as a clerk at Dell and Schaeffer in Fort Lauderdale working on civil matters involving plaintiff’s disability claims. Her third year, Aileen participated as a certified legal intern with the Miami Dade Public Defender’s Office in the appellate division under the supervision of Professor Howard Blumberg. Professor Blumberg has served as a mentor to Aileen and she attributes any success that she has had to him. The invaluable teachings and experiences offered by Professor Blumberg have served as a guidance tool for her throughout her career. Aside from that, Aileen also contemporaneously interned with the trial division in the Miami Dade Public Defender’s Office. Her law school career culminated with her graduating Magna Cum Laude in the top 5% of her class and 10th overall out of all the graduating students.

Since graduating in 2010, Aileen has served as an alumni coach to the St. Thomas Moot Court team in various competitions such as the San Diego National Criminal Procedure Competition, the John H. Gibbons Moot Court Competition in New Jersey, the Brooklyn Law School Jerome Prince Moot Court Competition, and the Robert Orseck Memorial Moot Court Competition. Staying involved and helping the next generation of lawyers is something that Aileen loves to do and considers invaluable.

Published: April of 2015