Stuart C. Gildred Delegation | Pacific McGeorge School of Law | Y&G Volunteer
From Delegate to J.D.: During his senior year of high school, Patrick Blood became part of the Model Legislature & Court (MLC) program in the Stuart C. Gildred Delegation. After finding the program in twelfth-grade, Patrick enjoyed participating in the bench trial program. Long before his becoming an MLC delegate, Patrick had plans to become a lawyer and once in the program he appreciated the hands-on opportunities to use critical analysis of fact and law, making creative legal arguments, and developing political-reasoning skills which could be used whether in a court room or just in a real world setting. After graduating high school, the recent program alumnus attended the University of California, Santa Cruz where he graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Politics and finished his schooling at the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law where he obtained his Juris Doctorate, with distinction, focusing on Intellectual Property Law. Patrick worked as the Vice President of Atlas Entertainment where he worked on many Hollywood films including American Hustle, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, and Justice League. He is now Owner & Principal Counsel at Blood Law Group where he represents producers, actors, singers, songwriters, directors, and corporate entertainment clients. When out of the office, Patrick likes to spend time with his dog Pinpin but above all in his volunteer priorities he dedicates his time as a Y&G Volunteer.
Feeling Accepted: Patrick shares that a great impact Y&G left on his senior year went beyond the educational components of the program. Through meeting LGBQTQQII+ delegates and allies within the MLC program, Patrick shares, “Y&G helped me feel comfortable being myself. It was a safe space and for the first time I felt comfortable to come out as gay. Coming out made a huge impact on my senior year of high school because expressing who I am felt liberating.” In that regard, he shares, “Y&G was instrumental in my senior year; I was bullied, spit on, and harassed by people and while I had amazing friends it was Y&G that made me feel truly accepted for who I am. I cannot say how fundamentally changing that was.” The support Patrick felt from fellow MLC delegates inspired his commitment to give back to the program through volunteering.
Volunteering with Y&G: Following his time as a delegate, Patrick stayed involved with the MLC program by interning during college and volunteering. He remembers,
“I am now going into my third year now as volunteer staff. During my first year back in the Y&G fold I was just so blown away in seeing delegates literally blossom and transform before my eyes. Throughout conferences, seeing that progression was truly amazing. It was an incredibly rewarding experience to see the delegates grow and thrive and knowing that our next generation of lawyers, leaders, and people who are engaged in so many ways will make for a better tomorrow.”
As a long-time supporter of Y&G, Patrick explains that the drive to volunteer is fueled by his belief that the program can change lives in a way that it changed his. Patrick finally shares,
“Y&G is a family. The program is rigorous but the reality is the relationships and friendships formed through this program stay with you; the tools and skillsets learned stay with you; the difficulties, the triumphs, the learning experience are unparalleled and they stay with you forever. That is why it’s with such pleasure I remain a part of this incredible family – to make sure future generations experience that same family I was so embraced and welcomed into.”
For Those Interested in Joining Y&G: Patrick’s message to students who consider joining MLC would be to go into the program with an open mind and prepare to invest time and effort in order to fully experience what Y&G has to offer.
We sincerely thank Patrick for his long-time commitment to Y&G as a delegate, intern and volunteer. In his career and his life, we wish him much continued success!