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Kazan Law Summer Clerks Reflect On Asbestos Law Experience

asbestos lawSummer clerks at Kazan Law learn that asbestos law practice is different from most other types of law. Our historic stance on advocating on behalf of victims of asbestos exposure often pits us against the type of big companies that many law firms seek to represent. But we find that law students who choose to work with our plaintiff’s asbestos law practice for the summer are a special breed and passionate about serving the greater public good. As they leave us to return to school, here’s what this summer’s clerks had to say about their asbestos law experience with us:

Luis Landeros, third year law student at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

I take away from my experience at Kazan a reaffirmation that even the little guy who has been wronged can obtain some form of justice.

Law school focuses on theory and precedent so you never have a chance to really understand or comprehend the amount of work it takes to take a case to trial. Working at Kazan definitely made that clear.   It was an extremely valuable experience to work on the different stages of a case and seeing the interplay of different factors.

Tenette Smith, third year law student at the University of San Francisco School of Law.

One of the most important things I learned at Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood is how fundamental the law is to ensuring safety in the workplace; the place we spend the majority of our time each day.

At times it was heartbreaking to hear the tragic news of clients that had ultimately succumbed to their diseases.  However, I have an immense sense of pride to have been actively involved in the litigation that brought the families that the clients left behind a sense of security as they move forward in their lives without their loved one.  As I continue to grow in my legal career, I will remember to always be critical, to be aware, to be involved, and most of all to be compassionate.

Anthony Caruthers, third year law student at the University Of San Francisco School Of Law

The many individual meetings I had with my supervising attorneys changed how I will approach litigation and the practice of law in general. Moving forward, I will always keep in mind the influence individuals can have on the world and people around them. Every person I interacted with this summer was an excellent person who diligently sought justice for their clients. I had not experienced real passion for a legal practice until I came to Kazan. Such realness is rare today, and I now know that I will not be satisfied until I am in an organization filled with great people who desire to make a real difference in their community. I am truly thankful for the opportunity to work at a place like Kazan.

Yuki Cruze Before working at Kazan, I had only heard rumors of how much work it takes to put on a trial, but to actually see the firm abuzz with everyone working diligently toward a common goal was truly eye opening. I have gained many practical skills from working at Kazan, but the most important thing I learned is how important it is to be a zealous advocate in all aspects of litigation.

Kazan Law Serving the Mississippi Center for Justice

Gordon Greenwood

Kazan Law partner Gordon Greenwood

In addition to serving our clients and supporting mesothelioma research, the partners at our law firm work through the Kazan, McClain, Abrams, Fernandez, Lyons, Greenwood, Oberman, Satterley & Bosl Foundation to help disadvantaged communities around the country tackle various issues.

To maximize our impact, we try to support other organizations that help disadvantaged citizens maneuver through obstacles that they may encounter because of their socioeconomic status. Several of us also volunteer as leaders for these groups.

Partner Gordon Greenwood

One of our partners, Gordon Greenwood, is serving on the board of the Mississippi Center for Justice, or MCJ. The lawyers and professionals at the MCJ strive to bolster the legal and socioeconomic statuses of communities of color in a state that has traditionally been a hotbed of racial tension. The organization has dealt with matters that are far-reaching in both geography and history. Ongoing campaigns include helping HIV-positive patients navigate the healthcare system, fighting predatory lending practices and keeping public housing affordable.

One of the more high-profile undertakings of the MCJ is its work to help citizens who were hurt by the BP Oil Disaster. Despite the fact that the oil company was found legally liable for the calamity – which killed several people and devastated those who worked in the fishing and service industries – leaders at BP have been trying to brush off all responsibility and stall compensatory payments to residents of the area. Meanwhile, the company is trying to sweep these developments under the rug with a reprehensible public relations campaign touting its supposed efforts improve the region.

MCJ responded to the injustice by forming the Gulf Justice Consortium. The project is helping those that BP hurt by providing pro bono services, arguing for changes to the claims system, giving a voice for all people whose jobs were affected by the disaster, ensuring fair calculations for claims and ensuring the presence of language aides to assist the sizable Vietnamese population.

Our firm’s foundation is proud to have Gordon sitting on the MCJ’s board of directors, where he’s in a position to help millions of Mississippians.


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