Giving back is one of our guiding principles at Kazan Law. Because we work with mesothelioma patients and their families, much of our giving back goes to mesothelioma research. However, helping to fund research for new treatments and cures for mesothelioma is just part of the story for us. We also believe in giving back to further the pursuit of justice.
We are proud to donate to nonprofit legal organizations that take on the tough ones and stand up for humanity. As legal advocates for victims of asbestos exposure, we defend our clients against corporate misconduct and we gladly support legal assistance for those who need it in other causes.
One of the organizations we support is aptly named Public Justice. Based in Washington D.C. and Oakland, they consider themselves America’s public interest law firm and according to their mission statement, they:
- protect people and the environment
- hold the powerful accountable
- challenge government, corporate, and individual wrongdoing
- increase access to justice
- combat threats to our justice system
- inspire lawyers and others to serve the public interest
Kazan Law helps fund Public Justice by co-underwriting together with another firm a full-time position for one of their attorneys. Her name is Leah Nicholls and since joining Public Justice’s Washington D.C. office in September 2013, she has helped defend residents of a rural island community against a toxic bauxite refinery, protect the injury settlement of an airlines employee, ensure access by citizens to state government records in Virginia, challenge Texas health regulations over a salmonella outbreak due to unsanitary poultry facilities, argue for a WalMart employee’s right to disability benefits and argue other cases, many involving the Supreme Court.
Leah said in a recent memorandum, “This past year has been both challenging and rewarding, and I am extremely lucky to be able to do the kind of important work that Public Justice does at the highest levels. I am deeply grateful to Steven Kazan for this outstanding opportunity.”
And I am deeply proud of what this young attorney has accomplished at Public Justice in such a short time and look forward seeing all that she will do in the years to come.