By Kyrstin BeasleyMy name is Kyrstin Beasley and I am a rising 3L at SLU LAW. I completed my undergraduate studies at Tulane University in New Orleans. I chose SLU LAW due to its prominent reputation in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.
I’m originally from Alton, Ill., and plan on practicing in the area after graduation. I spent the last year working for Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc., assisting victims of domestic violence. This summer, I took a position with Gori Julian and Associates, and it has been an incredible experience!
Gori Julian is a plaintiffs’ firm in Edwardsville, Ill., representing clients nationwide in asbestos cases. The firm also has a substantial personal injury practice. I wanted to work at Gori Julian in order to learn more about a different area of the law.
The thing that immediately stood out about Gori Julian is its dedication to its clients and the community. I have seen firsthand how invested the attorneys, paralegals and assistants are in working with clients and their families. Losing a loved one is extremely difficult in any circumstance, but mesothelioma is an incredibly debilitating and aggressive disease. Families struggle watching their loved ones’ health rapidly decline. The firm is great about using a team approach to ensure all aspects of a client’s case are handled in an efficient manner, giving clients reassurance and one less thing to worry about.
In 2015 thus far, the firm donated $250,000 to Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance, as well as sponsoring various community activities, including golf tournaments, fireworks displays, Gateway Grizzlies games, networking events and much, much more. In fact, the lobby at SLU LAW is named after Gori Julian. In all, the firm sponsors more than 120 organizations and events.
This summer has been truly amazing, and I am so grateful to everyone at Gori Julian for the opportunities I have had. As a clerk, I was able to attend dockets in Madison County, St. Louis City and St. Clair County. This was a beneficial learning experience because I was able to witness various motions being argued, voir dire, and trial formalities taking place.
While in the office, I drafted motions, completed research, and reviewed documents for trial. One day, the other law clerk (Megan) and I drove to Mount Vernon, Ill., to file something with the Illinois Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. On several occasions, I attended depositions for medical experts and co-workers. I was fortunate enough to also have the opportunity to fly out to document reviews in other cities and states. What a learning experience!
I consider myself very fortunate to have had the chance to work with such knowledgeable, experienced attorneys this summer. I am excited to see what comes next!