By Paige Blumenshine
I am a rising 3L at SLU LAW pursuing a health law concentration. I chose SLU LAW because of its outstanding reputation, its premier health law program and the many opportunities health law presents.
I am currently working as a law clerk for The O’Brien Law Firm. I have been working there for six months now. Last summer I was a law clerk for a defense firm. I was presented with the opportunity to work at The O’Brien Law Firm, which focuses 100 percent on representing victims of mesothelioma and asbestos disease, and thought it would be a good idea to experience how the other side works.
The O’Brien Law Firm represents clients throughout the United States. Additionally the firm files claims with asbestos bankruptcy trusts located throughout the U.S. Five highly regarded attorneys and a large support staff represent the clients of the firm. Everyone here is extremely dedicated to fighting for the asbestos victims and their families. It definitely shows in their hard work and success.
My role at the firm is to respond to defendants’ motions for summary judgments. A motion for summary judgment is filed by a party in a lawsuit based on the premise that the opposing party cannot prevail in the case because there is no legal dispute or the claim is without merit or a defense. Without a response, the entire case could be dismissed.
My job is to read through our plaintiff’s depositions and other depositions in the case, interrogatories, defendant documents and expert reports and put together a response in opposition to the defendant’s motion for summary judgment to show that there is a genuine issue and the case should go forward. A response involves laying out all the client’s facts against the defendant and crafting a legal argument on why the plaintiff has a claim. It is a very rewarding feeling to know that my responses are reviewed by the court and my work plays a major part in case.
I have had the opportunity to grow personally and professionally over the past six months while working for this firm. I have also been able to significantly enhance my legal research and writing skills. I am thankful for the opportunity The O’Brien Law Firm has given me and as always I am excited to see where my future as a lawyer takes me.