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Marsha Kazarosian Alumni Profile

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0:05 - [Marsha speaking] My father was a lawyer

0:06 - and I'm told that when I was very young, [music beginning in background]

0:09 - maybe three or five or so, I decided I wanted to be a lawyer.

0:12 - I had the great opportunity to practice with him because I was admitted in 1982,

0:17 - he was still practicing then and so I came in and started practicing with him.

0:22 - So it was wonderful.

0:24 - My name is Marsha Kazarosian.

0:25 - I'm a trial attorney, I practice in Mass. and New Hampshire

0:28 - and I'm also president of the Massachusetts Bar Association.

0:33 - I have been involved in some very high profile cases.

0:36 - The highest profile one I think started with the Pamela Smart case,

0:39 - which was a case in New Hampshire, it was a murder case.

0:42 - I was proud of the work that I did with the Pamela Smart case and representing my client

0:46 - because I felt very strongly that he was entitled to the best kind of representation he could get

0:53 - even though it appeared that it was against all odds.

0:56 - And then I had the Haverhill Country Club case, which probably is the case I am the most proud of.

1:00 - I was told "How are you gonna make a case complaining about discrimination

1:04 - when you're talking about a country club?"

1:07 - And what they thought was rich, Caucasian women trying to golf, it just doesn't resonate.

1:16 - But being treated unfairly is being treated unfairly.

1:19 - I think my passions have to do with trying to fight battles that are really difficult to fight.

1:25 - In the last 10 years or so, I've been doing a good amount of police excessive force, brutality cases.

1:33 - Those are very, very difficult cases.

1:37 - The standard is pretty high because police officers are on the front line every day

1:41 - and they have a very difficult job and they have a very dangerous job,

1:44 - but the reality of it is that there are some police officers that cross the line

1:49 - and need to be shown that there are consequences for that.

1:53 - I graduated from UMass in 1978 and my major was in English.

2:00 - I had a creative writing class, I loved that class.

2:03 - And I have to tell you the other thing that I loved was I wrote for the Collegian

2:07 - and I loved doing that, too.

2:10 - If you really wanna be a lawyer and you wanna maybe do litigation,

2:14 - It depends on what kind of law you wanna go into, I can't imagine that English isn't gonna be the best thing

2:19 - that you can take.

2:21 - Because that teaches you how to articulate, and a lawyer has to know how to articulate,

2:25 - whether it's orally or in writing, and if you don't have a strong command of the English language

2:30 - or how to communicate, it's gonna be very difficult for you.

2:35 - You can have the smartest people in the world and people who have the greatest position to articulate,

2:40 - but if they can't get their point across, they're sunk.

2:44 - And that's what a lawyer has to do, a lawyer has to get their point across.

2:47 - If you've been practicing as long as I have, in a small town where you have a very narrow focus,

2:53 - I think that's something that naturally happens over the course of years.

2:56 - Your concentration and what kinds of cases you take are gonna evolve.

3:00 - And I'm very fortunate in my practice that I get to practice with very good friends,

3:06 - I get to practice with my two sons.

3:08 - It's a wonderful feeling, to be able to come to work every day surrounded by friends and family,

3:14 - all working toward a common goal to help people.

3:16 - I mean, it doesn't get any better than that.

3:19 - The law is a really exciting profession and you feel like you really are doing good.

3:25 - It's almost like a license to be a superhero in a way and get to go out there and right terrible wrongs.

3:32 - Degrees in the humanities and English or arts or those kinds of degrees, they give you a global outlook on things.

3:38 - It's not focused, it's more well-rounded.

3:41 - If I were to do it again, I'd still do it the way I did it, I would still go and major in English.

3:46 - This gives you a general foundation for life.

3:50 - I think that's the way I look at it, it gives you a foundation for life.

3:53 - [music slowly fades]