Armin Mizani, '12
Litigation Attorney, Rad Law Firm
Hometown: Sacramento, California
Previous Education: B.A. Public Relations and Advertising; minor in Law and Society
Why did you choose Michigan State Law for your legal education?
My decision to choose Michigan State University College of Law was fairly simple. As a result of its affiliation with Michigan State University, the College of Law has taken significant steps towards assuring its position as a leading institution of legal education. The faculty and professors at the College of Law are highly respected and distinguished within their concentrations, and as a result, put the law school in an upward trajectory.
What aspects of your legal education best prepared you for the practice of law?
The Alternative Dispute Resolution program offered at the College of Law along with the opportunity to serve as student attorney through one of the many clinical programs best prepared me for the practice of law. The ability to be put in a situation where you meet and personally handle the matters of a real life client is an opportunity that is truly unique and one that cannot be simply taught in a classroom.
How have you used your JD since graduation?
My JD from the College of Law has prepared me extensively for my position as a litigation attorney. The Alternative Dispute Resolution program at the College of Law goes above and beyond in preparing you as to the processes of negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. A vast majority of the cases I work on will be settled prior to trial thanks in some part to one of the ADR processes taught to me by the College of Law’s ADR program.
What advice would you offer someone who is thinking about a career in law?
Seek it for the right reasons. Acquiring a legal education and the title of attorney is a privilege that gives you the unique ability to instill change on people’s lives, while making significant progress on legal policies that affect our nation. If you seek your legal education with this in mind, not only will you find the rigors of law school more appealing, but in the meantime, you will help clear any misconceptions the general public may have about the legal profession.
What do you find most rewarding about your work?
The most rewarding part about my work is the fact that I get to use the legal skills that I learned while at Michigan State and in turn, positively affect the lives of individuals whose legal rights have been unjustly violated. The ability to listen to a client’s issue or concern and then work to find a solution is one that provides me with the utmost sense of personal gratification.
Tell us about a personal accomplishment that you achieve outside of law school.
Because of my curiosity and passion for effective social policy and community service programs, while attending the Law College I sought to serve as a City Commissioner on the City of East Lansing's Housing Committee. As a commissioner I advised the City Council on matters pertaining to housing within the city, including neighborhood environmental preservation and programs for housing production and conservation.