2 Weeks from JD, Law Student Notches 4th Circuit Appellate Win

Dean Razavi hasn’t yet received his juris doctor degree, let alone started practice at Katten Muchin Rosenman.

But the soon-to-be graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law has already scored his first major litigation victory, winning an ineffective assistance of counsel case in which he made the oral argument before the Richmond, Va.-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the Blog of Legal Times reports.

His inexperience showed in one way, according to the BLT: During the oral argument in March, “My heart sank when I got through one line and the judge jumped in,” Razavi says. “I left thinking that we hadn’t succeeded because the judges were hitting hard.”

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