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J. Alistair McKenzie, a 2011 alumnus of FIU Law, practices law at a small firm in Pensacola, Florida, and was recently appointed Regional Vice President for the National Lawyers Guild. McKenzie, recently discussed his career path with us and his duties with the National Lawyers Guild.
Where are you working and what kind of law do you practice?
I am practicing law at a small firm in Pensacola, Florida. I mostly practice civil rights law on behalf of people whose rights have been violated. I have worked on First Amendment speech cases, police misconduct cases, prisoner rights cases, and am currently in the process of challenging some ordinances which criminalize homelessness. Additionally, I work on personal injury, medical malpractice, and consumer rights cases. As well, I handle all of my own appeals and have already been involved in appeals in the 1st DCA and the 11th Circuit. I have been blessed with the freedom to practice law on behalf of the poor and disadvantaged, the people who don’t normally have a voice in our country or legal system. As a result of this blessing, every day I am thankful that I have the opportunity to practice law that is meaningful and which gives my life and career a purpose.