A Cheerful Advocate

Passion for work and play is an important part of success in life!

Atlanta-Based Senior Assistant Defense at Attorney Irina Khasin, 29, has been chasing her passions since she was a little girl. Emigrating from Kiev, Ukraine, at the age of 5, Khasin is a performer at heart and lives out her passions and multi-faceted talents everyday. With a serious legal career, Khasin still finds time for her first love, dance. Khasin spent a year cheerleading for the Atlanta Falcons and currently lives in Atlanta working at the Fulton County Defense Attorney's office. 

Be True To Yourself
It's important to find an employer who respects who you are as a person and nurtures all of your talents. My boss, Mr. Paul Howard, encourages his employees to continue to do the things that make us happy. It makes us better professionals and better public servants. My passions wouldn't come across on paper. I love to develop relationships with the people I serve, and it is the same with dance and the community. The people are what keep me going.

Keep On Dancing
I found that opportunity as a Falcons cheerleader during the 2012-2013 season, the year they were just shy of a Super Bowl win and arguably the best year I could have picked to cheer. The Falcons is an incredible franchise. The "wow women" the select are invested in their careers and community. I was able to do both philanthropic work and meet dozens of women in the community while nurturing my first passion. It was the most fun I have had in years, from shooting a calendar in Jamaica to dancing in front of 70,000 people.

Mentors Matter
Although I was training for professional ballet with little free time, my teacher was also the coach for the school's mock trial program and convinced me to try out. I quickly fell in love with child advocacy and combining my love of writing, performing, and compassion for people all into one job,

Be True To Your School
I spent the summers working for the United States Attorney's Office in the Middle District of Tennessee and as a summer associate for Kilpatrick Townsend, LLP in Atlanta. After graduating from Vanderbilt Law School, I served a one-year term as a law clerk for the Honorable C. Lynwood Smith, Jr. in the Northern District of Alabama, followed by a federal clerkship with Kilpatrick back in Atlanta where I worked until late 2011. 

Give A Voice To Those In Need
These victims are the closest to my heart; I love working with children. They are the most vulnerable in the community and in need of the most protection. I find it incredibly rewarding to give them peace and a brighter future.

Pursue Your Passion
My passion for trial advocacy and public service brought me to the Fulton County District Attorney's Office when District Attorney Paul Howard offered me the position to join the crimes against women and children unit in 2011.

Live Your Dreams
At the end of the Falcons season I thought it best to focus on the trials. Since then, I've taken those memories and pursued other aspects of dance, most recently with salsa dancing, to maintain my fitness and be a healthy and happy person.