Steen Kadison- Associate
On Nov. 1, he was among the more than 100 new attorneys sworn in to the Connecticut Bar. He took the Connecticut Bar Exam in July 2019, and received notification in September that he had passed.
Attorney Kadison completed two separate internships in the Connecticut Attorney General’s office. In the summer of 2017, his legal research and document review work focused on consumer protection issues, including multi-state litigation concerning Volkswagen emissions test cheating and defective Takata airbags. In early 2019, he provided legislative and legal research on the creation of environmental statutes.
Inspired by a lifelong sense of justice to study law and pursue a professional path that would allow him to “speak truth to power,” Attorney Kadison found his belief in social justice affirmed and enhanced by his undergraduate studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has a particular interest in social justice as it relates to criminal justice reform and mass incarceration, including prisoners’ rights and prison reform.
This background in social justice informs Attorney Kadison’s views on land-use and environmental law, and his experience in the Attorney General’s office, combined with a love of the outdoors, inspires his interest in environmental policy as it relates to the law, as well as the impact it has on communities, and the disproportionate effects policy decisions can have on particular communities. Attorney Kadison values sustainable and prudent land-use planning carried out with careful consideration of its effects on both the environment and growing communities.
Committed to volunteerism and community service, Attorney Kadison was a legal intern at the Quinnipiac School of Law’s legal clinic, where he handled cases on issues ranging from housing to child support and asylum. He drafted documents in support of asylum applications and accompanied asylum clients to hearings, work he found to be very rewarding.
In the spring of 2008, in conjunction with a group from his church, he participated in a Hurricane Katrina relief trip to New Orleans, assisting with efforts to demolish condemned homes in the Ninth Ward, as well as working to repair and paint damaged homes and assisting with construction and landscaping for new homes.
The hands-on experience would be influential later, after Attorney Kadison earned an invitation to join the prestigious Quinnipiac Law Review based on his proficiency in a “write-on” competition. Everyone on the Law Review is required to write an article on a legal issue of interest in the form of a case note. Attorney Kadison’s case note was entitled, “Protecting Informal Volunteers: Reconciling Informal-Volunteer Participation During Rescue and Relief Efforts in the Wake of Natural Disasters.” He argued that non-professional rescuers in natural disaster situations should be given more protection from liability.
In his second year, Attorney Kadison was elected to the board of the Law Review and given the role of Publication Editor, which included the responsibility of checking for proper legal citation of articles selected for publication, which fueled his passion for legal research.
Attorney Kadison grew up in Fairfield and currently lives in New Haven. He played rugby in high school and college, and enjoys mountain biking, hiking and camping, and snowboarding. He and fellow outdoors enthusiasts once climbed Tuckerman Ravine on Mt. Washington, the highest peak in New Hampshire, in order to snowboard back down.
- Connecticut, 2019
- University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass., (B.A., 2013)
Social Thought and Political Economy
- Quinnipiac University School of Law, cum laude (J.D., 2019)
Activities & Honors
- Quinnipiac Law Review, Publication Editor
- Phi Delta Phi Legal Honors Society.
- American Constitution Society, Vice President