Name, Position: Sean, Supervisory Paralegal
Alma Mater: Georgetown University
Hometown: Hellertown, PA
What inspired you to choose this career path?
I taught English in Dubai for a year after college and many of my students were seeking to emigrate to English speaking countries. I was surprised that many of them did not consider the U.S. because of the challenges and barriers our immigration system poses to them. When I returned, I wanted to gain a deeper understanding of our complex immigration system and work with people who were coming here from diverse and distant places to start a new life or career.
What do you like best about working at Klasko?
I most enjoy working with the Klasko team. The firm is full of smart and hard-working people and we’ve created a friendly and cooperative atmosphere.
What is unique about your position at the firm?
Paralegals at Klasko are exposed to a wider variety and more challenging cases than paralegals at many other immigration law firms. The attorneys and account managers also have a keen interest in our professional growth.
What experiences have been most rewarding for you so far?
I’m always happy to see a client obtain permanent residence, citizenship, or fulfill their professional and personal goals here in the U.S., and it’s even more rewarding when we’ve helped them overcome a legal obstacle to do so. it's been even more challenging to represent clients in routine immigration matters recently due to the administration. In addition, it's always rewarding to work with junior staff to train them on the work and watch them grow professionally.
What opportunities for advancement and professional growth have been available to you at Klasko?
Over the years I've been able to grow professionally in a number of ways. Firstly, the world of immigration law is very complex, so there are always more challenging cases to work on that teach you things you didn't know before. There's also the client management side of the casework; the more experience you have, the more you are able to independently handle inquiries and administration to ensure a positive relationship with clients. Finally, the more you progress through the levels of Paralegal, the more you are able to mentor, train, and eventually supervise other paralegals. Supervisory Paralegals, for instance, are responsible for managing a team of Paras and managing relationships with a group of clients.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
I've been to 22 countries and hoping to get to 8 more within the next two years.