Name, Position:  Mansi, Paralegal

Alma Mater: University of California, Irvine

Hometown: Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

What inspired you to choose this career path?  

One of the two main reasons I wanted to become a paralegal is that I thrive on challenges. The legal field is the perfect arena for that. We run into various kinds of cases and scenarios helping us learn something new every day. I wanted to become a teacher since I was young because I was always fascinated by them. I believe that by being a paralegal, I am doing the same thing – teaching and helping others understand complex rules and regulations. Being from an immigrant background myself and having worked closely with immigrants before, I know that they struggle due to language barriers and their lack of knowledge about complex immigration laws. By helping them, I get a feeling of great satisfaction knowing that I am going to create a positive difference in someone’s life every day.

What do you like best about working at Klasko?  

The best thing about Klasko is that in spite of having a hierarchy of paralegals, all of them can easily communicate with the attorney. The attorneys put a lot of trust in paralegals which provides them with great opportunities to progress. Everyone at Klasko works in such tandem that you feel that Klasko is a well-oiled machine that operates a one, which produces successful results and nothing else.

What is unique about your position at the firm?  

Intensive training sessions, wonderful mentorship and opportunity to work on cases closely with the attorneys help in well-rounded development of paralegals at Klasko. Everyone at Klasko is very encouraging and motivating. This creates a positive vibe in the office and makes us want to work hard and achieve better results. The seniors in the team take interest in our growth and support us whenever we need their guidance.

What experiences have been most rewarding for you so far?  

It is extremely satisfying to see the cases that I have worked on get approved and the clients benefited from our services. I feel happy and content to see immigrants getting their cases approved, and this in turn motivates me to work more efficiently and harder on the upcoming cases.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.  

Apart from my passion for law, I love painting and spend my weekends developing my art skills. I own an art page on social media and an online shop on Etsy by the name OrnateByMansi.

 

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.