Name, Position: Valeria O. Huh, Paralegal

Alma Mater: Brigham Young University – IdahoHometown: Montevideo, Uruguay

What inspired you to choose this career path?

I was born abroad and personally underwent the immigration experience. As I was young at the time, I remember being confused about the very complex processes and requirements to immigrate to the United States, all the while feeling overwhelmed with adapting to the different culture and social norms in the United States. Through my own personal immigration journey, I gained personal understanding of immigration and the challenges posed by the regulations and ever changing consular and state-side processes. After immigrating to the United States, I moved to Philadelphia, PA and found large immigrant communities that faced the same or greater immigratory challenges than I had. I also found a lot of confusion and misunderstanding about immigration which created barriers and restrictions to their ability to live and prosper in the United States. I felt this needed to change and I wanted to be part of that change.

 

What do you like best about working at Klasko? 

Klasko excels in providing its paralegals the necessary resources, tools, training, and exposure to nurture and develop their potential while fostering a friendly, cooperative environment. It is a wonderful firm full of amazing attorneys, account managers, and support staff who want you to succeed and reach your professional and personal goals.

 

What is unique about your position at the firm?

As a paralegal, you are on the frontlines: you act as the right-hand to the attorney and a point of contact for the clients. Through our work, we find fulfillment in navigating the complex federal systems and regulations, positive adjudication of our client’s cases, and celebrating the victories of our clients receiving much deserved immigration benefits. Our role is wonderfully stimulating as you will never see the same case twice as our cases, much like the individuals we represent, are unique.

 

What experiences have been most rewarding for you so far?

Nothing is more rewarding than seeing the light bulb click on for a client and having them understand their sometimes very complex immigration process. Though giving the wonderful news that their case is approved is certainly worth celebrating, nothing can surpass the joy that I experience when I am able to give the gift of having one of our clients understand their unique immigration journey and the processes that helped them establish a life and prosper in the United States.

 

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

My last name is Korean, but I lived in Uruguay for over 11 years and am a fluent Spanish speaker.

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:  Anna, Junior Paralegal

Alma Mater: Catholic University

Hometown: Wynnewood, PA

What inspired you to choose this career path?  

After graduating, I worked at the Embassy of Ireland in DC and in the same office as the visa consular officers. I got to see firsthand how the immigration process strengthened the relationship between two countries and often how difficult the visa application and approval process can be. I wanted to understand that process better and contribute to a globally-minded team.

What do you like best about working at Klasko?  

I have been so lucky to work with such a supportive and collaborative team. I know that I can reach out when I am unsure or use other team members as resources on challenging cases. From my first day at Klasko, it’s been clear that goals are not accomplished, and obstacles are not overcome alone and that the Klasko team is a real community.

What is unique about your position at the firm?  

Paralegals have the distinctive opportunity to work on a number of different cases and are entrusted with a lot of responsibility for them. It is motivating to know that each case will be different and that I am able to contribute to a case at all stages. Additionally, because each case is unique, I learn something new about the immigration process every day.

What experiences have been most rewarding for you so far?  

It has been really rewarding to see cases through till the end or to see them move on to another stage of the immigration process. I especially enjoy the opportunities, with more challenging cases, to be creative in my writing and when I get to research occupations and degrees that I was previously unfamiliar with.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.  

I am also a volunteer ESL teacher.

Name, Position:  Kailey, Supervisory Paralegal

Alma Mater: Drexel University

Hometown: Florham Park, New Jersey

What inspired you to choose this career path?

Ultimately, I am motivated by a desire to cultivate global relationships through exchanges of culture and ideas. Immigration is the ultimate vehicle for such exchanges, as immigrants are able to build relationships and communities in their host country while also contributing their unique talents to the country's workforce and cultural landscape. I am delighted to arrive at work every day knowing that I am helping to build a more cosmopolitan world.

What do you like best about working at Klasko?

I love that the paralegals work on a variety of cases, and usually work on cases from conception to completion. This has allowed me to learn a lot in a short time, and to develop skills that are critical in a legal environment. Also, no two days are the same— I am never bored of what I am doing, and there are always new and interesting challenges to tackle.

What is unique about your position at the firm?

The attorneys and account managers place a lot of trust in the paralegals at Klasko. We are trained to understand the law that governs our work and to identify discrepancies in our cases to ensure that our output is flawless. In this way, we are able to take ownership of our cases and feel proud to see them realized to completion. Moreover, the fact that the attorneys and account managers place so much trust in the paralegals gives us great avenues for professional growth.

What experiences have been most rewarding for you so far?

I love being a part of a team that sees seemingly insurmountable obstacles as opportunities for creativity and growth. It is so satisfying to receive a challenging case for which the chances of success seem bleak, and then work together to craft a brilliant legal argument that saves the case. I am happy to flex my creativity within such a brilliant team of professionals, and to give our clients peace of mind knowing that their immigration processes are well taken care of.

What opportunities for advancement and professional growth have been available to you at Klasko?

At Klasko, you are set up to succeed. Our firm offers comprehensive training in immigration processes and, after the paralegals have been trained, trusts its paralegals to exercise responsibility over their cases. The benefits of this approach are twofold, as it allows paralegals to feel a sense of ownership over their work while also pushing them to grow professionally as they help to craft innovative, optimal legal solutions tailored to the unique circumstances of each case. I also appreciate that the firm never fails to recognize and reward great work. It is great to be a part of a firm that enables its employees to share in and celebrate each other’s success.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself.

I lived and worked in Russia for a year, and love speaking Russian any chance I can get!

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.