Student Information

Student Name

Manuel Valdez




Internship Information

Company/Organization: Wildes & Weinberrg P.C.

Mentor(s):Stacey Simon

Topic of Internship

Immigration Law

Background Information

With offices in New York, New Jersey and Florida, Wildes & Weinberg, P.C., is perhaps the United State' premier immigration law firm. Wildes & Weinberg grew out of the practice of Leon Wildes, Esq., a distinguished immigration practitioner in New York City. Its original clientele consisted of individuals, rather than corporations, who had been placed in deportation or exclusion proceedings, lost their American citizenship, or were otherwise in jeopardy. Founded in 1960, the practice expanded steadily as word of its outstanding achievements in individual cases spread in the international community, attracting clients from a broad range of nations. As the United States, itself is a nation of immigrants, it became a magnet to industrious prospective immigrants from nations throughout the world, the practice expanded to include representation of American firms anxious to attract persons with needed skills. The firm participated in efforts to liberalize the immigration laws to permit even broader U.S. immigration and was sought out by major banks and industrial concerns to represent them in their efforts to secure needed personnel from abroad. Today the firm, which consists of thirteen attorneys, all experts in the field of immigration and nationality law, has a staff of 30 individuals handling the work of a distinguished and growing clientele, and is known for its prompt and efficient service. Despite its steady growth over the past 50 years, the hallmark of this law practice remains the individualized attention to its clients' problems.

Summary of Internship

Interning at Wildes & Weinberg, P.C. has provided me with an inside look at what it means to be an attorney as well as expanded my work experience with skills that can be translated into many aspects of the professional world. In the past couple of months, I have been assigned various jobs that range from creating exhibit lists, conducting research on clientele, doing legal research and drafting legal documents. Furthermore, this internship is interesting because at the core of it all, it’s all about the person that you are working for, whether it’s a shoe designer, holistic medicinal practitioner, international students, models or investors. Moreover, my knowledge of the visa system has also increased. One thing that I must make known is that while interning here I was never assigned “busy work” which is not something many can say. All the work that I have completed during my senior experience has been for the success of the law firm. Attending my internship has always been a privilege and it is always a pleasure to be in the office. I am also very grateful towards my mentor, because she made the difficult visa process easy to understand and has followed the definition of a mentor to a T, constantly explaining the field of immigration law so that at the end of everyday I can honestly say I learned something new. Interning at Wildes & Weinberg PC is not for those who are scared of work rather, it is the ideal setting for any student who wants to gain the experience of an immigration attorney or the basic foundation of a law firm in general.

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