Company/Organization: Wildes & Weinberg P.C.
Mentor(s):Stacy Simon, Felicia Zeidman, Rafael Barreto, Mari
Topic of Internship
Wildes and Weinberg P.C. is one of the most renowned and respected Immigration Law firms in the United States, currently with offices in New York (main office), New Jersey, Miami and Los Angeles. Founded in 1960 by Leon Wildes, Esq., the firm’s central mission to focus on individual clients’ problems and cases has remained true throughout the years. Wildes and Weinberg P.C. offers a number of services in all aspects of immigration law for its clients, as well as services regarding all employment eligibility verification, discrimination and compliance issues. Perhaps the most influential deportation case in American history, Wildes and Weinberg P.C. is best known for Founder and Senior Partner Leon Wildes’ successful representation of John Lennon ad Yoko Ono; a four year struggle which granted the couple their green cards and shed light on secretive government practices, as well as created substantial changes in the field of immigration law. Steven L. Weinberg has been a Managing Partner to the firm since 1976, along with Managing Partner Michael J. Wildes, son of Founder Leon Wildes. The Englewood, NJ office came to be after Michael Wildes, managing partner, served two terms as both city councilman and mayor of Englewood. Both the Englewood, NJ office and the New York City office are fully staffed with a combined team of ten bilingual attorneys. The Englewood, New Jersey office, located on 90 West Palisade Avenue, is staffed with four associate attorneys who each have their own specializations in the field, as well as additional staff and paralegals. The office carries on the same purpose as the main office in New York City; individual client care. It is one of the four Wildes & Weinberg offices in the United States. My mentor was associate attorney Stacy Simon, who received her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and her Juris Doctorate from New York Law School. She was admitted into the New York and New Jersey State Bar, and is an AILA member. She specializes in O-1A, O-1B, EB1-1, EB1-2, EB-5, National Interest Waivers and issues regarding the medical profession; many cases in which I personally helped her with.
Summary of Internship
As an intern at Wildes & Weinberg P.C., I have the privilege of working closely with the firm’s attorneys every day, actively participating and learning the ins and outs of the practice. During my time at the firm I have often conducted extensive research for a number of clients to help them meet the requirements of their individual forms or visas. For example, for Extraordinary Ability cases, I would gather research that proved why we needed this specific client and their skills in the United States. From researching job openings to calling foreign consulates for information, gathering authoritative material was a central part of my duty at the firm. Focus and patience was very critical in acquiring research. From these tasks I learned how to pick out the most critical information in documents, take efficient notes, and how to professionally address different organizations and individuals over the phone. Creating presentable exhibit lists, organizing documents, and completing legal forms for clients are also frequent tasks I was entrusted with by the attorneys. With these exhibit lists, you must account for all of the information you have and organize these documents in an easily understandable way. I had to be very meticulous and double check that all information was present many times. I gained the valuable skill of creating a checklist for information and checking it off when I finished. In terms of legal forms, many times information must be searched for in piles of the client’s files. I learned to effectively skim pages in search of necessary information. Every week was different at Wildes & Weinberg, with new incoming cases that each required different approaches depending on the individual. However, a typical day was spent helping an attorney gather research, taking notes on client information, creating cover letters or exhibit lists, and completing legal forms. Occasionally, I would be asked to translate a document for the attorneys from Spanish to English or vice versa. Through this internship I have gained valuable insight on the practice and great appreciation for the work of these attorneys. What I valued most about the firm is the focus on individual care for each client; they were not just cases in the eyes of the attorneys, they were real people who needed help. As a result of my time as the firm, I am currently considering a career in the field of immigration law and I am grateful for such a fantastic introduction to the field.
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