Our first Latin American Studies major, Jesse Johnson '12, is working in Chicago as a legal assistant to nine attorneys at an immigration law firm, Kempster, Keller, and Lenz-Calvo, LTD. Jesse enhances immigration attorney effectiveness by developing case information, evidence, and filing applications.
He is the sole legal assistant at the firm working on deferred action for childhood arrivals, which is for certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children and who meet several key criteria. If granted, these individuals are given relief from removal from the country and work authorization.
Additionally, he is on a team that assists individuals with their immigration matters. This includes adjustments of status for people in the United States on a path to permanent residency for those that who entered lawfully, but whom no longer have status and consular process or who are individuals outside the United States who apply for permanent residency.
Given Jesse's capstone paper theme on Mexican immigration to Chicago, this job is a great fit for his interests. Best of luck Jesse!