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Paralegal Career Dressing: Ever Heard of that DREAM Act Thing?

Paralegal Career Dressing: Ever Heard of that DREAM Act Thing?

You’d probably have to be living under a rock not to have heard of the “DREAM Act”. It isn’t actually  law as of the date of this post but only a proposed congressional bill to provide conditional lawful residency to the undocumented children of illegal immigrants. But it is a particularly amusing question to ask when you’re calling an immigration attorney’s office.

Deferred action is way more important than what I’m wearing today, but in the interest of being a transparent budget career style blogger who doesn’t sneak in high-priced duds on the days I don’t post, here’s today’s KISS (keep it simple stoopid) outfit, all thrifted  (even the wedges) except for the MMD Button Flower.

The answer is, “Yes, I have heard of deferred action for childhood arrivals almost every single hour of every single day since President Obama announced on June 15, 2012 that his administration would stop deporting young illegal immigrants who can show they meet certain guidelines.” It is an exciting time for many undocumented young people who came to this country with their parents and have grown up here. My supervising attorney, Helen Parsonage, has been providing constant updates for DREAMers at the D.R.E.A.M.ers Info page she created on Facebook, and has volunteered her time to speak to a number of local groups about the anticipated procedure.

If you or someone you know may qualify for deferred action, make sure you do your homework when selecting an immigration attorney. Even the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is warning people to beware of scams, especially promises from individuals who promise they can speed up the process for a large fee. It is a good sign if an immigration attorney asks to meet with you to discuss your individual circumstances before quoting a fee, because everyone’s situation is different. The American Immigration Lawyers Association published a post earlier this month at the AILA Leadership Blog, answering the question “Do DREAMers really need a lawyer?”

So our phone has been ringing off the hook since the deferred action relief was first announced, and it’s truly been a pleasure to talk to many promising and articulate young people who’ve led similar lives to my own children. They are understandably excited and eager to come out of the shadows and do many of the things my children take for granted, like getting drivers’ licenses and working legally.

Close up of a family heirloom: a silver spoon bracelet.

The best part about being a paralegal for a civil rights firm is helping people. What do you like most about your job?

Please note I am not an attorney, do not give legal advice, and encourage anyone with questions about deferred action and/or other immigration issues to contact a reputable and skilled immigration attorney.

15 Responses to Paralegal Career Dressing: Ever Heard of that DREAM Act Thing?

  1. Those wedges are intense. They look like Fluevogs or some equally funky brand.

    I think a lot of what Obama has tried to do to help people is great. I just hope it continues in a way that works for people. I'm also glad people are actually calling lawyers and trying to get all the right information. I don't know much about the Immigration processes, but wishing everyone the best to go through the proper channels.

    The best part of my job is helping people feel good about themselves. To help them feel inspired and creative. I like when people email me back with pictures and stories and reactions to their accessories or artwork. I had a really awesome customers that make me feel like I'm actually doing something legitimate for once in my life.

    • Thanks, I do love the funky design of these shoes. And your work definitely brightens my day, both on my sweaters, belts, and necklaces – and as my work desktop background 🙂

  2. Well, I don't live under a rock, but I also don't live in your country, so I've never heard of that act. Thanks for the explanation!

    Great dress and shoes!

  3. love this dress!!
    the spoon bracelet totally brought back memories of the days when spoon rings were the biggest thing going
    have no idea what ever happened to the one i had back in the day

  4. I was laid off from my job at an insurance company 10 years ago and decided not to seek employment after that. Staying home to run the household was the best thing I ever did. I am not in favor of the Dream Act. Love your thrifted outfit!!!

    • Diane, I think I would love the chance to run my household – such chaos!

      I know not everyone agrees on current immigration – and other political/hot button – issues. We're lucky to live in a country where we can express our views without reprisal (for the most part).

  5. I found that question amusing an I don't even work in the legal field at all, haha. Gotta enjoy the things people ask, right?

    I don't have a job right now, but I'm hoping to find one that I am happy to go to every day and feel good about.

  6. Just popped my head out from under my rock to say I have never heard of the Dream Act… Does the fact that I live in the UK mean you can forgive my ignorance? It sounds like a compassionate and humanitarian piece of proposed legislation, one to be proud of.
    I have seen other US bloggers with spoon bangles, but I have never come across one here. Given that I live in a city famous for its history of silver plate, steel and cutlery production, I feel I should have one myself!
    Gorgeous frock too. Makes your waist look tiny – not that it isn't, but you know what I mean! xxxx

  7. Hey Lynne, that's great news. But what about the parents of the children?
    I'm a PA (physician Assistant) and I love that every day is different.
    The dress, shoes and cardi are perfection.

  8. I always learn something new when I read your blog! I know so little about law and the way some things work. So thank you for that!

    And your dress is beautiful.

    Um, what I enjoy most about my job is I have a lot (probably too much) of down time to spend on blogs…is that bad? LOL

    • Natasha, I actually work for a civil rights firm, and have mostly specialized in civil litigation, employment law, workers' compensation, and serious injuries until the last year or so when I have been providing a great deal more support to our immigration attorney. I love the work and it's satisfying to be learning a new specialty area, especially one that's booming 🙂

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Lynne DeVenny is a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal with over 27 years of experience working on complex litigation cases, including medical malpractice, personal injury, workers’ compensation, and Social Security disability.

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