Welcome to our latest article in the monthly “An Interview With” series. In this series, I connect with people from all parts of the legal profession and at all stages of their legal career to learn who really makes up the legal community and what they are actually doing with their legal degrees.

This month, I chatted with an immigration attorney and the owner of Lacroix Law, Miriam Lacroix. Miriam is a 2014 graduate of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. Today, Miriam runs her own solo practice, where she provides legal services and peace of mind to immigrants navigating their path to legal status.

In this article, we’ll learn about Miriam’s journey to becoming a solo practitioner, some of the challenges she faces running a small business, and what it is really like to be an immigration attorney in 2019.

KS: Tell us about your journey to becoming a solo practitioner and small business owner.

ML: Having my own practice became a dream of mine in law school. As a student, I participated in an immigration clinic, where I represented clients in their immigration cases as a student attorney. After law school, with my future private practice in mind, I became a part of the inaugural class of the Immigrant Justice Corps, where I served as a Fellow at the City Bar Justice Center. After training and experience, I felt prepared to finally realize my dream of owning my own law firm.

KS: What do you love about running your own practice and being your own boss? Conversely, what are some challenges that come with being a small business owner? ML : Although I love being a lawyer and representing clients, I have to say that my favorite part of what I do is the business aspect. I love making new relationships with other professionals, engaging with people via social media, conducting presentations, and being creative with how I offer more value to my clients. I’m obsessed with the idea of a law firm that is organized and streamlined and can run without me. That’s the […]

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