I started this firm because I care very much about the legal profession, and I wanted to put into effect a dream of mine: to build a business that could allow me to try to serve people… to serve individuals: men and women with faces and names and stories.
The lawyer who wrote the document which declared American independence from England, President Thomas Jefferson, famously wrote that “we hold these truths to be self-evident; that all [people] are created equal, and are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights…” The preamble to the U.S. Constitution begins with similar language when it establishes “we the people” as the source and intended beneficiaries of all the laws which were written into the Constitution. The preamble reads:
We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
One of my heroes, Abraham Lincoln (another lawyer!) in an address given at the civil war military burial ground at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, ended his short speech in fantastic fashion, drawing upon both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution in some of the most electric, memorable language ever uttered by a lawyer or an American president. He said:
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought . . . have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us . . . that we here highly resolve that . . . this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
In short, I believe it is my calling as a lawyer is to try to help make our American system work for the people. After all, as these selections above show, our government ultimately exists to provide for and to defend and protect individual liberty. Large corporations, government entities, law enforcement agencies… they will never lack money or resources or legal representation. They will always have lawyers, and the system works well enough for them.
Our system does not and will never work effectively if rights and liberties are not defended against the powerful and against the power of government, within its ever-more-complicated systems and rules. I believe that is true, and I’m trying to do my part to be helpful in that mission.
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Joshua earned his Bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University in 2006, double-majoring in Political Science and English Language and Literature. In his time at Grand Valley, he also minored in Philosophy and studied Spanish abroad at the University of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico.
After earning his Bachelor’s degree, Joshua went on to earn his Master’s degree from Western Michigan University in 2008, in “International Development Administration.” During this time, Joshua focused his study on international relations, economics, and the difficulties that developing nations face as they attempt to grow into the twenty-first century.
Throughout his master’s curriculum, Joshua focused on the People’s Republic of China, and on the unique problems that face Latin America today, especially Mexico and Central America. While studying for his Master’s, Joshua traveled to China three times and began learning the Chinese language.
Joshua also served as a graduate assistant at WMU and taught classes in urban politics.
After this, Joshua went on to law school and graduated cum laude (“with honors”) from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in January of 2011. In his time at Cooley, Joshua was the Chairman of the Grand Rapids branch of the Moot Court Board, and he was a two-time participant in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. In 2009, Joshua earned the award for 3rd Best Advocate out of 96 in that competition, and 6th of 100 in 2010.
Joshua was a member of the editorial board of Cooley’s Law Journal, and he made the Honor Roll and the Dean’s List on multiple occasions. He also earned the “bluebook award” for highest grade in the class four different times.
Before becoming a member of the Michigan State Bar in 2011, Joshua interned for six months at the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals where he worked for the Hon. Richard Suhrheinrich.
After graduating, Joshua developed practice areas in immigration, constitutional, criminal defense, family, and appellate law. He has extensive experience in litigating cases in Immigration Court, having represented well over 200 individuals detained by the Department of Homeland Security, facing deportation.
In Immigration Court, Joshua has had tremendous success earning immigration bond, cancellation of removal, and adjustment of status for clients in very difficult circumstances, both earning and saving Permanent Resident Status for many individuals.
Joshua also has significant federal court trial experience in litigating civil rights actions, and has had success in several appeals before Michigan Circuit Courts, the Michigan Courts of Appeal, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Of much help to his practice, Joshua speaks fluent Spanish, which he learned in large part from studying abroad in 2001 at the University of Guadalajara, in Jalisco, Mexico. In his scarce free time, Joshua enjoys reading world history, British and early American literature, playing the guitar, and spending time with his wife, Laura, and his daughter, Julia.
Stephanie has worked as a pro bono attorney for Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, Ann Arbor, as well as with Immigrant Justice Partnership with the ACLU and Michigan Immigrant Rights Center where she defended immigrant rights and protected immigrants from constitutional violations during immigration proceedings.
Prior to working at Law Office of Joshua J. Mikrut, PLC, Stephanie was an associate attorney for Paletz Law, where she practiced landlord-tenant law, civil litigation, and bankruptcy law.
Stephanie earned her B.A., magna cum laude, in 2011 from Siena Heights University, majoring in Business, Sport Management with a minor in Spanish. While at Siena Heights, she was a Broadcast & Multimedia intern for Palace Sports and Entertainment, a ticketing intern for Michigan International Speedway, the President of Siena Heights’ Student Senate, and the Commencement Speaker for her graduating class. She received the Outstanding Student Award for the Business and Management Division in 2011. Stephanie studied abroad in Cuernavaca, Mexico, and speaks Spanish.
- American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Grand Rapids Bar Association
- Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
- National LGBT Bar Association
- Michigan, 2015
- United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2015
- United States District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2016
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