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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.
Before I started this company, I felt like I could get excited about my job as a lawyer every day if I were to be on this side of the fight; if I were on the side of individual liberty… trying to help preserve, earn, or protect liberties and rights. Fortunately, I was right. Every day now, I am excited by my work. I think I can speak for everyone else with whom I work when I say that we feel tremendous responsibility to try and do our best for all of our clients.
In times of crisis, in times of difficulty and trial, I believe it is a lawyer’s job—my job—to protect the rights of individuals… individuals like you. I became a lawyer to do exactly that. I want to be a temporary member of your family in difficult times. I want to help to try to untangle those difficult circumstances in which you may find yourself (or your business). I want to do my part to make sure the system works for everyone.
I have spent my entire career trying to do so to this point, and I hope to continue doing so for many years to come!
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Joshua was born in Grand Rapids and hails from a very large family of Polish, German, Swedish, and Dutch ancestry. His is the oldest of six, and his father is one of twelve. Because his father is from such a large family, Joshua has over fifty-five first cousins on only one side!
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 M. Blumenau is an Associate Attorney at Law Office of Joshua J. Mikrut, PLC, where she specializes in the practice of Immigration Law. She advocates for the rights of immigrants: meeting with clients, performing detailed research, preparing motions and briefs, and attending court.
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 J.D. in 2015 from Michigan State University College of Law. While attending law school, Stephanie served on the Executive Board for International Law Review, worked as a research assistant with the research published in American Journal of Criminal Law, and was a member of the Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute. She worked as a legal clinician for Michigan State University College of Law where she practiced civil litigation for the Civil Rights Clinic and represented several litigants in Federal Court. She was a legal intern for the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, where she specialized in advocating for immigrant domestic and sexual abuse survivors, survivors of violent crimes, and assisted legal permanent residents in filing for naturalization. Stephanie served as Vice President for the Triangle Bar Association and Treasurer for the Hispanic and Latino Law Society.
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
Jackie was born in Grand Rapids, MI in 1997 and raised by her single mother. In 2015, the same year she graduated from Union High School, her mother passed away from pancreatic cancer. After graduation, Jackie continued living in Grand Rapids with her husband, Valentin. They later found out they were having a baby boy whose name is Javier Ivan.
Jackie is fluent in both Spanish and English. Her mother was from Peten, Guatemala, and her father is from Xela, Guatemala. She has traveled to Mexico and Guatemala three times and enjoyed meeting family members and learning from the people she interacted with there. From a young age, she learned about immigration and how it affected many families. This developed in her a big heart for immigrant families.
In 2016, Jackie started her first legal assistant job in a solo practice law office, giving her an opportunity to further her passion for working with immigrant families. Jackie has attended several immigration webinars and received a certificate of completion for the Fundamentals of US Immigration Law Clinic. Additionally, she received a wealth of knowledge about immigration law and processes from her former boss, Mr. Michael Gardiner, esq. Her time in this solo practice law office also introduced her to the world of criminal defense law.
In March of 2017, Jackie decided to move to Kennesaw, Georgia for 6 months. She wanted to continue working with immigrant families and was also interested in further exploring criminal defense. She became a paralegal with another solo practice law office that practiced immigration, family, and criminal law. This opportunity allowed Jackie to gain more knowledge and experience with both immigration law and criminal defense. She acquired expertise in provisional waivers, and corresponded heavily with local and state government through working with various criminal cases. Going to court and interacting with different levels of the immigration and criminal processes allowed her to continue working closely with immigrant families.
In September of 2017, Jackie joined the Mikrut Law team. She is continuing her paralegal career and feels lucky to have found a team of dedicated people. Over the couple months she has been working for Attorney Joshua Mikrut, she has gained a stronger grasp of the law and new immigration proceedings that are helping her to succeed as a paralegal.
At a young age, Jackie became fascinated with learning about all the crime that is committed in the world. She likes to read news reports, and to watch documentaries involving criminal law and law enforcement. She is dedicated to her job and demonstrates a strong ability to maneuver through the world of immigration law. She has enjoyed helping and engaging each client that comes through the door.
Amelia was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and moved to the Grand Rapids area in 2014 to attend college at Grand Valley State University, where she graduated in April 2018. While at Grand Valley, Amelia studied both International Business and Marketing, and minored in Spanish. At Grand Valley, some of Amelia’s accomplishments included being a member of the Frederik Meijer Honors College, Dean’s List Recipient, and President of La Tertulia, GVSU’s Spanish Club.
In 2017 Amelia studied abroad at the University of the Bío Bío in Concepción, Chile. She improved her Spanish language skills, met many wonderful Chileans, and learned much about Chile’s history. In the future, Amelia hopes to go back to Chile in order to travel through Patagonia.
On weekends, Amelia can be found spending time with her family back home in Kalamazoo, exploring Grand Rapids with her friends, or playing tennis.
Lessons from the Past
I am not a saint, and I am sure I have done things I might have done better or differently, or not at all. I have also left undone things that I should have done. But I believe and hope that I have been honest with myself and with others, that I have been faithful to my friends and fair to my opponents, and that I have tried my very best to make this great Government work for the good of all Americans.
Gerald R. Ford
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