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Omar Salguero

Omar Salguero took the education, relationships and real-world experience he gained at Northern Law and did what so many aim to do—he now runs his own firm and meets very real needs for a whole range of clients. After practicing for a local firm for less than two years, Omar hung out his shingle and quickly became a community leader through active service both within the immigrant population and without.

What have you been up to since your time here at Northern Law? For about 18 months I worked for a law firm in Geneva, IL. Then, almost three years ago I started my own firm. I have also become active with various community organizations in northern Illinois and enjoyed traveling and spending time with my family. 

What is your current project? I want to continue my growth as a community-oriented immigration lawyer. I take advantage of every opportunity I get to interact with immigrants. I am passionate about helping this important segment of our society understand the complexities of our immigration and legal systems. Also, I enjoy talking with native-born legal citizens about the intricate dynamics that immigrants go through when they move to this country as they pursue the American Dream.

Why did you become an attorney? I come from a family of active professionals who are passionate about education. Various members of my family attended law school and currently practice law in various capacities. As such, from an early age, I’ve enjoyed a profound fascination with the study of society and its interaction with the rule law.

How did Northern Law prepare you for your work? Northern Law provided more than classrooms and theory. NIU is more than an institution of higher education or a platform to meet other professionals. Personally, I see Northern Law as my home and the many talented and intelligent people I met here as family. 

What is your favorite memory of your time in law school? Attending my constitutional law classes and participating at LLSA/NLLSA [National Latina/o Law Student Association] events. 

What is your advice to current law students? Network strategically, so you can have a job by graduation day.

What is your advice to individuals thinking about starting law school? Go and shadow lawyers—go to court with them, visit their office and see what real lawyers do on a daily basis.

What has been the greatest challenge in your career so far? The dynamics of balancing the required skills to run a business with the actual practice of law.

What has been most rewarding about your career so far? Keeping families together, helping those who have not seen their relatives for decades reunite with their loved ones and learning from my inspiring clients has been most rewarding.

This interview was conducted in Winter 2016. 

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