We had the good fortune of connecting with Pamela Peynado and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Pamela, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I am the youngest and only female partner at a thriving immigration law firm, Lee and Peynado Immigration Law Group (LPILG). I am also the founder of a grassroots nonprofit organization, The Love Project 404 (TLP 404). While mentoring young lawyers and law students via LPILG and TLP 404, I realized how intimidating immigration law was to them. I also saw the lack of mentorship available for those who want to become immigration lawyers or work in the immigration law field. I thought to myself “if not me, then who? If not now, then when?” And so I created The Immigration University, a user-friendly course to simplify immigration laws, terms, and procedures to both English and Spanish speakers and give those who aspire to become immigration lawyers mentorship, insight and hands-on advice that will prove to be invaluable in their careers.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
What sets The Immigration University apart is the mentorship aspect of the course and the fact that we are teaching a skill that will make our students very marketable in the workplace. It’s exciting to know that I am going to be a part of future super lawyers and legal professionals who will adequately and passionately serve our immigrant community.

I think the key to success is to work hard, master your craft and then figure out a way to teach your craft so that others can work hard, master the craft and teach it. It’s a cycle that keeps empowering and uplifting generations after generations. It has definitely not been easy but now looking back it was 100% worth it. Patience is key. Trusting the process is key. Being kind and a good person is key. Remember that anything that you put out into the universe comes right back so focus on positivity and love.

I want people to know that I’ve worked very hard to be where I am today. It’s easy to see the shine but there is a lot of grind that goes into it. I have worked in the field of immigration law for over 15 years. I have given it my all. And I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve and teach.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Restaurants: Pasha
Eclipse Di Luna
Steak Market

Braves/Atlanta United/Falcons/Haws games
High Museum of Art
The Belt Line

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to give a big shout out to my team at Lee & Peynado Immigration Law Group and my Love Project 404 Board of Directors. I have been so fortunate to surround myself with passionate and dedicated individuals who go above and beyond what is asked of them. It is an honor to work and serve alongside each of you.

Website: www.theimmigrationuniversity.com

Instagram: @theimmigrationuniversity

Image Credits
Jarek James @jamagine

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